A Basic Guide To Choosing Mattresses


The right mattress can make a world of difference between having restful sleep and sleep deprivation. A good quality mattress promotes deeper and more refreshing sleep by providing better support. However, purchasing the right mattress can be a complicated and confusing process. Read through the guide given below to get a better understanding of the different types of mattresses before making the choice for yourself.

There are three major types of mattresses you need to keep in mind when carrying out a mattress comparison

  • Innerspring Mattresses
  • Memory Foam Mattresses
  • Latex Mattresses

All mattresses have a spring support system around which the mattress is built. Mattresses made of an interconnected spring network are called bonnell spring mattresses. The better mattresses however, use independently pocketed springs and are called pocket spring mattresses. Pocket springs provide better support and contouring of the body with reduced motion transfer and better durability.

Innerspring mattress – Innerspring mattresses are the most traditional type of mattresses and also the most commonly owned and sold. The spring support in innerspring beds is covered with layers of foam, quilting and batting.  Innerspring mattresses are the most popular kind of mattress available but, they are also the least durable. They sag easily, they are noisy and very bouncy, all of which can lead to disturbed sleep.

Memory Foam Mattress – Memory Foam was first developed by NASA's Ames Research Center in order to improve safety in aircraft cushions. Memory foam is a polyeurethane product which absorbs body weight and distributes it evenly to reduce pressure. Memory foam is often used in medical conditions where a person is confined to bed rest. The equal distribution of weight prevents bed sores. Memory Foam mattress are usually constructed in two layers; the top memory foam layer and the bottom core layer.  The mattresses come upholstered to look like spring beds. High quality memory foam mattresses are very durable and can last for 8 to 10 years

However, do keep in mind that memory foam moulds itself to the body shape and can sometimes leave users feeling stuck. They also retain heat which may make memory foam unsuitable for those living in hot climates.

Latex Matresses – Latex mattresses are made from latex foam that can be natural, synthetic or a blend of both. Latex mattresses are a great alternative for those who dislike the molding nature of memory foam but still want a high quality product to relieve pressure while sleeping. Natural latex is hypoallergenic which makes it suitable for people with allergies or asthma.

Latex mattresses are also more resilient than memory foam and do not absorb as much heat. They have the highest durability of all mattresses, but at the same time, the cost of latex mattresses are also the highest.

Apart from these 3 types, there are other specialty mattresses too such as gel mattresses, hybrid mattresses or organic mattress. These usually come as a topper on regular mattresses and provide a luxury appeal.

When purchasing a mattress weigh the benefits of each and make your choice carefully. The right bed will reward you with years of refreshing sleep.

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