What is in your Mattress and what are the benefits

What is in your Mattress and what are the benefits

Mark Stuart |

From memory foams to latex’ to gels, pocket springs to open coil springs, there are numerous different fillings, layers and springs in every mattress and certain configurations suit different people.

In this blog I am going to explain the difference between each and help you have a better chance of picking the ideal mattress to help you get the perfect night’s sleep.


The two most popular types of springs are pocket springs and open coil springs. There are a few differences between these two spring units. Pocket springs are different as each mattress may contain a different number of springs. Each spring rests in its own individual material sleeve, the separation of the spring eliminates any unwanted movement across your mattress, sometime called roll together. (want to know more click link to pocket sprung blog which I will make next)

In contrast an open coil spring unit is a fixed number of springs with every spring connected using twisting, horizontal wires.

Any sprung mattress can be finished using a variety of different fillings. A ‘traditional’ mattress will come filled with breathable natural materials that absorb moisture and increase air flow through the mattress. These include wool, cotton and cashmere. Alternatively, they may use man made fillings, such as polyester.


A HYBRID mattress is a mattress mixing a spring system with either foam, gel or latex. These are excellent as they offer a good level of support from the base spring system finished with a lovely cushioned feeling on top. Many would say this design offers the best of both worlds.


Foam mattresses excel in providing outstanding support and can be infused with memory, latex, gel, and reflex foam. Each foam type is crafted to adapt to your body's contours, ensuring exceptional comfort. To discover the ideal foam mattress for your needs, it's crucial to know the subtle differences between each-

Memory foam

Memory foam is the most common type of foam used. Memory foam, commonly used in mattresses, is a type of viscoelastic foam that was originally developed by NASA. It's called "memory" foam because it has the ability to mold to the shape of the body in response to heat and pressure, and then slowly return to its original shape once the pressure is removed. One main benefit of memory foam is its ability to relieve pressure. One slight draw back is its tendency to retain heat compared to other sleep surfaces although more recently due to the introduction of lower density, porous foams its has become a lot cooler.


Latex mattresses are crafted from liquid rubber, whipped up to form a bouncy foam material, usually giving a softer feel than memory foam or gel. These mattresses ensure an even firmness distribution, ideal for extra body support for orthopaedic healing. Due to latex natural origins, it provides a very clean, hypoallergenic sleeping surface.


Gel Mattresses are infused with small gel beads which act to regulate your temperature while you sleep. This is ideal for people who struggle to sleep due to temperature conditions. Gel gives a similar feel to memory foam.

Whatever mattress type you settle on it will compress or ‘settle’ slightly over time as it adjusts to the weight of your body. Rotating or spinning your mattress regularly ensures a consistent feel across your mattress and helps increase the beds life span.

Given the distinct support characteristics provided by each mattress filling, there's likely one perfectly suited to your requirements. Fillings can be paired with spring systems, broadening the options available and ensuring there's a mattress suitable for everyone. Whether you prefer firmer support or desire a touch of opulence, why not treat yourself to the mattress you deserve?