Did you know that the memory foam mattress was originally developed for NASA? It was only made available to the general public in the early 1990’s. Since then, it has steadily increased in popularity not just because of its structure, but also the materials used for it.
The memory foam stands out and is unique because it has the ability to reduce pressure points by following the shape of your body, which is not possible in standard foams. If you are planning to buy one for you or your family, then it is best to take note of the tips that we will be listing for you to ensure that you will get your money’s worth.
The first thing you need to know is the different types of memory foams.
- Traditional Memory Foam– The first one is the traditional type which is known to be sensitive to high temperatures. This means that it will feel softer when the temperature is high and firmer when it is low.
- Gel Memory Foam– If you want a cooler sleeping surface, then this type is for you. Aside from being able to give the comfort that the traditional type offers, it is also ideal for those who are sharing a bed with another person. Because of its structure, you can still sleep soundly without being disturbed even if your partner turns and tosses so much all throughout the night.
- Plant-based Memory Foam– This is the more environment friendly option. Just like the gel foam, this type is cooler and is temperature-neutral. This uses plant extracts such as soya, bamboo and aloe vera.
Foam Density, Firmness and Thickness
Other important factors that you need to know are the mattress’ foam density and firmness. What you need to remember is that foams with a density that is over 5 lbs are much firmer compared to those with lower values. And while the denser foam is generally more expensive, and more durable, it does not mean that it is always better.
As a rule, you should choose a mattress that is not too soft or too dense. The middle ground is best way to go. If the mattress is too soft, it will not provide the support that your body needs. On the other hand, if the foam is too firm or extremely dense, it will become very uncomfortable. So, the best thing to do is to get memory foams with the ideal density (2 to 5 lbs).
As for the thickness, the range is 7 inches to 16 inches. However, some manufacturers may offer thicker ones. It will all depend on your preference. For example, if you have a low bed, you may want to get a thicker one to elevate its height.
Also, a thick mattress does not always mean that its quality is better. You will have to check the standards of manufacturers, the materials used and the foam type.
Your sleeping position is another thing that you need to factor in when buying a memory foam mattress. For back sleepers, a medium-firm mattress is the best option for you. If you are a side sleeper, it is ideal for you to get a softer type, which will relieve the additional pressure on your shoulders and hips. A thicker layer will also help keep your spine straight.
If you sleep on your stomach, a medium-firm mattress will do wonders for the alignment of your spine.
You should also not forget to check the warranty information of the company you will be buying your mattress from. This is important in case you end up not liking the mattress you bought.
Just like the other items that you purchase, knowledge is important. If you want to get the best memory foam mattress that will perfectly fit your needs, then you should do your research. It will help you decide whether the mattress is worth your hard-earned money. Reviews are readily available online and in just a few clicks, you will be able to see the personal experiences of people who bought the same product. Just take your time and do not rush with the purchase. Happy mattress haunting!
SHARE THIS STORY