Most advice on staying healthy starts with getting a good night’s sleep. Not only does your mattress affect how well you sleep, but it also has a huge impact on your posture and mood.
With so much at stake, buying a mattress is an important purchase and it can be hard to know which one to plump for. Apart from the common factors such as size, firmness and material, maintenance and purchase policy are also important factors that you should keep in mind.
Here are five things that you should consider when you are buying a mattress.
1 Which size should I get?
Consider the physical space you need in order to be comfortable in bed. When at the store, make sure you try the mattress with a pillow. Without it, you will instinctively lie further up and overestimate the space available for your feet. If you sleep with a partner or your kids, visit the store together to see what size and models would accommodate
Okooko carries both standardsize and custom-size mattresses, all made of natural organic latex. In the past, they have made custom mattresses with round and irregular shapes for yachts, and for big families, they can make super-long mattresses that are up to 3.6 metres wide.
2 Should I choose latex?
Consider what goes into making your mattress because you’ll be sleeping on it every night. The most common materials for mattresses on the market are metal spring coils, polyurethane (PU) foam, memory foam and latex foam. Different brands use these materials in all sorts of combinations.
Coil mattresses are the most common and probably the most familiar. However, coil mattresses tend to have a short lifespan and the metal springs often squeak as they get older. Polyurethane and memory foam are both petroleum-based. Memory foam is at the higher end compared to polyurethane. However, due to their chemical nature, foam
mattresses often trap heat and are less elastic.
In comparison, latex mattresses are very elastic and can hold their shape much longer than spring or foam mattresses. Okooko’s Heveya® organic latex mattresses can easily last more than 10 years without losing support. Besides that, latex has an open-cell structure, making it very breathable and cool to sleep on.
3 How firm should it be?
There are really no rules when it comes to this one, but only guidelines. The secret is to check your spinal alignment in your preferred sleeping positions. Achieving a neutral
spinal alignment when lying down is an excellent indicator of good pressure distribution. It shows that your body weight is well-supported and there are no excessive pressure points anywhere.
Available in multiple levels of thickness and firmness, Okooko’s Heveya® organic latex mattresses cater to all kinds of builds and preferred sleeping positions.
4 Is it easy to clean?
Here in Hong Kong, the top two environmental triggers for allergies are dust mites and mould spores. A mattress that is resistant to these allergens and comes with a removable and washable cover is ideal. Okooko’s Heveya® organic latex mattress cores are hypoallergenic and you can have the bamboo cover cleaned as often as you like.
Furthermore, it’s important to pair your mattress with a bed base which allows it to ventilate as a poorly ventilated bed base can quickly become a gallery wall for mould. The team at Okooko recommends you choose a slatted bed base as it allows air to pass freely beneath your bed, keeping your mattress fresh and fungus-free.
5 The bottom line
When purchasing a mattress, the most important thing is that you lie down on it and see how it feels. The Okooko team always recommends that customers come to the showroom to try out the Heveya® organic latex mattresses. They also offer a 100-day free trial guarantee, which means you can be 100% sure that you’ve made the right choice.
Okooko by European Bedding, 13F The Plaza LKF, 21 D’Aguilar St, Central, 6286 1132, www.europeanbedding.hk