No matter what words or products any salesperson pushes on you, these two points are what it all boils down to when shopping for the ideal mattress. You will want to preserve these two basic principles while shopping for your next mattress. If you compromise on either one of these important mattress principles, your sleep will suffer and you will be back shopping for a new mattress in no time at all. All of our experienced sleep consultants know to always keep these principles in mind while you "Test Rest" various models on our showroom floors. It is why we carry many different makes, models and types of mattresses.
Support. It takes a certain amount of support to resist sag from the weight of your body and to hold your back properly in place, which is critical. A soft, balanced resistance to hold your body from falling to the ground, while at the same time counteracting your body's weight from gravitational pull.
Comfort. It requires a varying degree of comfort to relieve pressure points, allowing proper blood circulation while you are supported and to provide you with a truly restful sleep surface.
Let's talk a little more about support and how that relates to the mattress descriptions you will be finding in the stores you visit, including The Sleep Center.
Innerspring. These utilize some type of a steel alloy coil support system and vary greatly by manufacturer and model. The wire gauge, coil construction and coil count all affect the outcome, but none of these should be the only concern when determining quality. However, they all play a part in the overall mattress system's design and end result of that specific design goal.
Hybrid. These utilize a combination of materials, such as a steel coil support system with the addition of gel, foam, latex, etc. This is not a standardized term. The combination of materials will be different from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from mattress to mattress.
Foam. These utilize foam as their support & comfort system. There are variations in the foam material that must be reviewed for the properties & end goal of the use of them. These factors, such as manufacturing methods and densities, will affect your comfort level and overall support.
Gel. These utilize one of the latest breakthroughs in mattress components. By infusing gel into foam, latex or other materials, it provides the prospect of cooling properties, it may offer as well as, additional buoyant support it adds to the material it is infused with.
Memory Foam. These utilize an visco-elastic foam that contours & cradles your body and is often called Visco-Elastic Memory Foam. Memory Foam uses a different cellular composition than traditional foams and is also temperature sensitive allowing the foam to conform even better once lied on.
Latex. These utilize milk frothed saps from Rubber tress and are typically blended with some form of a synthetic latex to provide a much stronger molecular bond, than natural latex by itself. There are several different processes to cultivate Latex from a tree sap to the finished product. The three most commonly used are Talalay, Dunlop and Continuous.
Tempur. These utilize a revolutionary material first invented by NASA to help relieve the strong G-forces astronauts experienced during takeoffs that transformed the mattress world. Tempur-Pedic is the only brand of mattress with the patented Tempur material. The Sleep Center and The Sleep Gallery mattress stores are authorized retailers of Tempur-Pedic.
You may not realize it, but the size of your mattress does affect your sleep quality. It can even be one of the more important aspects of a quality nights rest. Having plenty of room for each person means having a little more room than the bodies sleeping on the mattress. If you are too cramped it will derail your night, so make sure you have a sleep surface that is longer and wider than you and your sleep partner with enough room to move around a little, too. Anything that interrupts your night's sleep is detrimental because it forces you to restart your current sleep stage. If your sleep cycles are constantly interrupted and restarted, this means you're not obtaining your deepest level of sleep, Stage 4, R.E.M. Sleep.
Twin. A standard twin mattress measures 39" X 75". This is the most commonly used size for children's sleep products like bunk beds. Some single adults prefer a twin size mattress, too. Twin mattresses are often referred to as singles and are the standard size for daybeds.
Twin- XL. A standard twin-xl mattress measures 39" X 80". XL is an abbreviation for extra-long and provides an extra 5" in length to accommodate taller people. These are made to the same length as a queen or king mattress. And are typically used for "twin sized" adjustable mattresses and power bases.
Full. A standard full mattress measures 54" X 75". Standard became their name when they were "the standard" for bedrooms of the past, which were much smaller in size. Now they are generally considered too small for two adults to sleep on since they provide less space than two twins. They are sometimes referred to as double or standard beds.
Full XL. A Full XL mattress, measures 54" X 80". While not the most popular size, it is used for Adjustable Sleep Systems to maintain the width of the Full but allowing the extra length that would be otherwise lost, when the head and feet portion are raised.
Queen. A standard queen mattress measures 60" X 80". This is the new norm of today, providing a good amount of space for two adults to sleep. This is the most popular size sold today.
King. A standard king mattress measures 76" X 80". When you have a large enough bedroom, a king size mattress will provide a luxurious amount of space for two adults and the family tag-alongs. A typical king is properly referred to as an Eastern King.
California King. A standard Californian king mattress measures 72" X 84". This mattress offers all the advantages of a king, but is made extra-long for taller people. Sometimes, California Kings take a little longer to arrive, and not all mattress manufacturers offer each model in this size. While many believe California King is the largest size available, it actually offers 32 square inches less of surface area, than the Eastern King.
Along with these standardized sizes, some manufactures will custom make a few models in custom sizes for campers, cribs, antique beds, yachts and other sleeping environments. We can often get you a custom-sized mattress, so please seek our help if you need it. We can also order some mattress models in custom shapes. We always do our best to accommodate any need.