War of the Beds: Traditional Spring or Memory Foam?
Remember that scene in Home Alone where Kevin McCallister is jumping up and down on the bed after “making his family disappear?” That’s the same feeling of joy you should have when your new bed finally arrives.
Okay, that sounded weird. We’re not talking about the “making your family disappear” feeling. We’re talking about that childlike sense of wonder.
Your bed is supposed to be your happy place. It’s where you go to rest and rejuvenate the mind and body after a long day. Whether it’s cramming for a test until 2 a.m. or crashing after a hectic workday — your bed is always there for you.
There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to mattresses: spring and memory foam. Most furniture stores and liquidators have a strong selection of both, but you need to find the type that best suits your lifestyle.
Sit back and feel free to take notes because we’re here to break down both mattresses.
Spring Into Action
The spring mattress is essentially the old faithful of the sleep world. You’ll find plenty of these kinds of mattresses at any furniture store or liquidator as they remain very popular despite the advent of memory foam.
Spring mattresses support your body by pushing back with a similar amount of pressure that the body applies. It’s a pretty simple premise that many have sold for years, but it does come with a few drawbacks.
One of the biggest issues is the durability of the spring themselves. The more pressure you apply over time, the more worn those springs will get. This will, in turn, break down your springs until they are not quite as… well… springy anymore. Some spring mattresses also don’t do a great job of evenly distributing pressure which can make for more rolling around and less actual sleep.
Foam That Doesn’t Forget
Memory foam has taken the mattress industry by storm. Everyone and their cousin seems to own one these days and for good reason.
The best thing about memory foam is how great their pressure distribution is. Unlike a spring mattress, which can be uneven at times, memory foam technology is built for an evenly distributed sleep. That means your body is less likely to feel any strange aches or pains in the morning. It forms to your body and gives you a customized feel in bed.
Of course, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows with memory foam. They are generally quite a bit more expensive than spring mattresses. Traditionally speaking, they also retain quite a lot of heat so it can make your bed feel even hotter on a warm night.
Give Me Some Answers!
It might sound like a cop-out, but there really is no right answer. The best thing you can do is hit up a few furniture stores and liquidators to try them out for yourself.