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Mattress Motion Isolation

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:05:05 PM America/Los_Angeles

Mattress Motion Isolation

Mattress and Futon Motion Isolation

The days of waterbed and motion beds are over. Now we are looking for support and health benefits of our mattresses and futons. Different ingredients create a solid supportive mass. The purpose of eliminating motion on a mattress is to stop feeling the movement of the other person in a bed. That is what no motion transfer mattresses and futons have been designed to do. No one wants to bounce every time your partner tosses and turns during the night. When one person moves or rolls over on their mattress, the energy or force of this movement needs to go somewhere. Firmer materials are not well suited to absorb this force, so it is dissipated throughout the sleeping surface. This means that one persons energy will carry over into another person's sleeping area, causing you to feel motion and affect your sleep. The best way to reduce or eliminate this motion is to use materials that are good at absorbing and isolating the force of movement. Memory foam and latex are the best materials as they can absorb a tremendous amount of motion without dissipating it throughout the material. Individually pocketed coil springs achieve the same result by minimizing the motion area. Natural Fibers will also provide some degree of motion isolation, but to a lesser degree.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam uses heat to contort to the shape of your body. This leads to the fact that memory foam mattresses have great motion isolation. Everyone has seen a example of jumping on one side of the mattress without spilling a glass of wine on the other side. Depending on the thickness and density of the memory foam you should expect great motion isolation.


Latex Mattresses

Latex Mattresses

Latex sinks in just like memory foam but always provides a reflex. This provides great back support but tends to be a little bouncy. With that being said the motion isolation is still pretty good. Depending on the thickness and density of the latex you should expect good motion isolation.

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Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring Mattresses

Motion isolation can vary greatly for innerspring beds depending mainly on the type of coil used. Bonnell / open coils and continuous coils tend to provide fair-to-poor motion isolation, while more sophisticated coils such as pocket or offset tend to provide at good to great motion isolation. In addition, the presence of memory foam and or latex on an innerspring bed helps to reduce motion transfer.


Wool & Cotton Mattresses

Cotton Mattresses / Wool Mattresses

Cotton and wool mattresses are packed tight and then tufted. Because of this these mattresses usually have good motion isolation. Usually no motion transfers to the other side of the mattress. If the mattress is made to be extra soft a little motion may transfer on a wool mattress.


Coconut Coir

Coconut Mattresses

Coconut Coir mattresses offer the best comfort and durability. Our Coconut Mattresses are built for superior support and durability and are built with 100% Chemical Free materials. The Coconut is firm and provides support and bounce within a mattress. The Coconut by itself does not offer motion isolation, but used in combination with other ingredients such as pocket coil springs or latex, provides a solid long lasting foundation or core.



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