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Choosing a mattress

Choosing the right 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 (or ten with a Hypnos mattress), so buying the right mattress for your particular needs is extremely important. Making an uninformed choice can lead to problems in the future including back pain or shoulder pain, which in turn can lead to sleep deprivation, poor quality of sleep and even 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?
  • Natural - will the mattress help regulate your temperature at night?
  • Are the materials used chemical-free and hypoallergenic?
  • Recyclable - is the mattress recyclable at end of life

Types of Mattress

A mattress is made up of different combinations of materials which offer varying levels of support and comfort. Here we identify the three main types of mattress that you can buy:

Open Coil Mattress

Open coil spring mattresses are the most basic type and are usually the least expensive. Unlike individual pocket springs, the springs in an open coil system will be affected by the movement of the other springs, so the mattress won't offer spinal alignment or total body support. Because the springs are connected you are also more likely to be disturbed by your partner. This type of mattress suits people looking for a cheaper option, or for a bed that will get less use, like for a guest bed.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses are made without springs, instead utilising synthetic foam to retain shape and support. Memory foams have a very different feel to a sprung mattress in that they mould to your body shape and absorb movement. If you are a hot sleeper, foams are generally not temperature regulating or breathable.

Pocket Spring Mattress

Pocket spring mattresses offer durability, comfort, and responsiveness. The pocket springs work independently of each other meaning they react better to body weights and shapes. Independent springs also reduce the risk of rolling into your sleeping partner in the night.

Hypnos pocket spring mattresses are handmade from the finest natural and sustainable materials to ensure a great night's sleep.

Choosing Your Bed Size

Choosing the right size mattress is important to ensuring your comfort and sleep quality. Choosing a mattress that is too small may lead to back problems, choose a mattress that is too big and you may be overpaying or the mattress may not fit your divan.


75 x 190 cm.

Small single mattresses are made to fit smaller bedrooms, or for smaller children.

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3'0 Single

90 x 190 cm,

The classic mattress size for the solo sleeper. Single mattresses are the perfect size for adults and older children.

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4'6 Double

135 x 190 cm.

The UK standard for duo sleepers. The double mattress bed size offers the minimum space necessary for couples, or extra space for solo sleepers.

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5'0 KING

150cm X 200cm.

King size mattresses offer extra space for couples in height and length, allowing you to stretch out in comfort.

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180cm X 200cm.

The super king size mattress gives couples extended luxury, allowing both users to stretch out for an uninterrupted sleep.

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200cm X 200cm.

Emporer size mattresses are the larget standard UK sizes, and ensure couples the most amount of luxury available.

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Mattress Firmness & Your Sleep

The firmness of your mattress can affect your entire quality of sleep. A bed that is too firm or too soft for your needs may be uncomfortable and may not offer the right support. Choosing the right firmness is just as important as your mattress size and type.


A soft mattress is perfect for side sleepers, or sleepers that tend to move around a lot in the night. This is because a soft mattress helps relieve pressure from your spine, and moulds to your natural body shape easier.

Medium soft

A medium soft mattress is suited for users who move around a lot in their sleep although not always on the same side, front, or back. This is because a soft mattress helps relieve pressure from your spine, and moulds to your natural body shape easier.

Medium firm

A medium firm mattress is best suited for users who naturally sleep on their back. This mattress offers extra support to your lower back relieving tension while you sleep.


A firm mattress is perfect for users who naturally sleep on their back, are over 15 stone, or suffer from back pain. A firm mattress can help keep your spine in a comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink into the bed, which may worsen back pain.

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The Right Mattress is Key for a Great Night's Sleep

Choosing the right mattress ensures a high quality sleep. We hope that the Hypnos Guide to Choosing a Mattress has helped you along in your journey to finding the perfect mattress for you.

Having done your research, the best way to see if a mattress is truly suited to you is by testing it out yourself in-store and with the help of expert staff. Hypnos have retailers all over the UK with knowledgeable and approachable sleep specialist staff to help you make the right choice for you.

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