Did you know that we spend over a third of our lives in bed? That’s longer than we spend sitting on the sofa, sat in our favourite chair or in our cars. But we pay surprisingly little attention to the mattress that we will spend so much time lying on! A good mattress should support our bodies perfectly in the upmost comfort so we wake refreshed and ready to face the day. As we’re all different sleeping on the perfect mattress every night means selecting the correct one that suits your needs, this guide will help you do just that.

Finding a mattress that is just right for you

What is comfortable for one person may not be comfortable for someone else. We’re all built differently and the mattress which gives one person the best sleep may not be suitable for another. At Dreams we’ve given each of our mattresses a comfort grade, ranging from 1 to 5. The higher the number the softer the mattress will be. The scale is specific to us and will hopefully help you find the most suitable mattress for you. A firmer mattress will be in the 1-2 scale and softer ones between 4-5.

1Orthopeadic / Very firm

  • Available in open spring and pocket spring mattresses
  • Best if you sleep on your back

An orthopaedic mattress is designed to provide maximum comfort to your body while also working to gently support your back and joints. It will provide a high level of support to the weight bearing parts of your body, such as the neck, the back, the hips and the lower extremities. Lying on an orthopaedic mattress will help with back issues as it gives better support to the back and the whole body not allowing the midsection to sink in.

2Firm

  • Available in open spring, pocket spring, memory foam and latex mattresses
  • Best if you sleep on your back or stomach

A mattress that has a rating of ‘firm’ is great if you sleep mainly on your stomach or back, a firm mattress will give great support all night long. If you are of a larger build or just prefer a firm night’s sleep, a firm mattress is a great choice.

3Medium Firm

  • Available in open spring, pocket spring, memory foam and latex mattresses
  • Best if you sleep on your back or stomach

A medium firm mattress is a great choice if you tend to sleep on your side, this is because your shoulders and hips will sink into the mattress while the rest of your body is supported. A medium firm mattress is also a good choice if you tend to change positions or move around a lot.

4Medium

  • Available in open spring, pocket spring, memory foam and latex mattresses
  • Great for sleeping in all positions

Suitable for all kinds of sleepers and for those who sleep mostly on their side or in lots of different positions a medium mattress is a great all round choice. A medium mattress will tend to conform to the shape of your body offering gentle and comfortable support.

5Medium Soft

  • Available in open spring, pocket spring, memory foam and latex mattresses
  • Great for sleeping in all positions or on your side

Our medium soft mattresses have plenty of give, therefore supporting and contouring to your body’s natural shape and curves, great for those who prefer to sleep on their sides.