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How to choose the best mattress for a comfortable sleep. Your Questions answered

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2021-06-15 11:00:37

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The key to your health lies in the perfect balance of healthful rest and mindfulness. One such aspect that everyone tends to ignore over diet, exercise, and other activities, is often how they sleep. Choosing the right mattress to enhance your sleep quality and quantity is one of the first and most critical steps. In addition, choosing a better lifestyle, sleeping environment, and habits is essential for your long-term health. Your mattress and pillow combination is the first set of factors that determine how you sleep in addition to your lifestyle and then-current health.

When you’re out buying a new mattress, you shouldn’t go for the budget or type as the first factor, but how it feels. Once you have the kind of mattress that suits you (and your partner), then you should consider if it’s soft or firm, among personal preferences. Since you’re buying a mattress to last for years, it will impact your health and sleep statistics over the years.

Looking at short-term personal preferences or recommendations wouldn’t be a fool-proof idea since everyone has different requirements as per their body. That is why you should look at a mattress that suits your body type and long-term preferences for maximum health and sleep benefits.

Your sleeping position and its role in your mattress decision process:
Your sleeping position is also one factor that largely determines your new mattress type and its softness or firmness. Your sleeping position combined with any potential chronic or temporary pain/injury is another reason to check your mattress type. The sleeping position issue isn’t as critical for children and young adults with a healthy BMI, but essential nonetheless and critical for older people. Here is how your sleeping position affects your mattress buying decision.

  1. Side-sleeping position: In the side-sleeping position, the issues one needs to address are comforting and supporting your shoulder blades and shoulder pressure points, and the spine. This is essential since most people tend to find themselves waking up in the shoulder, neck, and other localized pains more often than back pain. It could be because of sleeping awkward or regular occurrence means chronic issues and weaker shoulder muscles.
    These issues also translate to how our spine feels at ease and needs proper support. Since sleeping on the side doesn’t necessarily mean that our spine stays in its neutral position, it needs support, but your shoulders need plush comfort and little freedom to sink. Because of these factors, a medium-soft to medium-firm mattress density configuration is ideal for long-term use.
     
  2. Back-sleeping position: In the back-sleeping position, your spine or back needs a good firmness and support level for long-term health benefits. Since our spine has a natural S-shape, especially towards the coccyx (lower back vertebrae), it needs support yet a neutral position throughout. This matter of spinal support is vital to keep in check if you sleep on your side. Since your mattress could be firm or too firm for your shoulders to relax and sink to some extent, making the middle section of your spine bent in either direction. So, sleeping on your back needs a mattress that is either medium-firm, firm, or ultra-firm, depending upon the requirement and any existing issues. It would be best if you looked into orthopedic mattresses that can help with existing injuries or chronic pains, and they’re Dr. recommended mattress options for neck, shoulder, and back pain.
     
  3. Abdominal position: Abdominal sleeping orientation is not the best way to sleep. It may seem comfortable on some days, but the long-term pattern of abdominal sleeping position isn’t the best for your internal and external health. However, if you feel at ease and are healthy sleeping in the abdominal position, a medium-firm mattress would be better to prevent your lower back from depressing towards the mattress. Ideally, an innerspring pocket coil mattress with a medium-firm or medium-soft surface configuration would be best for an abdominal sleeping position (depends on abdominal fat and BMI).
     
  4. Fetal position: The fetal position is similar to sleeping on the side, except you get additional benefits. Most people prefer to sleep in the fetal position or with one leg raised towards the abdomen. This sleeping orientation not only reduces stress on your lower back but is also better in the ways that a side sleeping position is better. Additionally, it needs the same level of support and comfort that one needs when sleeping on the side. So, an ideal mattress for people who sleep in the fetal position would be medium-soft to medium-firm, where your pelvic area and shoulders need cushioning, and support and your spine needs to stay neutral and horizontally at rest.

