Of course, size matters, it always matters. Bigger is always better when it comes to the size of your mattress, especially when you’re sleeping with someone. No one wants to get caught with a mattress that’s too small. That’s like taking out your first date on the city bus... Awkward. Along with size, there are a few other important things to get right, so let’s take a quick look!
Sleep Positions: From Fetal Position to Big Spoon
Sharing a bed with your partner can feel like playing a game of Twister when it comes to sleep positions. One moment, you're wrapped up like paper dolls in the fetal position, and the next, you're playing big spoon, little spoon in a desperate attempt to find comfort.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Anyone with obstructive sleep apnea knows it’s incredibly difficult to get a restful night of sleep, and it’s even worse for whomever you’re sleeping with. If you have it, I’m sure you realize getting into a comfortable position is key, and the more room you have on the bed, the better.
Even if you have room for your CPAP machine, your partner will probably need some room for the earplugs, eye mask, and “cone of silence” they wish they had.
Let’s talk about the importance of pillows. How many times do you see people carrying their pillows on a plane? And that doesn’t count the people too embarrassed to show their pillow addiction, so they stuff it into their luggage. Finding the right pillow can be difficult, so we’ve done a little pillow research for you.
When it comes to the physical attributes of your mattress, you and your partner are sure to feel amazing when sleeping on a pillow top mattress.
Don't Waste your Time with a “Same Old-Same Old” Mattress!
No one wants to get stuck in an uncomfortable rut with an old mattress. If your mattress is feeling tired and worn out, odds are that you and your significant other will not get the rest you deserve. Maybe it's time to refresh your sleep with a new, high-performance hybrid mattress.
Hybrid mattresses combine cooling gel memory foam combined with a fabric-encased coil support system can definitely leave you both feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. After all, feeling well-rested is great for both our physical and mental health.
Get the Most Out Of Your Sleep Schedule
By now, most of the world knows that getting eight hours of sleep a night is a must. The trouble is if you’re not happy about your sleep arrangement, eight hours a night can seem like a chore. That’s a shame.
Don’t Just Go Big – Go Biggest
If you think a king-size bed is the biggest, think again. There's the Alaskan King, Texas King, Wyoming King, and California King. They’re all pretty big, but if you want to compare who has the biggest, there’s only one: The Family Bed by Taylor & Wells.
Compare these oversized mattresses by the numbers:
The Family Bed 10’ Mattress 120 inches wide (that’s 10’ wide) 80 inches long
The Family Bed XL 12’ Mattress 144 inches wide (that’s 12’ wide) 84 inches long
California King Mattress 72 inches wide 84 inches long
Wyoming King Mattress 84 inches wide 84 inches long
Alberta King Mattress 96 inches wide 96 inches long
Texan King Mattress 98 inches wide 80 inches long
Alaskan King Mattress 108 inches wide 108 inches long
Different Sleeping Positions: Pros and Cons
If finding the right sleep position is difficult, try this (times two) when it comes to finding the right sleeping position for two people on a small mattress. Here are some pros and cons of different sleeping positions to consider.
Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping on your back, also known as the supine position, can provide some benefits and drawbacks.
- Aligns your neck and shoulders with your spine, reducing tightness and soreness.
- Can help alleviate acid reflux if you elevate your torso with an adjustable bed frame.
- Can prevent wrinkles and creases on your face caused by your pillow.
- May worsen snoring or sleep apnea.
- Not recommended for pregnant individuals after 20 weeks.
- Requires a supportive pillow to maintain the natural curve of your neck.
While only about 7% of the population prefers sleeping on their stomach, there are some potential benefits and drawbacks.
- Can improve breathing for individuals with sleep apnea.
- May help with digestion by stretching out the gastrointestinal tract.
- Can strain the neck and shoulders.
- Not recommended for individuals with back pain.
- May cause the middle of the body to sink further into the mattress, causing discomfort.
The most common sleeping position, side sleeping, can offer several benefits and drawbacks.
- Reduces symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea.
- Doctors recommend pregnant individuals sleep on their left side for improved circulation.
- Can alleviate symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
- Can add pressure to the shoulders, elbows, and hips.
- Pressure points may reduce circulation.
Overall, finding the right sleeping position for you is essential for a good night's sleep. Trying different positions and experimenting with pillows and mattress types can help you find the one that works best for you.
How to Find The Right Big Mattress and Bed Frame
You may be tempted to take the plunge and purchase a mattress online without trying it first. However, returning it and attempting to fit it back into the box can feel like a wrestling match.
Instead, consider consulting with a local sleep expert who can help personalize your sleeping arrangement. They can guide you in determining which type of mattress and firmness level, as well as which bed frame, would best complement your sleep preferences. Though it may take more time than online shopping, sleep is too important to overlook. Here's one place you can start.
Before visiting a store, research reviews from previous customers. Are there positive remarks regarding the quality of beds, the staff, and customer service? Both Google and Yelp reviews can be beneficial. Keep in mind that top-notch customer service is as crucial as a high-quality mattress.
So, be prepared to ask questions regarding the mattresses, delivery, assembly, and warranty. A warranty of less than ten years may not suffice. Additionally, inquire about whether they manufacture their own mattresses or simply resell them. If they do produce their mattresses, where do they do so?