This article is an effort to give you a glimpse of what people generally ask when you come to purchase a mattress and what my viewpoint is. It often takes place as a dialog between the client and me. You might find yourself asking the same questions. Please do read them all.
Q1. – I get a recurring backache.
Ans. In this case, you need to check two things. First, your lifestyle and second your mattress. Often, the culprit is, how you spend your day, while victim is the mattress. If you have a long-hour-sitting-job or driving throughout the day or even sensitive to temperature changes, your back might hurt at the end of the day.
Try to change your lifestyle. Add an exercise regime to it. This will make the blood flow to all body parts more freely rejuvenating the muscles all over.
As for the mattress, I would advise a firm yet comforting mattress. Even if you had no choice but to sacrifice one, let it be the comfort factor. Firm mattresses align our spine and prevent it from slouching. You may feel a little discomfort if you have been using soft mattresses, but your body will get used to it in a few days.
Q2. – My old mattress has sagged.
Ans. You must surely have heard the phrase, “sitting idle, doing nothing, just breaking the chair”. Well, the chair breaks because it endures all of our 80-90 kilos for a long duration of time. And what with the mattress? It endures our bodyweight whole night long, and sometimes, the day too. Although the material used to make mattresses is supple yet resilient, the possibility of sagging is always there.
There are two reasons for this sagging
1. Manufacturing defect – Always possible despite the fact all manufacturers try to eliminate human factor at the time of production and keep it limited mainly to operating machines. One of the checks for these defects is that the product be subject to, say 100 impressions of our body-weight. If we sleep on a new mattresses regularly, it should translate to roughly 4 months. My observation is that if a new mattress has a manufacturing defect, it will show the sag in a period of less than 6 months.
All manufacturers give you a guarantee of at least 1 year.
2. Life of the mattress – When you go to a store to purchase a mattress, you realize that, in one type of mattress, say spring, the price ranges from $100 to $1000 per piece. Why? There could be many factors for this, like the quality of upholstery, the thickness of mattress, the size of mattress. But the most important is the quality of its constituents.
Mattresses are generally made using coir, foam and springs. So the higher the rubberization of coir, the higher the density of foam and the better the tensile strength of a spring decides what kind of a life to expect from that mattress.
A better quality, longer lasting mattress will generally be more expensive.
Q3. – I have been using cotton mattress and would like to change it to whats new in the market.
Ans. Great, so you have finally decided to bid farewell of that old, de-shaped cotton mattress. No doubt you are gonna miss that nostalgic, rustic smell of that mattress, but its high time we started paying attention to hygiene.
Transition from cotton mattress to any other form of mattress should be gradual. Our body normally takes sudden changes as a shock. To prevent this, I would say, go for a coir based mattress. The reason is simple, coir is the closest you can get to the cotton feel. I has similar texture when packed inside a cover. It has similar firmness. Moreover, its high on resilience and provides an even surface.
Q4. – I have bought a new house, new furniture so I am thinking of changing the mattress too.
Ans. Congratulations for the new house.
It makes a lot of sense to change your bedding when you buy a new bed.The reason is that, a bed and a mattress make a complete sleep system. One mattress that goes very well with a particular bed, may not go at all with a different one because of factors like height of the bed, type of the bed, size or base of the bed. Think about it, at your old place, you had a bed about 14″ high and a mattress about 4″ thick. Your new bed is a low bed, 10″ high with a panel running around. Now with the old mattress, you will get a total height of 14″. Such a low arrangement puts a lot of stress on your knees when you get up from the bed. This is one of the instances of incongruity. You can find many similar ones.
Moreover, lets try out something bold and interesting yet proven like, Memory Mattress.
Q5. I have heard of new technology like Memory Foam and Spring mattresses. I would like to try one of these.
Ans. There are plenty of new things in the market nowadays. Various combos of Springs with foam, various kinds of Foams, HR, VR and what not. What stands out amongst these is Memory Foam. I can go on telling you so much about memory foam, but here I would summarize all in two lines.
1. Memory Foam (or Visco-Elastic foam) is very soft and takes to the contour of the body.
2. It is heat sensitive and hardens of softens based on exposure to heat (read body heat).
Often, people suffering from chronic backache realize that although they need a firm mattress, they can not endure the degree of hardness that comes with a regular ortho mattress. Memory foam mattress are the perfect solution as they can often be hard from inside and yet luxuriously soft from top.
The author, Samar Bhatia, has been in mattress and bedding business for past ten years. Having reviewed and sold thousands of mattresses and pillows of various types, he has involuntarily gathered a degree of expertise in issues where health and beddings meet. Combined with a conscious effort to understand more about back problems arising from mattresses, he has written a number of articles on mattresses. You may visit his website http://www.KwalityFurnishers.com
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