Pros and Cons of Memory Foam Mattresses

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It should come as no surprise that memory foam mattresses come out tops with regards to customer satisfaction compared to other mattress types. With this shopping guide, you will know just what makes that memory foam mattress worth every penny in cash and worth every good night’s sleep in benefits…

Advantages of Memory Foam Mattresses

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Originally designed and manufactured for use in the seats and beds of aeronautic NASA aircrafts and jets way back in the 60’s, memory foam has quickly webbed its way into countless homes all around the world as a household must-have. Initially having a hefty price tag, the cost of memory foam has greatly reduced to the benefit and joy of many.

It has touched not just mattresses in many bedrooms, but also throws and pillows, and even footwear (flip flop slippers) and office stationary, as well as in furniture cushioning like office seats and couches or sofa sets for its great versatility and usability in numerous daily applications. In all applications, memory foam takes precedence by way of its plush comfort (such as in footwear and in office chairs) which offers great cushioning even in the most tense environment. However, it’s best that you compare the pros and cons of memory foam mattresses before you commit to buying one.

Motion Transfer:

Memory foam mattresses are well appreciated for their contained transfer of motion, so that any movements on a shared mattress remain localized and isolated. This means that even if your bedfellow tosses and turns or moves out of or into the bed, the memory foam mattress will not translate each and every motion unto you. You will remain unperturbed and hence no sleep disturbance due to motion transfer, your bedfellow could easily slip out of bed without your noticing. The Perfect Cloud Ultraplush is an ideal example for such a mattress with hardly any motion transfer. Read our Perfect Cloud Ultraplush review and you’ll start to appreciate the value of having no motion transfer.

Pressure Relief:

You won’t need to lie in bed to know where your body hurts… But a memory foam mattress is guaranteed to make you quickly forget all your bodily aches and pains thanks to its pressure relieving aid. The key pressure points in your body, namely joints, neck, shoulders and your back, all enjoy great relief from the mounted pressure which accumulates therein due to stress, strain and daily activities. This is ensured by the contouring mechanism of the memory foam which molds onto and over your body from the moment you lie on it. By the time you wake up from your memory foam mattress, you will be reinvigorated and rejuvenated, leaving you feeling as good as new.

Spinal Cord Alignment

We all need a chiropractor at some point in our lives (if not regularly) for the life and times of this day and age pull a heavy toll on the core of body support, which is the spinal cord. If you’re not slouching in the office for 8 hours a day, you’re probably crouching when driving several hours per week, and even your posture does not salute to the proper alignment of your backbone. However, you will not fail to notice great changes when you begin retiring to a good quality memory foam mattress which offers superior spinal support and alignment. You should be able to walk taller, head held higher and shoulders up, for even your back problems will realize appreciable relief from backbone alignment. This further implies that you won’t wake up feeling “tired” as if you haven’t just come from an 8 hour sleep.

Proper spinal cord alignment is one of the major pros of memory foam mattresses. Probably, only a water mattress or the use of an adjustable bed frame can better a memory foam mattress when it comes to spinal cord alignment.

Pros and cons of memory foam mattresses
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Long-Life Durability:

There’s no denying that memory foam mattresses very easily outlast most other mattress types given that you’ll enjoy a solid good 7 years of sound sleep, which is the average lifespan of a quality brand. Additional terms of service are provisioned for in the manufacturer’s warranty which takes into account the durability of the memory foam.

Wide Range of Sizes:

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It doesn’t matter that your bed is a California King Size, an XL Twin bed, or a 2’ by 4’ bed, there is a memory foam mattress for every bed size. People of all ages will thoroughly enjoy the pleasures of unwinding on a memory foam mattress which leaves lasting

memories of peaceful slumber.

Memory Foam Density:

Typically, most memory foam mattress brands offer an option between a high density memory foam mattress and a low density one. The key differences lie in the contouring of the mattress and in the pressure relief, as well as the general texture of the foam. The high density memory foam mattress is stiffer or harder and offers greater resistance to motion transfer, while the low density memory foam mattress is not only softer or plusher, but offers an ideal amount of pressure relief to the primary pressure areas of your body.

Airy Breathability:

A well ventilated mattress ensures that the temperatures remain optimal, so that your body temperature does not overheat the mattress which cools off in a self-regulating manner. This means you will not get uncomfortably hot and sweltering, while the mattress stays fresh and cool. The memory foam is designed so that it remains breathable and airy, you will never endure a suffocating sleep.

Hypoallergenic foam:

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Memory foam mattresses come with an added benefit that allergic people will particularly appreciate, and that is the hypoallergenic nature of the mattress. This is facilitated by the polyurethane mattress foam which is manufactured to remain dust-free and does not harbor dirt or other debris which would otherwise accumulate and introduce health issues. Such complications would not just affect inherently allergic persons but bear negative health risks to all sleepers. Further, being hypoallergenic ensures that the memory foam mattress stays fresh and clean, which then translates to easier cleaning and maintenance. It’s a win-win situation that a regular mattress cannot match up to.

Value for Money

You can get the smallest memory foam mattress with as little as $100 and the price goes up to $2700 for the largest sizes; and this obviously varies with memory foam density, the size of the bed, thickness of the memory foam (height of the mattress), and extra features like convolution and moldings for extra comfort and luxury.

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