Tips you can use when buying a memory foam mattress
When shopping for a mattress, whether it is online or in-person, you will encounter plenty of possibilities before making your decision. Memory foam is among these options, and you need to consider various options if you are going to purchase one – especially if you wake up with pain in your shoulders, neck, or back.
Memory foam is an excellent material if you want ultimate mattress support, and we consider them some of the best mattresses according to UK customers because they give additional cushioning for crucial areas like your shoulders, back, neck, and hips. Therefore, it is important to take some time to consider several factors before narrowing down your choice and getting the restful sleep you want.
Memory Foam Types
Not all memory foam on the market is the same, so you must ask a few questions about the benefits you aim to get from your mattress choice. These types are:
• Traditional memory foam – its design is meant to reduce stress on your joints and increase blood circulation. It is the oldest of the types, with its origins beginning in the mid-1990s. While it is comfortable, it tends to absorb heat, so it may not be the best if you live in a hotter climate.
• Open-cell memory foam – this does not have the ‘sinking feeling’ you would associate with traditional memory foam due to its quick response. It also dissipates heat more efficiently and can respond to your body temperature to help in more restful sleep.
• Gel memory foam – unlike other memory foam mattresses, gel memory foam types have improved air circulation and tend to be cooler. It also isolates motion, so if you are sleeping with your partner and they move, you will not feel their movements.
What you should consider when purchasing them
When considering how long a memory foam mattress can last, look at its quality – specifically ILD rating and density. The ILD rating is a measurement of the firmness level, while density is the volume of foam each layer has.
ILD is an acronym for Indentation Load Deflection, and it tells you how firm or soft the layer is. Manufacturers will know the rating when they measure the pressure they need to make an indentation of 4 inches on the surface – therefore, softer mattresses have lower ratings, while harder mattresses have higher ratings. Although some companies will not state the ILD rating of all their foam mattresses, lower ILD is an indication of poor quality and that the mattress can break down within a year after using it.
Density is measured in PCF (pounds per cubic square foot), and it will tell you how well the mattress can support your body. The measurement will change slightly depending on whether the mattress is mainly poly-foam or memory foam; the PCF of memory foam is higher than poly-foam.
Most memory foam mattresses will have ILD ratings between 10 and 20 – less than 10 is too soft. In terms of density, most will have between 1.8 and 2.5+ PCF, with higher ratings contouring better to your body but reducing airflow, while low-density ones have better airflow but less contouring.
This affects how long it can last, particularly for heavier people who require more support. Most memory foam mattresses have a thickness between 6 and 14 inches, with children using between 6 and 10-inch mattresses and adults using 10 to 14-inch mattresses.
Although memory foam is more expensive than other mattress types, you do not need to take out loans to get the best options on the market – there are many excellent memory foam options for most budgets.
Regardless of your sleeping position, there will be a space between the mattress and your body, with a memory foam mattress contouring to fill the space. Your position will then determine the firmness levels you prefer.
Side sleepers will love memory foam due to its ability to relieve pressure in the hips and shoulders, especially soft and medium models. Back sleepers, on the other hand, need firm memory foam to keep the spine neutral and support the neck and back. Stomach sleepers will also need firm memory foam options for maximum support.
If you are looking for the best memory foam mattress options, these tips should give you a good idea of what to consider as you upgrade to a more supportive and luxurious sleeping experience.