Wowcher’s Guide To: Mattresses

Did you know that more than 200,000 hours of our lives are spent in bed? For those of us who aren’t maths bods (don’t worry, us neither), that’s about a third of all the time we have on this earth. Time well spent, right? And that doesn’t even count other, um, activities you might be getting up to in the sack…

With that in mind, we figured it’s a pretty good idea to make sure that big, springy, rectangular thing you snooze on (unless you happen to have a bit of a penchant for camping or sofa-surfing) is perfect for you. After all, there’s nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep.

Now, you might be a little confused as to which kind of mattress is perfect for your needs. If you’re as cool as we are, you’ve probably heard all sorts about memory foam, pocket sprung and latex on your travels, but it’s often difficult to really know which kinds of mattress does what.

But don’t worry because, as ever, Wowcher is here to help. That’s right, we’ve come up with a nifty beginners’ guide to mattresses that should help you through some of those tricky purchases!

Basically, there are four types of mattresses you can buy. They are: memory foam, foam or latex, pocket sprung or open sprung.

Memory Foam

This is the super-sexy space age stuff, first developed by NASA back in the 70s when you were just a twinkle in the milkman’s eye (just kidding – maybe). Memory foam is temperature-sensitive, so it moulds to your body shape every night. This means it can help to relieve pressure on any achy-breaky joints you may have, but at the same time it does mean you create a groove for yourself, which may be a wee bit annoying for those who like to toss and turn. Memory foam mattresses can also be a bit cold and hard when you first climb onto them, but do stay warm through the night – handy in the winter, but not so much in the summer.

Perfect for: Gals with achy or painful joints

Foam or Latex

These tend to be described as ‘durable and breathable’, with latex in particular being hypo-allergenic. Asthma sufferers rejoice! Foam and latex mattresses also tend to be a little cooler than memory foam, which will come in handy during hot weather (not a particularly regular occurrence in the UK, we know).

Perfect for: Gals with allergies, sweaty Bettys

Pocket Sprung

This tends to be the most popular choice for a lot of buyers.  ‘Pocket sprung’ essentially means that the springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets, so the mattress will react to individual movements, rather than wobbling about all over the place as soon as your partner jumps into bed alongside you. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the spring count, the better.

Perfect for: Gals with fidgety partners


Open Sprung

Now we’re talking old school! Open sprung or open coil mattresses can be pretty firm, which traditionally is meant to be good for people who suffer from back pain. However, it also means the whole mattress moves as one, so light sleepers may be disturbed by partners waking up in the night. These usually come with a cheaper price tag, but that’s mainly because the springs wear out quicker, so eventually you and your partner may end up rolling together in the middle. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, right?

Perfect for: Gals on a budget, gals with back pain

And so there you have it, there’s absolutely no excuse not to get a good night sleep now! So for all your bedtime supplies, make sure you keep your bedroom eyes on!