Memory foam or innerspring? Latex or hybrid? When purchasing a new mattress, today’s shoppers have more options than ever to choose from. And with new innovations in materials and technology constantly being introduced by mattress manufacturers, it can be hard to keep up with them all.
Most sleepers are familiar with the traditional innerspring mattress. And some people even have a working knowledge of pocket coil mattress technology. But unless you’re an avid follower of sleep products and technology, you probably don’t know all there is know about today’s mattress products. To bring you up to date, here are five different types of mattresses you never knew about – but should.
Memory foam was developed as part of a NASA contract in the 1970s to improve seat cushioning and crash protection for airline pilots and passengers. The project proved to be very successful, and engineers and designers soon began using the unique material in a wide variety of commercial products, including mattresses. In a short time, memory foam mattresses have become one of the most popular designs on the market.
Also known as Visco Elastic foam, memory foam has the unique ability to conform to your body while dispersing your weight evenly throughout the bed, making it ideal for achy joints, morning pains and restless sleepers. Because it is affected by temperature, memory foam also softens and conforms to the sleeper in response to body temperature and body weight. As a result, memory foam mattresses tend to sleep warmer than traditional innerspring mattresses. In response, mattress makers have introduced innovations such as “open-cell” memory foams, gel-infused memory foams, reticulated foam support layers and other technologies to improve air circulation when sleeping on these mattresses. Memory foam is also resistant to mold, bacteria, bed bugs, dust mites and many types of allergens.
Innerspring mattresses are the oldest and one of the most popular of modern mattress designs. Manufacturers use a variety of steel coil support systems, such as springs connected into a single unit or individually wrapped pocketed coils, to construct these durable mattresses. Then they cover the innersprings with various types of padding or upholstery materials, which results in a surprisingly comfortable sleep experience. And with today’s advanced mattress materials such as foams, fibers, and additional layers of smaller steel springs, innerspring mattresses are stronger and more comfortable than ever. As one of the more affordable mattress types on the market, the innerspring remains a top seller around the world.
Hybrid mattresses represent the culmination of decades of sleep technology innovations. Combining two or more different types of support systems, typically sophisticated memory foams with an advanced innerspring system, these remarkable mattresses provide all the benefits of memory foam while retaining the classic look and feel of an innerspring mattress.
The use of multiple sleep technologies in a hybrid mattress provides several advantages for discriminating sleepers. First, the pocketed coil technology reduces the motion transfer that can occur with tossing and turning, resulting in a deeper, more restful sleep. The multiple layers of infused memory foam help to achieve a comfortable sleeping posture that relieves pressure on sensitive areas, and also help to control body temperatures by diffusing heat away from the body.
While the memory foam layers are delivering all this comfort, the coil system helps to retain the “bounciness” that many people enjoy with traditional innerspring mattresses. It also gives hybrid mattresses a traditional mattress shape, as opposed to the straight lines and low profile of memory foam mattresses. Hybrid mattresses are often less expensive than memory foam mattresses, making them a good choice for budget-conscious shoppers, and they typically perform better than low-end memory foam mattresses.
You may be surprised to learn that latex mattresses were first introduced to consumers in the 1960’s. But for years the high cost of production led to high retail prices, keeping the early latex mattresses out of reach of the average sleeper. If you’re a fan of Latex, you’ll be glad to know that advances in technology have brought the price down significantly, so you no longer have to break the bank in order to purchase one of these versatile mattresses.
Latex mattresses offer two big advantages. One of the more durable, resilient mattress materials, latex supports sleepers without placing excess pressure on hips, shoulders and other area while supporting proper alignment. AS a result, they help reduce and/or prevent paint in sensitive areas, including the lower back. Latex mattresses are also good at suppressing motion. So if one sleeper tosses and turns a lot, it won’t have as much impact on their partner.
Constructed of different weights and densities of petrochemical-based flexible polyurethane foams or latex rubber foams, foam mattresses provide a cost-effective alternative to more sophisticated mattress options. Designed to give support to the very edge of the bed, these mattresses facilitate support and comfort from corner to corner – a real advantage for restless sleepers who tend to wander all over the mattress during the night. With the foam-type mattress, buyers can find a number of options for the material, such as memory foam, gel foam, and latex or solid foam. Comparing and contrasting the advantages and disadvantages of the many different types of foam materials is essential for making a wise purchase decision.
As you can see, there’s a lot to learn about mattresses these days. So come on in to your nearest Sit ‘N Sleep location and our experienced sleep consultants will give you a crash course in everything you need to know to get the best mattress for your sleep needs.