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Bedroom conversations have leaked out onto the showroom floor. National mattress companies have been trying to compete with the rise in popularity of memory foam mattresses, but sex experts are saying the shift means we're losing ground on comfortable sex.
In an article on Barrons.com, New York sex therapist Sari Eckler Cooper got straight to the point about memory foam: "There's a lack of resistance for the knees and feet. And whoever is on the bottom is sinking into the bed."
Kelly Young, vice president of sales for Sit 'n Sleep, says the hype about memory foam and poor sex isn't entirely true.
In Young's words, "Some people will be able to adjust to the experience, others won't."
Young says his company is now promoting a hybrid for mattresses - the popular memory foam and the classic spring in one.
"People aren’t accustomed to the density of the surface and how it changes," Young says of memory foam. "It softens in reaction to body heat which means it conforms to your body shape. When you put your hand or knee down on the surface, it sinks…like jumping on sand. That can take a lot of getting used to for a couple who is used to sex on an innerspring bed."
Young adds that some people are starting to miss the bounce of innerspring beds.
When was the last time you got to jump around on memory foam? Young says that bounce can be important for couples.
"The innersprings give back energy for some playful bounce – just like the springs on a trampoline," Young said.
You're picturing this already, aren't you?
You've probably already seen the ads for the Memorial Day weekend mattress sales. The question is: Which would you choose - better sleep? Better sex? Or both?