Body Pains and your new mattress:
Body pains can lead to intense psychological and physiological stress over a long time. These pains are best avoided by exercise, lifestyle changes, and sleep environment adjustments. Sedentary lifestyles, age, overweight, injuries, and other factors can lead to injuries or medical and chronic pains that need long-term care. And one thing about our bodies is that it’s always better to prevent any condition than work to cure it. So, taking care of your body with lifestyle changes, best suitable mattresses, and other factors is the best way to ensure you can get rid of any pains. These are the reasons behind different kinds of pains one can get and how to address them in sleep:

  1. Chronic back/shoulder pain: Chronic pain in your back, lower back, neck, and shoulder area are issues that come to the front because of different factors. Older age, lifestyle, improper mattress, injuries, and other issues can often lead to chronic back and shoulder pain, eventually affecting nearby areas too. Chronic back pain and shoulder issues also need separate pillows depending upon the severity and nature of pain. For example, a medium-firm pillow is better for cervical, where your spine rests in a neutral position without exerting pressure on your shoulder muscles. In addition, a medium-firm, firm, or medium-soft mattress is ideal in addressing both injury-related and chronic back pain. For example, a pocket coil innerspring or Bonnell coil spring mattress with a medium-firm would be ideal for most scenarios to address long-term posture neutrality in chronic pain.
     
  2. Injuries: Sports injuries or age-related injuries, and other commonplace injuries vary in severity. The best way to address if you need to change your mattress is to see if you have a long-term injury or consequences that might show up occasionally despite a minor injury. Our muscles hold our bones together, and they need to relax and need exercise to prevent deterioration. Without exercise or negative lifestyle factors, one increases their lifestyle of injuries even without sports or exercise. Injuries are often a result of weaker core muscles, imbalance, and deteriorating muscles. While you move towards a more active lifestyle, a mattress is critical in address post-injury posture and care. That is why a medium-firm, medium-soft mattress is best for long-term injury prevention and cure. You can sleep in any position and still have adequate support and plushness for your core, back, and other areas. A warmer mattress like high-density memory foam or PU foam would be an idea in providing soothing and pressure relieving properties to your injury.
     
  3. Sedentary lifestyle: A sedentary lifestyle often leads to pent-up stress and deterioration of your shoulders, neck, and lower back. To address the pain that arises from a sedentary lifestyle, an orthopedic mattress is usually the best way to take preemptive action. Your body weight, age, body type are the following factors that influence what kind of mattress would suit you best. But, in most cases, orthopedic foam or orthopedic innerspring mattresses are ideal for a sedentary lifestyle and can change depending on complications. In addition, a medium-firm or firm mattress that is signature to orthopedics is best to prevent long-term pains.
     
  4. Old age muscle deterioration: Our body grows old, and it shows everywhere, including our muscles. Despite one’s fitness levels, our muscles do not recover, grow or have the same strength as young adulthood. But when we talk about older people or senior citizens, the muscles have less strength, and chronic pain often adds to these woes. The best way to take care of muscle deterioration is to mix the right mattress, weight maintenance, and exercise over the years. Seniors also might need to sleep in different positions, and a firm mattress not only provides adequate support but makes getting out of bed easier. The best mattress for someone with injuries, chronic pain coupled with muscle deterioration would be a medium-firm or firm. This mattress configuration helps keep one’s bones and muscle system in perfect maintenance and a neutral position. Additionally, an ortho foam or innerspring orthopedic mattress is ideal for older people and associated problems.
     

