It may not be obvious but your mattress plays a major role in deciding what your nights will be like. Choose the wrong mattress and you’ll be waking up in body aches after a night of fitful sleep, but choosing the ringtone can drastically improve your sleep quality and even how you feel throughout the day. 

There are countless factors like the firmness of the mattress, the heat conductivity, edge support, and more that comes into play when determining which mattress is right for you. In addition, you need to know what your own personal preferences are. 

Knowing these basic things when you walk into a mattress shop or while browsing for mattresses online can help you choose the right one, so keep reading for some much needed information on mattress types and features. 

Types of Mattresses 

As far as make and material go, there are some popular mattress types that you might come across while shopping. 

  • Spring Mattress: Spring mattresses are made with – you guessed it – pockets of spring inserted under layers of soft material. These mattresses are bouncy and soft, and provide good edge support but they’re not the best when it comes to heat conductivity. 
  • Air Mattress: These mattresses have a pocket of air in the middle, and their firmness level can be adjusted. They make a great option for couples who both like different levels of firmness in their mattress. 
  • Memory Foam Mattress: Memory foam is famous for the support it provides, while being fairly soft and comfortable to sleep on. It contours itself to your body shape and helps you avoid any back aches. 
  • Water Beds: These mattresses are inflated by filling them with water, and they were all the rage a while back. They’ve since fallen in popularity, most likely because people realized that they were good to sleep on but got old pretty quickly. 
  • Hybrid Mattress: If you want the best of all worlds when it comes to mattresses, try out a hybrid mattress. It combines materials you would find in other mattresses to give you the best performance. The best hybrid mattress is one that gives you some of the best features in other mattress types and as little as possible of the cons. 

Of course there are countless other types of mattresses as well and more are created every day. 

Mattress Firmness 

Mattress firmness is measured on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the softest mattress and 10 being the hardest. You would think that the softest possible mattress might be the best option, but that is not the case.

Soft mattresses don’t provide great support to your spine and your muscles while you sleep, and even if you prefer the feeling of sleeping in your mattress instead of on it, a compromise needs to be made. Hard mattresses, on the other hand, can be wrong for you in many cases and not provide you with the proper spine alignment and contouring during the night. 

In both cases, you’ll wake up with body aches after a poor night’s rest. 

Heat Conductivity 

This is a mattress’s ability  to keep you cool in the summers and warm in the winters. Any mattress that can’t regulate temperature will make it incredibly hard for you to sleep, especially since your body needs to be at a specific temperature to even fall asleep in the first place. 

Edge Support 

This is not something as important as the other factors, but it does matter. A mattress with good edge support means you won’t be tumbling down the bed any time soon, be it during the night or when you’re getting down and dirty with your partner. 

When buying a mattress, always test it out for at least 20 minutes before buying it. A lot of online mattress stores offer trial periods and easy return policies for this purpose, so make sure you do your research about them before ordering a mattress online, too.