There are lots of things we should do in an attempt to maintain good physical and mental health. You know, eat our veggies, practise yoga, go running when we can muster up the courage. And sleep. A good night’s kip is a miracle worker, thanks to its abilities to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, as well as keep us slim, improve our moods and ward off coughs and the flu.
But how to get good at it? Investing in a good mattress is a fail-safe place to start. And when we say “good”, we mean good – ‘cos it’ll probably stay with you for up to a decade.
That said, choosing a mattress can be a bit of a daunting process. And since getting a good night’s kip is important for every aspect of our overall health, there’s a lot riding our decision. It’s important to get it right, but unfortunately, one size does not fit all. Every one of us sleeps differently, so we each need and want something different from our mattress.
Forget what you think you already know about shopping for a mattress. Heading to a showroom – complete with chatty salesperson, a million different options and all manner of Coronavirus-induced health concerns – can actually be a lot more daunting than the alternative. That is: buying a mattress online, just as you would a designer handbag or a chic new duvet cover.
In fact, lots of companies like Nectar Sleep, Emma, Simba Sleep and Eve have made the whole process a whole lot easier of late, offering bed-in-a-box mattresses which you can get delivered direct to your front door. And such products now make us around 25% of the industry market share, according to the National Bed Federation. Tempted? We’re not surprised.
How to choose a mattress online
To make your journey to a great kip that little bit easier, we caught up with Angela Moran – the Product Strategy Director at Silent Night – to find out how to choose the best mattress for you online. Spoiler: it’s perfectly do-able.
Oh, and keep scrolling for the best mattresses to order now and give you the best kip of your life.
1. Think about the firmness
“Generally speaking, the lighter the person the softer the mattress you will need. Sleeping position makes a difference too. Side sleepers will be well supported by a soft or medium mattress, while those who sleep either on their backs or their fronts may want to consider something firmer. Support systems make up the core of a mattress and will be either springs or memory foam.”
“Quality sprung mattresses tend to give more support, helping to distribute your weight evenly and keep your spine aligned as you sleep, while foam support systems are ideal for those who like to sink in and feel cocooned.”
2. What are comfort layers and do they matter?
“The comfort layer sits just above the mattress support system and helps tailor the mattress to your sleeping habits and personal preference. There are all sorts of options out there.”
“Memory foam mattresses are ideal for ‘sink-in’ snoozers. If you get hot at night though, you’d be better to opt for a natural comfort layer which is more breathable. Gel layers are great for ease of movement if you tend to twist and turn a lot, as well as for pressure relief if you have back issues.”
“While those looking for a more sustainable product should consider something like Silentnight’s range of Eco mattresses, which have breathable comfort layers made from recycled materials. Quilted or pillow top mattress surfaces can add yet another layer of indulgent comfort.”
3. Consider the size
“It’s true! You should go for the biggest mattress you can fit in your bedroom as you will sleep better and feel more energised for your day. This is particularly true if you share your bed with a partner. Two people sleeping in a double bed actually have less room than a child in a single, so upgrade to king-size if you can. If space is an issue, you can always opt for a bed frame with a neat footprint.”
“Make sure you measure up properly and ensure the length is 10cm longer than the tallest person using the mattress – nobody wants cold feet on a chilly winter’s night!”
4. Check the small print
Lastly, when buying a mattress online, you should always check the small print before you click “pay”. Most companies will (or should) offer some sort of guarantee and a trial period, giving you the option of being refunded if the mattress isn’t for you.
Ready to shop? Here are the best mattresses for your best sleep ever.