Measuring Memory Foam Mattress Firmness

When you are in a place where you are thinking about getting a good night's sleep, you will find that it is time for you to look into memory foam beds. Having a foam bed is something that can be extremely beneficial to your sleep and when you are thinking about moving forward and getting the results that you need, a foam bed can be precisely what you are looking for. One of the things that can make a foam bed so desirable is its firmness, and you will find that this rating is something that you need to look into when you are thinking about making your choice. While keeping in mind that firmness is a relative thing, there are a few facts to keep in mind.

A warehouse full of memory foam, in varying thicknesses.
A warehouse full of memory foam, in varying thicknesses.

The firmness of a foam bed is measured in a lab, and the precision that is used here is something that can make a difference for someone who is particularly sensitive. When a bed is measured, a flat rigid surface is put on the foam, and the load bearing capacity of the foam is measured. Essentially, the mattress will be rated on how much weight it takes to compress a 50 square inch circular area. This measurement is known as the Indention Force Deflection value, otherwise known as the IFD, and it is something that most foam mattresses will show you. Remember that a lower IFD means that you are dealing with a softer, more yielding foam, while a higher IFD is going to result in a firmer mattress.

It is important to remember that firmness is not the same thing as support. A good foam mattress is going to be both soft and supportive. Remember that the big advantage of a foam mattress is that it is going to support your body and contour itself to your shape. If a mattress is too soft, it will not support your and instead will let your body droop into the mattress, something that can result in a sleeping position that is even stranger than what you would get with a spring mattress. Take some time and consider what your options are going to be and think about how you are going to be able to move forward and how you can use this information to your advantage.

At the end of the day, you will find that there really is a limit to how much IFD can tell you. Take some time and think about how you can use it to your benefit, but do keep in mind that ideally, you will learn all about how comfortable a mattress is by lying down on it yourself. Only this can tell you if the mattress that you have chosen is going to be one that is going to benefit you. Take a moment to learn more about the firmness of the mattress that you have chosen through taking experimentation.

Take some time and consider how you can get the mattress that you want and think about what you can do to make sure that you are going to be able to get a decent night's sleep. Finding the right foam mattress can make all the difference.

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