Tips on Buying Memory Foam Mattresses
Author: John Smith Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Gone are those days of yore where it was acceptable to seek slumber in a bale of hay or what we now call "innerspring mattresses". It is the new age of comfort that meets carefully engineered design to ensure that you are able to get a relaxing and rejuvenating nap.
Over the past twenty years, the memory foam mattress has transformed from a novelty into a popular, affordable alternative to ubiquitous spring beds. Behind this change is the revolution in comfort and technology the material offers, driven by the development of visco-elastic memory foam by NASA in 1966. The material was intended to cushion and deflect the tremendous effects of gravitational pull experienced by astronauts during take-off and re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.
Memory foam is a thick, ultra-supportive material that conforms to different body types during rest and regains its shape after you rise. It cradles the body in every position, allowing for soft comfort on the hips, shoulders, and back, which greatly reduces pressure points and promotes healthy, uninterrupted rest. Kathy R. Gromer, MD, sleep specialist with the Minnesota Sleep Institute in Minneapolis, agrees that memory foam greatly improves sleeping patterns. This is very important because how we perform when we are awake depends so much on how much sleep we get - that’s precisely why it really pays to do your research when it comes to buying a new foam mattress.
With that in mind, let's run through some tips we need to look into when buying a memory foam mattress and all that it entails.
Bust out the measuring tape it’s time to think bed frames.
The first few things to consider when buying a new foam mattress is how much space you have to play with, how high your bed is, and what materials your bed frame is made of. These can really vary and give a totally different look and feel depending on what you choose.
There is a plethora of material and designs used for bed frames and it would be wise to match your bed frame to your preferred bedroom aesthetic making sure that the same tone resonates throughout. Similarly, you need to make sure that the foam mattress you choose to go for, complements the type of bed frame you have - both in terms of material and size/height.
Get that extra layer of heaven with a good mattress topper
Memory foam mattresses, on their own, provide an amazing level of comfort when used alone. However, every hero needs a sidekick and a mattress topper adds extra cushioning that truly gives the “sleeping on a cloud” sensation. Complement your memory foam mattress selection with a mattress topper.
Look into the firmness of the mattress topper as well as the size, ensuring that your topper fits your mattress and isn't ill-fitted. For additional firmness, latex mattress toppers are an ideal option - allowing you to get additional comfort in addition to what your memory foam mattress provides. While creating the perfect sleeping sanctuary a memory foam mattress topper might be able to help get that extra level of comfort and add a few years to the lifespan of your aging foam mattress.
Double up on your comfort with memory foam pillows
While choosing the perfect foam mattress is critical to ensuring a good night’s sleep, choosing the right pillow is equally important. Therefore, it’s important that in your search for a memory foam mattress, you factor in choosing the perfect pillow.
After all, an unsupportive pillow can be the source of upper body aches and pains – that a good pillow can prevent with ease. Memory foam pillows are popular in the market attributing to their good density - providing good height and support to the neck, spine, and shoulders. As an added benefit, they are also very affordable.
Be sure to choose memory foam for a happy home and a great night’s sleep!