Did you know that memory foam has been around since the 1970s, when NASA developed it? It was first commercialized in the 1990s and really changed the way we see mattresses today. The material is known to have a number of key benefits, not in the least that they alleviate joint, bone, and muscle problems. Because of this, they now come in a wealth of different sizes, as well as different densities. All of them, however, are superbly comfortable, as you can read in the various Nectar bed reviews. That said, you do have to make sure that you pick the right one for your needs. Hopefully, the following tips will help you to do just that.

Temperature Sensitivity

One of the things that makes memory foam so unique is that it is sensitive to temperature changes. This is a feature you can purchase as an optional (expensive) extra on other mattresses, but is a standard feature of memory foam. What this means is that your body heat will be absorbed if the environment is warm, making the mattress softer and more comfortable. When it is cold, the mattress will become firmer.


Memory foam mattresses come in different thicknesses and density. You have to make sure that you get the one that is right for you. Often, it is depicted in mattress weight per cubic foot. There is a lot of information and misinformation out there about what the right thickness of a foam mattress is. However, the thicker the mattress, the more expensive it is. The cheapest ones tend to be around 2.5lbs, but that isn’t really comfortable. Try to aim for at least 4lbs instead, although more is better. If you have bone, joint, or muscle problems, you will need a 5.3lbs at least to really benefit. However, more is not always better. There are mattresses that have a density of 7lbs or even more, yet research has shown they do not provide any benefits above those offered by a 5.9lbs one.

The Top Layer

The top layer needs to have a lot of memory foam on it, so that you are really comfortable. A 3.5” layer is the minimum you should go for. Should it be any thinner, you may as well purchase a polyurethane foam mattress, which feels exactly the same way. Without that thick top layer of foam, you simply won’t be as comfortable as what you could, and should, be.

With these three top tips, you should be able to find the mattress that is right for you. Spend some time doing your research and do also look into issues such as customer service, delivery, and warranty. Do not be tempted to buy something just because it is cheaper. While we all want to be frugal, you have to remember that a good mattress could last you around 12 years, so it is alright to spend a little bit more and have something that actually lasts as long as that.

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