When discussing comfort levels you often hear a great deal about innerspring mattresses and foam mattresses. However, it's not always clear if there is a difference between both options. To answer your question though, yes, there is a big difference!
First, understand that the innerspring mattresses are known in the industry as affordable beds—budget products that are well-liked because they are reasonably comfortable and cheap by comparison to other technologies.
Spring Mattress Technology
Spring mattresses are comfy when you first sit or lie on them, and understandably so, since they are firm to the touch. However, one negative about them is that they do not have pressure point relief. The durability is made possible by a number of springs, which will push back against you as you lie down. They will all use the same degree of force. Here's the problem though: your body does not “push” evenly, and so there's no way to guarantee proper support.
Unfortunately ill-effects are reported after a lifetime of sleeping on cheap beds; sometimes poor blood circulation and pain in a person's joints. Worse yet, many of these beds, especially by off-brand name companies, are built so cheaply that they lose over 15% of their full support in just one year.
Memory Foam Mattress Technology
What about the memory foam mattress? These products are called memory bedding, because they “learn” your body shape and thus will distribute the weight of your body evenly. In analogy, it's like having a million different springs providing the “push” you want. This technology allows pressure point reduction, and it's only available in memory foam beds.
Most consumers who now sleep on memory foam mattresses report better sleep, fuller days and more relaxed mornings as they wake up. Here's an interesting fact for you: as far as pressure goes, it takes 32mmHg in order to relieve pressure in the average human being. Most innerspring beds cannot reach this standard.
Key Points of Spring Mattresses
- Lose best quality after a year
- No support for back/spine alignment
- Unable to distribute the body weight evenly
- Less expensive than memory foam bedding
- Works as a shock absorber, and can protect the mattress to some extent
Key Points of Memory Foam
- Can take a while to conform, since they must adjust to your weight
- Can be firm, but without hurting your back with unnatural firmness
- Changes firmness with body heat
For more information on choosing a mattress, visit Mattress1 and learn about the bed bedding brands, including the Beauty Sleep brand and Stearns and Foster.