Memory foam has been the talk of the mattress town for quite some years now. It is loved by sleepers for a number of its properties, such as its motion isolation, its temperature neutrality, the way it conforms to the body of the sleeper, its ability to keep the spine naturally aligned, among other things.
When compared to other popular mattress types like latex and innerspring mattress, how does memory foam mattress hold up? Do customers prefer foam more than they like spring or latex?
Is memory foam mattress’ response time faster than that of latex? Is Memory foam mattress more hypoallergenic and durable compared to an innerspring mattress?
We will be answering all these questions and more on today’s post.
Why memory foam beats both innerspring and latex?
Memory foam vs innerspring
Innerspring mattresses are recommended by many for its firmness and support. However, what many people realize only later is that, with usage, innerspring mattresses start making a squeaky sound. This is because of the metal coils used in this type of mattresses. If the metal coils are of poor quality, then the mattress begins to disintegrate faster. The squeaky sound is a huge problem for most sleepers because it disrupts sleep.
Every time you turn or toss, the mattress is likely to make a noise that will wake you up. As the metal coils disintegrate further, the support and firmness of the mattress get worse, which means you will toss and turn even more, which in turn will cause more rattling sounds. It is a downward spiral!
Memory foam mattresses, on the contrary, offer a firmness that lasts as long as they do. Not just are the mattresses firm, but their support is extraordinary since they conform to the body shape of the sleeper. The mattress also distributes the bodyweight of the sleeper in such a uniform manner that the sleeper will not experience any blood clots or feeling of restless after they wake up.
Memory foam mattresses are also known for their orthopaedic features. By maintaining the natural alignment of the sleeper’s spinal cord, the mattress improves your posture or at least ensures no postural defects are caused in the sleeper.
Memory foam vs latex
Latex mattresses are popular among sleepers for their response time and their natural temperature neutrality. But what is important to understand is that there is a difference between natural and synthetic latex mattresses. While natural latex mattresses are naturally hypoallergenic, offer natural firmness, and have phenomenal response time, the same is not true for synthetic ones. And finding pure natural latex mattress is quite rare.
Let us now take these two features that make natural latex mattresses a hit, and see how memory foam mattress performs with regard to both.
Response time: Memory foam mattresses have a great response time. You can test this yourself, by pressing your hand on the mattress’ surface really hard and then lifting your hand quickly. The time taken by the mattress to regain its initial shape is known as response time. Though memory foam mattress adapts to the body shape of the sleeper, its response time is really good.
The other thing worth mentioning here is the motion isolation offered by memory foam. When sharing the mattress with a partner, the mattress will ensure there is zero disturbance to your sleep. When one partner moves, the mattress will absorb the motion and completely isolate it so that the other sleeper’s sleep is not interrupted.
Temperature neutrality: Memory foam mattress brands, in the past, were attacked because of their inability to offer temperature control. This has changed today. Nowadays mattress brands incorporate one cooling technology or the other to ensure their mattress does not trap the body heat of the sleeper and make the sleeping experience terrible. Some of these technologies include gel memory foam, cooling crystals, open-cell structure etc. If you are thinking of buying a memory foam mattress, then make sure you check that the brand has some cooling technology in place.
Are you using an innerspring mattress? Let us know how your experience has been so far. After going through this post, are you considering to switch to memory foam?