Need a New Mattress? 5 Non-Negotiables to Keep in Mind
Last Updated November 2023
What’s the most important piece of furniture in your house? Hint: It’s where you spend 50 or more hours every week. We’re talking about your bed and it can make all the difference in your life. A good night’s sleep ensures you have the energy and focus to get through a busy day. Lack of sleep leaves you sluggish and irritable, and research suggests it puts you at risk for obesity, heart disease and other serious health problems.
To sleep soundly and comfortably, you need a mattress that fits your body. Whether you sleep primarily on the back, side or front of your body, the right mattress for you depends on a few key factors
Here are five things to look for when shopping for your dream mattress:
Coils and foam
Mattresses are commonly built around rows of steel coils that are designed to provide support, relieve pressure, and prevent sagging. In recent years, foam mattresses have become popular because they contour to your body shape and size, providing the right balance of support and cushion-y comfort. With the Saatva Classic, a hybrid innerspring mattress, you get the best of both worlds. It has a layer of sturdy steel support coils at its base, a layer of foam on top of that, and then another layer of individually wrapped “comfort” coils that keep the mattress springy and supportive, while also embracing your body.
You can choose whether you want a mattress that’s soft, firm or somewhere in between. The right one for you depends on your preferred sleep position, according to a report in the Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. If you mostly sleep on your back, you need a medium-firm mattress, like the Saatva Classic “luxury firm” option. It helps to lift and align your spine so it’s in an even line from the shoulders to the hips. When you lie on your side, you exert force on your shoulders and hips, so you want your mattress to minimize the impact. That’s why side sleepers do better with softer mattresses, such as the Saatva Classic’s “plush” choice. The Saatva Classic’s “firm” is the ideal pick when sleeping on your belly because it keeps your hips in line with your shoulders, so you don’t wake up with a backache. All three Saatva Classic options come with a unique “Lumbar Zone” design that puts extra support in the middle third of the bed, below the critical lumbar section of your spine.
When you get too hot while you are sleeping, you awake more often in the night and you get less of the slow-wave and rapid-eye movement sleep that helps you feel fully rested, says a study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology. There is a proven connection “between a mattress’ ability to regulate temperature and an individual’s sleep quality,” the researchers state. All-foam mattresses tend to trap heat and block air flow, so they can feel too warm, especially for people who naturally have higher body temperatures. The Saatva Classic helps to keep you cool by allowing air to circulate through the two layers of coils and around your body. It’s also covered with naturally breathable cotton for even better air circulation.
After sleeping on most mattresses for five to 10 years, they will begin to droop where you most frequently lie on them. Foam gradually softens from your body’s weight and coils lose their tension, so they don’t spring back fully. A sagging mattress is less supportive and makes it more difficult for you to adjust your position, get comfortable and fall asleep. To solve the problem of sagging, the Saatva Classic is surrounded by high-density foam rails. They support the edges, helping to keep the mattress level longer.
Built to last
A standard mattress typically comes with a 10-year warranty and that’s about its life span. Saatva mattresses are guaranteed to be free from defects in workmanship and materials for as long as you own it. The “Friends for Life” warranty provides you with repair and replacement options, so you can feel confident that the best mattress for you will last as long as you need it.