Your Mattress Composition Guide

On average, we spend at least one-third of our time in bed, which is equivalent to 26 years. Making sure you choose the correct mattress to best fit and suit your sleeping requirements is important to ensure you sleep well. There are so many different mattresses, ranging from type, quality, comfort, brands, and cost, which can all feel overwhelming. In this guide, we have put together a list of the best mattresses to suit individual needs.

Different types of mattresses and fillings

With our range of mattresses, there is certainly a lot to consider as each have their own ad-vantages. We offer memory foam, pocket spring, hybrid and traditional mattress options, which are available in a range of sizes and comfort levels.

What is in a memory foam mattress?

A memory foam mattress adjusts and moulds to your body shape, providing total comfort for a relaxing sleep. Memory foam mattresses mainly consist of polyurethane foam which increases the mattresses' viscosity and density, absorbing energy, and body weight very well.

Memory foam mattresses are best for those who sleep on their side, as it will not only provide great support for your hips and shoulders but your back and stomach. If you have experienced back pain or want to feel like you’re sleeping ‘in’ a mattress rather than ’on’ a mattress, a firm, supportive memory foam mattress may be the best option for you.

What is in a pocket spring mattress?

A pocket spring mattress is made up of individual pocket springs, designed to give you personalised support. Each steel spring is encased in its own synthetic polyester pocket and only reacts when pressure is applied to that section. This mattress type is great for couples who are of different weights, who tend to toss and turn throughout the night, providing you individual comfort on your side of the bed.

What is in a hybrid mattress?

A hybrid mattress is a combination of layers of memory foam, gel, or latex, creating ultimate comfort. You can experience the feel of a sturdy foam layer as well a spring layer. With a hybrid mattress, there are multiple layers included:

  • Top Layer: The top layer is an extra pillow topper. This 1-to-2-inch pillow top is sewn on top of the comfort later providing additional comfort.
  • Comfort Layer: The comfort layer is the layer of mattress which you rest on. This 3-to-4-inch layer can consist of natural fibers such as memory foam, latex, polyester, or gel.
  • Core Support Layer: This 7 to 8-inch layer is the bulk form of the mattress, providing spinal support and ultimate full-body comfort.
  • Base: This 1-inch base layer usually consists of foam, providing sturdiness, stability and comfort.

Filled with a combination of all the different layers, the hybrid mattress really does give you the best of both worlds.

Other natural mattress fillings

Other filling options within a mattress include cotton, wool, silk, and cashmere. Wool is a breathable fabric and is perfect for those who don’t like to be too hot during the night, as it keeps you cool during the summer and warm over the winter months.

Silk mattresses provide comfort as well as moisture control, creating a cooler, fresher environment to enjoy your night’s sleep. However, silk filling is used in more luxurious and high-end mattresses, providing higher comfort levels. Similar to silk, cashmere is one of the softest natural fibers you can use as a filling in your mattress, making it one of the most expensive mattress fillers.

Knowing when to change your mattress

The key to a good night's sleep, is ensuring you have a comfortable mattress, which is why the National Bed Federation recommends you should change your mattress every 7 years.

Signs you may need to upgrade your mattress:

  • Signs of deterioration
  • Lack of support
  • Uncomfortable
  • Feeling tired after a night’s sleep
  • Any stains, marks or tearing on the mattress
  1. For advice and guidance on mattress sizes, read more on our Mattress Size Guide.