Choosing the Right Mattress for Quality Sleep

Michelle Anne Ng, a representative from mattress provider Simmons, shares several tips on finding the perfect mattress to get you sleeping like a baby

1. What’s the first step in choosing a suitable mattress?
Do your research. It is always good to know your existing mattress type, such as if it is firm or soft, foam or coil mattress etc. Choice of next mattress should not deviate too far from existing mattress firmness as our body needs time to adjust to the new mattress firmness and feel. Visit the stores and test the beds on the retail show floor to determine your personal comfort preference. Lie down on each mattress to help you decide which model is best suited to your needs.

Many components make up the feel of a mattress – such as coil unit construction, foam and upholstery layers, and cover fabric. In Simmons, there are two key product range to help consumers zero in on their choice of mattress – Beautyrest®, a range that emphasised on comfort and plushness and BackCare®, a range that emphasised on support, with a choice of comfort level to complement individual’s comfort preference. Try a maximum of three mattresses at any one time. Anything more would simply confuse you.

2. What misconception do many people have when buying a mattress?
The following are some common misconceptions. A hard mattress translates to good support. The mattress is the sole culprit of backache. You can accurately “feel” the support/firmness of a mattress by sitting on it. Spending a lot of money on mattress is wasting money.

3. Are there specific factors to look for if you’re a side sleeper or back sleeper?
Regardless of sleeping position, one has to look out for these factors in their mattress: support, conformability, durability and the amount of motion transfer when sleeping with a partner

4. How much have design and technology in mattress manufacturing changed in the last decade?
The technology has changed according to consumer preferences. We have noticed a trend of demand for good back support, plusher mattress, personalisation of size and increased health benefit technologies in mattress. Demand for minimised motion transfer mattress and aesthetic appeal too.

5. When is it time to replace an old mattress?
We recommend customers to change their mattress after 10 years. The reason is, apart from wear and tear, our human body needs change as we grow with age such as a need for a better support mattress or a bigger size mattress for a growing teen or simply to achieve a better night’s sleep for two sleeping partners. Hygiene is also another factor for change of mattress. Each mattress is recommended to have at least two mattress protectors.

6. What are the components of a good mattress?
A good mattress is a matter of taste, which is subjective. Generally, we recommend consumers to look out for the following factors when deciding whether a bed is good for their needs:

Conformability refers to how well the mattress adjusts to the shape of your body to provide support and reduce pressure points. The goal is a responsive sleep surface that constantly adjusts to your body weight. The higher the conformability, the less you toss and turn and the better your sleep.

Plushness defines the cushioning feeling you experience as you lie down. Plushness comes from layers of foams, fibres and even natural materials like down, memory foam, cashmere, silk and wool on the top of the coil unit. These layers add to conformability to give the mattress that special touch appeal. Besides giving you a cushion, these layers act as insulations and contribute to the firmness.

Support is how well your weight is distributed by your mattress. The more you weigh, the more support you need. Support and firmness go hand-in-hand. Firmness is the resistance the coils offer when your body compresses them. Put it simply, firmness is how hard coils push up when you lie down.

Look for a Do-Not-Disturb Effect. According to Dr James Maas, the author of Power Sleep, an average person tosses and turns 40 to 60 times a night. Clinical studies show that the ripple effect caused by a bed partner’s tossing and turning can result in up to 20 per cent loss of critical deep sleep as 70 per cent of the time a partner moves, the other follows