Many people underestimate the importance of sleep these days. In a fast-paced world, a good night sleep is often taken for granted. We spend one third of our lives sleeping, and many do it uncomfortably. Choosing the proper mattress to sleep on can completely change your quality of sleep thus improving the rest of your day. But where do you start? We have put together a little cheat sheet to help you find out which mattress is perfect for you!
1. What are you sleeping on now
Check out what you’re sleeping on now. Taking a closer look into the construction of your current mattress will help you decide on what you want or do not want out of your new mattress. The construction of the top and bottom layers are one of the deciding factors in choosing the right mattress for you. Many mattress companies will try and sell you their mattresses based upon the many different materials within the mattress. More is not always better. It really boils down to the top and bottom. Let’s explain.
Top Layers: For instance, does your current mattress sleep too hot? If so, this may be an issue of the top comfort layers. At Suissly, we designed our top two comfort layers to provide a breathable, yet supportive night sleep. It’s important to consider a few factors when decided on how “cool” you want your mattress to be. As humans, we differ in our external temperatures. Some of us run on the cooler side, and others tend to heat things up. By now you should have a good idea as to what temperature you run at night. For those who run hot and/or live in a warmer environment, take a closer look into our two latex models: Medium Firm and Firm. The top comfort layer is made out of 100% organic Dunlop Latex, which sleeps the coolest; followed by the plush, yet supportive memory foam layer beneath. If heat isn’t a topic of concern, check out our other two models, Medium Soft and Medium. The top comfort layer is made out of our California Dream foam. Yes, it really is as dreamy as it sounds. Its propriety blend sheds heat so you continue to sleep cool, while providing comfort to all of your body’s contours, followed by the second comfort layer of memory foam.
Bottom Layers: Do you constantly struggle from your partner’s tossing and turning during the night? This could be an issue of your base layer. Our Medium Soft and Medium Firm models use pocket coils to soak up your partner’s movement before it gets to you. The pocket coils move where you move, and stay put where you don’t, while providing the right amount of support and pressure relief right where you need it. These are great options for those active sleepers who want a little extra bounce or edge support when getting in and out of bed. Our Medium and Firm base layer is comprised of high-density foam that absorbs motion in its place. Allowing you to move freely through the night without the worry of waking your partner. From top to bottom, Suissly has your covered.
2. Is your current mattress too soft, too firm, or just right?
The feel of your mattress plays a critical role in the overall success of a peaceful night sleep. We understand that comfort is key when finding your perfect mattress. With that in mind, we designed four styles to accommodate all sleep styles. For your reference, we’ve rated each firmness level based on a 10-point scale; 10 being the firmest option.
Mine’s too Soft: Overtime, the materials within your mattress are going to breakdown. This happens to all mattresses, regardless of brand. Their life span usually maxes out at about 10 years. With that being said, take a moment to reflect on how long you’ve had your current mattress for. This can help you gauge whether it’s too soft, or you’ve just had it for a little too long. If you fall into this category, take a closer look at Suissly’s Medium Firm (6-7) or Firm (7-8) mattress. The top latex layer gives you extra support which is a great option for more active sleepers or those with kids jumping all over the bed.
Mine’s too Firm: I think many of us can agree, sleeping on a surface that is not soft enough can cause you to wake with aches and pains in the morning, or simply a horrible night sleep in itself. If you fall into this category, we recommend opting for either Suissly’s Medium Soft (4-5) or Medium (5-6) mattress. Why? Their top two comfort layers provide optimal comfort and support while you sleep. Suissly’s California Dream Foam, provides all the benefits of memory foam, yet keeps you cool while you sleep. The second layer of Memory Foam molds to the contours of your body, while absorbing motion transfer through the night.
Mine’s just Right: Even though you’re overall pleased with your current mattress, that 10-year mark could be soon approaching. To determine the best Suissly mattress for you, try to decide what comfort your current mattress falls into: Medium Soft (4-5), Medium (5-6), Medium Frim (6-7) and Firm (7-8). All four models provide amazing comfort, but what it really comes down to is what fits your sleep style the best.
3. Are you a side, stomach, or back sleeper?
The positions you sleep in should definitely be a factor when it comes to choosing the right mattress. For example, a person who sleeps on their side has different needs than someone who sleeps on their back or stomach.
Side Sleepers: If you’re a side sleeper, then you are more than likely craving a soft to medium mattress (firmness level 3-6 on a scale of 10). We would highly recommend our Medium Soft and Medium mattress options. They are both comfortable and soft, yet supportive.
