Only when you sleep on an uncomfortable mattress tossing and turning all night, do you appreciate the qualities of a good one. Whether you prefer a firm or soft mattress, finding the right mattress is essential when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Twelve years ago the Simmons Company introduced the first single-sided mattress, marketing it as a product that required no flipping. For consumers accustomed to double-sided mattresses, this was a foreign concept, especially when all mattress companies recommended flipping double-sided mattresses regularly. If you’re mattress needs replacing and you are unsure if a single or double-sided mattress is for you, here are some things to consider.
The modern mattress is made of coils or inner springs surrounded by layers of fabric and foam for cushioning. In double-sided mattresses, the layers of fabric and foam surround the inner springs on both sides of the mattress. But in single-sided mattresses, the layers of fabric and foam, “comfort layers,” are put on one side of the inner springs. By 2007 other major mattress manufacturers followed the Simmons Company’s lead and were producing single-sided mattresses as well. In fact, flammability regulations passed that same year making it cost prohibitive to produce double-sided mattresses. A few smaller companies continue to make double-sided mattresses and STL Beds is one of the few retailers making double-sided bedding available to customers.
Depending on your needs and situation, there are benefits to both single and double-sided mattresses. With single-sided mattresses there is no need to flip the mattress. Single-sided mattresses typically have less motion involved when the sleeper moves than the motion that occurs on a double-sided mattress. Single-sided mattresses usually have the same 10-year warranty that double-sided mattresses have. Of course, double-sided mattresses have the benefit of a second side so if there are stains or frays on one side, flipping it over gives you a fresh surface. While most double-sided mattresses encourage consumers to regularly turn the mattress to maintain its quality, neglecting to do so does not negate the warranty.
Most people are too busy to flip their mattress regularly anyway. Heavy and too cumbersome for most people to accomplish alone, flipping a mattress can be a major undertaking and usually requires two people. While manufacturers of single-sided mattresses advertise “no flip, no rotate,” for maximum durability they still recommend rotating it every three months, especially if you only sleep on one side. Double-sided mattresses should be flipped and rotated. According to Consumer Reports, this should be done every two weeks the first few months you own your bed and at two month intervals after that.
When shopping for a mattress wear loose, comfortable clothing to stores. Lie down on each mattress in the same sleeping position you exercise at home, removing your shoes beforehand. Ideally, you should take your own pillow to replicate the same sleeping situation you experience at home. A good indication of long-term satisfaction is if you are still comfortable lying on the mattress after fifteen minutes.
There are benefits to both single and double-sided mattresses. Only you can determine the mattress that’s best for you. Comfort is the key to a restful night’s sleep.