Latex, air-filled, open coil, or memory foam—not sure which type of mattress to purchase? The wrong mattress can strain your muscles and reinforce poor sleeping posture. These can cause or worsen lower back pain.
When buying a mattress, two things are key: support and comfort. Learn the different types of mattresses and decide which suits you best.
For an extra-firm base, memory foam mattresses are the best pick if you suffer from joint or back pains. Although memory foam has much less spring, it softens and molds to your body when you sit on it and bounces back once you get up. You can easily recognize a mattress is memory foam because of its thickness and density.
Memory foams can be as thick as 6 inches are as thin as 2 inches. The higher the density, the higher the quality. A five-pound per cubic foot mattress, for instance, is of very high quality.
If you enjoy a little buoyancy, latex mattresses are for you. Although similar to memory foams when it comes to firmness, latex has a higher spring-back quality. Excessive firmness has been a complaint of most customers who buy this type.
To determine its firmness, check the Impression Load Deflection (ILD). A lower ILD means the foam is softer. Latex mattresses are of two types: synthetic and natural. Natural latex is microbial and resistant to dust mites and mold.
If you prefer customization, go for an air filled mattress that allows you to control the softness or firmness of the mattress. If you need a firmer bed, all you do is add more air. If you want a plush softer surface, you can reduce the air. This type comes with a side-by-side chamber which means that you can make one side softer while the other remains firm to suit your different preferences.
This type comes in handy when you have guests. Some owners complain about noisy pumps, but since you only need the pump when deflating or inflating, you won’t have to endure the noise often.
Try to consider other factors, such as your body type and sleeping style. When buying a mattress, Utah and other states have many dealers, but you should remember that price isn’t everything. Your health and comfort come first.