Are Memory Foam Mattresses Good For You?
Your bedroom is your own personal haven, your safe space to relax and unwind. With that comes finding the right mattress type to give you the perfect quality night's sleep without being disturbed by any uncomfortable aches and pains from the wrong mattress.
Choosing a new mattress can feel overwhelming with all different factors to consider. Whether you sleep alone or with a partner, there are several reasons why your sleep quality may be disturbed, which can range from the type, size or firmness of your mattress.
To help you decide if a memory foam mattress is a good fit for you, we’re here to answer three frequently asked questions: Are memory foam mattresses good for you? Are memory foam mattresses good for your back? And most importantly, are memory foam mattresses comfortable?
What is a memory foam mattress?
We've all heard people say sleeping on memory foam mattresses has improved their quality of sleep. For a number of health reasons, it's important to get enough sleep, such as increasing your productiveness, but what is a memory foam mattress?
Memory foam is a viscoelastic material that is a popular choice in many homes as cushions or mattresses. When pressure is applied, the mattress moulds to your body and evenly forms to your shape to support you all over. When you get off the bed, the memory foam mattress should then go back to its original shape. It’s often said sleeping on memory foam makes you feel weightless. This is because of the all over even support that it gives you, which also aids in reducing aches and pains.
Fun fact: Memory foam was first invented by NASA in the 1970s!
Memory foam mattress benefits:
Here are six main benefits that memory foam mattresses offer to make sure that you have a high quality and comfortable night's sleep.
‘Are memory foam mattresses comfortable?’ is a common question. And, in short, the answer is yes! The majority of memory foam mattresses come with soft knitted fabric on the sleeping surface and are quilted to maximise your comfort levels. Memory foam mattresses use your body heat to mould around your body to make your night’s sleep even more relaxing.
If you share a bed and often get woken up by your partner's movement, a memory foam mattress is a great option as it's a material that reduces the feeling of disturbances from tossing and turning, reducing your chance of waking up in the middle of the night.
2. Supportive to reduce aches and pains
An unsupportive mattress can cause aches and pains, especially in your back. When looking for a new mattress, we're sure 'are memory foam mattresses good for your back?' has come up in your search. Yes, yes, they are! Sleeping on memory foam is brilliant because it will form and contort to your body's shape to give you the added support in the right places and pressure points.
Memory foam mattresses are known for their durability. Depending on the mattress provider and manufacturer, they usually come with a guarantee of one to five years, ensuring you have the peace of mind of a quality night's sleep.
4. Easy to care for
With the majority of memory foam mattresses, it's most effective to rotate it every six months to keep the filling fresh. Compared to a traditional mattress that needs to be flipped, this is a much easier task! Depending on the weight of your mattress, we'd recommend that rotation of the mattress is a two-person job to prevent any possible strains.
5. Choice of firmness levels
A misconception about memory foam mattresses is that they are all very soft. The reality is memory foam mattresses come in a range of firmness levels from soft to firm. Did you know the firmness of a mattress is an important factor to consider depending on if you sleep on your front, side, back, or if you sleep alone or not?
If you sleep with a partner, but you both have different preferences on which way you sleep, then you will most likely require different firmness levels. For instance, if you sleep on your front, then a medium-firm or firm mattress will suit you best, but if your partner sleeps on their side, then a soft or medium-firm mattress will be the most supportive.
So, how can a mattress come in two different firmness levels? The answer is the Linx Beds’ Zip and Link mattress range! A zip and link bed is two single mattresses which attach by zipping together to create a double bed. Each single mattress, or each side of the double bed, can be personalised to your preferred mattress type and level of firmness to give you both the best night's sleep.
6. Suitable for pre-teens and adults
We often get asked, 'are memory foam mattresses good for you?', and we hope that the memory foam mattress benefits listed above have shown how good they are for the majority of ages. A memory foam mattress is a brilliant choice for anyone from the ages of ten and up.
If you're looking for a new mattress for children under the age of ten, then we would recommend a firmer mattress type, like a pocket sprung mattress, as a more supportive option.
To help you in deciding which mattress is best for the size and age of the user, you may find our article ‘What Mattress Size is Right for Me?’ very informative. If you're still unsure on which mattress type will suit you the most, our best firm mattress guide is another useful article.
We hope that we’ve helped you to understand the range of memory foam mattress benefits. If you believe sleeping on memory foam will benefit you, Linx Beds offers a range of memory foam mattresses for a comfortable night's sleep. Or, why not browse all the collection of Linx Beds mattress types and sizes available?