What’s the Difference Between Foam and Coil Mattresses?

Looking for a new mattress can seem overwhelming. With such a variety of different types of mattresses on the market, it’s hard to know where to start in determining which is the best one for you. One important difference is whether or not it’s a foam or coil mattress. Knowing what makes the construction of these two major categories different can help you narrow down your options.

A coil mattress may also be called an innerspring mattress. This type of mattress is constructed with a layer of steel springs inside that provide support. In older types of innerspring mattresses, these coils were networked, so they would compress or release together. One of the main complaints about this type of construction was that it transferred movement across the bed, so if your partner rolled over, your side of the bed would shake. A more recent innovation is pocketed coils, where each spring inside the mattress is encapsulated and functions independently, reducing motion transfer.

Foam mattresses are just what they sound like—they’re constructed from layers of foam to provide support to sleepers. Memory (viscoelastic) foam mattresses tend to be the most popular among foam options, due to the foam’s ability to mold around your body to relieve pressure points. However, viscoelastic foam retains heat, leading to the common complaint that memory foam mattresses “sleep hot.” Newer types of foam have been designed to reduce heat retention for a more comfortable night’s sleep.

The pros and cons for each type of mattress depend to a certain extent on your personal preference and sleep habits. For example, back and stomach sleepers may prefer the firm support of a coil mattress, while side sleepers gravitate toward foam mattresses, which “give” to reduce pressure points at the shoulder and hip. Traditional mattresses also tend to sleep cooler, which might influence your decision.

If you’re feeling that neither of these options sounds exactly right for you, there is a third option. Hybrid mattresses combine an inner core of pocketed coils with layers of foam to provide the pressure-reducing benefits of foam combined with the support of coils. These can be the perfect choice if you’d like to retain some of the bouncy feel of a traditional mattress without sacrificing the comfort of a foam mattress.

IDLE Sleep mattresses combine the latest heat-reducing foam technology with either all-foam or hybrid construction to give our customers the choice of which mattress is right for them. Our IDLE Buoyancy foam not only stays cooler than viscoelastic foam, it also has a faster response time and better pressure relief. When you’ve picked the perfect IDLE Sleep mattress for you, our two-sided design, which allows you to both turn and flip it to even out use, ensures that you will be able to enjoy it longer.

At IDLE Sleep, we’re dedicated to producing long-lasting luxury mattresses so you can sleep better every night. We pair the latest high-quality materials with superior construction in every one of our mattresses. To pick the right IDLE Sleep mattress for you, click here.

How Long Do Mattresses Last? (And How to Make Them Last Longer)

A quality mattress is a serious purchase, and you expect one to last a long time. Once you’ve done the research to pick the correct design and firmness, of course you want to get the most out of it. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to determine when it’s time to buy a replacement, but there are signs that it’s time to get a new mattress. More importantly, there are things you can do to keep your mattress in top shape as long as possible.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that mattresses tend to last around eight years. However, you should examine both the condition of your mattress and the quality of the sleep you’re getting. Is your current mattress getting worn or lumpy? Are there deep indentations where you normally sleep, or does the entire mattress sag in the middle? If the mattress itself looks okay, are you consistently waking up with aches and pains? Do you toss and turn, unable to get comfortable? These are all signs that it is time to find a new mattress, even if you haven’t hit the eight-year mark.

Before you get to that point, there are things you can do to extend the life of your mattress. The first step is to make sure that your bedframe properly supports your mattress. Whether your mattress is resting on a platform, slats, or a box spring, you should make sure it is sturdy enough to keep the mattress level. Any sagging or bending will not only damage the mattress over time, it will also mean an uncomfortable night for you.

Next, keep your mattress clean. Always use a mattress pad under your sheets to protect your mattress against spills and launder it several times a year. Wash your sheets every week or two. Vacuum the top of your mattress periodically—experts recommend at least twice a year. This can help remove dust and allergens.

Gentle treatment is a must to make your mattress last. While your children might want to use your bed as an indoor trampoline, bouncing on the mattress is destructive. Mattresses are designed as an appropriate sleep surface, not as a gym. Over time, walking or jumping on them will damage them and may also damage the support underneath them.

Sleeping in the same spot on your mattress every night can also shorten the life of your mattress by concentrating wear and tear in one place. This is why it is important to change the position of your mattress every so often. In the case of single-sided mattresses, like most made today, this means rotating the mattress 180 degrees, so that the foot becomes the head and vice versa. Double-sided mattresses can be both flipped and rotated, evening out the wear on the mattress even further and making the mattress last longer.

IDLE Sleep is dedicated to producing long-lasting double-sided mattresses designed to help you sleep better every night.  We use advanced materials to bring you superior quality at a fair price. To learn how an IDLE Sleep luxury mattress can help you, click here.

Can’t Sleep? Here Are 5 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

If you feel like you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not alone. According to a 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 American adults do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. Nobody likes the groggy feeling that comes with being poorly rested, and fighting a lack of sleep can make every task you face throughout the day seem harder. Fortunately, you can improve both the duration and quality of your sleep by reviewing your habits and your sleep environment and making some simple changes. Here’s how:

1. Stick to a sleep schedule: When your sleeping and waking schedules vary widely from day to day, your internal clock is constantly being reset, which makes it harder to go to sleep when you want. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time consistently, even on weekends. The National Institute of Health recommends that you get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night to be well-rested, so make sure you are allowing enough time for sleep as well.

2. Gear your bedroom toward sleep: Your bedroom should be dark, cool, and quiet. If light is leaking from around the blinds or shining from LEDs on electronics, this can interfere with your ability to get to sleep or stay asleep. The temperature should be around 65 to 70 degrees to promote rest. Turn off anything that might make random noise to disturb you at night.

3. Watch what you consume: What you eat and drink can have a profound effect on your ability to sleep well. Stimulants like caffeine are an obvious thing to avoid, but did you also know you should not drink alcohol right before bed? Although a nightcap may feel relaxing, alcohol reduces your ability to achieve the restorative deep and REM stages of sleep, impairing the quality of sleep you get. Large meals right before bed can also make it hard to rest.

4. Avoid stimulation before bedtime: While getting exercise during the day can help you sleep better at night, you shouldn’t work out too close to bedtime because the residual adrenaline in your system can make it harder to fall asleep. The blue light from electronics, such as cell phones and computers, can also interfere with your ability to doze off, so put them away about an hour before bed.

5. Check your mattress: Your mattress should be both comfortable and supportive to promote sleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning, the culprit may be a mattress that isn’t right for you, or one that is too old. Even a high-quality mattress doesn’t last forever. If you’re waking up sore, or if your mattress has obvious lumps or saggy spots, a replacement may be exactly what you need to improve your rest.

At IDLE Sleep, we know a good night’s rest is the foundation of a happy, productive day. We design our two-sided mattresses to provide support and comfort combined with superior pressure relief. Our Buoyancy Foam and Thermocool fabric help maintain a cool, comfortable sleeping temperature. If you’re ready to discover the IDLE Sleep difference, click here to find out more.