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Memory foam vs Coir mattress - which mattress is the best?

February 20, 2019 By Keerthi Balakumar

What is memory foam?

Memory foam is an very dense open-cell structured foam. When pressure is placed upon it, it yields; but after the pressure is released, it moves back into its original shape. This material - also known as visco elastic foam - was originally made to act as cushions and seating material for astronauts. However, it was so comfortable that people started putting it inside cushions and mattresses to make very comfortable and long-lasting beds.


Are memory foam mattresses any good?

The advantage of using memory foam in mattresses is that it molds to the body according to the pressure placed upon it. This means that it feels comfortable, and also distributes weight evenly. Once the pressure is removed, it returns to its original shape. According to Dr. Kathy R. Gromer, sleep specialist with the Minnesota Lung Center (and published on WebMD’s Memory Foam: Pros and Cons), memory foam mattresses have the potential to improve sleep by relieving the stress on painful pressure points. This is one factor where memory foam mattresses score over coir mattresses.


How else is memory foam better versus coir for mattresses?

The other benefit of using memory foam mattresses is that they are long-lasting. Memory foam mattresses have a much longer product life than other mattresses. The very nature of the material means that the shape and elasticity of the mattress recovers, thus giving you the same comfortable sleep from the first to the 1000th night of sleep. Coir mattresses use high density rubberized coir as the main support and filling, sandwiched between different types of foam.


The human body is not flat, and the lying human body thus creates imprints and flattens the coir mattresses. This makes these mattresses get very lumpy in just months of use. So after some time the bulges start affecting your body and how you lie down, adding great discomfort to the whole sleeping experience.


Another issue is that coir mattresses have different layers and as they get distended, it creates spaces which can have dust and mites collected in them. Coir mattresses can therefore carry all manner of allergenic substances, toxins, and pests. This makes them harder to keep clean and maintain. Memory foam is super dense, thus not allowing anything to pass through the top layer and thus ensuring that it is safe. Further, memory foam is hypoallergenic.


Which mattress is best for back pain?

In India, there is a strange misconception that the more firm a mattress, the better it is for your back. That is not true. Both WebMD and the US’ National Sleep Foundation suggest that just because a mattress is more firm doesn’t mean it is better for your back. The mattress needs to be responsive and shaped along your sleeping body so that your back is aligned in the most comfortable position. Coir mattresses begin by being completely flat and firm, but soften over time. Additionally, they soften in different places and to different extents. As a result, lying down on them can be very uncomfortable and sleeping on them can make your back pain worse.


According to the experts, a supple and more comforting mattress is best for your back - and memory foam mattresses fit those expectations perfectly.


Which type of mattress is best?


Parameter

Coir

Memory Foam

Verdict

Support

Gets lumpy and uneven in time

Even distribution of weight

Memory Foam

Cleanliness

Attracts dust and mites

Hypoallergenic

Memory Foam

Maintenance / Longevity

Product loses shape, wears out quickly

Doesn’t sag, long lasting

Memory Foam

Orthopedic

Lumpy and bad for back

Supple and even support

Memory Foam


For a mattress which gives better support, is cleaner, lasts longer, and is better for your back - you should always choose memory foam mattresses over coir mattresses.

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