By Jo Joiner

If you share a bed with a restless sleeper, and you don’t have a mattress that’s coping with it, you probably have bags under your eyes. It’s exhausting being woken up several times a night because your sleeping partner is rolling over, wriggling to get comfortable or getting up to go to the loo.

Worst case scenario is that you’re both restless sleepers. So you’re in a vicious cycle of falling asleep and waking each other up, multiple times every night.

And then there’s the dreaded ‘roll together’. Most of us have experienced this unfortunate situation, usually in a cheap motel or hotel. The night’s sleep begins pleasantly, then it’s like you’re both drawn magically to the centre of the bed – and not in a good way. Basically, you’re sleeping on a surface that slopes inward because the middle of the bed is saggy.

It’s not you, it’s your mattress

The quality and size of your mattress have a lot to do with restless nights. Here’s what we mean:

  • If your sleeping surface isn’t comfortable anymore, because it’s way past its ‘best before’ date, the chances of falling and staying asleep are reduced.
  • If your mattress has an old-fashioned or cheap spring system, movement is magnified – when one person rolls over, the other person gets jiggled around.
  • Your bed might not be big enough for two people to have the space they need at night.

Check the age of your mattress

If you’ve been sleeping on the same mattress for more than eight years, it’s definitely time for a change. Most mattresses can only provide good support for five to 10 years, and poor quality mattresses are at the low end of this spectrum. If you or your partner can’t remember when you bought the mattress, there’s a good chance it’s time for a new one. 

Check the spring system

The spring system that’s known for partner disturbance is one where the springs are connected together, as with old-fashioned innerspring mattresses. This inter-connection transmits movement from one side of the mattress to the other.

Here’s a test to try: Put a glass of water on one side of the mattress, then sit on the other side. If the water sloshes, your mattress definitely has inter-connected springs.  

A bigger bed can help with partner disturbance

A standard double bed is 137cm wide and 188cm long. A super king bed is 183cm wide and 203cm long. That’s a massive 46cm difference in width and 15cm in length. Unless you’re a petite couple, a standard double bed simply doesn’t allow two people to stay comfortable all night without disturbing each other. Rolling over, flinging an arm during a dream and restless legs all demand extra sleeping area. If your bedroom has space for a larger bed, it might be time to move up a bed size or two to gain a better night’s sleep.

The miracle of pocket springs for a do-not-disturb mattress

For quality mattresses, pocket springs have taken over from ordinary mattress springs. Unlike traditional mattress systems, where springs are attached to one another, a pocket spring system allows each spring to operate independently. This means better cushioning, no roll-together and less partner disturbance.

With a high-quality pocket spring mattress, springs of a specific firmness are allocated to zones to provide optimum support for key areas of the body – head, shoulders, pelvis, legs and feet. Each spring is encased in a fabric tube, to ensure springs can compress and relax without getting tangled up.

The benefits of memory foam to reduce sleeper disturbance

Another giant leap forward for a peaceful night’s sleep is memory foam, which changes shape in response to heat and pressure. It moulds around you to evenly distribute body weight, then returns to its original shape when you get out of bed. And because memory foam absorbs pressure so easily, it stops movement from spreading from one side of the bed to the other.

One mattress that does it all

So, considering everything we’ve talked about above, what is the ultimate mattress for preventing partner disturbance and roll together? Answer: A pocket spring mattress with memory foam comfort layers in the largest size that will fit into your bedroom. Dreamland makes a mattress that exactly fits this description. It’s called Andromeda.

With both pocket springs and memory foam layers, Andromeda by Dreamland is the ultimate mattress for eliminating partner disturbance.

Altogether, Andromeda mattresses have more than 1500 pocket springs to disperse your weight. The result is head-to-toe support for each sleeper with no partner disturbance or roll together. From the top layer down, here’s what you get with an Andromeda mattress:

  • Gel infused memory foam. A new type of memory foam that helps to prevent overheating.
  • Convoluted foam. Often called egg crate foam, convoluted foam is good at distributing weight. It also has cooling advantages because it supports air flow.
  • Carbon-infused memory foam. Infusing memory foam with activated carbon helps to keep the mattress hygienic.
  • Natural latex. Sourced from rubber plantations, latex helps to eliminate pressure point pain while you’re in bed.
  • 12cm mini pocket springs. Pocket springs are housed in individual pockets, so they can move independently from each other. They provide individualised support for each sleeper and help to prevent roll-together.
  • 14cm mini pocket springs. A base layer of larger pocket springs provides a deeper level of support and comfort.

Find the best mattress for minimal partner disturbance

To find a mattress that prevents partner disturbance and roll together, we recommend you visit a Dreamland mattress retailer. Their sales people are trained up to help with mattress decisions. Find a Dreamland mattress stockist.

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