Differences Between Top Mattress Types

Are you tired of sleep that is not restful? Do you wake up feeling more tired and groggy than when you went to bed? If your sleep problems are caused by simple discomfort, and not by stress or anxiety, it may be time to get a new mattress. If you're trying to decide exactly what type of mattress will work best for you, here are some of the pros and cons of each type:

Inner spring mattress: This is probably the type of mattress that you are most familiar with. Inner spring mattresses are relatively inexpensive and available in nearly every mattress store. Unfortunately, as you've probably already learned, many inner spring mattresses may not be as durable as you like. If you are overweight, the springs may easily become distorted, giving the bed a "lumpy" feel when laying down. This type of bed is probably best for a guest bed that won't see much use or for a child who is expected to outgrow their mattress relatively quickly.

Waterbed: Waterbeds are considered to be extremely comfortable by many people. You can buy a heating and cooling system, so that your bed stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making the mattress even more comfortable. Despite their comfort, they can be difficult to maintain. If you have a cat or dog, some waterbed mattresses can get punctured relatively easily. This could cause severe damage if not caught quickly enough. A large waterbed may also be too heavy for some upstairs bedrooms. But if you don't own any pets and have no young children who could damage the mattress unintentionally, this may be a good option for you. 

Foam mattress: A foam mattress provides a firm sleep surface. They can also conform better to your body than some other types of mattresses, giving additional support while you sleep. Depending on the mattress brand, it may be several days until you can sleep on your newly purchased mattress. Even expensive brands of foam mattresses will sometimes give off fumes that you may find noxious and that will make it hard to sleep. As a result, you may need to sleep on your couch for a couple nights, until the smell dissipates. 

Adjustable mattresses: An adjustable mattress combines many of the benefits of other types of mattresses, with few of its drawbacks. Although some adjustable mattresses can take a significant bite out of your wallet, they are often extremely durable and can last for many years. Because they are usually made of an air mattress with a foam outer layer, you may still have to deal with some off gassing. However, since the mattress isn't entirely foam, the smell should go away faster than it would with a 100% foam mattress. If you and your partner are unable to agree on whether to sleep on a firm or a soft mattress, adjustable mattresses often have two different air pockets inside. This lets you choose a different firmness level from side to side. Also, you are obviously able to change the firmness level from day to day, depending on how stiff your muscles might be from daily activities.

For more information, contact retailers like American Mattress.