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Selecting a Memory Foam Mattress

If you’ve been waking up with either a sore back or aching shoulders, then it’s likely time to search for a new mattress. Below are some tips to help you decipher online mattress reviews and choose the right mattress for your needs.

  1. Find one that fits your bed. Memory foam mattresses usually come in the basic bed sizes, so this should be the first step in your hunt since it will quickly narrow down your search.
  2. Choose a foam type that best fits your needs. This decision will be one of the toughest of them all. The different types of foam will lead to different types of comfort. Traditional memory foam is the most popular, but works up heat easily. If you get too hot for comfort while sleeping, then a gel memory foam would work best for you. There is also a latex memory foam for those that want a natural choice, that also feels similar to the other foams.
  3. Pick a foam density. While doing your research you will find that choosing the right density typically has to do with how you prefer to sleep. Sleeping on your side will require less dense foam, in order to better contour to your figure. If you sleep on your stomach or back, then you need denser foam to support your back.
  4. Choose a thickness. Since memory foam is so supportive, you really only utilize the top three or four inches of the mattress. Only if you go for low density should you opt for thicker foam, since you will sink into the mattress more.
  5. Find a mattress top. This is the last step, and is similar to choosing your type of foam. Essentially, you want to go for soft tops like a pillow top if you are a side sleeper, and a firmer top like a euro top if you sleep on your back or belly.


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