Mattress Types

Mattresses are designed to provide the support and comfort you need to relax and rest. If you’ve had your mattress for a while, it may be time to buy a new one. Research shows that people sleep better and suffer less back pain when sleeping on a newer bed. Matching your specific comfort needs is important when choosing the right mattress because mattresses are made with a variety of materials and technologies that meet a broad array of people’s needs, tastes and budgets.


According to consumer reports, mattresses should be evaluated every seven to ten years for quality and support. There are many options to choose from if you haven’t shopped for a new mattress recently:

– Innerspring Mattress – Uses a steel coil system. The greater number of coils, the more points of support and greater distribution, and the bed can better contour and support the sleeper.

– Foam Mattress – Uses one or more types of foam for support. The foam used in these mattresses can be manufactured in a variety of shapes and densities.

– Hybrid Mattress – Combines steel coil support and one or more types of foam.

– Pillow Top Mattress – Provides an additional upholstery layer sewn into the top of the mattress. This layer can be made from a variety of fiber and foam materials.

– Gel Mattress – Uses a type of foam that contains gel in the product’s support system, upholstery layers, or both.

– Memory Foam Mattress – Uses high density polyurethane foam as the support system, in the upholstery layer, or both.

Often times people tend to repurchase the same type of mattress they had before out of fear of making a costly mistake or because they are unsure of their options. Researching products takes time, something many of us have little of to spare, but it is important to consider all your options so you are better equipped to cut through the hype and choose a bed that meets your needs.

4 Steps To A Better Nights Sleep

Sleepy BabyTake a step back and really look at all of the factors that contribute to how you sleep each night. Pressures at work, from family, unexpected challenges, illnesses, etc. Are you feeling cabby? Worn out? We are the worst judges when it comes to our own sleep habits and often times we don’t recognize or even pay attention to the lack of quality sleep we receive each night. So, if you are waking up tired and in pain with a worn down path to the coffee pot, it may be time to take a hard look at your sleep habits and start practicing these steps to improve them and your overall health. It has been proven that sleep has a direct relationship to our overall physical and mental health.

Stick To A Schedule

A schedule is very important to each and every one of our professional careers. It holds appointments, meetings, daily errands, etc. Why aren’t we setting the same ground rules for our personal health? For instance, scheduling time to get in the gym and work on our fitness or scheduling a bed time each night and holding ourselves to it. Understandably, there are times where it’s just not possible lay down and go to sleep certain nights due to an influx of work, or maybe a newborn baby in your life. We get it. But, on the nights where it is possible, give it your best effort to go to sleep and rise and shine at the same time. Even on the weekends, holidays, and your days off. When you practice consistency in your sleeping habits it reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and promotes deeper, more restful sleep. It’s not going to come easy at first, as with any routine, it takes time to perfect. Don’t agonize over falling asleep as you may find it more difficult to dose off. If you can’t fall asleep within the first 15 minutes of laying down, get up and do something relaxing and try again.

Create A Bedtime Ritual

This will help with sticking to the bedtime schedule. As you fall into a certain routine it will help your body and mind recognize that it is getting closer to bedtime and you will find yourself relaxing and it will be much easier to sleep. Do the same things each night before you crawl into bed. Take a shower or bath, read a book or listen to soft, soothing music. These relaxing activities will help the transition from wakefulness to drowsiness and promote better sleep.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable

Believe it or not, being uncomfortable makes it harder to sleep. Shocker, right? Make sure your bedroom, bed, pillows, sheets, blankets, etc. all are as comfortable as possible. Turn the air down. Dim or turn off the lights. Consider earplugs to block out noise or a sound machine to create an ambiance that best suits your needs. Your mattress and pillows are two key components that directly affect how you sleep. These types used are subjective, of course, to the person using them – but here is a guide to help you decide on the right pillow. If you have a partner, make sure there is enough room for both of you to be comfortable. Also, if you have children or pets, make sure to set limits on how often they sleep with you or insist on them sleeping separately.

Manage Your Stress

Stress plays one of the biggest roles in the quality of sleep we enjoy each night. If you’re stressed your mind can wander and focus on all of the things bothering you, the tasks that need completion tomorrow, etc. This does not promote quality sleep. Organize your thoughts before bed. Try making a list of everything on your mind. Putting your thoughts on paper is a great way to release stress and help relieve your mind of everything you need to do. Set priorities, delegate tasks, laugh with a friend, exercise or find a suitable, HEALTHY way to relieve stress.

If you find yourself thinking that your current mattress isn’t up to snuff and it is part of the reason for your lack of quality sleep, Mattresses For Less is here to help. We have a massive inventory of top name brand mattresses in stock including Serta, Simmons, iComfot, Comforpedic, Beauty Rest Black, and Restonic. We are also Houston’s Adjustable Bed Headquarters with the largest selection of adjustable beds and bases in Texas. Visit any one of our 5 Houston, Texas locations so that our trained staff assist you in choosing the perfect night’s sleep for you!