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Which cot bed mattress should I choose?

Purchasing a cot mattress is equally as important as purchasing any other mattress. There are as many options for cots as there are for full-size beds, and choosing the right mattress for your little one may not be as easy as purchasing the first one you see. Cot mattresses are available in all the standard forms, including spring, foam and pocket spring. It has been noted that when comparing the foam mattress with a firm sprung mattress for comfort for a small child, the sprung has been shown to be the best choice. Pocket sprung mattresses are the better quality of sprung mattresses as they keep the springs in place. As with all mattresses, the term "you get what you pay for" is accurate for cot mattresses. It is recommended that you purchase the best mattress that you can afford at the time. We understand that your little one may not get the same length of use out of the mattress as we do, ensuring that you purchase the best mattress you can, will help to keep them comfortable and give them a better night's sleep, which you will be thankful for! If you have any further questions regarding cot mattresses, or are still unsure about the best mattress for your little one, please feel free to get in touch with our team who will be happy to assist you.

Are memory foam mattresses hot?

Memory foam mattresses have previously been known for being the warmest mattress. While the mattress itself does not produce the heat, the dense foam retains your body heat while you sleep. Previously leaving the sleeper hot and bothered in the summer. However, advances in memory foam technology mean that the foam is no longer as dense leading to a cooler memory foam mattress.  The type of bedding that you are using on your memory foam mattress will also greatly affect the heat that it stores. Thicker duvets will help the mattress to retain heat throughout the night, and even during the day in summer. Switching to lighter duvets and thinner sheets will help to improve your temperature through the night.  Here at Dial a Mattress we also offer a number of mattresses that use cool touch fabrics such as cool feel memory foam and cool gel-type mattresses. Our collection of Memory Foam Mattresses are available in all sizes and our selection offers a mattress for each budget. If you require more information or you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

How long should a mattress last?

A good mattress should last 8 years or more. If you need a new mattress please get in touch today to find out our latest deals.

How can you get to sleep in hot weather?

Finding yourself struggling to get to sleep, or indeed stay asleep during hot or warm weather is a common issue. Regulating your temperature during the night is not so easy when the weather outside is warm. By taking measures to cool yourself or the room down you can significantly improve the quality of your sleep. The first place to start is where possible, open windows. Allowing the fresh air to circulate in your room will cool the space during the night, while allowing you to breathe better. Adding a fan in front of an open window can help to push the cool air into the room. If you can't sleep with the window open, look at investing in a small aircon unit. These are much quieter than fans and should cool the air better.Make sure you swap over to summer bedding. This means packing up the 14 tog duvet, along with the fleece bedding until the temperature drastically drops. On hotter nights, swap out the duvet completely and opt for a nice light cotton sheet. Above all else, you can also look at investing in a cooler - feel mattress, such as cool gel, cool memory foam or cool touch fabrics.As with any time of year, sleep is easier if you live a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise, healthy eating and limiting alcohol will all help you to improve your nights' sleep. For more information on our range of cooling mattresses head over to our mattress page today, or you can contact a member of our team today. 

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