Looking for a new mattress but overwhelmed with the options that are available in the market? Fret not! Here is more information about some of the common offerings that you may be familiar with.

  • Spring

These mattresses comprise of a core of metal springs covered by foam and padding which helps to support you. Depending on the shape of springs, number, wire thickness, the number of turns and way they’re arranged, it provides a different level of support. You may also check out 8edtimes (#01-05) for their wooden spring series, where it provides an electrosmog-free environment. 

  • Latex

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Latex is natural rubber. Mattresses that are made of latex are expensive but very durable. They are expected to last up to 20 years, which is approximately double the average lifespan of a spring mattress. For those who have frequent allergy reaction, latex mattresses will be your best friend as they are more resistant to mould and bugs. Also, latex mattresses are less dense than memory foam, which means they retain heat lesser. For those who prefer a cooling sleep, or if you don’t sleep in an air-conditioned room – this is for you!

  • Memory Foam

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This is one of the trendiest mattresses out there! As the name suggests, the ‘memory foam’ mattress will remember and keep your shape made by your bodyweight for a while after you get off it. Also known as ‘viscoelastic’, Foam mattress usually reacts to your body heat and weight, which helps to provide even support, thereby avoiding pressure points and bed sores. This is also known as viscoelastic. If you need a comfortable and a mattress that can support you in your sleep, memory foam is the way to go! Similar to latex, this mattress can help those allergy sufferers out there, as it is antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and mould.

  • Foam

Visit Magic Koil (#01-23) for its natural latex foam mattress. 

This is a cheaper alternative but may offer little support. It is important to note that the foam mattress should not be slept on regularly. If you have a guest room in your house, you can opt for this option. 

In deciding how firm your mattress should be, it all depends on the position you sleep in:

  1. If you lie on your stomach to sleep, a firm mattress will help keep your spine aligned.
  2. If you sleep on your back, a mattress of medium firmness is generally best for you as it provides extra comfort and support for your spine, back and neck.
  3. If you sleep on your side, a soft mattress is best as it can contour to your body’s curve and provides support.

However, with all these tips in mind, the best way to determine which bed is best for you is to actually test it out.

  1. You can lay on the mattress for a while to feel how it is like.
  2. Relax into your normal sleeping position. You should feel that the mattress can support your body and take your body contours.
  3. Ideally, there should be no space between you can the mattress when you lie on your back.
  4. If you are buying with your partner, both parties should lie on the mattress and determine if the mattress has a good feel to both.
  5. If you feel completely comfortable in one of the mattress you laid on – that’s the one you should take home!