Memory Foam Mattresses

At Bedding Plus, we know that a good night’s rest starts with the right mattress. With so many mattresses to choose from, though, it can be a daunting decision. Different mattress construction styles, technologies, and materials will all impact on the feel and functionality of your mattress. Memory foam mattresses are truly one of the more versatile, oh-so-comfortable options for a deep sleep every night.
What is a Memory Foam Mattress?
The cradling comfort characteristic of memory foam mattresses features some of the newest sleep technology on the market. Developed by NASA in the 1960s, memory foam was originally made to improve the safety of their aircraft cushions. We learned quickly how many more benefits it has. For example, you'll find it in football helmets, various types of shoes, and prosthetics. One of its major uses today is to create truly exceptional mattresses. Memory foam mattresses provide unrivaled:
Ideal Sleepers for Memory Foam Mattresses.

Back, stomach, and side sleepers can all benefit from memory foam mattresses. The key is finding the right type for you. Because there are so many different varieties and thicknesses of memory foam, it’s important to find the perfect fit for your unique sleep style.

If you typically sleep on your back, you’ll probably want a medium-firm support in your memory foam mattress. For stomach sleepers, firm foam is usually the best option to avoid sinking.

Finally, people who sleep on their sides generally prefer a soft mattress that cradles the body. Side sleepers and those with painful conditions that require pressure point relief will especially enjoy the softness of memory foam.

What Kind of Sleeper Are You?

Side.

[ 66% of sleepers.]:

Fetal position, yearner or log. Side sleepers need a softer mattress to keep their spine aligned and reduce pressure points.

Stomach.

[ 16% of sleepers.]

The freefaller, or the skydiver. Stomach sleepers need to keep their necks supported and look out for back pain. A firm mattress is what this sleeper needs.

Back.

[ 18% of sleepers.]

The soldier, or the starfish. Back sleeping is best position for pain prevention. Go for a firm to cushion firm mattress.

What Are Memory Foam Mattress Benefits?
Memory foam mattresses have a loyal following. Many people say they’ll never go back to another type of mattress after sleeping on memory foam for a few nights! Here are some of the major memory foam mattress benefits:
  • Pain Relief:

    Memory foam molds to the shape of your body in response to heat and pressure. This creates a feeling of “melting” into the mattress with the added benefit of reduced pressure on painful areas of the body. Whether you suffer from back pain or other chronic conditions, memory foam can help you experience relief while you sleep.

  • Motion Transfer Resistance:

    Couples often complain of disturbances due to the other person moving around at night. With memory foam, it isolates and absorbs the majority of the motion. Regardless of how much your partner tosses and turns, you won’t feel the mattress movement on your side of the bed.

  • Hypoallergenic properties:

    A traditional mattress can attract hundreds of thousands of dust mites over the course of many years. For allergy sufferers, this is a huge problem. Memory foam is inherently antimicrobial, which means you’ll be able to keep bacteria and dust mites far away from your sleeping space.

Drawbacks of memory foam mattresses.
Any mattress comes with pros and cons, including memory foam mattresses. Note that some drawbacks listed here will be more present in lower-end models as many higher-quality mattresses include features to reduce them.
  • Too unsupportive for some sleepers:

    The softness of memory foam can feel too unsupportive for some sleepers, especially if it’s a low-density mattress.

  • More expensive than other models:

    While memory foam mattresses have become more affordable in recent years, they’re still on the higher end of mattress prices.

  • Certain models trap heat:

    Mattresses made of high-density memory foam have a tendency to trap air. This is why some sleepers say memory foam mattresses cause them to feel hot at night. Many manufacturers now add gel or other layers to reduce this nighttime heat.

How Are Memory Foam Mattresses Made?

The primary component of memory foam is polyurethane, a polymer. This material goes through a sophisticated process of mixing with water and other materials. The foam then rises like bread, lending it an open cell structure. This is how memory foam maintains the ability to spring back slowly from pressure.

Every manufacturer will use a different combination of materials to vary the density of their memory foam mattresses. Many will even infuse gel beads on the top layer in order to create a cooling memory foam mattress.

Types of Memory Foam Mattresses

If you’re sold on the idea of a memory foam mattress, the next step is choosing the right type for you. This will help you further narrow down your options between brands or sleep technologies.

