Memory Foam Vs. Regular Mattress

Memory foam is a high-tech material invented by NASA in the early 1970s to protect astronauts from G forces during liftoff. This technology was adapted to the consumer market as an alternative to traditional spring and coil mattresses.

Memory Foam

The first consumer memory foam mattress was introduced in Sweden in 1991. The term "memory foam" evolved to describe the foam's unique characteristic of conforming to a person's shape, then returning to normal when the person arises.

Regular Mattress

Regular mattresses retain their shape and firmness by using an array of steel springs and coils, topped with layers of foam, polyester or cotton batting.

Foam Evaluation

A quality foam mattress should not need a spring mattress beneath it to feel comfortable. Cheap imitations might feel good at first but will collapse quickly.


A regular mattress with the appropriate spring load should be your choice if you prefer an exceptionally stiff or exceptionally soft sleeping surface. Memory foam is available in varying degrees of firmness, but the sleeping experience is completely different.


Whether to buy a memory foam or regular mattress comes down to personal preference. Before spending a lot of money, look for a 30- or 60-day in-home trial period, as well as a good warranty.

About the Author

Derek Dowell has ghostwritten dozens of projects and thousands of blogs in the real estate, Internet marketing and travel industry, as well as completed the novel "Chrome Sombrero." He holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental legal studies from Missouri State University.