When we talk about memory foam, we usually have in mind memory foam mattresses. These mattresses have become a home essential because of their ability to contour to the body and provide excellent support and comfort, which results in you having better and more restful sleep.
If you’re looking for a new mattress to replace your old innerspring one, a memory foam mattress is definitely a product you should consider. There are many manufacturers of memory foam beds, and each has a wide range of mattresses to choose from. Each mattress model may be constructed using different foam layers, with some even using gels for a cooling effect.
This means that memory foam mattresses differ in terms of firmness, durability, density, response to temperature and to some extent, longevity. All of these will impact how comfortable you will be when you get in bed. However, comfort is subjective – what may be too soft for you may be just right for someone else. Choosing a memory foam bed would then depend on your own preference and even your default sleeping position.
With all of the different types of memory foam beds out there, how do you find which one is best for your needs? Here are our tips to choosing one that would be a good fit for you.
Check the foam density of the mattress layers
When it comes to memory foam, the higher the density, the greater the durability. It’s been observed that memory foams that have a density of at least 4 pounds per cubic foot provide better comfort and support than memory foams with a lower density.
Since a memory foam mattress is an investment, it’s imperative that the one you choose is something that would last a long time.
Many high-end mattresses have at least 5 pounds per cubic foot of memory foam. Check with the manufacturer about the foam density in the different mattress layers – some have 5lb memory foam but only in the thin top layer.
Check the mmHg
To know how much a mattress offers pressure relief, know the mmHg. In the health care industry, pressure relief can be had at 32 mmHg or lower. The greater the pressure relief offered by the mattress, the fewer the pressure points on your body, like the shoulders and hips if you’re a side sleeper. With fewer pressure points, your blood will circulate better, allowing for a more restful, healing sleep.
Take advantage of the trial period
Simply knowing about the density and pressure-relieving quality may not be enough to help you find the memory foam mattress that best suits your needs. You may actually need to try different mattresses out after narrowing down your options.
Many mattress companies offer a trial period and money-back guarantee – take advantage of these. Again, after you do your research, pick out your top two or three mattresses would meet your needs and fit in your budget. Order the first, then try it out. Take note of the trial period set by the manufacturer.
If you’re not comfortable sleeping, contact the manufacturer and see if they can recommend another model within your budget range. If that doesn’t work either, get your refund and order the next mattress on your list.
Don’t worry, not all consumers find the mattress of their dreams right away. It can take a bit of patience – and probably a few nights sleeping in a bed that just doesn’t feel right – to finally find “the one.” Good luck!
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