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Pick A Mattress To Ensure A Deep Sleep Every Night

Posted by Jennifer Hines

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on Sep 7, 2020 10:17:43 AM

Choosing the right mattress can be a true lifesaver when it comes to getting a restful and deep night’s sleep. The problem is that with so many different options available, it can make you feel like you are going crazy! Luckily, we are going to cover the pros and cons of each of the different options available on the market today.


Do you suffer from any of the following conditions?


Depending on whether you have any of the following injuries or conditions, you may need a more specific type of mattress.


Hip PainHip pain.


If you suffer from hip pain we would highly suggest purchasing a pressure-relieving memory foam mattress. The memory foam will mold to your body shape allowing for less stress to be put on your joints. If a brand new mattress is not an option for you, no problem! You can always purchase a mattress topper which acts as an extra layer of cushioning between you and the mattress.




When looking for the ​best mattress for sciatica​, you want to choose a one that is of medium firmness. This is so that it will support your spine correctly. Another thing to look out for is whether the mattress conforms to your body. Memory foam mattresses are great for this so keep that in mind!




Being overweight can make a huge difference in regards to the type of mattress you sleep on. You want to choose a mattress that is between 6-14 inches in thickness and rated between 6-10 in terms of firmness. This will help support your body weight allowing for a night of deep and peaceful sleep. The best mattresses for overweight people should also provide great heat dissipation. This will ensure the comfort of your sleep doesn’t suffer.



The Different Types Of Mattresses


With so many to choose from, let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of mattresses money can buy in 2020!


Memory Foam


Memory foam mattresses are by far the most popular option in today's market. But why? I hear you ask…Well, that could have something to do with the fact that they are so comfortable! Many users say that they feel like they are melting into the bed, and how they have had the best sleep of their life after sleeping on a memory foam mattress!


As well as being the king of comfort, memory foam mattresses also provide pressure and pain support by allowing your body shape to mold into the mattress. I mean...what more can you ask for?


Memory foam is a great option for the sleeper that is looking for all-out comfort, or suffers from any kind of physical pain and is looking for the relief they deserve!


Pocket Sprung


A pocket sprung mattress is probably what you have spent most of your life sleeping on. They are the standard mattress that you would find in your grandparent’s house. Being the standard mattresses they are, the comfort is of average quality. That being said, pocket sprung mattresses do have their advantages if you're ‘not’ looking to splash the cash of a top of the range memory foam mattress.


These benefits include the fact that some users prefer the bouncy feel that a pocket sprung mattress will provide as opposed to the ‘sinking’ feeling that you will get from memory foam. Another way that pocket sprung mattresses outshines memory foam is in the fact that they provide better temperature regulation to keep you cooling while you sleep. Because who wants to wake up covered in sweat?


Latex Mattresses


Remember when we said that memory foam was the king of comfort? Well, latex mattresses are the king of ‘not’ overheating while sleeping! They are made from latex foam, which is extremely breathable.


On top of this, latex mattresses are mainly for those people who prefer a firmer sleeping experience. They also align the spine which can be beneficial for people who have certain medical conditions and need that extra support.


Hybrid Mattress


A hybrid mattress provides you with the best of both worlds. It combines memory foam, latex, and pocket springs. If you're one of those sleepers that cannot decide, now you can have it all with a hybrid mattress!


Typically, a hybrid mattress is designed with a pocket-sprung base covered by a layer of memory foam on top. The memory foam provides great relief for people with aches and pains.



Bamboo Mattress

bamboo mattress is a more sustainable option on the market for eco-friendly enthusiasts. A bamboo mattress has either a cover made of bamboo or a layer of foam that is infused with bamboo.

Being made from bamboo and memory foam, these mattresses offer a range of health benefits, making them one of the best options for healthy sleep.



Choosing The Right Firmness


Choosing the correct firmness when buying a mattress will have either a positive or negative effect on your sleeping experience.




Soft mattresses are great for lighter sleepers as they take less weight to compress. They can also be great for side sleepers as they cradle the shoulders and hips.




As with a hybrid mattress, medium-firm mattresses are for these people who want something that provides the benefits of both a soft and a firm mattress.


A medium-firm mattress is great for back sleepers as it doesn’t cause you to sink too much, leaving you with pain in your lower back. They are also not too firm to where you feel like you are sleeping on concrete!




If your number one priority is spine alignment, then a firm mattress is the best option for you. That being said, if you make the mistake of buying a mattress that is too firm, it could leave you uncomfortable throughout the night and with aches and pains.


However, if you get the right firmness you will experience a range of both sleep and health benefits. Some of these include cooling sleep, lower back pain relief, and weight distribution!




As we reach the end of this article you should now have an idea of what type of mattress you should buy depending on a variety of different factors and specific medical conditions. If there's one thing you should take away from this article it’s that you should never rush into buying a new mattress without knowing which type of mattress it is, whether it is suitable for you, and

how firm it is. If you can answer those three questions, you will have no problem finding the best mattress to ensure a deep night's sleep.


Sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and wellness. Getting enough sleep every night leads to better productivity and mental concentration, better calorie regulation, greater athletic performance, and lowers the risk of gaining weight. Your emotional intelligence and immune system will also improve if you prioritize getting at least eight hours of sleep every night.
But, regardless of how important sleep is, a lot of people still struggle to get some shuteye every night. Some are tired and worn out at the end of the day, but when they reach their beds, they find themselves twisting and turning. 

If you find yourself in this kind of situation all the time, your mattress might be the culprit. But, if your sleep problems are caused by more than just the wrong mattress, call Alaska Sleep Clinic today @ 907-770-9104 and speak with one of our board-certified sleep specialists.  Our free consultation will get you on the right track to improving your sleep and your life.    

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