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Buying a new bed, mattress or even a pillow is a major decision. After all, your rest and relaxation are at stake. At Hypnos, we offer a wealth of choices so you can find the optimal mattress to suit your sleeping - and waking - preferences.

Choosing The Right Bed

Choosing the right bed or mattress means investing in your quality of sleep. The average person spends a third of their life in bed - using their mattress every night for around seven years, so buying the right mattress for your particular needs is extremely important. Making an uninformed choice can lead to problems in the future such as back pain or discomfort, which in turn can lead to poor quality of sleep, and having to go mattress shopping again sooner than you'd like.

There are many considerations when searching for the best mattress, and these are likely to include:

COMFORT - Does it meet your desired comfort levels?

EXTRA SUPPORT WHILE YOU SLEEP - Will you wake up well-rested and relaxed?

DURABILITY AND PRODUCT LIFETIME - Is it a good quality mattress from a reputable brand offering value for money?

FREQUENCY OF USE - Is it for you or for your guests?

SIZE OF MATTRESS - Do you have enough sleeping space?

SUSTAINABLE - How has the mattress been sourced or made? Does it contain harmful, non-recyclable petrochemical-based foams and gels? 

RECYCLABLE - Is the mattress made with the health of the planet in mind? Is it recyclable at end of life and not going to landfill? 

NATURAL - Will the mattress help regulate your temperature at night? Are the materials used naturally chemical-free and hypoallergenic?


When it comes to mattress upholstery, we only use 100% natural, sustainable and traceable materials. Different combinations create a range of sensations when you lie on the mattress. Materials like cotton, wool, kapok, aloo or peace silk, are luxurious, soft materials that we combine to produce different mattress densities, while natural Talalay latex is a high-performance, temperature-regulating material that can help keep you cool while you sleep. Also, If you suffer from allergies, mattress fillings such as wool and latex are naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.

Mattress comfort comes from the materials it’s filled with and the springs that provide support. The more turns there are in a spring, the more responsive and supportive it will be. More springs in a mattress create a more uniform level of support. It makes sense - if there are big gaps between springs, the mattress loses consistency and can feel bumpy.

Side stitching is another important feature of a quality mattress. We hand-stitch all our mattresses with up to four rows of stitching for total edge-to-edge support. We also hand-tuft our mattresses, for lasting mattress performance and comfort. That means our skilled workers manually insert tufts of filling to create a perfectly consistent level of support.

At Hypnos, we always say that there’s no substitute for visiting a retailer and trying out the beds in their showroom. The way it feels to lie and turn on the mattress is crucial. People enjoy different levels of softness or firmness and it’s impossible to find your ideal comfort level from the page of a brochure or a website. We always recommend visiting one of our specialist retail outlets to try several Hypnos mattresses and compare the sensation of each one. Our retailer's sleep expert really know their beds, so they can advise and help you choose the perfect mattress for your dream night’s sleep.

What MATTRESSES SUPPORT level is best for me?

4482-Mattress-Contour-Illustrations-v2_650.pngDetermining the best Hypnos mattress for you depends on various factors, including your personal preferences, sleeping position, body type, and any specific sleep-related issues you may have. 

The best firmness level for your sleeping position can vary depending on whether you sleep on your front, back or side, however, other factors can influence this. Personal preference, body weight, and specific comfort needs can also influence your ideal firmness level.

Your hips and shoulders should be able to sink down a bit so that your spine remains straight. Appropriate mattress firmness depends a lot on body weight; a lighter person may prefer a softer mattress, while a heavier person may prefer a firmer mattress to provide the right amount of comfort and support.


Firm mattresses are often recommended for individuals with back pain or bad backs, but it's important to note that mattress preference can vary from person to person. While some people find relief and support from a firm mattress, others may find it uncomfortable and prefer a softer one.

To determine the best firmness for you, Hypnos always recommends that you try out different mattresses and assess how they feel in your preferred sleeping position. Visiting your nearest Hypnos showroom and seeking advice from sleep specialists can provide valuable insights tailored to your specific requirements. The most important advice we can give to bad back sufferers is to find the right mattress for you!

Choosing The Correct Bed Base

Your bed is usually the largest piece of furniture in any bedroom, so will naturally be at the heart of the room's design. The base, alongside the headboard, is central to the bed's look, but did you know the base is key to the comfort and performance of your mattress?

Types of bases available are:
- Bedsteads and frames, made from metal or wood and can be upholstered. The mattress normally sits on slats or on a bedboard.
- Divans which are are upholstered pieces of crafted furniture and offer the option of storage and sprung support.

Our Divans

Hypnos offers either sprung or platform top divans in both deep and shallow configurations. Platform top divans provide a highly supportive base for a firmer feel, whilst a sprung base works in harmony with the mattress to provide a more medium feel. Divan bed bases are typically made up of two supportive bases, held securely together with a bracket.

