What’s Wrong With Innerspring Mattresses?

Pressure Points

Innerspring Mattress Con
When you lie down on your mattress, your pressure points will always rest more heavily than other parts of your body. If you sleep on your side, for example, your shoulder will push harder into the mattress than your calves, because your center of gravity is located over your shoulder. The springs underneath your shoulder have more force applied to them, so they push back harder than the springs underneath other parts of your body. Just like jumping on your mom’s mattress as a kid… the harder you jumped, the higher you went.

The problem with a pressure point is that it can reduce blood flow to the area. If you’ve ever woken at night with a shoulder full of pins and needles, you know what this blood loss feels like. What you may not know is that much of the “tossing and turning” that people do in bed is also related to these pressure points.

As pressure points restrict blood flow, your slumbering mind senses this discomfort and changes position. The average person actually changes position up to 80 times each night! These interruptions in rest can prevent one from ever entering the REM sleep needed to feel refreshed during the day.

Memory Foam Mattress Pro
Memory foam mattresses are unique in their ability to spread force across wide areas, rather than just a few springs. This means that on a memory foam mattress, pressure doesn’t build up enough to cause circulation problems and disturbed sleep, so you have more restful nights.


Innerspring Mattress Con
The gauge of a spring refers to the thickness of the wire used to make it. The thicker the wire, the more weight it takes to compress. With most inner-spring mattresses, the same gauge spring is used throughout the mattress.

When you lie on your side, your shoulders push harder and therefore sink deeper into the mattress than your legs do. This difference throws the spine and neck out of alignment, causing sore back and joints.

Memory Foam Mattress Pro
A memory foam mattress supports all parts of the body evenly, keeping your spine aligned, and helping to avoid chronic back pain.

Cost and Lifespan

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Today, inner-spring mattresses cost from $600 to $1200 for a quality brand. Even the best innerspring mattresses begin to wear out and sag after only about five years, when it should usually be replaced. Because of the cost, though, many people sleep for more than a decade on worn out mattresses. If inner spring mattresses provide less than ideal support when new, imagine how they do after a decade of hard use.

Memory Foam Mattress Pro
Some high quality memory foam mattresses, like the Sleep Aid brand on our site, offer twenty year warranties! That means that with a memory foam mattress, you get four times the lifespan of an innerspring mattress, at a very comparable price.

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