We’ve not been lucky with beds over the past 27 years and our latest bed is proving particularly uncomfortable following a holiday to Denmark where we slept very comfortably in four different double beds over a two weeks stay. We waken during the night with shoulder ache and in the mornings with general aches and pains. Prior to our holiday we assumed that it was the inevitable side effect of the ageing process…
Our current bed was purchased last autumn from Hypnos as part of a special offer from Premier Inn (the Lenny Henry adverts were very enticing and we’ve spent relatively comfortable nights in Premier Inns…). We initially bought a mattress and put it on our slatted bed in Autumn 2014 but when it failed to live up to expectations we decided to buy the divan base (solid, not sprung) supplied by Hypnos for the mattress…
We are both of average weight and height. We sleep on our sides, sleep for an average 10 hours per night and enjoy lying in bed to relax by reading and listening to the radio. We’d like to feel well supported yet lying on a soft surface. (All beds in Denmark felt soft and springy to the touch). We prefer natural fibres that allow our bodies to breathe and would like a cool Spring summer surface and a warmer autumn winter one.
QUESTION: can you advise us and recommend our next step for finding a comfortable bed that we can enjoy lying and sleeping on?
Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear you have been struggling so much with your mattress choice over the last 27 years. We hope we can help with that.
We would need to know your actual weight and height. All our recommendations would change considerably if you were say less than 9 stone or bigger than18 stone. So you may need to get back in touch with heights and weights for us to refine the recommendations.
Pillowtops such as the Premier inn mattress are notorious for compression, sagging and dipping. Why? That’s because the pillowtop is permanently stitched to the mattress and can’t be removed. They are usually made of very soft fibres which compress faster and because you can’t turn or rotate it you’re stuck with a flattened top area that can become quite uncomfortable. We have written a review and guide to the Premier Inn Hypnos mattress here.
The benefit of summer and winter sides of a mattress is also pretty much non-existent in our experience. In all honesty, these different sided mattresses are usually not worth the extra money you’re better swapping the tog of your duvet. It’s easier and far cheaper. The winter side is usually slightly thicker than the summer side but the summer side gets compressed by the winter side and becomes flattened therefore becoming pretty much useless after a few years. Also, you end up having to stick to one side of the bed for both the winter and summer months meaning you can’t turn the mattress as you should to reduce wear and sagging. Ideally, you should be turning and rotating your mattress every month to get the most out of your bed in the long run.
As for recommendations, I’d recommend you start by looking at our Artisan Naturals model which will give an overall medium comfort with some sink in the top layers. If you wanted a really soft topped mattress you would need to be looking at our Artisan Luxury which has the softest upholstery layers of all the mattresses in the Artisan Range. As mentioned above, we would need to know your body weights in order to recommend the correct spring tension for you. The springs in the mattress are there to support you and that support is as mentioned, dictated by your weight.
Upto 8 Stone / 50kg
8-16 Stone / 50-101kg
16 Stone / 101kg Upwards
Could you please telephone our office on 0161 437 4419 to discuss further in order for us to make a tailored recommendation.