Which is better: Firm mattress or Soft mattress for people with back problems?

Contrary to many belief that a firm mattress is good for the back support, too firm a mattress will result in further back pain due to poor pressure relieving. However too soft a mattress would not provide proper support for individuals with back pain.

For individuals with back problems, we would recommend using medium-firm mattresses. Recent study by sleep experts found that the amount of support a mattress can give is more important than the firmness of the mattress.

However, finding the right mattress is all about your personal habits and preferences. Knowing what you want rather than what others are getting is the smarter choice.


What are the standard sizes?

The following are standard Asian sizes:

  Asian Sizes   Length (cm)   Width (cm)  
  King   190   183  
  Queen   190   153  
  Super Single   190   107  
  Single   190   90  

Do note that there is no standard mattress thickness!


Which is brand/mattress is the best?

There is no such thing as a best brand or best mattress. Every brand of mattress has its own selling point.


What is latex?

Latex is a milky white liquid which composes of rubber particles dispersed in water. The material is whipped with air to form foam to be used for bedding. It is an inherently hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust-mite resistant product. It is able to remove body moisture and keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Latex is also known to last for 20-30 years and is less prone to sagging.


What is memory foam?

Memory foam is also known as visco-elastic foam. It is polyurethane foam added with additional chemicals to increase its viscosity and density. Memory foam reacts to body heat and it is able to mould to the exact contours a warm human body within few minutes. It is more pressure relieving compared to ordinary polyurethane foam and spring mattresses. 


What is Bonnell Spring?

Bonnell spring is an open coil unit whereby all springs are connected together. It is usually firmer in tension and is relatively cheaper due to low manufacturing cost.

What is Pocketed Spring?

Pocketed springs are springs that are individually wrapped in fabric. Pocketed springs work independently and are well known for its conformability to one’s individual contour and also it’s unique ‘no disturbance’ design. It is generally softer when compared to bonnell springs.

Myths & Facts About Sleep

  1. Insomnia - Insomnia can be a symptom of sleep disorder that can be treated.
  2. Daytime Sleepiness - Your body is simply telling you that you are not getting enough sleep.
  3. Health Problems - Many health concern including obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular problems, diabetes have been found to b e related to the quality and
    quantity of sleep.
  4. Snoring - A common problem, though harmless, be a symptom of a life threatening sleep disorder. Accompanied by daytime sleepiness could indicate sleep apnea.
    We advise you to consult a physician.
  5. Cheating on Sleep - Adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Deprivation could be link to health problems including obesity, high blood pressure, negative mood and behaviour decreased productivity.
  6. Staying Awake - When feeling drowsy to sleepy, the best way to keep awake is to nap for 30 minutes.
  7. Sleepy Teens - Their biological clock keeps them awake later in the evening and sleeping later in the morning. They wake up sleepy in the morning through no fault of their own.

10 Tips for a good night's sleep

  • Give yourself permission to go to bed - Make sleep a piority. Even if you have to put away your "to do" list.
  • Undwind early in the evening - Try to deal with worries several hours before bedtime.
  • Develop a sleep ritual - Creating a bed routine each night conditions your body to settle down for the night.
  • Keep regular hours - Keep your biological clock in check by going to bed and waking up at similar times even on weekends.
  • Create a restful place to sleep - The idea environment is cool, dark and free from noise.
  • Exercise regularly - Relief tension with daily exercise, but do not exercise too close to bedtime.
  • Cut down on stimulants - Stimulants like caffeine can make it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Don't Smoke - Smokers tend to take longer to fall asleep and wake up more often during the night.
  • Reduce alcohol intake - Alcohol before bedtime interrupts and fragments sleep.

Mattress Shopping Tips

  • Space - Ensure that your mattress can accomodate your body turns. You turn between 40-60 times a night,so be sure you have the freedom of motion.
  • Support - Contary to the common perception as hardness, mattresses should be gentle to all your body points. It keeps our spine the same posture whilst standing without pressure build-up on body points.
  • Comfort - Your mattress does not need to be hard as a board. You will sleep best when you feel cradled in comfort.
  • Durability - The price of your mattress determines the quality that goes into it. Buy the highest quality set you can afford.

Mattress Care Tips

  • Proper installation. Sleep sets that are improperly installed can reduce its comfort level and affect your quality of sleep.
  • Use a protective pad. Keep your mattress clean with washable protective pads.
  • Let it breath. Remove "new product" odour with good ventailation.
  • Give it good support. Ensure there is simple centre support and that the bed frame is sturdy.
  • Don't dry clean. Chemicals used in dry cleaning can damage the fabric. If you must, use mild soap to clean any stains.
  • Don't remove the tag. To store your warranty in an easy place.
  • It's not a trampoline. Jumping is not a good idea as it damages the spring construction.
  • No boards. When mattress starts sagging, it is an indication that it is due for change.