Q : My husband and I are on the look out for a new mattress but
unsure what kind! We will be purchasing a new bed, we currently
have a divan which we hate and will be buying a bed frame. We want
something firm(ish) maybe with memory foam, my hubby is around 18
stone and I'm about 14. He suffers from shoulder problems and I
have back problems whichI think are caused by our current mattress!
We both sleep on our side.


A : If you have any kind of skeletal problem you should first
seek the advice of your GP or other medical expert.The mattress is
the heart of your bed and the part of the purchase you should spend
most time and money on. The secret of having a good night's sleep
is the mattress and bed base you choose. Always remember that a
'bed' is a mattress and a base working together, you should not
consider them in isolation and should ideally always try them
together. We always recommend you buy them together because the two
are designed and manufactured to complement one another in terms of
support.Here are three easy steps to help you choose your new
mattress:Step 1: Choose your
Miracoil support. The foundation of all our beds is our unique
spring system. Discover the magic of Miracoil and then choose
between our two ranges - the popular Miracoil 3 or our new advanced
Miracoil 7.Miracoil 3 is the most popular sleep range in the UK. It
gives you zoned support that loves your back, pressure relief for a
perfect night's sleep, edge to edge support for extra sleep space
and individual sleep zones for undisturbed sleep. Perfect if you or
your partner don't have any particular sleep problems, prefer a
medium to firm feel.Miracoil 7 is our advanced sleep range. It
gives you all the benefits of our Miracoil 3, but has been enhanced
to feature an extra sensitive support layer to provide more
targeted support. With even more gentle cushioning around the
shoulder and neck area, and more sensitive support around the hips,
our Miracoil 7 beds offer luxurious comfort with ultimate support.
Perfect if you or your partner prefer extra cushioning when you
sleep on your side, love more luxurious comfort and support.Step 2: Select your comfort and
delight layer. We've developed new materials to suit the needs of
different sleeper types. Find out about our range of comfort
options and then choose the combination that's right for
you.Comfort and Delight Layer - All our beds feature standard
fillings that offer the latest in comfort technology. But we've
taken this a step further. We've developed new materials to suit
the needs of different sleeper types. So there's a mattress that's
the perfect fit for your body and the way you sleep.If memory
foam's your thing, you'll love our new generation memory foam.
Working with your natural body heat, it moulds to your curves to
relieve uncomfortable pressure points. Our intelligent new design
means that unlike other foams, you can also now turn over easily -
keeping your body's circulation healthy.Looking for ultimate
comfort in an instant? Our new natural latex gives you cushioned
support and great pressure relief but, unlike memory foam, it
doesn't need body heat to be activated. It's also naturally
hypoallergenic and ideal for allergy sufferers. As latex is the
most durable and resilient sleep surface available, your mattress
will always retain its bounce.Step
: Consider the perfect microclimate. The top layer of our
bed works with your body to create a healthy sleeping environment.
Make sure the sleep range you've chosen has the right healthy top
layer for you.Quilted mattresses attach the upper fillings to the
cover to create a smooth surface and decorative finish.A tufted
mattress has a more undulating appearance. This effect is created
by threading tapes, at regular intervals, through the mattress to
prevent the movement of the fillings inside. Better quality tufts
are secured and well protected with a material washer or pompom,
often made of felt. However, some more sensitive people may be more
aware of them than others, in which case a good mattress protector
can help. Otherwise choose a quilted style instead.A hand-stitched
mattress is of a higher quality than the quilted or tufted
mattress, and will keep its shape for longer.Cushion top mattresses
have padded fibres woven into the top of the mattress for a
sumptuously soft feel.Pillow top mattresses have an additional
layer of padded fibres on the top of the mattress for the ultimate
in luxurious softness.Look out for mattresses with the fresh &
healthy Purotex cover - Friendly bacteria ensure a naturally
hygienic & dust-mite free mattress.Comfort is very subjective.
There are no universal standards of firmness in common usage in the
UK. Because of this we don't give our beds a firmness rating like
some manufacturers. Your main aim is to achieve good "posture" in
bed. Too soft and your body will slouch - often leading to back
pain - and too firm and you will cause discomfort at pressure
points such as your hips and shoulder. Ideally the mattress should
mould to the shape of your body while remaining supportive. When
you lie on your side your spine should be horizontal and you should
be able to turn easily.Our main recommendation to you would be that
you visit a couple of your nearest bed retailers and start to try
different beds for yourself and see what you like. There is no
substitute to trying before you buy and selecting the right one for
you. If you share your bed with a partner it is important that you
try the bed together to ensure you are both comfortable and
supported. Don't just sit on the edge and bounce up and down,
actually lay down and stay there for ten minutes or more. Do not be
embarrassed about lying on the beds in the showroom - that is what
they are there for!