Top 5 Mattress Considerations For Children and Teens
Children and teens need at least 8-10 hours of sleep per night, with the quality of sleep being just as important as the number of hours spent sleeping. Many children find falling asleep and staying asleep difficult, which could be due to many factors, including comfort, noise, temperature, electronic/light stimuli, stress and their natural sleep patterns. In addition, teens undergo hormonal changes, school and peer stressors, and an increasing workload at school that keeps them up at night.
Children of all ages benefit from a set bedtime and a relaxing night-time routine. For young children, the night-time routine can include cuddling and bedtime stories. Make sure their bedroom is free of noise or light distractions, and is at a comfortable temperature for sleeping. It is better for children not to have a TV or any electronic devices in their room when trying to sleep at night. Recent studies indicate that electronics in the bedroom are attributed to declining sleep levels for children. (2014 Sleep In America Survey)
Additionally, the right type of mattress can also impact restful sleep. Keep in mind the following five considerations while finding the best mattress for your child to ensure they get enough rest each night.
Size: When children graduate out of a crib mattress, they typically will start using a twin mattress, but for taller-than-average children or teens, “long twin” sized mattresses are available. Twin Long mattresses are as long as a queen size, but the width of a twin, and are popular in college dorms. Another popular choice is full size, but keep in mind that full size is still the same length as twin, only wider. (See also – Bedding Experts: Mattress Sizes Chart)
- Quality: Not wanting to break the bank is understandable for a child since children weigh less and won’t need as much to be supported, but keep in mind that children will spend at least 1/3 of their time over several years on their new mattress. We recommend at least a 390 coil innerspring unit (390 coils in queen size) to get the needed support. It may be best to save up and chose a higher quality mattress that will last longer and provide a better night’s sleep for children.
Firmness: Firmness is often confused with support. It is beneficial for children to have a supportive mattress so that their growing spine and back are properly supported, but that doesn’t mean that children should be sleeping on the firmest mattress available. Children may me more comfortable, which will help them sleep better, on a plush or medium firm mattress. As children grow into their teen years and get heavier, their needs and personal preference for firmness may also change. We encourage kids to test our mattresses with their parents to find the best one.
Durability: Investing in a durable mattress is important because children tend to beat up their mattresses. We usually recommend mattresses on the firmer side of the spectrum with at least 390 coils (counted in queen size) and a solid side encasement (for edge support). Also, you can protect mattresses from spills or other accidents by using a mattress protector.
Special Needs: If you child has special needs there might be a special type of mattress or accessory available for them. For example, children with asthma may benefit from a hypoallergenic mattress encasement or protective cover to reduce allergens in the bedroom. Hypoallergenic covers are recommended for every child at our retail stores because dust mite allergens are so prominent in mattresses and may be associated with asthma development.
Finding the perfect mattress to fit your child’s or teen’s needs can make the difference between sleep trouble and a good night’s rest. Being well rested leads to better school performance and a boosted immune system. Having a comfortable, supportive, and durable mattress combined with a proper bedtime routine and comfortable room can make all the difference.