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The best mattress for couples

As a couple, shopping for a mattress can be challenging and stressful. We try a dozen mattresses only to find that we have different needs to the one we love and that someone is going to have to compromise. After some debate about which is best we settle for ‘good enough’, casting ‘perfect’ aside as a pipe dream. If this sounds familiar we’ve got some useful tips for you.

How important is sleep to your relationship?

Sleep deprivation not only negatively affects your health, but it can also impact your relationships. It’s common knowledge that lack of sleep can make us irritable and more emotional than usual, so it’s no surprise frequent lack of sleep can lead to relationship troubles. Research has also shown that exhaustion from sleep deprivation can take the spark out of your sex life.

One size does not fit all

Everyone has different needs when it comes to sleep. Combined body heat, disruptive movements, and limited space can limit your ability to achieve optimal rest. One person’s comfortable is another person’s sleepless night. At Silentnight, “We do lots of research into comfort because it’s so subjective,” explains Hannah Shore, our sleep expert.

While traditional mattresses have come a long way for couples, sharing one mattress firmness between a couple with different body types isn’t perfect.

According to our study with UCLAN there shouldn't be a one-size-fits-all approach to mattresses. “Contrasting body types need different levels of support to improve overall spinal alignment”. The study goes on to say improved alignment allows your spine’s discs to rehydrate, and muscles to relax throughout the night.

The study found that those with a higher body weight need firmer support. The same is true for taller people, and people with a larger hip circumference. People on the shorter, or lighter side require softer support.

Our above research just shows, the perfect mattress for couples is a mattress that provides individual support at the best firmness for each partner.

Supersize that mattress for two

It’s important to be comfortable on your mattress, and that often means having the space to move or spread out a little. For two adults, it is recommended to choose the biggest bed you can fit in your bedroom with space to move around the sides.

A double bed should be the bare minimum, but the sweet spot is Super King. A single bed measures 90cm wide, while a double measures only half as much again (135cm). A super king however, gives a full single bed’s width to both of you (180cm).

Couple-friendly mattress technologies

Mattresses have evolved past simple spring units and stuffing, and a lot of smart developments go into making the perfect mattress. In the 1980’s we launched the Miracoil® spring system, specially developed to prevent ‘roll together’, an uncomfortable experience you’ll have when sharing a cheap mattress. The old solution was two separate beds, but let’s face it, who wants a gap?

Both our Miracoil® and Mirapocket® spring systems are designed to give extra support in the places we need it most and prevent us from waking up our partners when we’re having a rough night. That’s one great step toward a perfect couples’ mattress.

Comfort Exchanges

A sleep trial is often a risk-free way to try out the mattress in the comfort of your home. Look out for comfort exchanges ‘aka sleep trials’, which usually begin after the mattress is delivered. If you decide within the sleep trial period that the mattress is not right for you, you can typically arrange the return of the mattress in exchange for a different mattress or a refund.

Read more about our 60 night comfort exchange.

We have the perfect solution for you

As mentioned, we know, one of the biggest problems couples face when buying a new mattress is that their bodies are different. It is understandable that each partner may need a different degree of firmness. And yet, a couple's mattress would need to be perfect for both.

Well, it's time to put compromise to bed. We've designed a customisable mattress, our Yours&Mine mattress, so you don't have to lose out on sleep.

You can choose the perfect firmness rating (aka support) for you and your partner, so you can have the firmness or softness both you need.

The mattress is made with Mirapocket® springs, which offer even weight distribution, providing ease of movement and improved spinal alignment, so you can, finally, enjoy an undisturbed night’s sleep.

Once you've personalised your support, you can then choose from three different comfort layers, all designed to help you sleep better and more comfortably. You can choose from gel, memory or eco.

The comfort layer makes the mattress completely seamless, so don't worry, you won't know there's a join there at all!

With soft, medium and firm support options, and eco, gel and memory foam toppers to choose from there’s 9 unique Yours&Mine combinations available to suit any couple.

Author - Liz Tabron

Liz Tabron

Liz has over 7 years' experience in writing lifestyle, home, health, and eco content. Liz's mission is to make accessible our expert team's knowledge.