Should I Try a Memory Foam Mattress?
Should I try a memory foam mattress? When buying a memory foam mattress there are a few details to look for. The density should be at least 3lb – 5lb. It is your body heat that softens and molds the mattress and that takes a few minutes. Make sure you choose open cell memory foam for breath-ability and a cooler mattress. If you choose a lower density mattress because it feels softer right away, you would be giving up long-term support. The ideal mattress would be ten inches of premium memory foam for conformance with a high density foam base for firm support. You will find that low-density memory foam is cheaper to buy but you will sacrifice support. Don’t let the pretty covers impress you. Most memory foam mattresses that sell for less than $400 in queen, will likely not last too long. A good night’s sleep means good total body support. All memory foam mattresses can use a foundation, floor, box-spring, adjustable bed or platform frame.
A few memory foam mattress companies have begun adding gel to their foam composite. The belief is that gel is cooling and for those who complain of “sleeping hot” the idea is attractive. It is true that at first the gel infused mattress will feel cooler to the touch. Common sense will tell you that once you are in bed, the gel will warm right along with the memory foam. You will pay more for a gel infused mattress. Gel is used for support, not cooling…look at Dr. Scholl’s insoles. Do they discuss how the gel will keep your feet cooler? If you find you are too warm while sleeping, consider your bed coverings. Use breathable fabrics like pure cotton for bedding and your own nightclothes. If you are still using a feather down comforter that holds heat in switch to cotton blankets.
You will find some memory foam mattresses have a latex layer advertised as an added comfort layer. Latex adds a buoyancy that some prefer because it does make turning in bed a little easier. Truly though, the constant turning in bed should be lessened with a premium memory foam mattress. Be very careful. Unless you buy a higher end mattress, the latex used is not natural. Many companies save money by using synthetic latex made from petrochemicals for mattresses. Some people are allergic to synthetic latex or experience symptoms of other sensitivities. Only you can decided if that is an issue for you.
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