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MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES: THE PROS AND CONS (+SOLUTIONS)

May 7th 2018
Memory Foam Mattresses: The Pros and Cons (+Solutions)

If you reached this article, chances are a) you’re moving places, b) you hate your current mattress, c) you’re curious about the whole memory foam craze. Whatever the reason may be, the unprecedented success of memory foam since its introduction in 1966 makes it worth any discussion. Good job, NASA.

There’s a fair share of pros and cons, and you liking it or not depends greatly on your overall sleeping style and mattress priorities.

PROS

1. Best for spine alignment and back support

Memory foam being on the firmer – and denser – side makes it the best mattress for back support. It studies the contours of your body, moulds to it, and distributes the weight evenly – all while giving you optimum back support. Other mattresses could worsen your back pain by concentrating the weight on only some parts, but memory foam just won’t let you down to sink.

2. Good for pressure points

Despite being firm, memory foam is never meant to feel ‘harsh’ on your pressure points. Instead, it should feel like every pressure you put on the mattress is being welcomed with open arms and is cradled into comfort. When in doubt, just remember that it was made to relieve gravitational pressure on test pilots during take-off and landing!

3. No motion transfer!

Probably one of the most popular features of memory foam, zero partner disturbance lets you or your partner sleep well through the night. If you sleep with furry friend animals, their movement can’t bother you either. It’s the one mattress that has a do-not-disturb feature for the entire night.

4. Durable and low-maintenance

It’s easy to care for your memory foam mattress. No sagging. No need for flipping. Most brands would even provide with a 10-15-year warranty so you’re all covered for that period.

Related Article: How to Clean Your Memory Foam Mattress

CONS

1. Initial Odour

Some people complain about a slight odour when first unboxing their mattress. Worry not – this is just the smell of polyether polyurethane. The odour is only a result of the production process confining the smell of polyether polyurethane in a closed space. It should not come off too strong and dissipate around 48 hours in a well-ventilated area.

Should the smell be really strong, it can be indicative of poor quality materials used in the mattress.

READ: What are the benefits of a Memory Foam Mattress?

2. Sleeps Hot

Memory foam is temperature sensitive. That’s precisely how it can mould to your body shape – by studying where the (body) heat is! This is where the mattress brand proves crucial. It just must be breathable enough. For instance, the Ecosa mattress has a gel-infused comfort layer and a pin-core holes system to facilitate air flow throughout the mattress. (Yep, you can cross of this con off your list now.)

Related Article: How to Make Your Memory Foam Mattress Cooler

3. Too firm

Memory foam may need a while to break in as the higher density of material per cubic meter makes the mattress firmer. It’s recommended to keep sleeping on it for 2-4 weeks, so it can fully adjust to you, and you can adjust to it. It should be a smooth-sleeping relationship thereafter.

Need good sleep in a jiffy? You can definitely speed up the softening process.

4. Low-Quality Versions Abound

Many manufacturers and companies alike have caught on the hype and started selling memory foam mattresses. Don’t fall for low-quality memory foams as you won’t feel any significant differences with them. Always read through mattress specifications to check their density, materials used, certifications, and even reviews.

It's become a craze for a reason

Now that you know all you need to know – it’s time to make that decision. Are you joining in on the memory foam craze yet?