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What Mattress Material is Best for Your Body?

What Mattress Material is Best for Your Body

Tired of long, restless nights? Tired of tossing and turning on your hard or scratchy bed? What about being tired of being TIRED?  The culprit may just be the type of mattress material you’re sleeping on.

Sleeping every night on the wrong kind causes back pain, sore joints, decreased blood flow, and restlessness. It can even cause or worsen sleep disorders you already have.

That being said, the perfect mattress material type and softness level vary from person to person. There are plenty of mattress options, but there is one mattress type that’ll serve your body best.

Here’s how to find the right type for YOU. Keep reading to finally get your best sleep ever!

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What’s the Best Mattress Material for You?

There are many different types of mattress materials. Generally, though, they fall into three main categories:

  • Memory foam
  • Latex
  • Innerspring

We’ll focus on these three, so you can better understand what you’re looking at next time you’re in the mattress store.

hand imprint on memory foam mattress

Memory Foam

Have you seen those commercials where they put a glass of dark wine on a mattress, and someone jumps on the other end of the bed? It’s stressful to watch, but the wine glass doesn’t spill! That is a memory foam mattress.

Memory foam is super squishy and soft. Its biggest benefit is that it forms to your body, which takes the pressure off your joints and bones. If you often wake up with an achy lower back, sleeping on memory foam may help alleviate that annoying morning pain.

Another great benefit is that it only moves exactly where you touch it. This is what’s displayed in that wine glass commercial. The perk being that you don’t disturb anyone sharing the bed with you when you move around or get up.

So if you are a sleep-mover or an especially early riser, a memory foam mattress could greatly suit you. Your partner would also be grateful.

Since your memory foam experience is supposed to be like sleeping on a cloud, some people may actually find it too soft. If your spine or hips need especially firm support, this mattress type may be too squishy.

It also makes some people hot since the foam tends to trap heat and form around your body. If you’re one who is hot at night anyway and needs a fan blowing on you in order to sleep, memory foam may not suit you.

Innerspring

Ever lived in a dorm? Or slept in a friend’s spare bedroom? Then you’ve probably slept on an innerspring mattress.

Innerspring mattresses are the most common, and an affordable type of mattress. If you’ve never put thought into your mattress selection before, then the one you have by default is most likely innerspring.

Being common and affordable doesn’t mean this type is bad, though. On the contrary, a well-made innerspring mattress can provide fantastic support while still remaining plush and comfortable. Innerspring is made up of different-sized springs, depending on the specifications of the mattress. Thicker springs give more support, thinner springs have more give.

There are many different varieties of innerspring. You can choose an innerspring with a pillow top or a firm top. Just be sure to fin

Another benefit of this type is the price tag. Innerspring mattresses are known for their affordability. You can get the top, support, and feel you want at the price you love to see.
Who doesn’t want a comfortable, personalized mattress that doesn’t break the bank?

One downside is that quality tends to be a spectrum. Some mattresses don’t have enough springs, so you end up without support. Others don’t have enough cushion, so you end up feeling the pressure from the springs.

That’s why it’s so important not to just go for the cheapest one you can find. Instead, be sure to test it out. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more money on one that’ll best meet your needs. After all, we end up spending about 1/3 of our lives in bed. So make it count.

latex mattress

Latex

A mattress made out of latex may sound strange. Latex mattresses can be made from both natural and synthetic rubber, so they provide a firmer sleeping surface. This benefits people who need firm back support while they sleep.

This mattress type is designed to be comfortable but very supportive. So don’t imagine a hard surface OR one that you sink into; imagine something perfectly in between.

Latex mattresses accomplish that great “in-between” through their good BOUNCE. This means that they have some give, but they also push right back. If you have chronic back pain, a latex mattress may be perfect for you.

There are typically two different types of latex mattresses.

  1. Dunlop Latex – The first is made using what’s known as the Dunlop process, which creates a completely even and uniform latex mattress. It’s the more cost-effective option.
  2. Talalay Latex – The second method takes the Dunlop process two steps further to create empty columns throughout the mattress. The benefit here is increase airflow that keeps you cooler all night long. In fact, Talalay allows mattresses to breathe up to 7X better than other latex or foams. That being said, it can be a little more expensive.

No matter what mattress type you choose, latex mattresses don’t require flipping, don’t use chemicals, and may have a longer lifespan, given you choose the right mattress company.

man waking up in middle of night from bad sleep

Mattress Materials to Avoid

Now that we’ve covered a few of the major players when it comes to the best mattress materials, which are the types you should avoid?

  • Is Fiberglass In Your Mattress?Chemically Treated Mattress Fibers – A lot of companies treat their mattress fibers with toxic chemicals as a way of adhering to strict safety standards while keeping costs low. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), propylene oxide and toluene diisocyanato (TD), and dimethylformamide (DMF) are just a few of the most common culprits. But these chemicals can be dangerous when inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
  • Low-Quality Fiberglass Materials – Many consumers don’t realize their inexpensive mattress is made using fiberglass, namely in the mattress cover. But if that mattress cover is removed or punctured, it can send millions of tiny glass shards all over your home. If they are sucked into your HVAC system, they can become lodged in your carpet, furniture, clothing, and more. That’s why it’s so important to learn about the danger of fiberglass mattress materials and avoid them at all costs.
  • Old Mattresses – Last but not least, be sure to stay away from especially old mattresses. On the one hand, they often won’t be able to provide nearly as much support and comfort as models made with newer materials. Beyond that, though, these mattresses may not adhere to the same fire safety standards as newer models. And that could mean putting your safety (and that of your family’s) at risk.

