A good night’s sleep is imperative to good health and good humor so you should always invest in the best quality mattress you can possibly afford. Consideration should also be given to the box spring, which provides support to the mattress.

Box springs are available in a couple of sizes: 9 inches high for the standard, and 5 to 5.5 inches high for a low profile box spring. Modern mattresses are now quite thicker than they used to be, owing to scientific research into the type of bed which can create a good night’s sleep. For these thicker mattresses a low profile box spring can bring the bed height down to a more manageable level.

When it comes to deciding on a new mattress taking the time to understand the choices you have available will give you a better chance of purchasing a sleeping arrangement that will provide many years of comfort. A walk around your bedding store will likely give you a confusing array of mattress choices, so how can you possibly know which one is right for you?

First up, ask yourself if you even need a new mattress? The answer is to let your body do the talking; if you have lower back pain on waking and it takes you a half hour to work out the kinks, then you are probably in the market for a new mattress.

A mattress should support your body in a neutral position with your head, shoulders, buttocks, and heels kept in the proper alignment. A mattress that is too firm will put too much pressure on those main points and push your body out of alignment.

Memory foam mattresses are all the rage for a number of reasons. They mold to the shape of your body during the night, helping to reduce the load on your pressure points and relieve pain. Memory foam is also excellent for couples as it absorbs the flexing and bending of the mattress due to movement, so there is less chance of them waking you. And a memory foam mattress may be a good choice for people suffering from chronic fatigue or muscle pain.

Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Mattress, Queen

Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Mattress, Queen

Innerspring mattresses have been the most widely used type for many years now. The main advantage is their cheaper price. While a higher price does not necessarily equate to more comfort it is usually a good idea to avoid the cheaper models. The other great thing about innerspring mattresses is the amount of variation in firmness, pillow top, and fluffiness that is available, so it simply comes down to trying a number of models to find one that is compatible with your sleeping conditions.

If you’re the kind who likes a lot of support, then you should check out the range of latex mattresses. Latex provides a uniform support over the entire surface of the bed, providing levels of comfort comparable to memory foam. As latex actually pushes back a latex mattress is capable of providing even more support than the memory foam.

Air mattresses are great for couples who find their sleeping patterns incompatible, as each side of the bed can be adjusted to suit the individual. By the way, we’re not talking about air beds typically used by campers, but the high end air beds which resemble innerspring mattresses. These provide support via a series of inflated chambers rather than steel coils. The con is that you may wake up with aches and pains if your bed is not properly inflated.

As human bodies change over time you may find your once comfortable mattress has become a pain to sleep on. Plus, as mattresses collect all sorts of fungus, germs, and dust mites over the course of 10 or 15 years, all will eventually need replacement. Ultimately, the best bed that is right for you is the one that provides the most comfort, so let your body do the deciding for you.