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 new types of foam mattresses with 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.
Of all the different types of mattresses, this one is a great choice for people who wake up in pain and want more support when they sleep. It’s also ideal for couples that wake each other up at night because memory foam is great at stopping and separating motion. You really need to lay on a memory foam mattress to appreciate what sets it apart, so plan to visit a Sit ‘n Sleep location soon to explore our extensive inventory.
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.
If you have not laid on a next-generation innerspring mattress, we encourage you to try one out in person. Compared to other types of mattresses, innerspring has a reputation of being outdated and uncomfortable, but the newest versions are vastly improved. The combination of high comfort and low cost makes this an appealing option for anyone who needs a better mattress.