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Monday 4 August 2014

New Parent? Is a New Mattress the Answer to your Sleep Woes?

Being a new parent can be a really stressful and tiring time, babies need a lot of attention and it drains you of every last ounce of energy. If you’re looking for tips and advice to try and maintain your sanity then you likely would have heard people say “when the baby naps, you nap”. When you finally put your baby to sleep, forget all the dirty dishes, unwashed clothes and messy house, simply drop everything and go to bed!

Of course, the next scenario is that as soon as you put your head against the pillow and lie down on your mattress you struggle to fall asleep despite how exhausted you are; you twist and turn trying to get as comfortable as possible, realising that each precious minute is less time spent re-energizing.

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So what’s the solution?

People try all sorts of different methods to try and ease themselves to sleep including phone apps, CD mixes and over the counter remedies, but the answer to a good night’s sleep could simply be having the right mattress. As a new parent you don’t want to risk losing those precious minutes that you get to nap, so make sure that you are well equipped with a comfortable and supportive mattress so you get the best night’s sleep possible. In order to help you out, here are a few different types of mattresses to choose from and some useful tips on how to pick the right one…

Open Coil
A particularly popular option is the Open Coil mattress. All the springs are positioned in rows and joined to each other at the top and bottom, often with mesh. These are typically basic mattresses which give a medium to firm feel. If you’re a new parent with a bad back then bear in mind that a firm mattress isn’t usually recommended.

Pocket Spring
Pocket springs are small individual springs in a fabric pocket and their comfort is based on the mattress “spring count”. The way in which it is designed allows the springs to follow the contours of your body offering a comfier option than the Open Coil. A pocket spring mattress can help reduce pressure points, and they are also great if both new parents are different in size or weight, as there is very little transfer of movement from one partner to the other.

A top quality material made from the sap of a rubber tree, latex has a natural elasticity which means the mattress recovers its shape quickly when pressure is removed. It’s ideal for people who suffer from respiratory problems or allergies due to its anti-microbial properties, which is why it’s becoming a more popular option these days and offers a similar comfort experience to memory foam; soft and supportive; ideal for new parents.

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Memory Foam
If you’re looking for a high quality and comfortable option, memory foam could be ideal for you. It moulds to your body using your weight and temperature to offer you the perfect night’s sleep, and it always reverts back to its original shape when the weight and pressure is removed. There are various different quality and depth memory foam mattresses offering different feels and firmness ratings. If you need to correct your posture or suffer with spinal trouble, laying on your side on a memory foam mattress can help ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.

It’s stressful enough being a new parent so when you finally get to relax in bed, investing in the right mattress can make all the difference and ease you gently into the following day.

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