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What is the Best Mattress For My Body Type?

Nov 01, 2012

It's a delicate topic of discussion in the mattress store, and frankly, if not handled with decorum, can be an offensive proposition. We are talking about body type, weight, and the unique way an individual's body is and how it influences what type of mattress they find comfortable.

When you see "mattress sale" in the paper or online, you may be attracted to shop at that store because of the great price. But a mattress sale does not mean you will be treated with respect. In fact, most mattress stores that run a lot of mattress sales are, typically, the type of stores that run their operation like a used car lot. That means the salespeople are paid straight commission, or a good part of their earnings potential is based on the price of the mattress they sell you. This translates to their motivation in selling you a particular mattress may not be what is best for you, but rather, what is best for the salesperson's wallet. 

A good mattress store doesn't focus on sales but rather focuses on you, the individual, and what mattress works best for your body type. It does not take a professor at Cal Berkeley to figure out that a woman weighing 114 lbs is not going to find the same mattress supportive that a 300lb man is. Their bodies are completely different, and will cause the mattress to perform differently. 

We see this disparity when shopping for a child's mattress. Oftentimes, customers will let their children choose the mattress instead of choosing for them. While it might seem like they are honoring the child's wishes, kids are not really capable of processing all the factors of proper support and comfort and translating that into what the best mattress is for them. One factor in that decision is relevant to our discussion and that is weight and mass. A child's body is usually a fraction of an adult's weight and mass, and thus, when a body of 3 ft in height and 55 lbs in weight is placed on an all memory foam mattress or latex mattress, the material is going to yield very little. Compare that to a man 6' tall weighing 220lbs or a woman 5' tall weighing 155lbs with curvy hips, and you are going to get a very wide disparity in how the material responds.

The best surfaces for children to sleep upon are usually those categorized as medium. You want a child's mattress to have a little give to allow for cushioning but not too much that their soft, developing spine is not properly supported

When choosing a mattress for women, you want to take into account the shape of the woman and her needs. Some women are very curvy in the hip area, and the recommendation would be for a softer, more yielding top to accommodate her shape if she is a side sleeper, whereas if she is primarily a back sleeper, a firmer surfaces would suffice.

Men? Men like to say they can sleep anywhere, yet they can be all over the map as well. That old football injury will find a softer mattress appealing, yet the lower back issues will keep them gravitating towards a more medium to medium firm feel.

Yes, we sell mattresses online, and a great mattress sale on the mattress websites may seem appealing, but sometimes the best thing to do is not start your search by who is having a sale, but rather, who has your best interest at heart and can help you choose the right mattress for your unique situation and body type.

Nest Bedding was situated in the Albany Berkeley area because of its proximity to the freeway and the short commute from the North Bay and San Rafael, Oakland and the San Francisco areas, and of course the East Bay, Walnut Creek and surrounding areas. Finding a good mattress at a good price is important, and Nest Bedding is well worth the short drive. Do we do mattress sales? Rarely. We elect instead to keep our prices low to begin with. You wouldn't see your local pharmacy running a sale on your heart or kidney medicine, that would be unethical. A proper mattress to help you get a good, healthy night's sleep is just as important. Our belief is your health should be the focus, not lining the pockets of our employees.

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