Body type and composition:
Everyone has a different body type, and not one mattress type fits all. Factors like bodyweight have their own influence, but bodyweight distribution and body type play a significant role too. Bodyweight aside, your body type varies depending upon age, fitness, genetics, and fat distribution. To put things in perspective for the ideal mattress as per body type, let’s consider these factors:

Body types and BMI factors:

  1. Ectomorphs: Ectomorphs are people who have taller and leaner body sizes and can be naturally slim and slender. They do not gain weight and do not need extensive support because of little fat. An ectomorph would find a soft or medium-soft mattress ideal for sleeping and even medium-firm in some cases.
  2. Endomorphs: Endomorphs have larger bodies that gain muscle and fat quickly and are generally heavier. Irrespective of body weight distribution, endomorphs need full-body support. That is why a medium-firm, firm, or ultra-firm mattress is ideal depending upon BMI, weight, body fat, and preference. Orthopedic innerspring mattresses or medium-firm orthopedic foam mattresses are best for Endomorphs.
    Unevenly distributed weight: Endomorphs are more prone to fat build-up and look more round than the other two body types. This overweight issue would make getting a mattress more suited to you as a challenging task. To address the unevenly distributed fat, especially in the abdomen, you should look into medium-firm innerspring pocket coil mattresses that offer full-body contouring support. That is, such a mattress would be better for your overall health and support the different body parts without any effort. Moreover, a pocket coil mattress also isolates motion, preventing you from getting up at night if you toss and turn. The suitable materials to choose in such a case would be either latex foam or a high-density HR foam in the support layer and memory foam in the comfort layer.
  3. Mesomorphs: Mesomorphs tend to be muscular and gain and lose weight effortlessly. Because of this, they’re also more likely to be fitter, leaner, and generally balanced than the other two types. Mesomorphs are people that would need a healthy balance of comfort and support with less need for extreme plushness. That is why a latex foam mattress or a hybrid innerspring mattress would be ideal for a mesomorph.

Body Weight:
Bodyweight and fat distribution only contribute to how plush and supportive your mattress needs to be. The balance of comfort and support in your body is critical in ensuring high-quality sleep for years to come. That is why being underweight and overweight are significant factors in choosing a mattress of your choice. Combined with the body fat distribution and type as mentioned above, it can become complex and better left to algorithms like SleepID to choose your mattress.

  1. Underweight: As an underweight person, you’re more likely to be an ectomorph and wouldn’t need or prefer a firmer mattress. A soft or medium-soft mattress is ideal for an underweight person, and one of the best configurations one can choose is the extremities in a dual-comfort mattress. A medium-soft side and soft on another in a dual-comfort mattress is ideal for most underweight individuals.
     
  2. Overweight: Overweight people need a decent level of support that needs proper spinal alignment, full-body support, and a generally firmer mattress. An innerspring mattress or an orthopedic mattress with a firm or medium-firm mattress density is best. Moreover, in an overweight person, your mattress also has to allow sleeping in different mattress configurations and spinal support to go with it. Injuries, deteriorated muscles, and other factors like chronic pain also need to be addressed, and a Dr. recommended orthopedic mattresses would help maintain overall health.
     
  3. Ideal weight: For a person with ideal weight and BMI for their body type, the best way to choose a mattress is to use biometric data analysis in our SleepID tool. A perfect balance of comfort and support and a general medium-soft or medium-firm mattress would be the best route to take in the general scenario. A latex foam, memory foam, or any hybrid innerspring mattress without excessive support or firmness is best.
     
  4. Pregnancy: When you’re pregnant and need more care for your unborn gift and yourself, self-care is one of the factors you can go overboard with. Pregnancy can lead to temporary health issues like back pain, shoulder pain and make it difficult for you to sleep. That is why a mattress that suits you before and after delivery is vital for the long run. A dual comfort mattress or an ultra-luxury mattress would provide the adequate support and comfort you need to feel your pressure-melting away and sleep with ease. In addition, you can look into latex foam mattresses to ensure you’re in the best of health as they’re hypoallergenic and ensure the longest satisfaction period.

Type of mattresses:
Different types of mattresses suit different requirements and personal preferences. Each type has its pros and cons and a budget associated with it, which you should consider. However, as a general rule-of-thumb, consider these factors that help you find compatibility with different mattress types:

  1. Latex: A latex mattress has the best balance of comfort and support in all mattresses because of latex’s material properties. The bouncier surface and overall temperature neutrality, and hypoallergenic properties give latex mattresses the crown for the best material. Moreover, a latex foam mattress also lasts a long-time because of its external agent repelling properties. So, if you’re looking for a long-lasting mattress with the proper support, bounce, and properties that make it perfect, a latex mattress is the best-case scenario. Latex also comes in two different categories- Talalay and Dunlop.
     
