Memory foam mattresses are all the hype today. Chances are, your sister has one, your mom has one, and your child’s favorite teacher has one. But should you get a memory mattress for yourself?
This is the question I asked myself. My friends and family were all raving about it and as soon as I had the money, I bought one for myself, too. Now, the first time I slept on a memory mattress was in a cold hotel room, and let me tell you, I slept like a baby for 10 straight hours in the same position I slept in. So yeah, I guess you could say I got bit by the memory foam mattress bug.
As soon as I got home from the hotel, I was in the search for the best quality yet affordable memory foam mattress available. But before I reached for my wallet, I did some research. I wanted to know if it really lives up to the hype, if it’s worth the money, and if it suits my lifestyle.
I actually found out it’s not perfect – contrary to what most advertisers say. It has its own advantages and disadvantages, but it seems to be way better than spring mattresses. Allow me to tell you about its pros and cons if you haven’t tried it yourself.
Companies are marketing memory mattresses like it’s a scientific breakthrough in the science of sleep. Well, the truth to this, in my opinion, is yes and no. While it does address many sleep problems, it only fits the needs of a select few. Allow me to elaborate.
The most specific and most unique feature of memory foam mattresses is its capacity to mold to your specific body. The foam is made of polyurethane that has been treated with chemicals that increase its density and viscosity, and the result is a material called “viscoelastic.”
When you lie down on the foam, it creates the very shape of the pressure being applied to it. For example, you place your hand on the foam, and you will see that it molds into your hand. This is especially unique because the general feeling is like you’re being cuddled. It also has the ability to distribute your weight evenly, so it doesn’t strain the part of your body with the most weight. As soon as these shapes are molded, it creates a firm grip, comforting every part of your body that’s putting pressure on the foam.
And it’s because of this quality that memory foam mattresses are all the rave today, because no other type of foam can provide this kind of comfort.
However, for individuals who have difficulty getting out of bed, especially the elderly and those who have injuries, memory mattresses will provide a problem. There’s a general “sinking” feeling to these mattresses and this is the # 1 reason why most people return the mattress to the stores.
If you don’t have any physical problems whatsoever, or when you need to find a relief for joint pains, then a memory foam mattress will truly be heaven-sent if you’re looking for an ultra-comfortable solution to getting a great night’s sleep.
As mentioned, the mattresses’ ability to mold to your body is its best feature, but it also has other benefits. These include its ability to retain temperature – as you lie down, the foam reduces air circulation in your body as it becomes even denser. This results to a warmer mattress, which add to the comfort, the soft feeling on the skin, and the general feeling of being cuddled.
The mattress is especially ideal for those who live in cold temperatures, but not so ideal in warmer climates, unless there’s airconditioning in the room.
The mattress also does not move or shift, so if you’re sleeping with your spouse or partner, you won’t be awakened by the tossing and turning. And because the foam is dense, dust mites can only survive on the surface of the mattress and not inside, which is ideal for those with asthma, as it reduces instances of asthma attacks.
These mattresses are expensive, though – the materials and the process in its production are costly. For those who are living in warmer climates, this may not be the most ideal. And because it “sinks” in, there is a lack of support for the spine. Though initially, you will feel comfort on your back, it won’t provide the proper support and elevation you need if you have spinal injury, or if you have chronic back pain.
If you don’t have any problems getting out of bed, if you don’t have a spinal injury, and if you love the feeling of being cuddled, then this type of mattress will do wonders for your sleep. If you search online and in physical furniture stores, there are tons of memory foam mattresses for sale that fit every kind of individual.
Before you even begin to decide if this mattress is for you, take a moment to weigh the pros and cons so you won’t have any regrets. After all, sleep is one of the most important activities of the day, so even if the price tag is high, you know choosing the best mattress for you is a lifelong investment.