With the popularity of the whole foam mattress, the question has become “which is better, spring or foam based mattresses?”. As I have worked on the design of a luxury brand orthopedic mattress myself, it became imperative to research this topic and best understand the differences. I encourage you to do the same before making a significant purchase on an item you will spend 1/3 of your life laying on.
The spring mattress has been around for many years and has sustained the market presence of waterbeds, air chamber beds and many other gimmicks that have come and gone. The advantages of this system is that the springs tend to last a long time and maintain some level of support when paired with the right topper (more on this support issue later). The top of these mattresses can be made of many different materials including memory foam, goose down, latex and shredded or corrugated foams. This can determine the plush feel that the mattress will offer. When studying how a spring mattress adjusts to the human frame when considering normal spinal curvatures, width and weight bearing of the shoulders and hips, the spring mattress has some significant shortcomings. Using the most simple common sense approach to how a spring reacts to pressure, when you push down on the spring, it wants to push back. With the shoulders and hips being both the heaviest and widest segments of the frame, ideal pressure relief would allow these segments to absorb into the mattress rather than being pushed or “sprung” back. This effect leads to many of the sleep issues that cause numbness and tingling in the hands and arms and cramps and restlessness in the legs. This effect also reduces the balance of weight distribution across the body frame. For these reasons, this is why I lean toward a well designed foam mattress for overall orthopedic health and comfort.
The foam mattress has come a long way in design and popularity. Before purchasing one of these forms of bed, some research and understanding also should be studied. The 2 most popular foams used in these mattresses are visco-elastic memory foam and latex. The first most important thing to understand is that not all of these foams are the same. The foams used in mattresses have varying densities that determine the softness and also the lifespan before they begin to flatten and lose shape. This is why some foam mattresses don̵