1) What’s the difference between Bonnell and Pocketed springs?

Bonnell springs are the traditional hard springs that are used for decades in mattress production. They are placed in the middle of the mattress and are connected with each other with a helical wire something that makes them less receptive in pressure. Mattresses with Bonnell springs are usually hard mattresses that provide support to your spine but they lack of anatomic features.

Pocketed springs are springs which are placed in a fabric pocket (hence their name). They are usually soft springs which are not connected with each other something that lets them move independently in order to apply different pressure in different parts of your body. Pocketed springs mattresses adapt perfectly to all your body movements and they are ideal for couples since the effect of one person affecting the other while sleeping is drastically reduced.

2) Orthopaedic mattresses are the best choice?

No. Orthopaedic mattresses are usually hard spring mattresses with a hard surface. Even though many people prefer the hardness of an orthopaedic mattress, according to the latest research it seems that the most relaxing are the medium hardness mattresses.

People with medical problems regarding their spine also consider that sleeping on a hard surface can solve their problems. This is not the case and since each problem needs different approach, we strongly people who suffer from back pain to ask advice from their doctor or physiotherapist regarding the hardness of their mattress.

3) A higher price mattress is better than a lower price?

No. What is true though is that a higher price mattress has better quality materials than a lower price mattress (e.g. pocketed springs, memory foam, latex). High quality materials make a mattress more capable of embracing your body, they allow it to adapt to your body movements and apply the right amount of pressure to the body. But that does not mean that everyone will find a higher price mattress more relaxing during sleep time since the most important factor is the way the mattress interacts with your body (height, weight) as well as your sleeping habits (e.g. which is the most dominant sleeping positions). There are cases that a lower price mattress can offer more relaxation just because of the unique characteristics our body has. Therefore, the right way to choose a mattress is to test it in shop and not judge by the price.

4) Shall I buy a hard or a soft mattress?

It depends. Recent studies, in contrast with the past, show that, in contrast with the past, medium hardness mattresses are ideal since they combine proper back support with body embracement. But, even though research applies to the majority of the people, it cannot be applied to all of us since each one of us has unique characteristics.

5) If I suffer from back pain, what mattress should I buy?

If you are diagnosed with spine problem or if you suffer from back pains definitely get an advice from your doctor or physiotherapist before you buy a mattress. Avoid stereotypes and myths that claim that people with back pain should sleep on hard surfaced mattresses. Every problem requires a different approach and only an expert can advice you on what mattress you should buy.

6) What mattress should I take for my 3-12 age kids?

Children 3-12 years of age should avoid very soft mattresses since their body needs to provide support to their spine as they grow up. Ideal choices for kids of this age range are mattresses with Bonnell springs like Soft Orthopaedic, Orthopaedic, Anatomic and Ergonomic. In order to choose the appropriate mattress for your child based on its weight, height and dominant sleep position, you can consult the Assistant.

7) When should I replace my mattress?

Mattresses, just like every other product, don’t last forever. Their usual life cycle is 8-10 years but that depends on things such as product quality and usage. A very common symptom and a practical way to realize that your mattress needs to be replaced is if you wake up with back pain that relents during the day. For more ways to identify if your mattress needs to be replaced you can check out the Bed MOT.

8) How can I protect my mattress to last longer?

– Always use a washable mattress protector in order to keep your mattress clean from stains and dirt.
– Avoid using the handles on the side to lift the mattress because they can be pulled off and damage the fabric.
– Don’t place your mattress in a broken, different size or a slatted base where the slats having a distance bigger than 7cm (we suggest a maximum distance of 5cm).
– Be sure to turn your mattress from side to side and from end to end at least once every three months (during the first three months of your purchase we suggest turning it every 2-3 weeks).
– Don’t sit on the edge of the mattress for a long period and don’t let your kids jump on it.

9) How can I avoid getting affected by my companion’s restless sleep?

If your companion has often a restless sleep and he’s affecting you, then you should definitely buy a pocketed spring mattress. Pocket springs are not connected with each other something that gives them the ability to move independently, hence, this effect is drastically reduced. Especially if two people have a major difference in their body mass index, it’s much easier for the lighter person to be affected by the movements of the heavier person. To find out which pocketed mattress we suggest according to your body mass index and sleeping habits you can use the Assistant.