Thick or thin? With spring block or without it? With natural or artificial filler? Before buying, a person has so many questions that it’s impossible to figure it out without help. How to choose the right mattress, says the authoritative site MedAboutMe.
Criterion 1: with or without springs?
Mattresses with interconnected springs are a thing of the past. Today, manufacturers use an independent spring block, in which each curl is in its own case. Independent springs easily adapt to the contours of the body. So, under the shoulder and pelvis, they will push through a little more than under the head and legs, but in any case, the spine will remain straight, which is very important for preventing postural curvature and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. The more springs, the better for supporting the spine.
However, today on sale you can find springless mattresses, which include a variety of fillers — gas-filled plastics, coconut coir, latex. Usually one material is taken as the basis, and the other provides the necessary degree of rigidity. Modern materials with a layer of foam with a “memory effect” are very popular. They also support the spine as correctly as possible during sleep.
Criterion 2: One-sided or two-sided?
A double-sided mattress has one side that is softer and the other side that is harder. Usually such a product is bought for children “for growth”. While the child is small, turn the mattress upside down with a solid base, and when it grows up, turn it over with the soft side. On sale you can also find products “two seasons”. One side of them is adapted for the cold winter season. It is softer and retains heat well. The summer side is tougher, designed to remove excess heat and provide sufficient air exchange. It makes sense for people with overweight and cardiovascular ailments suffering from excessive sweating to purchase a double-sided mattress, in which there are independent springs. The free space between them does not retain air, so it will not be hot on it.
Criterion 3: Rigidity
Mattresses with increased rigidity are recommended for people with diseases of the spine, osteochondrosis. The same applies to those whose body weight is much higher than the norm. For most adults, products with a medium degree of rigidity are suitable. It is better for the elderly and children to buy a softer or moderately soft mattress.
Criterion 4: mattress parameters
If we talk about the thickness, then it depends on the weight of the person. The larger it is, the thicker the product should be. An overweight person will feel uncomfortable on a thin mattress, and a slender one will not be able to exert enough pressure on a thickened base, so it makes no sense to buy a product that is too high. The standard value varies between 19–25 cm. The width and length should correspond to the base of the bed. There are standards that apply to single and double products. Here, as they say, more is possible, but less is impossible, otherwise there will be inconvenience. If desired, you can order a mattress in a non-standard size.
Criterion 5: orthopedic or simple?
How to choose an orthopedic mattress? It must be said right away that the term “orthopedic” refers to medicine, which means it involves treatment. But the mattress is not capable of treating anything, but can only be used for prevention purposes, so it would be more correct to say “with an orthopedic effect”. Here it is also necessary to take into account the weight, age of a person, the presence of certain diseases. For example, with a hernia of the spine, it is better to choose a mattress with an independent spring block and natural latex, but in any case, it is recommended to first consult with a specialist.