• Are you waking up with aches and pains every morning? Those aches and pains may be related to a worn out mattress.  Do you even remember when you purchased your current one? You’re in luck, picking the right mattress is a lot easier now than it used to be.

    Before heading out the door, decide your budget and your needs. And, do your research. There are a number of sites on the Internet to help you choose the best mattress for your body. We recommend reading Consumer Reports’ comprehensive guide at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/mattresses/buying-guide.htm

    Michael Breus, PhD, WebMD sleep expert, states that “one type or brand of bed isn’t better than another.” Breus suggests going to a reputable store and laying on a mattress you are considering for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

    The Following is a List of Five Types of Mattresses and their Key Components


    Innerspring mattresses are the most widely used. You are supported with coil springs that are individually enclosed. According to your preferences, the coils are topped with a variety of materials from pillow to latex to memory form.  Make sure there are enough springs and cushion to offer proper support.

    Memory foam mattresses are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature.  This mattress is known for comfort because it contours to your body. It can be quite warm during the night to some people, but is very comfortable to people with aches and pains as it reduces pressure points.

    Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber.  It provides a very firm, bouncy support. Breus believes it’s one of the best mattresses because it's very firm and supportive and it will relieve back pain.

    Air mattresses come in a higher-end air beds and look like standard innerspring mattresses, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils, some with foam on top.  The mattress is good for people lying in bed for a long time, like spinal cord injuries or for couples who have different preferences for firmness.

    Adjustable beds need flexible mattresses like memory foam, latex, or air.  Spring mattresses don’t bend well and are difficult to use.  If you have sleep apnea or acid reflux this type of bed may be a good choice for you.

    A good night sleep is vital to your well-being and a new mattress may be just what you need.