When you’re in the market for a new mattress, buying a bed can seem quite overwhelming….especially if you’re shopping in traditional brick-and-mortar stores! Aside from navigating pushy sales people and lying awkwardly on mattresses with a group of strangers, when shopping for a new mattress, you actually need to focus on making an important product decision regarding an item that can cost well into the thousands.
Before you let the chaos of the traditional shopping experience scare you into sleeping on your college mattress forever, let us simplify things! No matter whether you’re purchasing your new mattress online or in stores, you really only need to make one, important decision: Should you choose foam or innerspring construction?
The Facts About Innerspring Mattresses:
Innerspring mattresses have a long history in the mattress world. Made of a system of metal coils that look similar to a stretched out slinky, innerspring mattresses encase their metal innards with foam for a softer sleep experience.
Awesome things about innerspring:
- Because this is the technology mattresses manufacturers have been using for decades, you can find innerspring mattresses in almost any firmness, support level, and price range.
- Innerspring mattresses allow ample airflow through their coil centers for a cooling sleep experience.
- Unlike their foam alternatives, there are no off-gassing odors.
Things to keep in mind:
- Regardless of the layers of foam that surround them, you are, ultimately, sleeping on metal coils.
- An innerspring mattress doesn’t contour to your body weight or shape and may even exacerbate aches and pains by creating a series of uncomfortable pressure points.
- Innerspring mattresses tend to have shorter lifespans; the metal coils eventually give in to the demands of constant body weight, and many manufacturers recommend that you rotate and flip them regularly to extend their lifespan.
The Facts About Foam Mattresses:
Foam mattresses can be made out of latex, polyurethane, or memory foam. In fact, Nuvanna uses natural and sustainable Tencel® fibers for comfort and durability as well as environmentally friendly foam components certified by CertiPUR-US®.
Awesome things about foam:
- Because foam compresses against weight, there isn’t resistance in your body’s points of contact with the mattress….that means no painful pressure points!
- Foam mattresses allow natural spine alignment by providing equal, individualized support for your specific body weight, size, and shape.
- Foam’s tightly packed cellular structure prevents the buildup of allergens, dust, mold, and pet dander.
- Movement isolation allows couples to sleep peacefully regardless of movement elsewhere on the mattress.
Things to keep in mind:
- Some foam mattresses may retain sleep. Look for a cooling technology implemented, especially in the top layers of the foam!
- Synthetically made, foam manufacturing can be detrimental to your health and to our planet. Be sure to choose a company certified by CertiPUR-US!
- Because of the softness of the bedding, foam mattresses are not recommended for infants or very young children.
Which mattress do you prefer? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below!