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Feb 19, 2013, 02:54 IST | The Guide Team

The Guide gives you pointers on how to select the best mattress to ensure a good night's sleep

With stress levels on the rise in the city, a good night’s sleep is the need of the hour. The mattress plays a large role in ensuring your surroundings are comfortable. Types of mattresses that you can choose from: 

Lucky Bride mattress by Excelsior

> InnerSpring Mattress 
InnerSpring mattresses are the most common type of mattress. They include extra springs for upper comfort.

> Memory Foam Mattress
They are made of layers of different densities of elastic foam to act as a support system. They contour themselves to the specific shape of your body.

> Latex Foam Mattress
Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber and are known for providing a very firm, bouncy support that is uniform throughout the bed. Latex foam is extremely resilient and breathable which helps to reduce the heat build-up typically associated with all-foam mattresses.

> Air Mattresses
Air beds look like a standard innerspring mattress, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils, and are covered by a foam layer on top. They are especially useful for patients with back injuries as they have long been used for patients with spinal cord injuries who are lying in bed for a long time. 
Physiotherapist Dr Lalita Nadkarni said that if the mattress is too soft it can cause back problems.

When Should You Buy a Mattress
> If you’re waking up in the morning with back pain.
> The mattress is sagging along the area you sleep.
> It has soft, non-supportive edges.
> The mattress makes creaking noises.
> Sagging across the middle third of the mattress or along the sides makes you roll toward your partner.
> You’re not sleeping well and are always tired in the morning.

Tips for testing a mattress
> When you’re lying down on a mattress, relax into your normal sleeping position.
> Check that the mattress is supporting your entire body — it should take your shape.
> There should be no space between you and the bed. For example, if you’re lying on your back, your spine should be aligned properly with your body, and there shouldn’t be a gap where your back arches.
> If you’re buying a mattress that you’ll be sleeping on with a partner, test it out with them. A good mattress should prevent you from rolling into each other.
Some mattresses you can look into are:
> Magniflex Duoform XS Firm Mattress is backed by an array of comfort factors and support features.
> KurlOn’s New Spinekare is designed for professionals who undergo long strenuous and exhausting work hours or people suffering from invariable back and neck discomfort.
> Peps have a Contour Memory Form Pillow Peps Neck Guard, which is specially designed to de-stress muscles around the neck and shoulder. It moulds itself to the natural shape of the neck, thereby encouraging correct posture and the natural alignment of the spine at Sleepinz N Sitoutz, near Poona College, opposite Government Veterinary Hospital, Camp; Sleepwell World, Paravaaz Complex, Shankar Sheth Road; DBC Furnishings, Ghodke Classic Shop off Prabhat Road, Erandwane; Kukreja Handlooms and Furnishings, Pimpri Colony-Pimpri Chinchwad.  

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