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How to Find the Perfect Mattress

About one-third of your life is spent in bed. Investing in a good-quality, long-lasting mattress is extremely important to your quality of life. As with any major purchase, you want to make sure that you choose wisely. What works for one person may not apply to someone else. Here are ways to ensure you find the perfect mattress for you!

Consider Mattress Types

The mattress options are seemingly endless and some find it overwhelming. The first thing you may want to determine is the type of mattress that you are in the market for. At Mattress Express, we carry innerspring, memory foam, hybrid, latex and airbed  mattresses. You can explore all options in our stores. Knowing the basics about each of these types will help you get ahead in your search.Innerspring

Innerspring

The innerspring mattress was named after the metal coils (aka springs) that form the support core of your mattress. Dating back as early as the 1800s, they are time-tested. In fact, the majority of mattresses sold today still have some kind of spring system in them. The metal coils in the spring system support the mattress and form a durable surface to sleep on. These coils are designed to flex in response to pressure and movement, providing firmer support as more pressure is placed on the mattress. The spring system is surrounded by layers of material such as latex, foam or natural fibers to provide the comfort layer and give you the overall feel of your mattress. The quality of an innerspring mattress depends on several components used in the construction of the mattress. The type of coil system, gauge of the coil and materials used in the comfort layer or top of the mattress all factor into the overall comfort and durability of the end product. Different types of spring mattresses use different size and shape coil types and layouts to achieve different effects. The quality and support of each mattress varies based on the combination of its components. Innerspring mattresses are often the best choice for stomach and back sleepers, those with lower back pain, and heavier individuals.

Our Mattress Express favorites include the Eclipse Mattress Collection, the Eastman House Phantom, which is available in stores only and the economical Body Fit line. 

Memory Foam

Memory Foam is a viscoelastic polyurethane foam developed by NASA in 1966 to protect against impact and improve safety in aircraft seats. It was not until the late 1990s that it gained popularity in the mattress industry. Memory foam actively molds to your body in response to heat and pressure, allowing your body weight to be evenly distributed and return to its original shape once pressure from your body is removed. This feature helps provide health benefits like uniform body support, alignment with the curvature of your spine, alleviation of joint and back pain, pressure point relief and motion isolation. Memory foam mattresses are also hypoallergenic. Memory foam is denser and more supportive than the average polyurethane foam used in mattresses. It cradles and remembers your body and slowly goes back to its original form, hence its name is memory foam. Since memory foam actively responds to heat, it is temperature-sensitive. In its early days, its heat-retaining property was a complaint from warmer sleepers but loved by cold and medium sleepers. In the 2000s, open-cell memory foam, gel memory foam and other mineral-infused memory foam like copper, graphite or carbon were introduced to combat heat retention and help regulate body temperature. This is an important feature to search for when purchasing a quality memory foam mattress. While memory foam is one of the most incredible innovations in the mattress industry, that does not mean that every memory foam mattress is right for everyone. Sleep needs and preferences vary from person-to-person, memory foam beds offer a smart alternative to a standard mattress. Be sure to research your options before making a purchase. Memory foam mattresses are often the best choice for side sleepers and those who experience joint pain and discomfort.

Our Mattress Express favorites include the Puffy collection and IFS Chill Series and our new Posh and Lavish Hybrids: the Flow, the Flux or the Fusion. Stop by the Mattress Express location nearest you and our sleep specialist on duty will help you uncover the best memory foam mattress for you.

Hybrid 

Hybrid mattresses combine memory foam or latex layers atop an innerspring support core with the goal of providing a mix of softness and support. Hybrid mattresses represent a blend of two or three materials in one mattress while utilizing the best features of each. By combining multiple materials, the mattress created is a balance between cushioned comfort and adaptive support. 

A hybrid mattress is designed to provide moderate firmness, superior support, and plush padding. Thought not every model contains the same materials from top to bottom. The most common hybrid mattresses use pocketed coils that are individually encased in fabric in the support core of the mattress. Pocketed coils compress individually, therefore they perform much better at motion isolation than traditional interconnected coils. They also affect the durability and the supportiveness of the mattress. Natural latex can also be used as the support core in a luxury hybrid mattress but is not quite as common. Hybrid mattresses can be a great option for those whose preferences fall in the middle of what innerspring and memory foam mattresses can offer and allows you to reap all of the benefits of both. Mattress Express favorites include the Eclipse Deville, the Purple Premier 3 and 4, the IFS Black Glacier and the Posh and Lavish new hybrid memory foam and latex line.

Stop by the Mattress Express location nearest you and one of our sleep specialists on duty will help you uncover if one of our hybrid mattresses is the mattress for you.

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Natural Latex

In 1931, the world’s first latex mattress was introduced with many positive features. It didn’t have to be flipped, it stayed fresh, responsive, supportive, and it kept its shape. These many benefits of the latex mattress made it a huge success with consumers through the ages. A natural latex mattress is more supportive, durable, eco-friendly, and better for sleep health than a mattress made from synthetic materials. Latex is made from the milk-like sap of a rubber tree and is the most natural mattress material out there. The sap is harvested and refined and can be tapped from the same exact tree for up to 30 years. Once the sap is harvested, it is processed into a soft, supportive, extremely durable, foam core that can last for decades. Latex offers you support and comfort without the use of harsh chemicals. Latex foam is known for both its comfort and support, no other materials are needed to make a quality supportive, comfortable mattress. Both the support layer and comfort layer can all be one material. Latex comfort foam cradles your hips and shoulders and provides pressure relief for your spine and joints. Its natural elasticity maintains natural spinal alignment and lightly supports your back and neck. Natural latex has a quick response to pressure, so it is bouncy and lively. It is hypoallergenic, naturally antimicrobial and biodegradable. Latex has an open-cell structure to permit constant airflow, enhance breathability and regulate body temperature naturally. 

