Many are familiar with this material but unsure what makes it different from more traditional innerspring or foam options. It’s a good choice for pressure point relief, however, memory foam does not provide support and is not recommended for stomach sleepers. Two common types of memory foam are the traditional memory foam and the newer gel foams. Gel foams are considered by many to be a cooler surface to sleep on. A common complaint with either type of gel foam is it is very difficult to reposition in the bed once the foam has compressed.
Innerspring mattresses have the advantage of offering different types of support by changing the design of the innerspring. Unlike other types of bedding material, you can change mattress firmness by changing the shape and length of the wire used in an innerspring. For a stomach sleeper, you can have a firmer top finish to reduce the amount of deflection in the hip area to maintain a flatter back position. For a person who suffers pressure point issues, a more progressive innerspring allows the shoulders/hips to sink into the mattress, supporting the shallow parts of the body. Innersprings also allow more air circulation, which promotes a cooler drier sleep surface.
Latex options tend to be firmer, even though there are some softer models on the market. Unlike memory foam, lLatex has the distinction of offering great pressure point relief while still providing support. Latex is a breathable product, creating a cooler solution for those who prefer a solid foam mattress. Make sure the latex bed you are looking at is manufactured using all latex components, not cheaper a poly foam core with a layer of latex on the top. Latex also inhibits dust mites, mold, and mildew. Debating over the distinctive types can be daunting when it’s time to get a new mattress, but knowing the different materials makes all the difference when it comes to choosing one that works for each individual’s health and comfort.