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Investing in a decent mattress is key if you’re looking for the perfect night’s sleep, but there are SO many types to choose from. This guide takes you through the different options, from pocket sprung to memory foam (and everything in between)

Pocket-spring mattress

A pocket-spring mattress contains hundreds of springs which are individually enclosed in separate fabric pockets. This means that all the springs work independently, giving your body tailored support, relieving pressure on backs and joints. You’ll find the number of springs varies from mattress to mattress – those with more springs offer greater support, which can help to reduce sleep disturbance. Pocket-spring mattresses are ideal for those who sleep on their front or their back, and they can also help to reduce motion transfer, so if you share your bed, you won’t be as disturbed by your partner’s movements. Some pocket-spring mattresses have more than one layer of springs. The mini springs shape to your body’s contours, while the core pocket-sprung layer absorbs any changes in weight distribution for the ultimate in comfort and support. Need an extra layer of softness and comfort? Try our sumptuous Pillowtop mattresses, which are ideal for sleepers who like to feel they are ‘sinking in’ to the mattress.

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Open-spring mattress

The open-spring mattress is a traditional design that’s strong and durable and offers great support, with a firmer sleeping surface. Also known as an open-coil mattress, it has large springs that are connected by coiled wire that move as one unit, distributing body weight evenly across the surface, which can help to reduce back pain.

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Gel mattress

Our gel mattresses combine a gel foam layer with a pocket-sprung core. The gel layer is made from breathable latex infused with gel pods that react and contour to your body in a similar way to a memory foam mattress, but with the added benefit of being much more breathable and with greater bounce and lift. The gel also has temperature-regulating properties that can help disperse excess heat, making this type of mattress ideal if you sometimes get too hot at night.

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Memory foam mattress

Designed to contour to a sleeper’s body, memory foam mattresses soften and mould in reaction to heat, giving excellent pressure-relieving support. As memory foam mattresses are made from synthetic materials, they can also be helpful for people with allergies. They also tend to retain more body heat, which makes them a little warmer than other mattresses, so we’ve added a cooling outer fabric which helps maintain the perfect sleeping temperature. Using a memory foam mattress can also be beneficial for those needing greater back support.

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Latex mattress

Latex is derived from the sap of rubber trees and is naturally durable and springy. Like a memory foam mattress, a latex mattress can contour to the body, relieving pain and easing pressure points. It’s also naturally cooling, as the unique open cell structure of latex promotes air circulation and helps to keep the mattress at a constant and comfortable temperature. Latex mattresses are hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and resistant to mould and mildew, making them perfect for allergy sufferers. They also have natural elasticity, so recover their shape quickly.

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Words: Sarah Lafarge