Get a good night's sleep with the right mattress

A good mattress is the key to enjoying a great night's sleep. There are many options available in terms of size, materials and firmness. Bed mattresses can be purchased at just about any furniture retailer as well as through online bedding stores.

Mattress Materials

Since there are many types of mattresses available, it's natural to expect that there are many different materials from which they are made. Memory foam mattresses, feather beds, latex mattresses and water beds all use specialized materials to contain their unique features. However, even if you have a standard spring mattress, the materials used in its construction will affect two things: the quality of your sleep and the price that you pay.

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Discount mattresses are more likely to use inferior wood and springs. Even if they use quality materials, they may contain fewer springs or thinner wood to reduce the overall cost. The result is usually a mattress that won't provide the support you need for a restful night's sleep. You'll also be forced to spend more in the long run because cheap mattresses tend to need replacement more frequently than comparable premium mattresses.

Mattress Sizes

There are mattresses available in the following universal sizes: single, twin, double, queen mattresses and king mattresses. There are also smaller mattresses made for cribs or toddler beds. While many think that bigger is better, you have to take into account the size of your bedroom and how a larger mattress will affect your access to the room, especially if you're looking at purchasing a queen mattress or a king mattress.

Mattress Firmness

Lastly, there are four different firmness ratings that are standard among mattress manufacturers. While it may seem like a small issue, the mattress firm factor is actually the single most important thing that determines the comfort of a given product. The four levels of mattress firmness are soft, medium, firm and extra firm, though the terms used by specific manufacturers vary. Some mattresses even have different firmness ratings on either side of the bed, allowing two people with differing preferences to share a mattress that meets both of their needs.

Finding the best mattress and bedding for you is a matter of choosing the right size and the right firmness so that you can enjoy a great night's sleep for years to come.