Have you found yourself waking up in the morning filled with little aches and pains that weren’t there when you went to bed? What about waking up even more tired than you were before? Is your mattress visibly on the way out the door with ripped sections, creaky springs, and stains? Does it sag in the middle? Are you not really comfortable? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is probably time for a new mattress. It can be tough deciding on what kind of mattress to purchase and what would be the best to suit the needs of yourself (and your partner) without breaking the bank.
One of the current top-selling mattresses on the market today is the memory foam mattress, a staple of the mattress sector since the 70s. Memory foam was developed and manufactured by NASA originally for extra cushioning and added protection against crashes for airline pilots and passengers but has since expanded to mattresses, shoes and more!
A memory foam mattress is updated spin on the innerspring coil mattress, covered with layers upon layers of tightly interwoven foam that contour to support the body from head to toe. Memory foam mattresses are constructed to consist of two core components: a polyurethane memory foam comfort layer and a polyurethane foam core layer. These dual layers offer maximum support to the individual while cradling the body in the exact shape it is.
Some memory foam mattresses have these layers over interlocking springs (hybrids) whereas some can just be thicker layers of pure foam.
Memory foam mattresses are unique in the sense they contour and form based on pressure and heat. They will take the shape of the body currently laying on the mattress and return to its original condition once pressure is no longer applied. It offers a soft surface due to the memory foam layer while maintaining support and the even distribution of body weight thanks to the inner foam core layer.
The majority of retailers, both specialized and department store level, will offer at least one memory foam mattress in their inventory. The key to purchasing a high-quality memory foam mattress is to remember; in this case, size matters. A person wants to purchase a memory foam mattress that has a density of approximately 3lbs and higher. The higher the density of the foam, the more support and comfort the mattress will offer.
Also available to those on a budget or those whose current mattress is still up to par are memory foam mattress toppers and pillows. The toppers go placed over your existing mattress to provide additional support and comfort. The pillows work in a similar concept to the mattress by providing optimal neck support by contouring to the pressures of the head.
When a person lays down on a memory foam mattress for the very first time or even the 100th time, it should feel like a cloud surrounding them. This mattress offers a wide variety of benefits that are not found in other mattresses or are found in lesser quantities. Some of these benefits include but are not limited to:
· Unconditional Support: A memory foam mattress will support the entire body by using body heat to mold the mattress around a person, forming to their unique body shape
· Distributes Body Weight Evenly: Due to the dual layers of foam as mentioned above, a memory foam mattress will distribute a person’s body weight throughout the mattress. This distribution will allow the individual to avoid having sections of their body raised higher than others, which can result in aches and pains.
· Reduces Movement: The shock absorption of a memory foam mattress means that a person will not be awakened from tossing and turning of themselves or their partners.
· Relieves Pressure: Pressure on the body is non-existent with a memory foam mattress, using the contouring effect to reduce strain on the spinal cord. This lack of strain allows the circulation of blood throughout the body to move a normal rate and can help someone with circulation issues to improve.
· Helps the Natural Alignment of the Body: The memory foam mattresses will help the body straighten out fully and align to the natural specifications. This will decrease aches and pains from sleeping on an incorrect mattress for their body type.
When in doubt of what mattress will truly suit your individual needs and pre-existing conditions, speak to your trusted professional for tips and advice on what to look for in a mattress. Only purchase a mattress that is beneficial to you and makes you comfortable in your own home and offers the best possible sleep you can get!
According to some experts, the average adult should get between seven to 10 hours of sleep a night and will spend approximately a third of their lives in between the sheets. So wouldn’t you want a mattress that the top consumer rated for satisfaction and comfort under your body for this?