Mattress Types: A Snapshot of Sleep Solutions
Every mattress type boasts unique benefits and challenges, as seen in the summary below. As you research which is best for you, consider important factors like spine support, temperature and motion transfer.
- Pros: Affordable, Great for side sleepers, Offers more “bounce.”
- Cons: Co-sleeper movement is noticeable.
- Other: Innerspring mattresses sometimes feature micro coil technology which helps to add comfort and minimize any motion transfer from sleeper to sleeper.
- Pros: Good for pain, dual firmness, and motion isolation.
- Cons: Sleeps hot. Difficult to rotate.
- Other: Foam thickness and density determine quality. Five pounds/cubic foot is high quality, down to three pounds/cubic foot is lower.
- Pros: Resilient material helps relieve pressure points. No chemical odors. Motion isolation.
- Cons: Tends to sleep hot. May be too firm.
- Other: Blended beds can be referred to as ‘natural latex’ if they contain at least 30% natural latex material.
- Pros: Less expensive than natural latex. Helps with pain relief.
- Cons: Tends to sleep hot. Compression may occur. Stronger odor.
- Other: Talalay process results in softer foam, by adding synthetics and air. The Dunlop process creates a firmer latex foam.
- Pros: Full body support. Temperature regulation. Reduced motion transfer.
- Cons: Can be more expensive.
- Pros: Good flexibility and control over firmness.
- Cons: Foam support in the center of the bed. Difficult to adjust firmness without distributing co-sleeper.
- Pros: Sleep cool. Breathable material.
- Notes: Typically “infused” into another layer for temperature regulation.