If you travel often, you know the pain of going from hotel bed to hotel bed before returning home, needing softer or firmer support to recover more quickly. We need that healthy night’s rest to ensure that we're recharged to take on the day. Whatever our lifestyle, quality sleep is essential to face the challenges of the day. Mattresses should last a lifetime, in a perfect world. Wear and tear can cause spring mattresses to sag and sink, so that’s out of the running. The average adult spends about a third of their life sleeping, though sometimes, when the world gets hectic and our schedules and demands just as crazy, it seems like far less than that. Having a comfortable mattress can ensure that you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly during precious resting hours.
So where do we start? Which type of mattress is best for you? Let’s take a look at the options and figure out where our spines align.
If you absolutely cannot sleep without the embrace of angels carrying you off to rest, then a low density, or softer, memory foam mattress might be exactly what you need. Memory foam, developed by NASA in the 70s, measures its density by poundage and, the lower the pounds, the more give the mattress will offer. Due to the way memory foam generally behaves, a sleeper may encounter a slight bit of initial resistance as the material warms and molds to the body. If you’d like to avoid that, a low-density mattress will offer less resistance than higher densities. Something else to keep in mind is that lower density means less material, so they’ll be a little lighter on the wallet as well, unless you consider an option like the Layla mattress, which we’ll get to in a moment.
If your traditional mattress is softer or features a pillowtop for the ultimate in cloud nine comfort, this is the range you’ll want to start looking first.
Worth mentioning is the 4-5 lb. middle range for memory foam mattresses, this thin middle bracket. If low is too soft, and high is too firm, this may well be the Goldilocks zone for you. You won’t necessarily get as much initial resistance as the denser materials, but you also won’t have as much give as the lighter densities. You also have the option of mixing and matching different densities for varying support levels and thicknesses. Many traditional or hybrid mattresses are also not meant to be flipped and can only be rotated. Normal memory foam mattresses are not made to be flipped. The Layla mattress is the first of its kind, so if you’re worried about long-term wear and tear on any other memory foam, your only real option is to rotate the mattress rather than flip it.
If you suffer from joint pain and require an orthopaedic mattress, chances are, this is the range in which your doctor’s recommendations are going to come from. Memory foam with high densities (6+ lbs.) are going to offer more initial resistance but also far more support for your spine once the material warms to your body and molds appropriately. As stated earlier, high density memory foam will comprise more material and will be more expensive (we’re talking in the thousands here), but highly worth the cost if you need that support for a good night’s sleep. That weight will also affect your sleep temperature, as thicker memory foams tend to retain and reflect greater amounts of heat. If you prefer a firmer traditional mattress, this is where you belong.
Why not Soft and Firm?
Give yourself every option with an innovative offering like the Layla memory foam mattress, a flippable, dual-firmness memory foam sleep surface that not only gives you the versatility of choice, but also a cooler, healthier night’s rest. You can have that high-density weight without the cloying heat, or the softer, low density embrace without losing your support. Open-cell technology waves away memory foam’s reputation for being “too warm.” Augmenting that cooler rest is the mattress' copper infusion that conducts excess heat away, diffusing it more readily. Reviewers have also claimed that the copper helps improve blood circulation and pain relief. Also included is the THERMOgel infused cover, which further works on your behalf to keep your body temperature as balanced as possible. On top of all that, the Layla memory foam mattress is very affordable compared to other high density, or even medium or low density, memory foam options. Layla comes with an unprecedented lifetime warranty and a full-refund- if-you- don’t-love- it return policy within the first four months. Based out of Phoenix, AZ, the Layla memory foam mattress is Made in the USA and ships to all of the 50 states for free. Cool, right? Cuddle up for a body-hugging night of relaxation on the soft side, or flip it over and get just the right level of support with the firm option. Whatever your body needs, you can have. Read this Layla mattress review for more first-hand details.
Setting up your memory foam mattress
Depending on what kind of bed you have, you may or may not require a boxspring or foundation for your memory foam mattress. If you are using a traditional bed frame, then you need a box spring or foundation. Memory foam mattresses will bow and sag just like a traditional mattress if not given support. Platform beds will generally come with slats and do not require a boxspring, and it's the same with adjustable bed frames.