Finding the Right Memory Foam Mattress for You

memory foam holds an impression of your personal shape, even after you've left the bed.
memory foam holds an impression of your personal shape, even after you've left the bed.

Going shopping for a memory foam mattress or a memory foam bed topper can be tricky. You want the best quality and the perfect night's sleep, but you're also trying to get a good price. There are all kinds of options on the market, too. They can lead to questions, including which firmness is right for you, the material you want your foam mattress to be made of, the right density and much more. Fortunately, if you take the time to learn more about memory foam mattresses, your decision will get much easier. Let's take a look at some of the things you'll want to consider when shopping for a memory foam mattress, and how to get the right one for you.

Memory foam was first developed in the 1970s, but it took a long time for it to hit the consumer market. First, it went into medical use, helping people in hospitals avoid bed sores and other complications of long bed rest. Then, it was released onto the retail market - first in the form of memory foam bed toppers, then as mattresses. Now, it's the fastest growing segment of the mattress industry, and more and more companies are selling these mattresses. That can make it hard to keep up with all the products, and even harder to tell which ones are high quality and a good deal, versus which ones are too expensive for what they provide.

Tempur-Pedic was the first company to offer memory foam for the consumer market, but now there are many others using the same technology. Tempur foam is still among the most expensive and highest quality products on the market, and not all memory foams are the same. However, you don't have to buy Tempur-Pedic mattresses to get the same benefit. You just have to know how to shop. There are different densities, materials, methods of manufacture and a lot more out there, and mattresses differ a lot in feel and longevity. That's why trying one out is the best way to decide in the long run.

Most really inexpensive memory foam pillows, pads, and mattresses are to be avoided. That's because they're made from a low density foam that won't offer the benefits of more expensive, higher density foams, or they've been layered with cheaper foams. They might cost less, but the end result is a mattress that wears out fast and doesn't do what you want it to. That's not much of a savings in real terms! Avoid paying too much for a mattress that isn't going to give you what you want, and purchase one that you know to be safe and comfortable. Check the statistics on every mattress you're thinking about buying.

A memory foam mattress will help you get the best possible night's sleep.
A memory foam mattress will help you get the best possible night's sleep.

While good bargains are available on the highest quality mattresses, you should look for certain characteristics before you buy. Memory foam should be rated to at least four or five pounds in order to provide a bed that's going to be worth your while. It will still wear out, but it'll last longer and be more uspportive than cheaper foams. Many people choose toppers for an existing mattress to enable easy replacement of their memory foam mattress in a few years. Look for a minimum of three inches of medium to high density memory foam to provide the feel you need.

Remember that when you first try out a mattress, you're going to need to take a little while to get the full effect. The colder memory foam is, the stiffer it will feel. So, in an air conditioned showroom, it might take a little while for the memory foam mattress to warm up and conform to your body, even if it's marketed as "soft". Keeping this in mind can help you avoid ending up with an overly soft mattress, or one that's not dense enough. Your home temperature is probably warmer than a mattress showroom, and you'll be on the mattress all night, so lie down long enough to let your body heat seep into the foam, so you can really feel what sleeping on that mattress would be like.

For anyone who's having trouble sleeping and suspects their current mattress could be the culprit, it's worth looking into memory foam. Take the time to find out what your options are and investigate all the products available to you, and you'll sleep a lot better at night.

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