If you are not very familiar with memory foam mattresses, you might not realize there is more than one type. There are actually a few different types or styles, each with their own benefits, depending upon what you are looking for, which you can find below.
Traditional Memory Foam
This kind of memory foam mattress started to first take hold of the market in the mid-1990s. This was for good reason, as unlike mattresses with springs, regular memory foam has been created to cradle your body while you are sleeping. This helps to increase blood circulation and lower the amount of stress on various joints across your body while sleeping.
Another benefit of memory foam is that it is anti-microbial. Because of this, the amount of dust mites or other bugs is reduced, meaning less flare ups of allergies. It in fact makes for a lot healthier sleeping environment all around.
Another thing to think about is motion transfer. If the person sleeping next to you is always tossing and turning, or if that is you, traditional memory foam will prevent motion transfer from disturbing the other person. A traditional memory foam mattress will also last a lot longer than a spring type because of the way it is put together and the materials used.
Air Cool Memory Foam
One of the largest complaints about memory foam is how much heat it produces. Since many models have been designed to react to your body temperature, the material softens when this happens, giving you that great support you would expect with memory foam. You could even say it is like sleeping on air.
Manufacturers have heard these complaints, and so have developed air cool memory foam. If you choose a mattress that has this technology, it will respond to your body temperature a lot faster and channel the warmth out. This will get rid of the issue of extra heat and give you a cooler night’s sleep. Some models use open cell technology as well, which helps distribute heat in a more even fashion.
Gel Memory Foam
Gel technology, just like with regular memory foam, will help to stop motion transfer with two people sleeping in the same bed, and it also cradles pressure points all over your body. It is also anti-microbial to help keep allergies away. It is different, however, in that unlike traditional foam, the technology used here is many times infused with the same kind of gel which is used in shoe inserts and sports equipment. Because of this, gel memory foam is one of the best memory foams available today when it comes to support. It is ideal, in fact, for anyone who suffers from medium to severe pains and aches from poor posture while you are sleeping.
This type of foam is also more durable than the regular memory foam, which means the manufacturers are able to offer warranties that are better as well. Remember, however, that because of the support that gel foam offers, it will feel firmer than the typical memory foam.