  2. Memory foam: Memory foam is an excellent pressure-relieving material that is plush, allows your body to ‘sink’ to some extent (depending upon density and support). It also allows for a slightly warmer sleeping experience, is hypoallergenic, and is an excellent option for people who want relief from muscle pain and injuries. However, memory foam mattress is good in the long-term only for people with a normal BMI, and it still needs adequate support to prevent spine misalignment. In addition, memory foam can be used in quilting in the comfort layer, and different densities allow better plush comfort and pressure relief.
     
  3. Innerspring: There are various kinds of innerspring systems, and the two most widely used options are- pocket coil and Bonnell coil. Innerspring mattresses also have the option of using different foam materials, offer excellent support, and are longer-lasting than foam. The best use of innerspring mattresses is in offering exceptional support, a superior sleeping experience, and overall better comfort. In addition, they can offer contouring full-body support and are even suitable for use in orthopedics.
     
  4. Foam: Any foam mattress may have different types and densities of foam to make a semi-light or lightweight mattress that can offer more comfort. Foam mattresses can be orthopedic or everyday luxury and even use latex, rebonded foam, HR foam, or memory foam in different configurations. Additionally, a foam mattress may also be available in a dual-comfort option with different configurations on either side. You should look into foam mattresses if you’re looking for a lightweight, low-maintenance option.
     
  5. Hybrid: A hybrid mattress uses multiple mattress layers to achieve one supreme sleeping experience. Hybrid mattresses would have different types of foam, innerspring in one mattress, like using multiple layers of the pocket coil in an ultra-luxury mattress. Alternatively, a latex mattress with a memory foam comfort layer in the quilting with an innerspring pocket coil configuration is an all-rounder luxury mattress. These mattresses need more research and development because to study how different layers work together and offer one mattress experience.  

Firmness factor:
The firmness of a mattress is how it feels at its core experience rather than just the surface. Yes, a surface is the most precise definition of a mattress’s firmness, but there are more factors in the mix. For example, the firmness of a mattress is a contribution of its comfort and support layer. So, if an orthopedic mattress is firm, it is because of the density and plushness of its comfort layer and the enhanced support of its support layer. Here is how different firmness levels can affect your mattress buying decision:

  1. Soft: A softer mattress is best for people who are lightweight and don’t need extensive support but can do with decent cushioning. A softer mattress like PU foam or memory foam is ideal for muscle injury pain relief and can be a good option for long-term use if your body suits it. Moreover, a softer mattress doesn’t mean it lacks support, and it can be soft or medium-soft on its surface and still have an excellent support system. For example, a latex mattress can be soft with a Talalay latex foam layer and a memory foam quilting.
     
  2. Extra Soft: Extra soft mattresses are usually a coupling of multiple comfort layers in different or standalone settings and densities. A super-soft mattress may be an example of a hospitality mattress with a plush comfort layer and a pillow-top construction. Most ultra-luxury mattresses have a unique construction option like a pillow-top layer or a Euro top that would help enhance comfort and support. The right density of a comfort layer also plays a significant role in ensuring your mattress stays extra soft without compromising on the support. A super-soft mattress is usually ideal for the hospitality industry or if you prefer the sleeping-in-the clouds experience, give that it isn’t harmful in the long run.
     
  3. Medium-soft/firm: A medium-firm mattress is the best and most widely accepted option for general use. People with pain issues or having trouble upgrading from a softer to a firmer mattress would find a medium-firm mattress best. A medium-firm mattress is also suitable for orthopedic use and dual-comfort mattresses as they offer a decent balance of comfort and support.
     
