While you are pregnant, it can be difficult to get comfortable while you’re asleep. Then, when your baby arrives, night feeds mean many a sleepless or disturbed night, so it's important to have a comfortable mattress to slump on to when you finally get the chance.
To improve your quality of sleep, it might be time to consider buying a new mattress. Popular mattress designs at the moment include memory foam, cooling layers made from breathable materials, or a combination of the two. All kinds of mattress are available in various price ranges and have different lengths of guarantees.
The Sleep Council, an organisation of sleep experts based in the UK, recommends getting the best possible mattress to ensure you wake less frequently and move around less during the night. Obviously having a newborn means even a good mattress can’t stop you from waking a lot in the night, but they can help you have better-quality sleep when you do settle back in bed. Any new parent knows how much better everything seems after a good amount of sleep – so we’re grateful for any help we can get.
There’s now a new generation of mattresses, alongside the traditional sprung style we’re all used to. You can call them bed-in-a-box: mattresses that are 100% foldable without losing anything in quality – they’re often of a higher quality than old-style mattresses. Purchasing a new mattress is easier than you think as you can find many options online. All you need to do is to decide which one suits your needs best. You obviously won’t be able to try before you buy with an online retailer, but many offer money-back guarantees if you’re not happy so check out the T&Cs before you buy.
We have picked out the best options for double mattresses on Amazon and other online retailers, and also companies that just specialise in mattresses:
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10 of the best mattresses
Starlight Beds has one of the best-selling mattresses on Amazon, so you can get a good mattress for an affordable price. For a little less then £70 you have a body-molding, pressure-relieving and orthopaedic double mattress.
Silentnight’s three-zoned support system promises to alleviate pressure across shoulders, hips, and lower back. This double mattress is topped with high-density memory foam. All Silentnight's mattresses come with a full three-year guarantee. For around £30 extra you can get the seven zoned support system.
If you’re a fan of cashmere, this could be an option for you. This mattress has a cooling design to regulate body temperature during sleep. It's made with premium organic cashmere fabric and comes with 11 targeted zones for body support. It also includes a five-year guarantee.
A hand-made German mattress with orthopaedic qualities. The Cooling Open Coil Mattress combines a spring system with traditional fillings and a breathable fabric cover to keep you fresh and comfortable all night. It’s an affordable option for an expensive technology.
This is an affordable option if you are looking for an eco-friendly mattress. It features all the unique properties of bamboo with a traditional open coil spring system. It's also topped with an anti-allergy filling and deep padding.
The Casper mattress is favoured by loads of the UK’s Instagram influencers, but us ‘normal’ folk can enjoy it too. You can start with The Essential Mattress for £400, which comes with a streamlined two-layer design with premium foam. You can test it for 100 nights and, if you’re not happy, you can return it.
Eve Sleep claims to treat “every mattress as a sanctuary”. You can get the best quality mattress with interest-free monthly payments. Online reviewers say you feel like you're floating, but also it's really supportive where it needs to be.
The Emma Original Mattress features German technology in the form of a three-layer foam. Emma wants to stand out in the market by promising a longer-lasting mattress and an exclusive, exceptionally breathable top layer. Last, but not least, there isn't a minimum time-frame to request a return.
Nectar gives you 365 nights to try your mattress and if you’re not happy, you can return it for free. The company also offers you a lifetime warranty. Its mattresses come with an adaptive cooling cover, smart pressure-relieving memory foam, seven zones supported base and positioning base material which will keep your mattress in the correct place. You can pay for it in monthly instalments. Nectar Sleep is the first and only mattress company in the UK to be climate neutral, so perfect if you are concerned about the environment.
With this mattress, you can experience the support of 2,500 specially designed pocket springs and memory foam. Each mattress from Simba is produced with five layers of support for perfect comfort. It also has a hybrid system which means cooling airflow and no motion transfer, so you won’t feel your partner wriggling around. Simba Hybrid Mattress Double is recommended for side and back sleepers.
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