You would not hike a mountain or run a marathon without the proper gear. And yet, even though we spend a third of our lives sleeping, most of us have not prepared our bedroom adequately— in terms of mattresses, that is.
In 2011, The National Sleep Foundation created a poll and found out that 92% of people say that a comfortable mattress is crucial to a good night’s sleep.
And with different mattress design sprouting everywhere, it can be really hard to find the right mattress for us and how it can affect our sleep and overall health.
This article will outline the 4 most common types of mattresses design that you can find in stores or online and their ups and downs that can ultimately affect your sleep:
- Innerspring Mattresses
Remember jumping on a squeaky bed as a little kid? That my friend, is the standard innerspring mattress, It is made using a steel coil support system— spring that is connected in a single unit.
And although the innerspring might seem old-school, it is still one of the most popular types of mattress designs today— and for a good reason.
Aside from being so affordable, innerspring mattress also:
- Easy to transport
- Widely available
- Have a variety of firmness options
- Sleep cooler because they are breathable
However, the innerspring mattress has a few setbacks when it comes to health and sleep. You get what you pay for, meaning, this type of mattress is notorious for lack of quality in terms of their ability to counteract pressure points and pain.
Also, you can hear the noise as the spring began to wear which might wake you in the middle of the night. Typically, the innerspring mattress is also one-sided, thus they cannot be flipped over. Lastly, these type of mattress is not that durable and wears really fast than other types, thus making it not a good investment.
- Memory Foam Mattress
Invented by NASA in the year 1966 in order to improve the safety of aircraft cushions, memory foam has now reached different aspects and is now commonly used in wheelchair seats, shoes, furniture, blankets, pillows, and mattresses.
The mattress is the best application of memory foam because of the sensation of “sinking in” that it creates which feels like being cradled. Pressing your bodyweight onto a memory foam mattress allows it to take on your shape and slowly bounce back to its original form once you remove the weight.
It is this extra support and cushioning that makes the memory foam mattress the right foam for side sleepers and those who have painful conditions.
Other positive aspects of a memory foam mattress are:
- Relief to pressure points
- Resistance to allergens and dust mites
- Low motion transfer
- Proper alignment of the spine
- Latex Mattresses
When looking for a natural bedding solution, then look no more for latex mattresses. These mattresses are made from the byproduct of sap from rubber trees— which is quite similar to memory foam.
Latex mattresses also provide contouring and pressure relief, however not to the extent as memory foam does. Moreover, latex is bouncier than memory foam, which can be negative or positive depending on you. However, if you wish to sleep on a mattress that retains less heat, then latex is your better option.
There are 2 methods in manufacturing latex mattresses.
- DUNLOP: This refers to the process wherein latex is poured into the mold in just a single pour. This result in a bed that is softer on the top and denser on the bottom.
- TALALAY: It is made when the mold is filled and a vacuum sucks out all air. The material is then frozen in order to stabilize its overall structure. This results in a mattress with a more consistent feel than Dunlop.
The only downside of latex mattresses is that it is quite expensive. However, if the quality is what you are after, then latex mattresses will never let you down.
- Hybrid Mattresses
Increasing in popularity, hybrid beds combined the best of both worlds— the softness and comfort of either memory foam or latex and the bouncing and support of innerspring mattresses.
In general, hybrid mattresses have a layer of coiled springs at the bottom and 1 to 3 layers of memory foam or latex on the top. The main advantage of this type of mattress is that you can have a more custom experience.
The benefits of a hybrid mattress are:
- Advanced pressure point relief
- Stay cool all night
- Supplemental support as springs and foam provide different support
- Precise support when you need it most
- A higher degree of contour ability
And while it might seem amazing, a hybrid bed has few potential flaws:
- More expensive
- Confusing and requires you to make a meticulous research in order to be sure that what you get is indeed a hybrid mattress.
There is no shortage of mattress choices available today. I can guarantee that there is something that can accommodate everyone’s need. So, the most important thing to consider when looking for the best mattress is what will make you the most comfortable.