Deep divan bed bases can provide valuable storage to suit the needs of the bedroom. The Hypnos Hideaway and Super Storage are all platform top bases and offer unique ways of making the most of all the storage space under your mattress.

A shallow base divan can also be ordered as either a sprung or platform top base, and it achieves a lighter, simple style complemented by elegant leg choices.

Explore our divan bases.

Choosing the Perfect Pillow

Your pillows can be just as important as your mattress, so why buy basic pillows without doing the research? You spend around 2400 hours a year with your head on a pillow, so choosing the right one is extremely important. You should take into account:

  1. The pillow filling
  2. The shape of your pillow
  3. The size of your pillow
  4. Any health concerns you may have that can be aggravated by the wrong pillow choice



The filling of your pillow is what makes it comfortable for you. Each filling type will have different softness, height, and shape. It is important to have the right filling for your natural sleep positions to reduce the risk of neck or shoulder pain.


Feather pillows are the standard for most people, as they offer comfortable support to your head and shoulders, as well as boasting a long product lifespan. This means your pillow will retain their height and supportiveness for longer.

The firmness of a feather pillow is determined by the amount of filling. The more filling you have in your pillow, the firmer and taller your pillow will be.

Feather pillows tend to require ‘fluffing’ more often than other pillow types as they can become easily flattened. This reduces the pillow height reducing comfort. Feather pillows also require professional cleaning, making them more expensive than other pillow types.


Microfibre pillows are an affordable alternative to traditional feather pillows. The microfibre pillow is lightweight, hypoallergenic, and very easy to take care of. This is likely why so many people choose microfibre over feather pillows.

The microfibre pillow can be washed at home, a benefit for users that do not want to pay for professional cleaning. Unfortunately, this means the product lifespan is shorter than other pillow options. It is recommended that you change a microfibre pillow every few years.


Memory foam pillows are the most modern on the market. By utilising the same material as a memory foam bed, this pillow is made for total head and neck support. Like microfibre pillows, memory foam is easy to take care of but offers a longer product lifetime.

Memory foam pillows contour to your head and shoulders, but users who not require extra support may find them too firm to be comfortable. Many people also find memory foam pillows too hot in the summer, which can make it difficult to find comfort.

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Your pillow supports your head and neck when you sleep. Unfortunately, not many people know that your sleeping position should be a key factor in your pillow choice. Having the wrong pillow for your natural sleep position can lead to headaches, neck problems, shoulder problems, and arm numbness.

The most important thing to remember is that your pillow should cater to a ‘neutral head alignment’. This means your head is not too far back, or too far forward, resting squarely on your shoulders.

If you tend to sleep naturally on your back, you may benefit from having a thinner pillow. This will ensure your head is not too far forward when resting. You should also try to look for a pillow that is thicker toward the bottom to help cradle your neck. This will ensure consistent support throughout the night.

Sleeping on your front requires the thinnest pillow you can find. This is to prevent your head from being too far back when you sleep, which can lead to morning neck soreness. Front sleepers also put a lot of pressure on their lower back, so you should think about switching to side sleeping. You can purchase body pillows that you can hug whilst you sleep if you enjoy something pressed on your stomach.

The majority of people sleep on their side. Side sleepers should look for a firmer pillow to give extra support through the night. You can also look for pillows that are thicker on the edges to bridge the gap between ear and shoulder. You should also think about having a pillow between your knees when you sleep to better align your spine.



Looking after pillows means looking after yourself. The average person will spend over 2400 hours a year with their head on their pillow, so keeping it clean and looked after is of paramount importance.

You should change your pillow every 18 months to 2 years. This is to protect you from illnesses or allergy triggers that can attach themselves to your pillows. These can include mould, dead skin cells, and dust mites.

The best way to test whether you need a new pillow is the fold test. Fold your pillow in half and then let go. If the pillow springs back then it is still okay to use. If the pillow does not spring back it is ‘dead’ and should be replaced.

You should clean your pillow every month as so as instructed on the cleaning tag. Pillows should always be washed according to the instructions to protect it as much as possible. Different pillow types require different cleaning regimes, for example, microfibre pillows can be washed at home on a 30℃ cycle but feather pillows must be professionally cleaned.


How do I choose the right bed?

The average person spends about a third of their life in bed, so it’s essential you choose the right mattress for your needs. When it comes to selecting your bed the mantra ‘try before you buy’ has never been truer, but it’s surprising how many people don’t actually do this. Wherever possible you should visit the Hypnos showroom or one of our retailers and test out a range of beds to see if you like your mattress firm, medium or even super soft. If you’re sharing the bed with a partner, try them out together – what suits one person won’t necessarily suit another, but finding out what works for both of you is the first step towards a great night’s sleep.

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A perfect night’s sleep starts by sourcing quality materials that are chosen for their comfort and sustainability, so be assured that whichever Hypnos mattress you choose, every one is foam-free, made from sustainable materials and 100% recyclable.

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