Off To Dreamland: Four Types of Bed Mattresses for Your Needs

"Sleep with one eye open, gripping your pillow tight. Exit light, Enter night. Take my hand. We’re off to never never-land” –Metallica, Enter Sandman

Sleeping, just like eating, is something we do on a day-to-day basis. One prerequisite to a restful slumber is to have a bed that will cater to your needs. A bed that will not only be there to lay on but will also hug you right, comfort you well, and lull you to sleep.

Purchasing beds also requires extensive research and smart decision-making skills. There are several types of bed mattresses around. Some are for the most basic of needs which is sleeping, while others are specifically made for therapeutic purposes. Let’s walk through some of the types of mattresses currently available in the market:

1. Foam Mattresses – Various kinds of foam mattresses differ in the density of the foam. There are those that are soft and can only last for a couple of years, while there are some that can last for more than 20 years. Memory foam mattresses are currently making waves in the foam mattress industry. Before it was made available for commercial use, NASA first developed it as cushion for their aircraft seats. The good thing about memory foams is that it slowly conforms to the contours of your body, thereby providing maximum support regardless of your sleeping position.

2. Latex Mattresses – This kind of mattress do not get as hot as a memory foam mattress, which poses a problem especially when the weather is not so inviting. Latex mattresses are also supportive and durable. However, some people might be allergic to latex. If you are one of those people, it is wise to keep that in mind when you go hunting for your mattress.

3. Water Mattresses – Water beds are generally filled with water and acts as the support for your weight. Most people say that lying down on a water bed is similar to the feel of floating on a pool or the ocean. Some even say it gives them a calming effect. If you do decide to buy a water bed, make sure that it does not get pierced by any sharp object, unless you want your bedroom to turn into a Jacuzzi.

4. Innerspring Mattresses – Almost 80% of mattresses today are made with springs to help support your weight as you sleep. The firmness of the mattress is dependent on size of the gauge wire used for the spring coils. Make sure that you research and ask the seller how these coils would affect the quality of your mattress, as it may consequently affect the quality of your sleep. These are the four most common types of mattresses out there. So go out and seek the perfect one for you and have a great sleep!

Pierre Angela Cruz is a Marketing Consultant for Open Brook, an excellent source of information and reviews about patio and outdoor furniture. She also writes for Amerisleep, a distributor of discounted memory foam mattress.