Back Sleepers: If you’re a back sleeper, then you’ll appreciate both softness and support (firmness level 4-7), so your ideal Suissly mattress would be either the Medium or Medium Firm options. Both mattresses offer support and comfort with a customized feel.
Stomach Sleepers: If you love sleeping on your stomach, then being fully supported by your mattress while laying as flat as possible if key to a good night sleep. If a mattress is too soft, the body will curve and move where it sinks down. You will likely need something firm throughout so you can be comfortable in your favorite sleeping position. (Firmness level 5-8). Our Medium Firm and Firm mattress options would fit stomach sleepers best.
All of the above: When it comes to figuring out your sleep position, many of us tend to be all over the place. If you like most, we recommend our Medium and Medium Firm mattress options. Both providing comfort and support in all of the right places.
4. Do you have any pain in the morning in your shoulder, back, or hips?
It is important for your body to be in a comfortable position when you sleep because it is the only chance for it to be relaxed and at rest. The optimal mattress should keep your spine in alignment as well as distribute pressure evenly to help circulation and decrease motion transfer. When there is pain or soreness in certain areas the most obvious reason can be that you are sleeping on the wrong mattress.
Hip Pain: Pain in the hip is often caused by side-sleepers owning a mattress that is too firm. A medium to soft mattress that supports and cradles the body is often a better choice. This will allow the hips to fall naturally into place and relieve pressure points.
Shoulder Pain: Shoulder pain is another result of side-sleepers sleeping on a firm mattress as well. Tendon inflammation, instability, arthritis, and bone fractures can all be causes of shoulder pain and without the proper support and cushioning there is never any relief. A medium to soft mattress is the ideal choice for shoulder pain for the same reasons as the hip. A comfortable pillow is also a concern as well. There should be enough lift to cradle your neck but not push it into a new position.
Back Pain: Back pain is one of the most common issues with people not having the right mattress for their sleep style. Support is the most important thing when searching for a mattress to eliminate back pain. When a mattress is too soft, sinking can often cause the spine to dip and not align properly. A medium to a firm option will allow you to float on the mattress while still providing the support to keep you aligned
5. Size Matters
When sharing a bed, the first concern is size. Squeezing two full size adults, a dog, and couple cats on a twin size mattress will always be a challenge. Queen and King mattresses are usually top sellers because it has ample room for most people while not taking over the room. When you give your partner enough space to sleep in the position that is more comfortable for them there will be much less tossing and turning and heat generated.
After you pick the right size the next step is motion transfer. Motion transfer is a concern that not only affects you, but your partner as well. Softer mattresses tend to have the lowest motion transfer. Memory foam rebounds quickly and does not alert your partner when you turn over or leave the bed. Pocketed coils are also a great solution due to the support they provide. Since each coil is individually pocketed they work independently and do not shift motion across the mattress while also providing a greater edge support.
6. What is your body type?
Even though choosing a mattress is always personal preference, knowing your body type is pivotal in ensuring you get the best sleep possible.
Weight: The amount of sinkage a mattress allows can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. If you are heavier set and choose a bed that is too soft, then your spine will not align properly which can cause problems now and in the future. Most medium firm mattresses made are catered to the average weight of a person, around 185lbs. We advise that heavier set people should opt for a firmer mattress providing the right and necessary support. As for the average weight person, there are more options across the board, depending on your overall firmness preference.
Heat: Sleeping hot can be an issue for many people. Most memory foams can get a little hot and retain heat over the course of a night. However, not all memory foam is created equal. To combat heat retention, we use our own memory hybrid foam called, California Dream Foam. By releasing your body heat it is sure to keep you cooler and dryer. Latex is also a great solution for sleeping cooler. Our 100% organic latex provides a cooler climate, while also having great breathability to disperse heat. One of the most overlooked components is your mattress cover. Our Suissly Pure mattress cover is knitted from a Viscose blend that wicks moisture away for a cool, dry, and breathable sleep surface. You still must always make sure you have the correct firmness because a mattress that is too soft will tend to be a heat trap.
Height: Taller people often think that the dimensions are all they need to worry about when purchasing a mattress. A Queen or King size bed is definitely important so your feet don’t hang off the bed but the firmness is just as important. Since there is more surface area to cover on a taller person there needs to be more support. A firmer mattress is usually a safer bet for someone with an added height advantage.
We hope this helps guide you down the path to the best sleep of your life. It is often daunting to find information on what works best for your body. No one knows your body and sleep habits better than you. The most important thing to keep into consideration is that this is all your personal preference. You deserve the best sleep possible and we at Suissly are here to help you achieve that.