An Irish saying is this: “a good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything”. While there is no common solution for amusement, a quality sleep is assured by a comfy bed. In order to prevent the health risks of getting poor sleep companies hire advise from medical experts (chiropractors, doctors trained in sleep disorders) when designing their latest collection of mattresses.
The medical consensus is that a medium-firm mattress or a firm mattress with a softer pillow top is the best choice for a good-night sleep, offering the right balance of cushioning and support.
As an alternative to traditional innersprings mattresses which are a bit too firm, the innovative memory foam (made from polyurethane) that has been marketed in the last 10 years is proven to help relieve pressure points, preventing neck and back pain. Its downsides come from the chemical emissions and the heat retention aspects.
Starting with 2011 mattresses manufacturers (Serta) have developed gel infused memory foam that aim to keep sleepers cool by transferring heat to other portions of the mattress. Also hybrid mattresses (Serta, Tempurpedic) are a new addition to the market, which combine memory foam layers with innerspring layers creating a better blend of contouring comfort and support.
Good news is that 2014 trends in the mattress industry will bring - along with the increase in hybrid mattresses options, especially gel foam/innerspring and natural latex/innerspring versions - new technologies that improve airflow through the bed or ensure temperature control by incorporating phase-change materials (foams and gels with microencapsulated PCM). Check the most reliable mattress dealer in your area for the newest hybrid mattresses in store.
Another big trend to look for if you’re buying a new mattress this year is green designs such as eco-friendly plant-based memory foam mattresses (Amerisleep) and also mattresses made from sustainable fibers such as organic cotton, wool and bamboo that are hypoallergenic and dust mite-resistant.
And speaking of futuristic trends, the mattresses that offer a multi-sensory experience are on the rise also, latest designs including aromatherapy mattresses made from flower scent infused materials and smart beds - with built-in technology that tracks sleep patterns, heart rate and breathing, and responds to voice commands.