If you’ve been sleeping on a traditional mattress for years, you may be hesitant to consider a memory foam bed. It’s true that it feels different when you lay on it, but keep in mind that different can be a good thing, especially if you haven’t been sleeping your best. There are memory foam advantages that you’re probably unaware of, and definitely worth discovering if you’re in search of a new mattress.
What is Memory Foam?
Memory foam is made of polyurethane and a few other chemicals. It’s sometimes referred to as viscoelastic or low-resilience polyurethane foam, and it softens as it gets warm which allows it to mold to the body.
‘Feel It to Believe It’ Memory Foam Benefits
Here are just a few of the most noticeable advantages of memory foam.
Body Temperature Regulation
Even a memory foam mattress that starts out firm will get softer in response to your body heat. Then, unlike other foams, it will bounce back to its original shape when you get out of bed. This prevents the mattress from sagging and losing its ability to provide comfortable, contouring support.
The way it responds to your body is a big plus for keeping warm during colder months, but one of the only memory foam disadvantages is that it can make you feel hot during warmer months. Because of this, many memory foam mattresses are topped with a layer of cooling gel to regulate your body temperature.
Pressure-Relief and Prevention
One of the top memory foam benefits is that it contours to pressure points in the back, hips, and shoulders. Memory foam also helps to keep the spine in a neutral position while sleeping on your back and side, whereas other mattresses may sag or be too firm and cause pain.
Memory foam mattresses can also help relieve existing pain, which is a huge benefit for patients with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Our bodies are naturally warmer in areas that are in pain, and since memory foam responds to heat, it molds to painful joints and other areas to relieve that pain.
Check out some of our other tips and trips for back pain, “Experiencing Back Pain in Bed? 5 Tips for Relief.”
While dust mites like to make themselves at home in old innerspring mattresses, one of the memory foam advantages is the way it deters dust mites and other tiny allergens. The polyurethane in memory foam is made of fibers that prevent dust mites from getting too comfortable, and also limits mold and pet dander from working their way into the mattress.
And since materials used in memory foam are mostly hypoallergenic (made without allergy-inducing wool, feathers or other fibers), it’s also better for people with allergies.
Endless Nights of Quality Sleep
If you’re used to waking up every time your partner rolls over or gets out of bed, you’ll be surprised how much better you can rest in a memory foam bed. Instead of transferring movement from one side of the mattress to the other, memory foam absorbs movement and isolates it to one side, reducing disturbances throughout the night and allowing you both to wake up more refreshed in the morning.
Ready to Make the Change to Memory Foam?
At Beloit Mattress Company, we make all-foam mattresses as well as hybrid mattresses which combine coils with memory foam. We’d love for you to try one of our ultra-comfortable beds to feel what a difference it can make in the way you sleep. Visit any of our locations today and we’ll help you find a perfect match for your comfort needs.