Have you been getting enough sleep lately? Are you up all night tossing and turning at an attempt to get comfortable? No one likes getting out of bed feeling exhuasted, achy and tired but that old, uncomfortable mattress might be the biggest reason why you can't catch some Z's. Not to mention that sleep deprivation can lead to a variety of ill side effects like a slower metabolism, bad mood and decreased alertness. Don’t let your uncomfortable mattress ruin another nights rest! Check out this guide to learn about different mattresses and which kind may help you get back to sleep.

What's an Innerspring Mattress?

Inner-Spring-Mattress

The classic innerspring mattress has been one of the most popular choices for many years because people are familiar with their performance, they are available practically everywhere and they come in a wide price range with different levels of comfort and firmness. They use a steel coil support system, hence innerspring, and manufacturers offer a variety of spring systems that can change the way the mattress feels. For example, one spring system may have individually wrapped pocketed coils and another could have springs that are connected into one single unit.

Innerspring mattresses typically provide more of a supportive feel compared to foam mattresses. Additionally, you have the option of choosing models with a pillow-top layer that enhances comfort like the Excelsior mattress with foam-encased coils to reduce motion transfer.

What's a Memory Foam Mattress?

Memory-Foam-Mattress

Memory foam technology is relatively new compared to the traditional innerspring mattress. It wasn't introduced into the mattress retail space until the very early 90s, just a few years after NASA released memory foam in the public domain. Unlike traditional mattresses, memory foam does not have the innerspring system or steel coils. It's a special polyurethane material that conforms to pressure and will mold into the shape of the individual laying on it.

In general, memory foam mattresses provide good pressure-point relief and perform extremely well in motion isolation. Also, some memory foam mattresses are cool to the touch due to their breath-ability. For instance, the Skandia 10" memory foam mattress offers 3" of extra-dense visco-elastic foam that provides superior comfort and the 7" polyurethane foam base evenly distributes weight.

Choosing Firmness

When you're on the hunt for cheap mattresses in NYC and comfortable mattresses, you want to choose the right firmness that will work for you. Here are some general guidelines that can assist you but remember, you should try the mattress in person before making your final decision.

  • Ultra or Extra Firm: Could be ideal for sleepers that lie on their back as the rigidity of the coil system is increased. May not be comfortable for side sleepers because it may put too much pressure on your curves.
  • Firm: Typically has a thin upholstery layer of foam while the remaining upholstery is firmer to provide a solid and firm feel. More suited toward individuals that sleep on their back and on occasion, their stomach. Side sleepers could find comfort but it still needs to be felt in person.
  • Soft/Plush: Made of thicker and softer layers of upholstery which makes them ideal for side sleepers and back sleepers. However, due to the softness, stomach sleepers may not like thicker layers because it may not provide the same spinal alignment of a firm.

The key to choosing the best mattress is to try them out in-person so you can get a feel for their comfort. Spend a few minutes laying down on each one and determine which feels the best to you. Once you find a winner, ditch your old mattress and experience a better nights rest. Additionally, the quality and durability of today's mattresses have vastly improved where some feature lengthy factory warranties. This added assurance gives you years of use, extreme value and peace-of-mind!