The battle for mattress supremacy has been ongoing for decades, and there seems to be no end in sight. The conflict between memory foam mattresses and traditional innerspring mattresses can often make you lose sleep, pun intended. No matter what your need preference is in a mattress or what your reasoning is behind buying one or the other, they both have their ups and downs. To see which mattress may suit you the best, let’s take a moment and look at how these mattresses stack up to each other.
When comparing a memory foam mattress and traditional spring mattress, one can obviously point out the differences. But when lying on the two mattresses of equal quality and value, it depends on the person to decide which is best for them.
Spring mattress: Typically more firm than a foam mattress. A pillow top is common these days for spring mattresses to add an extra layer of comfort to a typically firmer style mattress. Spring mattresses often do not offer support for bad backs or join pain, as the springs are set at a preset stiffness. Adjusting to the spring mattress may take time.
Foam mattress: Even the firmest foam mattress can leave you feeling like you’re floating or sinking. The memory foam mattress conforms to your body, cradling you and offering relief from joint paint. Memory foam also does not cause pressure points like a spring mattress. Since the foam conforms to your body, this can leave you feeling stuck, as the foam will need to re-form if you toss and turn.
Spring mattress: Combining a traditional spring mattress with a pillow top can possibly lead you to feeling hotter than normal. The more padding you have supporting your body, the less your skin is able to “breathe.” This can leave you feeling hot and potentially disrupt your sleep from elevated body temperature.
Foam mattress: Foam mattresses use your body temperature combined with your weight to conform the foam to your body, offering you the best support possible. Because the foam is cradling your body’s pressure points, you may feel as though it is getting warm. This is because the foam is supporting your body and your body heat is being absorbed by the foam.
Spring mattress: Spring mattresses, depending on the quality, can be very durable. Standard wear and tear on the mattress can leave the springs intact and working properly for a long period of time. Excessive use of the mattress can wear down the springs and create a “pocket,” or sag in the mattress. This is due to some of the springs going bad. The most common area to see bad spring coils is around the butt area, where a majority of your body weight is placed.
Memory foam: Foam mattresses can be very durable as the material used to create the mattress conforms to your body. Since the foam does a very good job responding to body heat, it can easily return to the original shape after use. Body weight is evenly distributed; so one area is not worn down more than another due to pressure points of weight.
The pros and cons of each mattress make it a much more level battlefield than most would think. Some people prefer the firmness and bounce of a spring mattress, and others may prefer the foam mattress feel. When switching from one to the other it will take time to adjust. Before deciding on whether to buy a spring or foam mattress, spend at least 20 minutes testing out each mattress. For superior sleep products, make sure to buy Sleep Options mattresses.