Health Benefits of Memory Foam

Seem to find yourself tossing and turning for hours before you actually fall asleep?  Do you find yourself waking up early and unable fall back asleep on the weekends where you may actually have the luxury to sleep in?  Your mattress might be to blame.

Sleeping on a low quality, uncomfortable mattress has been proven to affect sleep.  When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, your whole day can be thrown off.  This was consistently happening to me up until recently.

I have an apartment at college where the bed is included in the rent…As a result, my mattress is pretty terrible.  I’d often toss and turn, and wiggle and squirm, for at least an hour, usually more, until I’d fall asleep.  The typical stress of a student, combined with a springy mattress that seemed to dig into my hips, didn’t help me get a restful sleep.  As a result, I’d often wake up and feel sluggish for the remainder of the day, even if I had set aside full 8-10 hours for sleep the night before.

After almost a full semester of unsatisfactory nights of sleep, I finally decided to spring for a memory foam matress topper.  I couldn’t be happier with my decision.  While it certainly didn’t save me any money, costing me a pricey $60, I have ever since saved a lot of precious minutes from being wasted trying to fall asleep.  While I always looked forward to tucking myself in for a good night’s sleep, now I can have more faith that a good night’s sleep is actually what I’ll be getting.  Every night I’m actually excited to lay down on my comfy memory foam topped bed.  And now when I wake up, instead of more persistent tossing and turning, I can lay and enjoy a few extra moments of being half-awake in comfort, or if I have the time, I can even easily fall back asleep.  This isn’t always a good thing because usually I should really be getting my butt out of bed… But that’s besides the point 🙂

Why are memory foam mattresses so comfy? For one, they are sensitive to weight so they adjust to each individual’s weight as he/she moves.  As you squirm around throughout the night, they readjust and prevent you from sinking into the middle of the bed.  The mattress absorbs the force of your body and shapes around each individual curve to provide an exceptionally comfortable sleeping space.

Since memory foam mattresses absorb the body’s force, this helps to redistribute pressure from specific points.  For instance, if you’re a side sleeper, the memory foam mattress will help to redistribute the pressure from the hips, shoulders, and knees, to the whole body so that those particular points don’t become strained.  The redistribution also helps to keep the spine properly aligned.

Memory foam also reduces noise.  Normally, mattresses will creak as you shift around, but memory foam mattresses are practically soundless.  This is perfect for when you’re sleeping with a partner, or if you’re sharing a room with someone else.  As you move around, the noise is absorbed preventing the other person next to you or in the room from waking up.

Additionally, memory foam mattresses are sensitive to temperature.  They absorb body heat, which allows them to soften.  This provides a nice warm and cozy sleeping space.

It’s important to get a good night’s sleep, and if you’re sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress, this is often hard to achieve.  Many studies have proven that getting less than a full 7-8 hours of quality sleep will increase your risk of getting a variety of diseases.  Sleep decreases the risk of heart disease, cancer, weight gain, stress, and numerous other conditions, but if one is tossing and turning and not actually soundly sleeping, then “sleep” loses many of its benefits.

If you are having trouble getting a good night’s rest and think it may be because of uncomfortable conditions, I’d recommend looking into purchasing a memory foam mattress or topper.  A full memory foam mattress will cost you over $1000, but the toppers range anywhere from $50-$100 and are practically just as comfortable.  All you have to do is simply slip them over your existing mattress.  Memory mattresses aren’t a full-encompassing cure that will magically fix all your sleeping problems, but using one will definitely enhance comfort, which in turn will at least help to prepare you for a better sleep.  I guarantee you’ll at least notice a difference.


Do you usually have trouble falling asleep?  Do you use a memory foam matress?

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  • Reply
    theemptynutjar
    December 5, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I have heard good things about the memory foam. It is probably a good purchase to increase sleep quality. Good article.

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    Melinda
    December 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    When we moved overseas we had limited weight we could bring in. Yes, we totally took our year old bed with us. Thankfully we didn;t go over weight. The mattress really makes a difference.

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    Luis
    December 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I’m not sure how I feel about ranking memory foam as the best in comfort, but it’s very close with the air bed. I’ve owned an air bed from Select Comfort, a memory foam mattress from http://www.EnjoyYourSleep.com, and spring mattresses from Simmons and Serta, and by far, I say my EnjoyYourSleep memory foam mattress is the most comfy. It really depends on the person, so find what you like.

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    Luis
    December 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I’m not sure how I feel about ranking memory foam as the best in comfort, but it’s very close with the air bed. I’ve owned an air bed from Select Comfort, a memory foam mattress from http://www.EnjoyYourSleep.com, and spring mattresses from Simmons and Serta, and by far, I say my EnjoyYourSleep memory foam mattress is the most comfy. It really depends on the person, so find what you like.

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    Mari
    December 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Oh thanks for this post! I have been having some problems sleeping lately, maybe this will help

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    The Candid RD
    December 6, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Seriously, we NEED TO GET ONE OF THESE! Our mattress is about 15 years old, UGH! I know that’s crazy, and kind of gross, but we just keep spending our money on other things, like a new computer! We seriously need to look into one of these. Where are the best prices and the best deals? any ideas?

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      Food-Fitness-FreshAir
      December 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

      I got the topper at target, and it was much cheaper than at a regular mattress store. To get the full mattress, you’d have to go to a place that actually sells mattresses.

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    Bekah
    December 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    My parents use a Tempurpedic- which I’m assuming this is similar?! All I know, is I would sleep with my mom a few nights in highschool- best sleep ever. 🙂

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    crk12068
    December 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I love memory foam. I’ve had it for a couple years now. It’s soo comfortable and definitely helps me fall asleep at night. I highly recommend memory foam for anyone looking to improve their sleeping habits/comfort. Good article!

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    December 18, 2009 at 11:27 am

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