The Importance of Your Mattress to Healthy Sleep

The experts from MattressMan explain how choosing the right mattress can make all the difference to your night-time relaxation

Why is a mattress so important for healthy sleep?

A good night’s sleep encompasses so much more than the time we actually spend asleep; an unsuitable mattress can cause improper spine alignment and back and hip pain. On the contrary, a mattress with suitable tension for your sleeping requirements can provide targeted support to the contours of your body, resulting in an uninterrupted and comfortable night’s rest.

What are the main types of mattress filling and who do they suit best?

There are a whole host of mattress fillings to choose from; read below to gain an insight into the most common mattress fillings.

Natural fillings:
Cotton and wool are popular choices for natural mattress fillings and are cost-effective natural fibres, in contrast to more luxurious natural fibres such as; alpaca, mohair, cashmere and silk, which are considered even more sumptuous than cotton and sheep’s wool. In addition, natural fibres are renowned for their breathability and capability to wick away moisture to ensure a fresh, dry sleeping surface. The other obvious advantage of a mattress with natural fibres is its temperature-regulating properties, ensuring you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Synthetic fillings:
Memory foam and other mattress layers synonymous with memory foam, such as; gel foam and reflex foam, can be categorised as synthetic fillings. These synthetic layers within the mattress gently mould to the body’s contours to provide pressure relief. Memory foam is renowned for its significant heat retention properties and is ideal for those who prefer to sleep in a warm and cosy environment. On the contrary, Gel foam is designed to regulate the temperature throughout the night; therefore, if the idea of a memory foam mattress appeals to you but you are deterred by the heat retention properties of memory foam, then a gel foam mattress is ideal.

How do I know what mattress firmness I need?

Our mattresses range in firmness from a soft tension to an extra firm tension.


A soft mattress is suitable for side sleepers who benefit from the body-moulding mattress surface, relieving pressure points such as the hips and shoulders and ensuring healthy spine alignment.

Medium and medium-firm mattresses

As with soft mattresses, medium and medium-firm mattresses are also suitable for side sleepers. However, these mattresses are also ideal for those who adopt various sleeping positions throughout the night as these mattresses are of sufficient enough firmness to adequately support the lower back and spine whilst sleeping on your back.


Firm mattresses are recommended solely for front and back sleepers, as they evenly distribute body weight sufficiently, provide pressure relief to pressure points, and provide significant support to keep your spine aligned.

Extra firm

An extra-firm mattress features Mattesman’s sturdiest sleeping surface and is suitable for people who suffer from back pain, neck problems or pain in their joints or hips. Compared to a firm mattress, the additional support of an extra firm mattress is designed to combat these pains.

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What are the latest products from Mattressman?

The Essential range, exclusive to Mattressman, is our latest phenomenon. The origins of the Essential range emerged from our selection of store-takeaway mattresses, many of which are conveniently vacuum-packed for ease of transfer. The Essential range attempts to blur the lines between a takeaway dinner and bedroom furniture, with some of our mattresses featuring quirky titles, such as the Essential Foam Cracker and Memory Chow Mein. The Essentials range consists of luxurious mattresses and is designed to help offer a comfortable solution to your sleeping needs on a budget by providing an array of mattresses that reflect superb value for money.

Can Mattressman make a mattress to my size specification?

Yes, with our made-to-measure mattresses, you can specify your preferred length and width.

Can Mattressman dispose of my old mattress?

Yes, Mattressman can dispose of your old bed frame to make way for your new bed. However, please note we can only dispose of like-for-like items. The service costs £25.00 per item and is only available with our bedroom delivery service. For further information regarding our delivery surface, please ring our customer service team on 0333 577 5773, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

How quickly can Mattressman deliver?

Mattressman offers free next working day delivery on all mattresses when ordered before 4pm on weekdays Monday – Thursday. Mattressman can deliver on this service anywhere within the UK mainland, outlining our affordable and convenient delivery process.

I’m a student, can I get a discount from Mattressman?

Here at Mattressman, we are conscious of the extensive costs and the need to budget that accompanies students, and with this in mind, we offer a 20% student discount on mattresses with Student Beans. For instant access to this discount, simply register and verify your student status with Student Beans.

What’s the story behind Mattressman?

Starting from humble beginnings in 2004 with a single store in the picturesque market town of North Walsham, Mattressman now boasts ten stores across the UK. With undisputed attention to detail, insight into our mattresses, and tailored support and recommendations, Mattressman provides every customer with fantastic value for money.

Where can I find out more about Mattressman?

Visit our website: for further insight into our products and services. Alternatively, visit any one of our ten showroom locations, all of which are listed in the ‘Stores’ section of our website.

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