For many couples, no amount of love can withstand the rigors of poor sleep caused by tossing and turning, snoring and opposing comfort preferences. One partner may slumber soundly on a plush pillow top while the other needs a firm surface to doze off and stay asleep. Even things like different temperature preferences can keep couples awake.
Sleepless nights adversely affect emotional and physical health, and can put tremendous strain on even the strongest of relationships. Given the overriding importance of quality sleep, finding a supportive mattress that is comfortable to both partners is worth the effort, and may even spark a new lust for life.
Since comfort is purely subjective, there is no single best mattress for couples. However, there are a few special considerations that can make a world of difference for couples who want to reclaim rejuvenating slumber without making compromises.
Spooning together was great when you were dating, and as much you adore your mate, it’s time for a good night’s sleep. If you’ve still got a full-size bed, that doesn’t leave much space for two grown adults to stretch out comfortably. If your bedroom and budget can accommodate it, always go for the largest mattress possible. A queen mattress is just 6 inches wider and 5 inches longer than a full, but those extra inches make a noticeable difference – especially if your partner is tall.
Sleep studies have shown that the average person moves anywhere between 40 and 60 times each night! When your mate turns over or shifts a leg, these movements can feel like tidal waves in the wrong bed. The key is finding a mattress that has good motion isolation. Advanced innerspring beds with individually wrapped pocket coils (remember the bowling bowl on a mattress ad from the 80’s?) are specifically designed to eliminate motion transfer—allowing you to snooze through a fussy night. Another smart bet is a mattress made with high density memory foam that keeps one side’s movements separate from the other.
We spend a third of our lives in bed pursuing sleep and other romantic activities. Why suffer on a creaky, worn-out bed when the ultimate combo of firmness, comfort and support are available? Whether you’re a back sleeper or tend to sleep hot, today’s mattresses offer a cornucopia of technologies and materials designed for customized comfort:
Before shopping for a mattress, you’ll want to discuss health issues and sleep styles with your partner. If one of you has allergies, an organic latex mattress might be the best solution, given its antimicrobial properties. For more serious health concerns such as circulation problems or sleep apnea, the addition of an adjustable power foundation offers multiple benefits.
Our Sleep Specialists love helping couples find the right mattress for their needs. Mattress World Northwest is Oregon’s biggest retailer of quality sleep systems, with 11 locations throughout the greater Portland area.
Swing by one of our showrooms for the best selection of name brand mattresses, including Simmons, Stearns & Foster and Aireloom. Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to do some serious comfort testing.