For something most spend around 8 hours on each day, people give curiously little thought to their mattress. This means plenty of people go ahead and pick up one that isn't perfectly suited to their needs. Since quality of sleep so dramatically affects quality of life, it's strange when people aren't more discerning.
For example, plenty of people end up choosing a latex mattress over a memory foam one, even though memory foam generally provides a more relaxing night of sleep, whether you have a twin or a queen mattress. Here are just four reasons why.
1. No Motion Transfer
One of the best things about memory foam is its ability to isolate movement. Since memory foam is so dense, it conforms around your body but doesn't send any movement across its surface. This is great when you sleep with a partner each night. If they're the sort of sleeper who tosses and turns all night or you're the sort of person who needs to get up once or twice, you'll love being able to move around without disturbing each other. Latex doesn't isolate movement in this fashion.
2. No Pressure Points
Memory foam was originally designed by NASA to help cushion astronauts during landings, so it's obviously incredibly supportive. When you lie down on a memory foam mattress, it gently conforms around your body to remove pressure points and keep your spine perfectly aligned. Whether you're a back sleeper or a side sleeper, sleeping on a memory foam mattress can help avoid aches and pains. Latex mattresses don't provide that level of support.
3. No Allergy Problems
Memory foam is one of the best hypoallergenic options available. Not only is the material itself hypoallergenic, but it's also too dense to let dust mites thrive. Latex mattresses aren't quite as dense, and some people are allergic to latex. If you're not sure how you'll react to a latex mattress, it might be best to pick a memory foam option. Keep in mind that latex allergies don't often flare up right away. You might have been sleeping on one for some time before you experience any discomfort, by which time it will be too late to return it.
4. No Unpleasant Smell
One final thing you should know about latex mattresses is that they often have a funny smell when you first unpack them. This should go away after a few weeks, but it's not particularly pleasant while it lasts. Memory foam mattresses present no such problem.