  4. Firm: Firmer mattresses are usually exceptional cases and used in orthopedic mattresses or some dual comfort mattresses only. Moreover, a firm mattress would be incompatible for people that prefer to sleep on the side (without unique construction or plush cushioning). A firmer mattress is vital for people with chronic pain or higher body weight as our spine and muscles need to relax in a neutral position. A firm mattress is usually ideal for older or overweight people and special requirements because it would prevent sleeping on the side in some cases.
     
  5. Extra-firm: An extra firm mattress usually relies on the strength of an innerspring system and an ultra-high density foam layer to enhance support. Extra firm mattresses are usually suitable for people with extreme chronic pain, injury, or other exceptional cases. For example, one would only find themselves sleeping on their back with no room for sleeping on the side, making it a special case mattress. However, it would help if you always relied on your doctor’s consultation and prescription in choosing an extra firm orthopedic or dual-comfort mattress.

Budget
The budget is one of the main factors based on which people choose their mattress or manufacturer. You can look at your mattress budget as a long-term health investment similar to a health insurance. A mattress’s budget is undoubtedly one of the main factors, and a luxury mattress brand would usually have higher rates. But the main thing to consider and keep in mind is the quality and overall benefits you get to make it bang for your buck.
The factors to ensure this are your mattress construction quality, stitching, and the material quality. As one of the best mattress brand in India, and a leading luxury mattress brand internationally, at King Koil, we use only the best material, mattress construction, and advanced research and development. These factors and more help us provide the best bed mattress to buy for your long-term health with guaranteed satisfaction. And we ensure quality with our research and development to create mattresses that hug you and help you sleep in perfect health for years to come.
King Koil mattresses start from INR 30,000 and up to INR 90,000 for the regular luxury range. Ultra-luxury and bespoke mattresses may cost more because of unique construction and demand and can cost above INR 1,00,000. Based on your budget and SleepID, you can choose the best mattress for you and your partner and sleep in the best sleep and perfect health without any worry.

SleepID:
SleepID is our primary biometric data analysis tool that uses real-world data from years of research, surveys, and experimentation to give the best products for one’s body type. It considers your weight, body type, sex, age, preferences, and your partner’s preferences to shortlist mattresses that suit you best in the long term. Based on your SleepID number, you can get online or in-store at our SleepID kiosks, and you can select from a range of shortlisted mattresses. Most people run into high dissatisfaction rates when buying a mattress online, but SleepID eliminates this issue for both the manufacturer and the customer. It is the best tool to ensure your mattress rather than rely on a risky 100 day trial period.

Based on your budget, preference, and overall suitability, you can choose any mattress and try it in-store from our dealerships and outlets pan-India. This way, you can be absolutely sure that you’re getting the best mattress for your body type, and it doesn’t lead to any dissatisfaction later on. Our ultra-luxury and hospitality mattresses are different and stand out from the SleepID luxury mattress range.

A bespoke mattress or an ultra-luxury mattress are also excellent options for long-term health, but you should always ask our Sleep experts if they’d be the best fit for your body type. These mattresses deliver a heavenly super soft sleeping experience and would be ideal for people with no special requirements. SleepID is also a great tool to shortlist on a mattress type before going into the rest.

Conclusion:
Selecting the right mattress can be a challenging task, especially if you are checking and looking to buy a premium mattress online. However, you can rely on King Koil as the leading mattress brand in India that produces the best quality mattresses. Since many factors go into buying a mattress and ensuring its satisfaction assurance, our SleepID tool is the first step to choosing the right one.

You can also look into our hospitality and ultra-luxury mattress range if you’re looking for something uniquely superior and has the best to offer in sleep environment options. Sleep is vital to our health and well-being, and one of the best ways to be sure we keep diseases and conditions at bay is to take care of our body preemptively and proactively. That is why it is also critical that you change your lifestyle and sleeping habits while a luxury mattress does the rest of the work while you sleep in bliss.

Our pillows and mattress toppers are accessories you can look into for better overall compatibility and quality assurance. The right accessories and pillows help keep neck and shoulder pain at bay and help protect your mattress for years.

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