How to choose the dream mattress
APPARENTLY, there's no consensus on what makes a good mattress.
It's very subjective.
What one person needs for a good sleep will have another person tossing and turning.
And if you think about it, people from different cultures from all around the world sleep on very different mattresses.
There are, however, a few basics that don't change.
Kelly Macdonald, national training manager at Sleepy's - The Mattress Experts (sleepys.com.au) says there are some firm facts about mattresses many of us don't know.
"The first thing most people don't know is how old their mattress is," says Kelly.
"Often mattresses are passed down in the family; mum and dad get a new mattress and pass theirs on.
"But after about eight to 10 years mattresses don't perform as well and they certainly don't last forever.
"The other thing people often don't realise is the direct relationship between the quality of the mattress and the quality of sleep you get. And from that, how your day will be.
"What we're seeing at the moment is a big move back to spring mattresses.
"For the last 20 years there were a lot of non-spring mattresses, but currently around 90% of the mattresses we are selling are springs.
"Within that there are traditional spring mattresses and the popular pocket spring mattresses.
"These are made with individual coils that contour to your body and are great for spine support and alignment.
"The second major benefit is they really reduce what we call 'partner disturbance' - when your partner tosses and turns.
"The non-spring mattresses can be made from latex or memory foam.
"The main benefit of latex is it is sourced naturally, which many people like the idea of.
"Memory foam mattresses have the key benefit of retaining shape, the 'body signature' effect, is greatly reduced.
"We believe that the age of the person doesn't really come in to it; children adults and the elderly; everyone equally needs as much support as possible.
"Basically at Sleepy's all we sell is mattresses, so we know them. They are all Australian made and all very good quality.
"We also offer a 60-night comfort exchange policy, so we really want people to be very comfortable on their mattresses."