With such a wide variety of mattresses available, knowing which one will serve you best and give you a good night's sleep can be quite an undertaking. Choosing the wrong mattress, whether that's because of construction or that you've chosen one that's either too firm or too soft, can lead to broken nights and waking up feeling stiff and sore. A memory foam mattress can provide the best quality sleep of all, so we've put together a brief buying guide to help you make the right choice.
You'd be forgiven for thinking this refers to the level of firmness in the mattress, but it actually refers to the viscosity of the material which affects that feeling of sinking into the mattress as you lie on it. Low density mattresses are often lower in cost, but tend to lose their support the fastest. Medium density is the level that most people find acceptable as they offer good support with long lasting durability. High density ones recover their shape quickly, but many feel too viscous.
Before deciding on the firmness or otherwise that you'd prefer, it's best to consult your personal preferences by asking yourself what you like and don't like about your current bed. The best way of determining which level of firmness you prefer is to lie on a few mattresses and decide which feels the most comfortable. Since the best deals are often to be had online, you may need to do a little offline comparison before making a final choice. Memory foam feels very different to lie on than a traditional sprung mattress and terms such as firm or soft have different meanings across different brands. Some mattress are built in layers, with softer levels on top of more firm layers. Soft or plush mattress are recommended for the elderly or those who suffer from pressure point pain, while medium mattresses are good for those who habitually suffer from back pain. A firm memory foam mattress should still shape itself to your body as you lie on it, but may be more comfortable for those who sleep on their backs as they will help to keep your spine correctly aligned. If you make a mistake and buy a mattress with too firm a feel in the long run, this can be remedied by purchasing a softer topper.
Memory Foam Thickness
Built in layers, the amount of memory foam on a mattress varies. Typical examples have between two and six inches of actual memory foam on top of a more supportive layer of poly foam. Compare beds with different levels of thickness to find which you prefer. Beds with thicker layers of memory foam will have a more contouring effect.
Memory foam is arguably the most comfortable type of mattress you will ever buy, giving you exceptional quality of sleep that you wake from feeling refreshed rather than tired and stiff. Since we spend so long in bed, it's worth taking the time to explore all the options and making the best decision that's right for you.