“Back in the day, selecting a mattress for that newly purchased bed was a simple task because only a few options were available in the market. Today, it is quite the opposite. First, there are a variety of mattress types like inner spring mattresses, latex mattresses, memory foam mattresses and water mattresses. Then, to make matters worse, within each type, there are multiple variables to look for like the thickness, number of layers, environmental safety issues etc. etc.” explains Belinda Palmer, a spokeswoman for Bedroom Solutions. —
This Review of the Best Memory Foam Mattresses was published by Bedroom Solutions to negate this problem and to help consumers make an easy decision on which type of mattress suits them best. This mattress review looks at mainly three categories of memory foam mattresses, namely, soft mattresses, medium-hardness mattresses and firm ones.
“One of the major points consumers need to understand is that they need to select mattress firmness based on their sleeping position and not on what they think is most comfortable” adds Palmer. “This is where this list of best memory foam mattress brands of 2016 comes in handy for side-sleepers, back-sleepers as well as stomach-sleepers” Palmer elaborates.
According to Bedroom Solutions, soft mattresses are best suited for side sleepers while medium-firm memory foam mattresses are best suited for back sleepers. “The secret is in the alignment of the spinal cord” explains Palmer. “If a side-sleeper sleeps on a firm mattress, his or her head will bend at the neck exerting pressure on the cervical spinal cord. In contrast, if a side-sleeper sleeps on a soft mattress, the shoulders and the rest of the body will sink in to the mattress preventing the neck from bending at an awkward angle. This will keep the spinal cord aligned with the body throughout sleep. Therefore, sleepers will sleep well and feel well-rested and rejuvenated when they wake up next morning” she elaborates.
They also go on to review the best queen-sized and king-sized cool gel memory foam mattresses. “One of the biggest complaints on first generation visco-elastic memory foam was its heat retention properties making sleepers sweat at night. However, the best memory foam mattresses of today are infused with gel particles that help the heat dissipate out of the mattress keeping it cool all night long” Palmer explains.
Bedroom Solutions also elaborates that mattresses need to be replaced every 7 – 20 years depending on the type and quality of the mattress. “Replacing a mattress can be expensive and not everybody can afford to put $500 - $1000 aside for a mattress. This is where one may want to consider the option of a good memory foam mattress topper. High quality memory foam mattress toppers are available today that will extend the lifespan of the existing mattress by a few years” Palmer explains.
They go on to review the best memory foam mattress toppers of 2016/2017 and also provide a highly informative infographic on different factors that need to be considered when selecting a mattress topper. The infographic highlights two features that one must pay attention to when picking a mattress topper. They are (1) memory foam topper thickness and (2) memory foam density. “Just like full-thickness mattresses, mattress toppers come in a variety of thicknesses. The thinnest ones are around 1 inch thick while the thickest are about four inches thick. Again, the choice of mattress topper thickness should depend on one’s sleeping posture. Thicker mattress toppers are more suitable for side sleepers while thinner ones are more suitable for back and firm sleepers” Palmer explains. “Memory foam density should also be selected based on the sleeping position. Toppers with a high density are best suited for stomach and side-sleepers while less dense toppers are more suitable for side sleepers” elaborates Palmer.
“The most important point one needs to realize is that his or her sleeping position determines his or her choice of memory foam mattress/mattress topper. If the scientific relationship between mattress firmness and sleeping position is not properly understood, consumers may end up buying the wrong mattress and could potentially suffer every night for the next decade or so” Palmer concludes.
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