Special Considerations for Mattress Material Types

There are a few circumstances you’ll want to take into extra consideration when choosing the best mattress material for you. Have a look below.

Weight

If you’re petite or “lightweight,” LESS density in a mattress is your best friend. You want something super soft and pillow. Since you’re not heavy anyway, you’re not likely to sink into a mattress too much.

A cloud-like mattress will help you avoid bone and joint pain, especially in your shoulders. Look for soft mattresses that keep your spine aligned.

If you’re heavyset, mattress THICKNESS is what you want to keep an eye on. The optimal thickness for someone 230 lbs. and over is around 12 inches.

A High-density mattress is your best friend. You want a supportive mattress that you won’t sink all the way into. You’ll find plenty of mattresses (like latex) that support your full girth, no problem!

Don’t settle when it comes to your mattress type. You can find one that suits your weight and body type for a solid night’s sleep.

overweight man sleeping on a mattress

Partners

Whether you’re a light or deep sleeper is an important thing to consider when choosing your perfect mattress, especially if your partner’s in the same bed. It could make all the difference in the quality of your beauty rest.

If you’re a light sleeper, you may want a mattress that doesn’t move around every time your partner does. Memory foam is likely the best option for you since it doesn’t’ transfer motion as much as the other material types. It’ll likely be worth your money in the long run.

In fact, a survey from Amerisleep found that being woken up by a partner is the second-most common reason for waking up in the middle of the night (using the bathroom was first). And since Americans regularly report tossing and turning (67%) and snoring (47%), you’ll want to make sure you get as much restful sleep as possible.

For all you deep sleepers, the light sleepers of the world envy you. You don’t need a mattress that stays still with you; you just need one that is comfortable. But maybe not TOO comfortable, so you can get up in the morning!

Pregnancy Needs

Pregnancy changes everything, including your sleep patterns and sleep needs. Maybe you usually sleep like a rock but suddenly toss and turn all night. Or maybe your growing belly or widening bone structure cause you discomfort.

You need extra support in certain areas, so a firm mattress can serve you. But you also want to be totally comfortable, so a memory foam could be your cup of tea.

Very importantly, you need something that doesn’t make you hotter than you already feel! The common “foam” material in memory foam might make your temperature rise as it conforms to your body. If that’s the case, look into memory foam made out of GEL.

Gel-based memory foam is just as soft and cozy, but it doesn’t retain heat. A match made in heaven!

If you’re pregnant, check out gel-based memory foam mattresses or mattress tops. Your changing body, your growing baby, and your beauty sleep will thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about finding the best mattress material for you.

What Is the Best Material for a Mattress?

That all depends on your preferences.

Here are the pros and cons of the three main mattress types.

Memory Foam

  • Pros
    • Steady support across entire mattress
    • Keeps motion isolated
  • Cons
    • Tends to retain heat
    • Can be quite expensive

Innerspring

  • Pros
    • Plenty of variety in styles, sizes, and price points
    • Usually the most affordable option
  • Cons
    • May lose comfort faster than other options
    • Can generally feel more movement across mattress

Latex

  • Pros
    • Highly breathable (with the right models)
    • No chemicals or off-gassing and very eco-friendly
  • Cons
    • May take a while to “break in”
    • May contain fillers (be sure to check the natural vs. synthetic percentage)

What Is the Most Comfortable Mattress Type?

Latex mattresses tend to be rated as the most comfortable mattress type.

This eco-friendly material offers plenty of support across the entire mattress. Plus, it bounces back to its original shape more readily than memory foam. Many people describe latex mattresses as a combination between innerspring mattresses and memory foam.

That being said, there are plenty of innerspring mattresses that provide exceptional comfort, too. The best of these mattress types use expert-level craftsmanship and high-quality materials to provide an especially comfortable night’s sleep.

What Is the Healthiest Mattress Material?

In terms of back pain, you’ll want a mattress that’s highly supportive without compromising comfort. Most people will choose an innerspring or latex mattress for back support. You’ll also want to factor in your own size (heavier body weights will need firmer mattresses) and the severity of your condition.

When it comes to chemical exposure, again latex or innerspring (with natural materials) win out. They tend to use fewer chemicals than memory foam mattress

innerspring mattress from The Beloit Mattress Company

Mattress Type Can Change Your Quality of Life

Do you have a hard time falling asleep because you can’t get comfortable? Is your back throbbing in pain in the morning? Do you wake up sticky and sweating?

If any of these sound familiar to you, then it’s time to get a new mattress. And it’s time to invest your time, energy, and money into finding the perfect mattress material type for YOUR body.

Sweet dreams!

 


 

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