It is estimated we spend one-third of our lifetimes sleeping. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all enjoyed a comfortable, restful night’s sleep?
Thankfully, the choice for mattresses is now more diverse than ever before.
Choosing the right one may seem like a trivial task, but it really does make a world of sleep difference.
Spring mattresses have been around for decades. But their newer counterparts, memory foam mattresses, are quickly gaining popularity for their undeniable comfort and unique properties.
In this post, we’ll compare the two types of mattresses: spring and memory foam. We’ll discuss what they are, different types and why you may choose one over the other.
Ready? Let’s dive right in.
What are spring mattresses?
As the name suggests, spring mattresses are fitted with hundreds of inner springs that are designed to compress under your body weight. The shape, size and number of coils, and how they are arranged, can determine the level of comfort of the spring mattress.
Regardless of the type of spring mattress, their composition typically consists of metal coils for support, and then this layer is topped with upholstery for comfort.
What are memory foam mattresses?
Unlike spring mattresses that give a bit of a bounce-back, memory foam mattresses use a viscoelastic material that responds elastically and molds itself into the shape of your body.
When you lie down on a memory foam mattress, a suction effect is created which forms around your body. This allows the body to sink into the mattress while providing even pressure distribution capabilities.
Also, memory foam is known for its ability to maintain a constant temperature throughout so you won’t feel hot or cold during sleep. Memory foam mattresses are also very durable and can last up to 15 years.
Unlike spring mattresses, memory foam is also hypoallergenic. This makes it an excellent choice for people who are sensitive to dust mites, mold, and mildew.
Types of Spring Mattresses
Open Coil (Bonnell)
Open coils are the most common type of spring mattresses. These individual coils are then attached to the wireframe to form a spring unit.
These coils allow air to circulate easily through the mattress and provide a bouncy feel and they also tend to be very light.
This mattress comprises one big wire coil that is zigzag-shaped. These types of coils are joined to each other by interconnecting small wire loops. This makes the mattress strong and durable as the main wire coil is sturdy enough to handle any amount of weight.
Pocket coil mattresses are made of small, strong coils that are built so as to fit inside each other in a box-shaped pattern. Due to the small size of the spiral wire in these mattresses, they provide great support and back support.
Zoned Spring Mattress
Zoned spring mattresses are made to be a combination of different types of coils. Usually, they have a firmer coil at the center and softer coils around it. This provides you with more support than open coil mattresses as well as pressure relief than continuous coil mattresses.
Types of Memory Foam
Traditional Memory Foam
They are made from polyurethane and aluminum. Their upper layer is made to be soft so as to provide comfort while the bottom layer is firm enough for support. They are also infused with chemicals such as VOC, which gives them that memory foam effect.
Gel Memory Foam
It is a hybrid of traditional memory foam as well as regular foam. It has a top layer made from traditional memory foam and a bottom layer that is made from gel-infused polyurethane. This allows the mattress to stay cool even when you sleep on it for extended periods of time.
Plant-Based Memory Foam
These are plant-based and contain no harmful chemicals. They are made of soybean oil and are free of VOCs. Unlike traditional foam mattresses, these mattresses spring quicker and have a shorter life span.
Memory Foam with Cooling Additives
These are basically memory foam mattresses with cooling gels added to them. They work by decreasing the temperature of your body while you sleep, which helps in relieving pressure on the joints and muscles of your body.
Choosing the right mattress for you
Both types of mattresses have their pros and cons which makes them both good choices depending on your needs. Spring mattresses are the cheaper option while memory foam mattresses are more durable and can provide more support.
The best way to choose which mattress is right for you is to think of the activities you do while you are awake. If you like playing sports or doing other physical activities, then springs will be better as they allow your body to move around freely.
On the other hand, if you suffer from back issues or if you want to relax your muscles, then memory foam mattresses are a better option. Also, keep in mind that memory foam is denser and heavier than spring mattresses.
If you’re unsure about which of the two mattresses is best for your sleep, you can always ask help at the mattress store of your choice and they will help you choose the mattress that best suits your needs.