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April 2019

Can Just One Mattress Really Suit Every Single Sleeper?

You’ve probably come across the various mattress-in-a-box companies before, as many of them are attempting to shake up the sleep sector, by offering the alluring “one size fits all” mattresses. Often you’ll be told that a certain mattress can suit any type of person that all your sleepless nights have been answered, but can this one size fits all bed really be true? Based on our decades of mattress design and manufacture the answer is no, one size doesn’t fit all.

It may be perfectly possible to create a mattress that can cater to a range of people, such as one that can adequately support sleepers whose weight varies, from say 8 stone to 15 stone – although even this is very unlikely. The reality is, there’s no one mattress that can really cater to everyone’s preferences. Take comfort for example; some prefer a softer feel, some a firmer feel, and some a balance of both – a mattress needs to be tailored to you in order to provide that perfect night’s sleep every night.

Your sleep experience should be tailored

Most of us buy a new mattress very infrequently, meaning when it comes to deciding what we want, it’s difficult to know where to start. Before you know it, you’ll be faced with a sea of commission-based salespeople who just want to sell their latest model, rather than find you a mattress that meets your exact requirements.  

At John Ryan, we know better. We know it’s always better to find that custom fit, especially when it comes to your health and wellbeing, and getting quality sleep is fundamental to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s crucial that you don’t end up regretting your mattress purchase, so start asking yourself what YOU actually like.

You deserve the best sleep experience possible, and your mattress shouldn’t be failing to cater to your exact height and weight requirements. Think about what you liked about your current mattress in the first place, and if you can’t think of anything – it’s time for a change.

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A single mattress can’t suit everyone, which is why you need to ask the right questions. Such as whether you prefer something softer or more firm, or if you know what spring tension your bodyweight requires. It’s important not to worry if you don’t know the answers, because the majority of people don’t. But here’s a handy table to get you started anyway…

Spring TensionWire diameter (Gauge)Weight Range
Soft1.2mmUpto 8 stone
Medium1.4mm8-16 stone
Firm1.6mm16 stone plus
Extra Firm / Orthopaedic1.9mm20 stone plus

What makes a mattress right for you depends on a number of factors, so it’s important that you don’t just rely on guesswork when it comes to choosing a new one. This is why we offer you personally tailored advice, along with our 60 day ‘Love It or Return It’ guarantee, so that you can give any new mattress a trial run first. You’ll be able to really get a feel for your mattress, and truly test out the comfort and support it can offer you. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, we’ll offer a full refund, and come and collect your mattress free of charge within the first 60 days.

The bed base itself can really make a big difference to how your mattress feels, so consider looking into this too. For example, if you’re after something that offers gentler support, consider opting for a sprung base.

Also, if you happen to sleep with a partner, then having a larger mattress that can cater to both of you is of course essential. You can look at our Zip and Linked mattresses or our traditional Pocket Sprung Mattresses, which allow for one side to feel softer and the other to feel firmer, thanks to dual tension springs. This can greatly reduce the chances of you and your partner rolling together at night.

Things like dual density, the science behind Pocket Sprung Mattresses, and the best fibres to look for – are all things that you need to delve into. Ask as many questions as you can, because a sublimely soothing, comforting, relaxing and tailored sleep experience is what you deserve – and a “one size fits all” will never be able to cut it.

If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today on 0161 437 4419.


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