Mattress buying guide

The most important thing for a good night's sleep is the mattress you're sleeping on. There are many different types of mattresses with various materials and prices that can suit any budget, so it can be difficult to know where to start when buying a new one. This blog post will explore some of the factors to consider when purchasing your next bedding set, and give you tips on how to save money at the same time!

What type of sleeper are you? Side sleeper? Back Sleeper? Stomach Sleeper? All three have their own needs in terms of mattress support and height. Know which position suits you best before making your purchase decision.

Find my perfect mattress quiz is a useful guide for those who prefer a fun quiz instead of reading.

What position do you sleep in?

You can tell a lot about somebody by the way they sleep.  In fact, there are 8 recognized positions that people falls into when going through their own zzz-filled night, however the most common ones are: side sleeper (75%), stomach sleeper (25%), and belly downer aka “back snoozers” which make up 10%. 

Side sleeper

When people sleep on their side, recessed areas between the body and mattress are formed. These gaps need mattresses that will form a cradle to fill them in. This spreads weight more evenly so these pressure points don’t become pained!

A side sleeper's perfect sleep surface should be about 3 inches to account for the extra comfort their spine needs. Side sleepers should buy a very soft mattress.

Back sleeper

The best way to make sure you are sleeping on your back is by wearing a shirt with the label "Back" across its front.

Joking aside...

The delicate area of the spine located in your lower back is actually one of few gaps created when you sleep on your back. It’s a pretty important part of the body that needs to be supported, but it doesn't need as much padding because side-sleepers require more support for their backsides. A thinner top layer works best with this type of sleeper and most are comfortable sleeping on an inch or so thick comfort pad.

For this reason, a back sleeper should go for a more firm mattress.

Stomach sleeper

The only real benefit of sleeping on your stomach is that it may help stop snoring. Other than that there are a list of disadvantages to sleep in this position like back pain, breathing problems and neck issues. However, if you're comfortable with the way you sleep then buying the right mattress can minimize these effects

The last thing a stomach sleeper needs is soft and/or thick comfort layers because there are little to no recessed areas to support. Plus, if you sleep on softer surfaces on your stomach you're likely going to hyperextend the lumbar area.

Firm or thin beds with comfortable yet supportive mattresses make for ideal sleeping conditions.

Types of mattresses

If you're shopping for a new mattress, be prepared to go through the web of prices and features. From extremely cheap options all the way up into crazy expensive.

Foam mattress

Memory foam softens when you lie on it and soon molds to your body. Once you get up, it springs back to its original shape- sometimes with a little bit of effort though! Some mattresses require some adjustment for changing positions as well

Innerspring mattress

Comfort and durability are key features of innersprings, which offer bounce on top with support from their coils. The coolness is a nice touch if you tend to sleep hot at night!

Adjustable Air Mattresses

With the help of an electric pump, you can inflate this type of mattress to your desired firmness. This often includes additional layers on top as well and allows each sleep partner to have their own preferred hardness level by letting them half-inflate it according to preference. However, if there is any need during the night for adjustments in comfort levels then bear in mind that these pumps are noisy

Sweet dreams

Congratulations on making it to the end of this blog post! If you've been looking for a helpful mattress buying guide, then we hope that our article was able to provide some clarity.

We hope you find the best mattress for you and that you get a nice, warm night of sleep.


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