How to choose the best mattress
The first coil spring mattress was introduced in 1865. Today, due to technological advancements, there are a wide variety of choices. Ultimately, choosing a new mattress is a matter of personal preference; each individual or couple must determine their priorities and taste for materials, comfort, quality and luxury.
Mattress types include:
Coil Spring Mattress – Typically these mattresses made from heated metal coils are the least expensive of all of the choices. Unfortunately, the coils can break down over time, causing the mattress to sag as well as to create pressure points on the areas of greatest weight concentration.
Memory Foam Mattress – Memory foam mattresses provide comfort and support by retaining the shape of your body. Made from synthetic materials, these mattresses retain body heat but can sometimes cause overheating. The synthetic materials also commonly leak chemicals – a phenomenon known as “off-gassing” – which can cause respiratory and skin problems. Memory foam mattresses should be aired out before use.
Latex Mattress – A latex mattress is flexible and conforms to your body. Often made from organic latex, it is especially helpful for people with allergies because it resists mold and mildew, and there is no “off-gassing.” Latex is a natural rubber that captures moisture and keeps your body temperature comfortable, so you can get a better night’s sleep.
Flotation Mattress – The flotation mattress uses water to support the spine and then another material, such as latex or foam, for cushioning. These mattresses prevent pressure points by distributing the body weight evenly. The comfortable sleeping surface is produced without the typical rocking or wave motion characteristic of waterbeds.
Air Mattress – A quality air mattress uses uniquely designed air chambers to provide a gentle cushion of support. Using a simple remote control, the amount of air can be easily adjusted to personal preference for firmness. In addition, these mattresses can be individually adjusted on each side of the bed, making it ideal for couples with different sleep needs or comfort levels.
When shopping for a new mattress, the best suggestion is to visit a retailer to test out a few different types. Essentially it comes down to a matter of personal preference; the best mattress is the one that is right for your specific needs.
With over 20 years of experience as a specialist in the upper cervical spine, Upper Cervical Chiropractor Dr. Erin Elster, D.C., has maintained a practice on Maui for the past four years. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Elster in Kahului at (808) 866-6551 or www.erinelster.com.