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Mattress Types for Superior Sleep

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By: Abigail Cooper, writer and market researcher, Beds Divans

Most technologically advanced mattress styles in 2021.

A mattress is a significant investment and one of the most important parts of your bedroom. It’s almost impossible to find an area that disproportionately influences our sleep quality and well-being as much as the mattress does. The type, age, condition, firmness, and weight of your mattress can have a huge impact on sleep quality and overall health. In fact, according to research published in Applied Ergonomics, a new mattress can help enhance an individual’s sleep quality by over 61%.

With an abundance of mattress choices on the market, it can be difficult finding the right one. This article will explore the most technologically advanced mattress styles in 2021 that are designed to enhance sleep quality whilst helping you sleep more comfortably.

Latex Mattresses 

Latex mattresses are known for their enhanced comfort and ability to improve blood circulation, as well as its effectiveness in helping relieve joint pain and aches. According to a study by Bed Divans, customers of latex mattresses experience greater sleep quality and have the highest customer satisfaction rating out of all mattresses, with an average rating of 4.62 out of 5. 

Why is this mattress so highly rated? Each natural latex mattress includes a layer of soft wool, cotton and latex (a soft material that is made from the sap of rubber trees).The mattresses’ internal spring system and medium firmness make it the perfect mattress solution for those who struggle to get up, turn or move in bed. Additionally, latex mattresses are able to deliver greater mobility and orthopaedic support to individuals with reduced mobility, as well as those who suffer from back, spinal or joint pain. Thanks to its technological design, this mattress type also provides plenty of contouring pressure support, which helps improve spinal alignment, whilst offering enhanced comfort and support to the body’s joints. 

For those that are prone to overheating at night, this mattress choice could be the perfect solution for you. The advanced air-flow technology and robust coil system offered in the latex mattress improves airflow and can help regulate the body’s temperature, preventing the likelihood of overheating during sleep. Additionally, the material’s flexibility is ideal for back sleepers, allowing for good alignment without body pressure points that make you feel uncomfortable when sleeping on your side or back.

Memory Foam

Memory foam has been a staple in the mattress industry for almost 60 years. It was originally developed for NASA by one of the world’s largest foam manufacturers, Tempur-Pedic, to help astronauts sleep without tossing and turning during takeoff and landing. Today, it is one of the most popular types of mattress on the market.

What makes memory foam mattresses so popular? Memory foam is made of polyurethane, a material which makes furniture more durable, comfortable and supportive. Due to its viscoelastic properties (meaning that it both physically and chemically reacts to pressure), it molds itself to your body shape within minutes. This allows you to get an ideal sleeping position with no pressure points or interference from your partner’s movement beside you.

Memory foam mattresses offer more than just comfort. Unlike other mattresses which take weeks to break in, the memory foam mattresses’ foam composition offers immediate orthopedic support and contour pressure relief, alleviating the body of its aches and pains. Mattresses made of memory foam are extremely flexible and can be tailored to suit all body types, making them an excellent option for pregnant women.

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses combine the best features of memory foam and latex. Although each hybrid mattress is designed differently, they usually include a combination of the two types of foam, as well as supportive coils for additional back support. According to data from Beds Divans, hybrid mattresses are the third most popular mattress solution on the market in the UK, just after memory foam and latex. 

The hybrid mattress coils’ flexibility makes it an excellent choice for those who suffer from back and joint pain. Hybrid mattresses are also ideal for couples because they offer excellent motion isolation, making it the perfect mattress solution for any sleep position.

What is a hybrid mattress made from? The mattresses’ foam can be made from a variety of natural materials, such as latex and soybean oil, which add hypo-allergenic properties to the material. These materials can also have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making them a suitable option for people with allergies or chemical sensitivities. 

Another major benefit of this material is its cooling properties. Similar to the latex mattress, the hybrid mattress is designed to regulate body temperature and disperses heat away from the body during sleep cycles, which allows for better sleep and even more time in the deep sleep stages.

That concludes our round up of the latest mattress technologies of 2021. Remember, the importance of sleep cannot be understated, and when it comes to getting the best sleep, there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. Mattress technology is one of the key factors that can help optimize your sleep experience. 

So, if you’re experiencing poor quality sleep on a regular basis, it might be time to look for a new and improved mattress. No matter what type of mattress you choose, it is crucial to replace your mattress every 7 to 8 years. 


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