If you’re on the market for a new mattress you’re probably considering several different options. You probably weighing the pros and cons of the different types of mattresses (memory foam, spring, latex, or air) and wondering which one will be the best for you.
Spring vs. Memory foam
For many decades the spring mattress was the standard. But now a days memory foam is becoming much more popular due to the fact that it offers unparalleled support and comfort. All spring mattresses do feel comfortable while you’re lying or sitting on them, but they do not offer the same full body support and contouring (that includes full spinal support) that memory foam can offer. Spring mattresses cause what’s called a ” trampoline affect” which is when pressure is applied to the mattress and it bends inward. When this happens it does not offer your body the support that it needs. Foam in memory foam can shrink overtime, but springs will bend and lose their shape so an older memory foam bed will still offer more support and more comfort than an old spring mattress will offer.
Latex vs. Memory Foam
Memory foam does not have as high a resiliency or elasticity that latex foam has. This results in latex feeling more springy while memory foam will offer a more solid feel. This results in memory foam NOT applying pressure points to your body. Latex foam has a tendency to cause pressure points which can lead to tossing and turning, and aches and pains, and just about any other problem that you face when sleeping. Memory foam is hypoallergenic while latex can trigger allergies (which is rare and usually only happens when there is contact with the skin). This type of allergic reaction is commonly triggered by exposure to certain types of latex that are either natural or synthetic. Most mixes, which are made of both natural and synthetic latex are not allergenic and will not trigger any type of allergic reaction.
Air vs. Memory Foam
Air mattresses have been gaining popularity very quickly as of late due to the ability to change the level of air in your mattress with a remote control. With many of these sophisticated new air mattresses you can change different sides of the bed to different levels of firmness or softness. Unfortunately, air mattresses of these types come with tiny electronic controls and plastic parts. These parts often break which leaves the owner with a very expensive air mattress that doesn’t do anything. Also air mattresses do not provide the same level of support (conforming to contours of the body) that memory foam provides. With air mattresses you get the same problem that you get with spring mattresses in that it bends inward when there’s compression instead of forming to the specific weight and curves of your body. This happens due to air displacing two sides of your body which will leave the middle part with much less support.
So if you’re considering a memory foam mattress consider the preceding points. Memory foam is not perfect as it does have its flaws. But based on the comfort and support it offers it can be the best mattress purchase that you will ever make.