When you think of memory foam mattresses, you most likely don’t associate it with rocket science. Yet NASA first had their hand in memory foam in the mid-1960s when they designed airplane seats with it, according to WebMD. It makes sense that the mattress industry would take notice; after all, it’s pretty impressive to see how memory foam somehow distributes your body weight and then returns to its old shape when you get out of bed.
So when it comes to getting a restful slumber, is memory foam really all it’s cracked up to be? Or will any mattress give you the same quality of sleep? The answer really depends on the person and the mattress, but here are some things to consider if you’re shopping for a new mattress.
Find your level of firmness
You know the drill all too well. You walk into a mattress store and lie down to find that perfect firmness, but everything is too hard or too soft. A memory foam mattress can provide an ideal solution as it learns to adjust to your body’s unique shape and weight.
But even with a memory foam mattress, you can still choose your level of firmness, including medium, medium firm or just firm. The level you pick can give you the support you’re looking for without the type of sagging and uneven support more traditional mattresses often give.
Figure out your optimal temperature
Some people report feeling too hot with a memory foam mattress, but the tradeoff can be worth it. For starters, you can easily adjust the temperature in your room to maximize your comfort or rethink how much cover you really need. Some memory foam users let their beds air out instead of covering them up with a heavy bedspread or quilt.
Relieve your bad back
Anyone with a bad back knows that buying the wrong mattress can make or break their ability to feel rested and comfortable. You end up tossing and turning, and not finding much relief in traditional coil mattresses. But the right memory foam mattress can help assist in soreness by helping you align yourself properly to find your ideal sleep posture. Of course, if back soreness isn’t really a problem or you just have occasional issues, a traditional mattress might offer enough support.
Do you wake up with a stuffy head, sneezing and drainage on a regular basis? It’s easy to start thinking that’s just how your body is wired, but it could be something else. Your mattress could be trapping dust and dust mites that agitate allergies and asthma alike. A memory foam mattress is a more hygienic option that helps reduce dust mites and other allergens. Just make sure the one you opt for is chemical free including flame retardants and benzene.
Get a quieter night’s sleep
Coil mattresses aren’t exactly known for being quiet, especially as they age. Even if you’re not a light sleeper, it can be irritating to hear those telltale squeaks when you’re tossing and turning. This is where memory foam is worth it. There’s really nothing about the mattress to make enough noise to agitate sensitive sleepers, and it’s also just an incredibly quiet and tranquil way to sleep.
At the end of the day, the only way to really know if memory foam is worth it is to test one out and see what you think. It’s a unique experience that can’t always be replicated without lying down and seeing how it makes you feel.