In general, these are the types of memory foam mattresses you’ll find available today:

Memory foam mattresses have a loyal following. Many people say they’ll never go back to another type of mattress after sleeping on memory foam for a few nights! Here are some of the major memory foam mattress benefits:
  • Traditional foam:

    Traditional memory foam offers high-density support that is still soft and responsive to your weight and shape. These types of mattresses can boost blood circulation and reduce joint pain.

  • Gel memory foam:

    Traditional memory foam mattresses have a reputation of running a little warm. If you still have your heart set on this type of mattress, but are concerned about getting too hot at night, gel memory foam is a great alternative. These mattresses offer the same body contouring effect with a cooling formula.

  • Air cool memory foam:

    Another option for those who run hot is air cool memory foam, which responds quickly to body heat. Some models also use open cell technology to distribute heat more evenly across (and out of) the mattress.

  • Latex foam:

    Latex isn’t technically memory foam however it conforms similarly to your body. Many people like that it can bounce back more quickly, especially if you’re someone who is constantly moving around at night. The hypoallergenic nature of these types of mattresses is another big draw for many sleepers. In general, latex is resistant to dust mites, mold, and even bed bugs.

Beyond these types of memory foam, you’ll also have to decide on foam density. Low-density memory foam usually weighs up to three pounds per cubic foot, making it a plush option for lighter bodies. It will feel softer and you’ll sink into it more quickly. Memory foam with a weight of four to five pounds per cubic foot is considered medium density. This is a great place to start if you’re unsure about the right memory foam for you. Finally, 
high-density options (weighing six pounds or more) offer the highest level of support for heavier bodies and those who prefer a sturdier mattress.

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How long do memory foam mattresses last?

For most people, memory foam mattresses can last anywhere between eight to ten years, or longer. This depends on several factors:

  • Brand

  • Quality

  • Density

  • Mattress Support

  • How well you care for your mattress

For example, remember to use a liquid resistant mattress cover to keep your mattress clean and dry. This will help it last longer. Your mattress manufacturer will have additional recommendations for increasing the longevity of your mattress.

Do you need a box spring?

While your mattress is perhaps the most important part of your bed, it’s still just one piece of your full sleep experience. One of the most common questions that people have about this type of mattress: do you need a box spring for it? The answer is, it depends.

If you’re planning on using a traditional metal bed frame, a box spring is essential. This is the only way to ensure that the weight of your mattress is equally distributed. Without it, your mattress will lack firmness and could even begin to sag over time.

In general, other types of beds will do fine without a box spring. Whether you have a bed with a sturdy platform, an adjustable mattress base, or wooden slats, the foundation will be sturdy enough to provide proper support. If you're unsure, you can always call the team at Bedding Plus with your questions!

What's the best bed frame?

As previously mentioned, a bed frame for memory foam mattresses will help keep your mattress in great condition. Here’s what to look for as you begin browsing:

  • Size:

    Even with traditional mattress sizing, measurements can vary depending on manufacturer. Compare the numbers closely before moving forward with your purchase. Use the exact measurements of your memory foam mattress to ensure a perfect fit with your new bed frame.

  • Materials:

    In general, the two choices here are metal or wood. Metal is durable and often convenient for easy set-up. Wood can be very dependable as well, but usually requires professional delivery and set-up (depending on how elaborate it is). Consider your design preferences while making this decision.

  • Durability:

    The most important thing is to choose a sturdy surface for your new memory foam mattress. Pay attention to the overall quality of the bed frame you’re considering. Is the metal heavy duty and built to last? Are you looking at true wood that will be strong enough to support your weight? Do your research before making a purchase.

For example, remember to use a liquid resistant mattress cover to keep your mattress clean and dry. This will help it last longer. Your mattress manufacturer will have additional recommendations for increasing the longevity of your mattress.

It's Time To #SleepBetter

Do you dream of perfect sleep? You’re not alone. In fact, more than a third of adults don’t get enough sleep. While your environment and other sleep habits play an important role, your mattress is perhaps the most critical part of the sleep equation. Don’t let another night go by without the sleep you need to stay healthy each and every day.

At Bedding Plus, we are proud to be a locally owned, family company. This deep and abiding connection to our roots drives us to bring better sleep to everyone in our southern Louisiana community. The goal is to offer you top-notch service and an impeccable mattress at a competitive price, every time.

Our team offers free delivery and set up, as well as 0% interest-free financing for up to 60 months on qualifying purchases. Even better? We offer a 365-night comfort guarantee.

Are you ready to #SleepBetter? We can help. Visit one of our Bedding Plus showrooms today or browse online to find better sleep.

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