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Time for a new mattress?

At It’s Beds and Pine we want to help you get the best night’s sleep possible, so before you come instore shopping for a new mattress, we’ve pulled together this guide giving you a brief summery of the main options:

Why should I upgrade my mattress?

We recommend replacing your mattress every 7-8 years. Over the years your mattress will lose the support it originally had.

Types of Mattresses

Open coil mattress: These contain one long piece of metal wire coiled into numerous springs. There’s also a rod edge wire border to maintain shape and provide structure. It’s a great value for money option. They are often lighter than other models, making them easy to turn. They tend to be less supportive than other mattresses too. They are most suited to guest bedrooms or as children’s beds however, are great budget friendly mattresses. 

Pocket sprung mattress: This type of mattress is made from individual springs housed in their own pocket of fabric. This means each spring moves independently, providing more support than open coil mattresses. Pocket sprung mattresses can be heavier to manoeuvre. This is a good option if you’re looking for a bed for two people, as the separate springs will cater for your different needs and weights, while they will also minimise the risk of you rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night.
Natural mattress: These mattresses are filled with natural materials such as lambswool, silk, cashmere and cotton. Natural fillings are more breathable than foam or hybrid mattresses and are often chosen when temperature regulating is an issue.
Foam mattress: Full foam mattresses are more modern mattresses. Memory foam is the most common used foam, however, you also get a latex foam and gel infused foam. Foam mattresses are a mouldable material which allows the mattress to mould to the shape of your body and relieve pressure on your joints. Foam mattresses are ideal for those who need support or suffer from a bad back, as it will maintain posture and align your spine. Memory foam mattresses can hold more heat than other mattresses due to the materials being less breathable. Latex and gel infused foam are more breathable foam options so you won’t overheat in the middle of the night. And it’s a good option for those with allergies or asthma. Often foam mattresses are one-sided mattresses and therefore only need rotated top to bottom.
Mattress tension guide: Soft tension – optimal tension for bodyweights up to 8 stone Medium tension – optimal tension for bodyweights of 8-16 stone Firm tension – optional tension for bodyweights over 16 stone *these are guidelines however, we do recommend trying different tensions of mattresses before you buy.

Roll up mattress: Roll up mattresses are usually compressed and rolled into a box/bag. They are often made from a mixture of springs and foam. Our M-Lily mattresses are a pocket sprung mattress with gel infused memory foam. Once unrolled, the mattress will be ready to use within a few hours. This is a great option if you want to collect your mattress rather than have delivery

Hybrid: Drawing from a combination of springs and foam, hybrid mattresses are designed to give a more balanced sleeping experience. They often come with a pocket-sprung base and a memory/latex/gel-infused foam top layer, providing both comfort and support – alleviating aches and pains by responding to your body’s shape. Hybrid mattresses also often have one sleeping surface so only need rotated top to bottom.

Types of Sleepers

Side Sleepers: Sleeping on your side puts pressure on your shoulders and hips, so you’ll want to look for a softer mattress that cushions your body and helps relieve pressure at these key points. Many side sleepers find that memory foam or pillow-top mattresses provide an ideal blend of comfort and support.

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Front Sleepers: An ideal mattress for stomach sleepers should firmly support the spine. If your mattress is soft enough to sink into, you might find yourself waking up with pain and stiffness. A firm hybrid or foam mattress usually works best.

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Back Sleepers: If you mostly sleep on your back, a softer mattress probably won’t provide enough support to keep your spine properly aligned as you sleep. A firmer foam or hybrid mattress, which combines coils and foam, may help you get better rest.

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Do you suffer from a Sore Back?

It used to be common knowledge that the firmest mattress you can find is best for back pain. However, there is no evidence to show this and we advise that personal preference is the best way to find a mattress that best supports your aches and pains. We do however, have a couple of tips to help you choose the right mattress for you.

Your mattress needs to keep your spine aligned. Your posture when you sleep is just as important as when you are awake. If a mattress is too firm or too soft it won’t support your spine at your lower back and neck the way it should.  

If you have had your mattress for some time, it could be your mattress causing you back pain. Your mattress might not be supporting you how it once did – and buying a new mattress will likely help.

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