Memory foam mattresses and their derivatives are the mainstream alternatives to traditional innerspring mattresses. But to many, memory foam mattresses are the new kid on the block. To others, they are a fad. In truth, memory foam mattresses are now enjoying their third decade of credible sales. Across every major bed brand and chain of stores, the benefits of memory foam mattresses are well-understood.
Nevertheless, many folks are spring-mattress traditionalists by default. Perhaps their current spring mattress has given them 25 years of service. Memory foam would have been a rarity the last time they shopped for a mattress. So for folks who haven’t yet considered the benefits of memory foam mattresses, we’ve summarized the most important points.
One of the main reasons people lose sleep or consider changing their mattress is back pain. Too often, a poor mattress is the cause of a restless night’s sleep. Whether it is tossing and turning due to inadequate lumbar support, or a sore back in the morning, an ill-fitting mattress makes a sleeper miserable.
A significant problem with spring mattresses is that they cannot offer long-lasting, consistent support across the sleep surface. That’s because the springs create more resistance directly beneath the sleeper. As such, areas of the back that press the coils most keenly experience the mattress differently.
Memory foam offers more consistent support
All parts of the sleeper’s body that touch the sleep surface are supported equally with memory foam. And the physical structure of memory foam cells means that this support is consistent over time.
The physical structure of memory foam cells means that this support is consistent over time. It doesn’t experience wear like a coiled spring. This is another reason that spinal support is more even for longer with memory foam.
Has your partner ever woken you when getting out of bed? Or when they rolled over? Depending on what stage of the sleep cycle they are in, or if they are simply a light sleeper, even negligible movement can wake a person up on an innerspring mattress. Springs transfer motion. Traditional mattress manufacturers have made improvements to this problem in recent years. But memory foam mattresses are better at absorbing motion.
Good motion isolation means movement on one side of the bed shouldn’t be felt on the other side. For couples who get up (or got to bed) at different times, adequate, consistent motion isolation is a breath of fresh air after years on an innerspring mattress.
Over the last decade, companies like Casper and Novosbed have turned the mattress industry on its head. A high-end memory foam mattress from a branded store can cost over five grand! But beds-in-a-box, even California king-sized ones, rarely cost more than $1500 online. And well-reviewed mid-range brands, like Endy and Douglas, sell queen size mattresses for less than $900. Indeed, there are dozens of excellent memory foam mattresses available for purchase online. All of them with generous return policies. Sure, there are innerspring mattresses available online from a few online companies. The most successful (and well-reviewed) brand of this type is Saatva. But, for now, innerspring mattresses are widely associated with big box stores (and the cliched salespeople that go along with them).
For certain, the memory foam mattress industry enjoys a convenient benefit: its mattresses can be compressed into a box, removing the need to interact with another human being for sales or delivery. There’s no reason to engage with self-motivated salespeople or a clumsy delivery crew when you buy a memory foam mattress online.
Other benefits of memory foam mattresses
In addition to reducing pain, providing a more even sleep surface, confounding motion isolation, and saving you money, there are other benefits to memory foam mattresses. For example, they’ll look newer for longer. Innerspring mattresses that sag can be a real embarrassment within a few years. Memory foam mattresses, on the other hand, retain their shape and look great for years. Also, memory foam mattresses have a reputation for needing less rotation. While many innerspring mattress companies recommend rotating their products every two months, memory foam brands often see six months as the sensible benchmark.
- On November 8, 2017