FAQs

Is a firm mattress better for a person with back problems?

No. It is a popular misconception that a mattress has to be firm to be good for you.

Although some people may prefer a firmer feel, a mattress that provides correct support with low pressure points is a far better option. A mattress that is too firm will not support the body evenly, thus creating pressure points, usually at the shoulders and hips which can result in a disturbed sleep.

What is the difference in the spring units?

There are numerous spring systems available on the market, with the premium beds using individual heat tempered springs, which greatly reduce partner disturbance and eliminates roll together.

All Sleepyhead springs units are heat tempered.

Premium mattresses will also offer targeted support to hip and shoulder regions.

In the mid price range, most beds use inner spring support systems. The most advanced of these systems use continuous heat tempered wire springs, which are linked head to toe to help prevent roll together.

Cheaper beds generally use spring systems where springs are linked across the bed, and in some instances increase roll together. These beds won't give the life of more advanced spring systems.

Does the feel of a mattress change with time?

It may take several weeks for you to become accustomed to your new sleeping surface.

In a top quality mattress, the comfort layers will mould to your body shape, enhancing your sleeping comfort.

Generally, beds will soften over time.

For the best results to give a consistent feel, the springs must be heat tempered.

While latex and new foam technologies offer superior comfort and support it must be noted that the body changes over time and these changes may lead to the mattress feeling different.

How do I know if I need a new bed?

As a guide you should change your bed every 8-10 years.

Old beds can have a number of negative impacts on your health that you need to be aware of.

Over time our beds are invaded by dust mites that leave an excrement that many people are allergic too. Your bed also gradually absorbs moisture from our bodies and the atmosphere resulting in your bed feeling colder than it needs to be. It can also promote the growth of mould in your bed which can also affect allergy sufferers. At least twice a year, check for visible signs of wear and tear and ask yourself if you're sleeping better or worse than you did a year ago. If worse, a new bed may be the answer to improve your sleep.

Does Sleepyhead have beds designed specifically for Children?

The Sleepyhead range includes beds catering for all ages and body sizes, which we specifically design with growing bodies in mind.

Children require a healthy sleep environment, especially since toddlers and kids spend more time than anyone else in bed sleeping or napping. As children, their bodies are constantly growing so it's essential that they receive the correct support for spinal alignment. Their beds should have the right cushioning properties and support systems within the mattress in order to ensure that their growth is healthy and not inhibited or made uncomfortable in any way.

What are the basic elements of an ensemble?

There are four basic elements of an ensemble:

  • The quilted top
  • The comfort layers
  • The innerspring/core unit
  • The base support

Each of these work together to provide customised comfort and different levels of firmness.

Characteristics that affect firmness are thickness (or gauge) of the wire in the spring unit, the combination and quantity of the comfort layers and the quilting material.

Why doesn't my linen fit my new mattress?

Today's plusher, premium bedding feature increased mattress heights. Older type sheets may not fit these new mattresses however most linen manufacturers are increasing the depths of their fitted sheets.

How do I select the right size bed?

The more room you have in your bed the better quality of sleep you will have, especially if you’re sleeping with a partner. Space around you helps promote undisturbed sleep. Two people sleeping together should select at least a queen and preferably a king or super king size bed to give you adequate space for. It also pays to take into account younger family members who may end up sharing your bed. They may be little, but they can take up a surprising amount of space.

New Zealand standard mattress and base dimensions are as follows;

  • Single 188cm length x 91cm width
  • Long Single 203cm length x 91cm width
  • King Single 203cm length x 107cm width
  • Double 188cm length x 137cm width 
  • Long Double 203cm length x 137cm width
  • Queen 203cm length x 153cm width
  • King 203cm length x 167cm width
  • Super King 203cm length x 183cm width
  • Californian King 203cm length x 203cm width

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