September 8th 2017

How much should I pay for a good mattress?

Well this depends on your perspective of a good mattress and how important you see the mattress is to your health. Prices for mattresses can vary widely from £100 pounds to £1000s. I believe it is imperative that you realise how important your mattress is to your overall wellbeing and health and therefore with it being such an important purchase, spend as much as you can possibly afford. Look at it this way as a general rule for every £100 you spend on a new mattress, actually represents an investment of 2.7p a night ( according to The Sleep Council ) and assuming a lifespan of seven years. That’s not a lot to invest in a good night’s sleep and the promotion of improving your health. When it comes to buying a new sofa we seem quite happy to spend £1000 – £2000 or maybe more on this item, but it doesn’t improve your health, it’s nice to show off to your family and friends and create that special look in your living room, but it doesn’t promote a healthy wellbeing regime, yet a good quality mattress will, so keep this in mind when you go to buy your new mattress and invest in your health. picture 1

When should I change my mattress?

You should change your mattress every 7 to 8 years. You might say to yourself, well my mattress looks ok and I seem to be sleeping ok, but is this the case? It might not be giving you all the support and comfort you need for a good night’s sleep! Questions you should ask yourself? Have you had your mattress for more than 7 years? Are you waking up with stiffness and suffering from aches and pains? Does your mattress have deep indentations, excessive sagging, is it lumpy? Is your mattress showing signs of wear and tear, torn or heavily soiled? Are you sleeping as well as you did a year ago? Did you experience a better night’s sleep in another bed, maybe staying over in a hotel or friend’s house? Do you experience partner disturbance with continual tossing and turning from either yourself or your partner? Do you get too warm in the night or continually too cold? There are many variables to consider and it is important to get the right mattress for you that aids in a good night’s sleep, the right mattress can be the difference between a restorative night’s sleep and a poor quality sleep that results in you feeling continually tired and fatigued. A poor quality mattress can rob you of many important hours of sleep over time, but many people do not make the connection and put it down to many other factors to do with their lifestyle. Juna Moon-12

Testing the mattress to make sure it’s right for you.

When it comes to testing a mattress out and finding out which one is best for you, I implore you to lie on the mattress, take off your coat and your shoes and lie on the mattress for quite a long time and adopt your normal sleeping position, you should be lying on the mattress for at least 10 minutes to really test the comfort level and suitability for your body. Lie on your back and on your side and if the mattress is for two of you it is important that you both test the mattress together so that you both feel happy with the comfort level and it does not produce partner disturbance. The size of the mattress is very important because the last thing you want is partner disturbance, especially if you are a light sleeper. You should be able to lie side by side, with your arms above your head and your elbows out, without touching and the length of the mattress is also very important, it should be 4 to 6 inches longer than the tallest person in the bed. A good way to check if the mattress is the right comfort level is to lie on your back and slide your hand in the hollow of your back, if it slides in too easily then the mattress might be too hard for you, this will promote pressure points on the heaviest parts of your body, shoulders and hips and not give correct spinal alignment or if it’s a struggle to slide your hand in then the mattress will be too soft and not be supportive enough and promote a curvature to the spine and cause aches and pains. The optimum comfort should be when your hand slides under the hollow of your back with just a little bit of resistance this will then be the right mattress for you. When you first purchase your new mattress it might take a while to adjust to the new sleeping surface and you might experience some slight aches, but this is because the mattress will be realigning your spine to lie correctly, so please give it some time for the adjustment. Plus, it is important to protect the mattress and I would highly recommend that you buy a washable mattress and pillow protector to keep your mattress as fresh as possible. Juna Moon-12

Best spring and component system for your mattress

There are many different spring options to choose from for your mattress and manufacturers will tell you they have the best spring system available, stating all sorts of facts about the technical and scientific benefits of their springs and mattress specifications, from the turns of a spring to the tempering of a spring to the material elements of the mattress inners with pulled or teased horse hair to antimicrobial molecules encompassed within the mattress that help to eliminate bacteria. There are many springs available on the market, open coil springs are a cheaper choice and then pocketed springs are clipped together and sold as pocket sprung systems which is a cheap alternative to a quality pocket sprung system. There are block foam options which can create too much heat and are not well ventilated, then there are memory foam mattresses that claim to cradle your body and give the ultimate support but can warm up too much to latex mattresses that give spring back support and are very expensive. Many mattresses on the market claim to have pure new wool, Cashmere, Alpaca and many other materials to entice you to buy, be careful of this marketing ploy as many will only have “an essence of” the material they claim is in abundance within the mattress, check the label for grams used, I bet you will not find this information easily. A mattress that is one sided invariably is made this way because it is cheaper to produce and can sell at a much lower price, the big multiples put enormous pressure on manufacturers to produce cheaper matts so that the margins can still be attained and hence the one sided mattress was born! I believe it is important to have a two sided mattress that you turn on a regular basis, the mattress has to be of a certain thickness to give maximum support and the depth of a mattress should be a minimum of 23cm. By turning your mattress you are redistributing the materials inside to stop a ridging effect that can happen when a mattress is not aired and turned on a regular basis. Juna Moon-12

Best spring system is Pocket Sprung!

The best spring system for your mattress is Pocket Sprung, these are smaller and softer springs that are aligned in rows and each of the springs are protected by a fabric casing, the mattress will conform and adjust independently to the lines and contours of your body and cradle your correctly. It helps to prevent roll together and partner disturbance. The springs are hand nested in a honeycombed pattern and then centre tied with linen cord to make sure the springs do not migrate and loosen and they keep their shape much better. Hand side stitched mattresses will help keep the sides of the mattress supportive so you do not feel like you are falling off when lying near the edge of the mattress and this will maximise the full use of your mattress, it gives edge to edge support. The spring counts can vary dramatically from 600 to 10,000 springs plus, I feel the optimum spring count should lie between 1200 and 3000, when you get a much higher spring count it can mean that the mattress has mini springs incorporated into the mattress and these lie on top of the traditional pocket spring, but can promote a slant of the mattress after some time due to the mini springs moving independently away from the main structure of the mattress. The reason these springs are used is to increase the spring count of the mattress and make it appear to be a far superior mattress in terms of quality and value of money etc. This is quite often a marketing ploy, I question the extra benefits you are going to acquire with this higher spring count, is it a genuine benefit or way to drive a higher price ticket. Juna Moon-12

Care of your mattress

It is important to look after your mattress, you should turn your mattress from end to end and side to side every week for the first few months and thereafter about every three months, this will prolong the life of your mattress and reduce impression indentations in your mattress where your body lies. Impression marks are normal, they are sometimes called settlement which is a normal characteristic of the mattress as it should conform to your body shape. As already stated it is important to keep your mattress as fresh and aired as possible, it helps to leave the sheets off the mattress for as long as possible to air it and I always recommend that you use a good quality mattress and pillow protector, this will increase the longevity and health of your mattress so that it provides you with years of comfort and joy! Sleep well. Sue Ellis Company Founder Junamoon Ltd Juna Moon-12