What is the difference between an orthopaedic mattress (alternatively spelt orthopedic mattress) and a regular spring coil mattress is a question that you may have asked yourself or been wondering while thinking about buying a new mattress. Everybody has been sleeping on coil mattresses for ages, what can an orthopaedic memory foam or latex foam mattress bring that is better? Let us now find out.
Indeed, even our grandparents slept on coil mattresses because they have been the standard for so long. Memory foam on the other hand was invented in the 1960s by NASA and it later developed further and entered on the market for commercial use. Orthopaedic mattresses being one of the common uses. The main difference between them is the level of support and comfort that they provide for your spine.
The orthopaedic mattress “absorbs” your body weight, molding around the contour of your body, and offering a much better support than a spring coil mattress. It keeps your spine straight and in a healthy position, helping to prevent or alleviate back pain and other medical problems associated with the spine.
On the other hand, the spring coil mattress works in the opposite way to the molding effect of an orthopedic mattress; the springs provide resistance, hence this type of mattress pushes against your body. When you sit on the coils you apply some pressure on them, so they push back at you, trying to uncoil. That is why your body has to accommodate itself to the mattress in this case, not the other way around.
This situation has the potential of being harmful to your back if your back is not properly supported – this is quite likely with a mattress that has been used for a good few years and may unknowingly be in need of replacing. So we can see now that the 2 types of mattresses work on work on 2 opposite principles.
How can an orthopaedic mattress provide comfort and support instead of resistance? It all has to do with the cellular technology of memory foam, the thing that made this material famous. Memory foam uses an open cell technology. This means that the air is not trapped inside the cells of the foam. So when you sit on the mattress air will leave, and the material will mold comfortably around your body.
Another disadvantage of the spring coil mattress is that it is most likely to relay any movement of the person who is sleeping next to you. You cannot affect just one coil, as all of them are connected. So when you move, the whole mattress is affected, and both people in the bed may end up rolling together.
With a memory foam mattress this does not happen, you affect only the cells you rest on. Memory foam is also responds to body heat, so it will become more comfortable and mold around your body further as you spend some time on it.
Now that you know the differences between these two mattress types, you can choose wisely whether a spring coil or memory foam orthopaedic mattress is best for you.