November 6, 2013
Mattresses were invented because no one wants to sleep on the hard surface of the ground. It’s common and acceptable because it’s a universally accepted fact that human beings absolutely require a degree of comfort in order to facilitate the process of sleep. That it needs to be maintained, up to the desired time for waking up without any pain or discomfort in the morning, is a no-brainer.
I mean, no one wishes and hopes and plans to wake up with a stiff neck or a painful back, right? That’s why over the millennia and centuries that mankind has dominated this planet, mattresses have been composed of anything that would cushion the body at rest. We started with hay, cotton, wool, innerspring mattresses, and even a scientifically-produced material such as polyfoam.
In this three-part series, we shall take an objective look at the pros and cons of several types of mattresses. Let’s begin with the air bed.
The Air Bed
All those solid materials are fine and all, but what makes the air bed so unique is that it makes use of one thing that’s been with us all the time – air. Utilizing it took a bit of technology, but it’s just really cool how the very air we breathe can cushion our backs and sides during the night when we sleep.
Now, whether or not this type of mattress is for you or not is for you to decide since this entry is here to help you weigh out its sleep-inducing value.
1) Air-filled mattresses aren’t like the usual type of mattress in the sense that you don’t have the choice of removing the “stuffing” of a mattress as easily as you can with an air mattress.
Just open the valve and you can add or remove air as much as you’d prefer or as much as your back needs or desires. Some air beds even offer the ability to split the inflation level of two parts of the mattress in order to minister to their needs individually.
2) Air beds are lightweight, and by lightweight, I mean… it’s like air. (Pun intended.) Once deflated, the air mattress can be easy to keep, store, and move. Moving it won’t be much of a problem since without the air, you’re only going to be carrying the actual material that encases it. The air just goes out, and it’s always there when the time comes that you need to use it again.
3) They have a major advantage of the contemporary innerspring mattress since air bed mattresses do not need to be flipped at all, unless to be cleaned or dusted. Innerspring or box-spring mattresses distribute the way they get flattened unevenly, thus needing to be flipped in order to slow the process. Air is air, and it renders the need to be flipped obsolete.
1) Aside from the common inflatable air bed, some expensive and pricey air mattresses that offer a divided level of inflation have a chambered separator in the middle that keeps the level of firmness and comfort separate.
The disadvantage of this is that this “trench design” causes an uneven sag in the middle that limits its capability to be utilized as a complete mattress used by more than two people.
2) Being made of air is also the origin of its weak point. Air is not solid, therefore it has the tendency to slowly seep out of the mattress unnoticed. That’s why air loss is and can become a bane among air mattresses.
3) Everyone knows what happens to the story between the balloon and a thumbtack. They don’t get along, since the balloon will deflate and die. I’m not saying that air mattresses are as vulnerable as balloons, but being punctured is something that will best be avoided. However in this life, you won’t know what will happen. Once you accidentally puncture it, you can say good-bye to sweet dreams.
Air beds have the potential to cater to a lot of people, however, it’s best to agree that it’s not for everyone. Some people have different needs according to their budget, health, and lifestyles. But if you think that you can get past the cons and live mainly with the “pros”, then go ahead and suit yourself. Sweet dreams to you!