The value of a good night’s sleep is indisputable and your choice in mattress plays a pivotal role in your waking up feeling refreshed and well-rested. We ask Dustin Scholtz, Merchandise Executive at Dial-a-Bed, to give us some pointers when it comes to picking out the right mattress:
1. Why is a good quality mattress so important?
Very few consumers consider the fact that we spend on average of eight hours a day (a third of our life!) asleep on our mattress. We spend more time on our mattress than on our couches or even in our cars. A good quality mattress is considered to be one of the most important purchases a person can make in their lifetime. When asleep, we move through different ‘sleep stages’ where, among other activities, our bodies control metabolism, our memory banks and our immune systems. A good night’s sleep is part and parcel of a healthy lifestyle. The better the quality mattress you sleep on, the more likely you are to sleep well and allow your body and mind to function at its best.
2. Is a firmer mattress always the healthier option when it comes to mattresses?
No. The firmness of a mattress is merely a comfort preference. The healthiest sleeping position for your body is what is termed as a ‘neutral’ position – as close to your natural standing position as possible. This is a position that maintains the arch in the small of your back or if you sleep on your side, that maintains the arch above your hips.
3. How often should I turn my mattress to keep it in mint condition?
Most of today’s mattresses are one sided, no flip or no turn mattresses. We recommend turning the mattress on a monthly basis, rotating the mattress 180 degrees at a time. Because humans are creatures of habit, we tend to sleep in the same position on the same area of the mattress night after night. By rotating your mattress on a regular basis, it allows for all of the filling materials (generally a combination of foams, cottons and wools) to settle equally across the entire mattress, reducing the possibility of indentations appearing on the mattress.
4. How long should a good mattress last?
There is no definitive answer to this question. There are many variables that affect the lifespan of a mattress. Research suggests that most South Africans only replace their mattress every 10 – 12 years. Consider this, the average adult male loses around 500ml of fluids during an 8-hour sleep session. These fluids inevitably are absorbed into the mattress. As humans, our skin also exfoliates while we are asleep, with dead skin cells collecting in and on our mattresses. From a purely health conscious point of view, we recommend replacing your mattress every 5 years. It is always best to invest in a high quality mattress protector to ensure that you get the most out of your mattress.
5. Does price always equate to better mattress quality?
In short, yes. When it comes to mattresses, you get what you pay for. The price of a mattress is generally determined by the quality of the various components it is made up of. Many of the international brands available in South Africa, such as Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons and Serta, are manufactured to the brands international standards, ensuring that we are able to offer the South African consumer the latest and best possible technology and quality worldwide.
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