Know Your Type: What Mattress Works for You?

All of us spend a lot of our time in bed. Did you know that if you sleep around eight hours every night, that you will be spending at least a third of your life … Read more

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Last Updated: Wed, May 23, 2018

All of us spend a lot of our time in bed. Did you know that if you sleep around eight hours every night, that you will be spending at least a third of your life sleeping? For this reason, it is important to take a closer look at what you are actually sleeping on. If are thinking about replacing your mattress, before rushing out to buy one, educate yourself about the different types of mattresses available on the market. By familiarizing yourself with different mattress types, you will be able to determine which one works best for you. Mattress types may differ in materials, construction, and features. They can be divided into two large groups – sprung and specialty foam mattresses.

Sprung Mattresses

Sprung mattresses are the ones that have a spring system inside them. The more springs a mattress has, the better support it can provide to the sleeper. There are different types of sprung mattresses you can find on the market today, such as innerspring and pocket spring mattresses.

Innerspring mattress uses coil springs to provide excellent support to the sleeper. Usually, on top of the coils, there are also various upholsteries that provide additional support and comfort. Innerspring mattresses that used coil springs are very good, because they evenly distribute the body weight over the surface of the mattress. Innerspring mattresses are not popular as they were before, but many people still buy them because they are very familiar with them, and because they have used one before for many years.

Pocket spring mattresses are considered a more luxurious type of sprung mattress. This type of mattress has lighter springs that are wrapped using fabric pockets. Each spring works independently and constantly adjusts and conforms to the sleeper’s body shape. Due to this, pocket spring mattresses provide excellent support and great comfort to the person sleeping on them. It is perfect for light sleepers because it reduces the motion transfer and ensures they are not disturbed during their sleeping hours.

Specialty Foam Mattresses

Specialty foam mattresses can use one or more types of foam to create a perfect support system for the sleeper. The foam is combined and manufactured in different ways, shapes and densities in order to provide different levels of comfort and benefits to the consumers. Specialty foam mattresses can use polyurethane or memory foam, latex, gel and similar materials to properly meet various consumers’ needs.

Memory foam is one of the most popular specialty foam mattresses on the market today. Memory foam is particularly popular because of its body contouring abilities, pressure relief and amazing support. When you are lying on a memory foam bed, it will slowly contour itself to the shape of your body rather than forcing you to adjust to it. These pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam can be very useful to sleepers who have problems with back pain and neck pain. Other types of foam such as latex and gel are durable and provide quality support to the consumer. However, latex and gel mattresses don’t conform to the body as much as memory foam does.

Your mattress is the biggest factor that impacts how well you sleep at night. If it’s more than seven years old and causes you pain and discomfort, it is time to replace it. Make sure you have thoroughly explored your options before deciding what type of mattress really feels good to your body and properly meets your needs and budget.

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