There are two methods of processing the sap, Dunlop is a quicker, more economical and eco-friendly process but Talalay provides a superior, consistent product with little room for error. Dunlop latex is made by pouring liquid foam from whipped sap into a mold and heating it up in an oven to harden. After hardening, the latex is removed from the mold, washed and then dried. Talalay latex requires more time and energy. Just like Dunlop, the sap is whipped into a foam and poured into a mold but the mold is only filled halfway. The mold is then sealed and a vacuum is used to expand the latex until it completely fills the mold. It is then placed in a freezer and carbon dioxide is injected into the rubber to create a gel-like texture. The gel-like foam is then hardened with heat, removed from the mold, washed, and dried. The finished latex is softer and bouncier than Dunlop and sold at a higher price. Most manufacturers that make mattresses with natural latex also use other natural resources like cotton and wool in the mattress cover. Wool provides a temperature-controlled sleep environment that’s perfect for your body, no matter the season. In the winter, wool produces warmth and in the summer the natural moisture-wicking property keeps you cool. Latex mattresses will be the most beneficial for side sleepers and back sleepers. Side sleepers will benefit from the additional cushioning, body-contouring abilities and can help with pressure point relief for your back and neck. Back sleepers will benefit from the additional support and spinal alignment from a latex mattress. 

Experience the luxurious feel of natural Talalay latex at any of our Mattress Express locations with our Posh and Lavish latex collection.

Air Technology

Air, also known as number mattress technology, incorporates a modular design that allows you to manipulate the various air compartment pressures to create customized comfort specific to your needs. The air chambers are usually surrounded by memory foam for extra comfort. Most air mattresses have two independent air systems to allow couples to refine the mattress to meet your individual needs. To ensure the mattress retains its shape, The Number Bed by Instant Comfort uses lock edge technology to ensure the air compartments do not slip or move. With over 45 different pressure combinations controlled via a smartphone app, the air technology offers a level of customization that exceeds most of the other available mattress technologies. The Number Bed by Instant Comfort represents one of the best examples of this air chamber technology. The mattress has multiple layers, including an air chamber layer with six compartments adjusted by wired or wireless controls, a three-inch gel-infused elastic foam layer, a two-inch foam comfort layer, one-inch foam support, and a fabric layer. Each layer is replaceable so if any part of the mattress needs to be switched out for any reason, it can be. This luxury mattress line is ideal for couples. If you want a high-quality mattress that can withstand the test of time and a solid, long-lasting relationship, look no further. The Number Bed by Instant Comfort offers excellent motion isolation, cooling properties and solid support for differing sleep styles. Stop by the Mattress Express location nearest you and our sleep specialist on duty will help you uncover if one of our luxury Number Bed by Instant Comfort mattresses is the best mattress for you.

Consider Sleeping Positions

Mattress’ for Side Sleeper

If you are a side sleeper, you will likely find your best night’s sleep on a softer mattress that allows your hip to sink into the mattress a little bit. This give from the mattress allows your hip to drop down a bit and allows your spine to properly align. A memory foam mattress or latex mattress would be a great choice.

Mattress’ Stomach Sleeper 

If you are a stomach sleeper then your best night’s sleep will likely come from a firmer mattress. Unlike back and side sleeper’s you’re already putting yourself in a position where your spine is aligned. This means that a mattress with more give will actually cause your spine to slump a bit which could lead to you waking up with back pain. A medium-firm innerspring mattress or a firm latex mattress is recommended.

Mattress’ Back Sleeper

If you are a back sleeper you will likely find your best night’s sleep on a softer mattress that allows your shoulders and hips to sink in a little bit and allow your spine to properly align. If a mattress is too firm you will likely feel uncomfortable points of pressure similar to the pain many of us feel after sitting in a car for a long drive. A hybrid mattress or latex mattress would be an ideal choice. 

Mattress’ for Couples

Our Instant Comfort Number Bed collection is ideal for couples. If you want a high-quality mattress that can withstand the test of time and a solid, long-lasting relationship, look no further.

Consider Body Types

Your body frame and weight is another important factor to consider when choosing a new mattress. The feel, temperature, and support of a bed can be highly affected by how much you weigh. In fact, depending on your weight and overall body type, you may find that you need a specific type of mattress for your sleeping needs. Lightweight sleepers and children, average weight sleepers and heavyweight sleepers may reap benefits from different mattress styles regardless of your sleeping position of choice. People with lower body weight can generally get good support from a memory foam mattress. People with higher body weight may prefer the added sturdiness of coils underneath the memory foam comfort layer, so a hybrid or an innerspring mattress is recommended. 

Consider Health Needs

A mattress is an important investment that can affect the health of your spine and the quality of your sleep. Take the time to find the mattress that is right for you. If you desire pain relief at key pressure points, look for a mattress that gently conforms to your body when you lie down. This allows for your hips and shoulders to sink in slightly. A memory foam or latex mattress will offer the most pressure relief, but a hybrid mattress with foam layers can also work well. If you are an allergy sufferer, a latex mattress or memory foam mattress would be a smart decision. Both are hypoallergenic.

 

Consult with the Experts

Remember that a quality mattress can have a huge impact on your health and happiness, therefore you don’t want to cut corners. It’s worthwhile to spend a bit more time and money to get a quality bed that will be comfortable and durable. Stop in to any of our Mattress Express locations or chat with one of our sleep specialists to assist you at mattressexpressny.com

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