Fixed on Foam? Learn About the Pros and Cons of Memory Foam Mattresses
Are you in the market for a new mattress? Before you make your purchase, click here to learn about the pros and cons of memory foam mattresses.
Americans aren't getting as much sleep as they should. As of 2013, we slept an average of 6.8 hours a night. That may not sound too bad, but it's far from ideal.
40 percent of Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep a night. That lack of sleep has effects that go beyond needing more caffeine at work. Your risk of conditions like depression, cancer, and obesity goes up as you sleep less.
Sleeping on memory foam might help you rest better. But it's not a universal solution.
Keep reading for the pros and cons of buying a memory foam mattress.
Pro: Memory Foam Provides More Support
A traditional innerspring mattress fights with your body more than you realize. A memory foam mattress can better accommodate your body.
How does it do that? For starters, it absorbs more pressure.
You also hear a lot about "natural alignment" when you sleep. A foam mattress is more likely to provide that.
Think about how you feel after waking up on a traditional mattress. If your back hurts and your limbs feel out of whack, you may want to switch. A memory foam mattress can help you rest better and feel more alert when that alarm goes off.
Con: There's More Heat
By the time you're an adult, you should know if you run hot or cold at night. If it's the former, you should know that a memory foam mattress can heighten those sensations.
Not everyone will feel hotter on a memory foam mattress. But the foam's high density does make it more likely.
In general, people can rest better when they're in a slightly cool room. If you have frequent nightmares because you get too hot in bed, it may be worth considering another option.
Pro: Lots of Options
If you think that memory foam mattresses sound like a niche product with only a few choices, think again. You have as many options as you do with innerspring mattresses.
There are also low-end and high-end options. The former works well for people who aren't sure if they want to commit just yet. Remember that if you go too cheap, you may have to replace the mattress sooner than you planned.
Don't forget that the foundation, either. The best foam mattress is one with a solid foam mattress foundation underneath it.
There are a ton of options for customizing your memory foam experience. A Tempurpedic mattress topper provides additional support, if that's what you're looking for.
Local mattress stores are a good option if you prefer to check out memory foam mattresses in person. But if there's not enough selection where you live, don't hesitate to go online.
Finding Your Best Rest
A memory foam mattress might not work for you. But if you aren't sleeping well, you can't afford to do nothing and hope it passes.
A calming bedroom environment can also make a big difference in how well you rest. If possible, put your phone in another room at night so you won't get tempted to glance at it if sleep doesn't come right away.
For more tips on turning your bedroom into a nighttime paradise, check out our blog post on that topic.