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Materials in a Mattress – Springs, Latex, Memory Foam, What’s Best?
Posted by Debosish Mohanty
Cut away cross sections of mattresses can be very revealing. Individually wrapped coil springs or uniform precision-cut latex or memory foam, you get to see exactly what happens when a sleeper’s weight presses down on the mattress. But there’s more to mattresses than just the mechanics.
From traditional excellence to space-age sleep support, there’s a mattress to suit all tastes. So start looking for the one that helps you to sleep best without any undesirable side effects. That may mean the best possible compromise between key factors like supportiveness (keeping a sleeper level), firmness and conformability (shaping to the contours of the sleeper’s body). And remember they can affect comfort in terms of temperature and humidity too.
Highest in the Popularity Stakes
The materials in a mattress that currently find the most favour are independent springs such as those in the Snoozer Posture Care. With a pedigree stretching back over generations, this design resembles the suspension used in high-class automobiles. Precision-manufactured springs each provide independent support. With quality innerspring mattresses, sleepers can expect good performance in each of the three characteristics mentioned above: supportiveness, firmness and conformability. A spring mattress is often enclosed in a cotton-like covering for softness, durability and evaporation of humidity.
Natural or Artificial, but Still Firm about Good Support
Latex mattresses can be made from natural or synthetic rubber. They give uniform, firm support with a slightly bouncy feel. Like spring mattresses, they often have good price-quality ratios, meaning that excellent quality still remains affordable. Springwel natural latex mattresses score highly too in terms of durability and healthiness, keeping sleepers free from itchy eyes and other discomforts that have been linked to some mattresses made from chemical compounds. Latex toppers can also be used on top of another mattress (for example a spring mattress) to achieve the precise degree of firmness desired.
Memory Foam – the New Kid on the Block
It was through the sponsorship of NASA in the 1960s that memory foam came into existence. The first application was to make comfortable, long-duration seating for pilots. Originally too expensive for many consumers, prices later dropped to make memory foam mattresses affordable to a larger section of the public. Quality memory foam mattresses are still often higher in price than their latex and innerspring counterparts. However, their impressive capability to rapidly adapt to a sleeper’s body means that some users now refuse to sleep on anything else.
Getting to the Bottom of Things
When making your choice, make sure that your bed base is also of sufficient quality and suitability to let the mattress do its job properly. Most materials in a mattress give their best with a matching bed base. An alternative is a good quality box spring base giving the mattress the right support. Speak to an expert at Fabmart today about the right solution for you.