Perhaps the #1 reason to choose an air mattress for your RV, will be the ease of moving it. This is especially true if you have a corner queen bed. Also, a quality air mattress is significantly cheaper than a quality conventional mattress.
An air mattress may look vaguely like a spring mattress, but looks are deceiving: the difference lies inside the mattresses. You feel it at bedtime when you lie in your bed. You could be tossing around trying to find that perfect spot. Likewise, you could be lying in your bed and finding the perfect spot at every turn.
Air Mattress Construction
Differing from an air mattress, average spring mattresses have a support network formed by interconnected springs. These springs are made of solid metal with minimal flexibility. Springs are not capable of providing efficient support, only pressure, and resistance, none of which are particularly comfortable. In the long run, these will sag, making an already bad bed, worse. It is also highly disconcerting to hear metal squeaks at every turn you make. Spring mattresses are also prone to lumping. This happens when the foam covering the springs get bunched up by the constant pushing and straining of the springs. The cartoon scenes in which the characters get thrown in the sky by loose bed springs are not purely fictional. These have a factual basis. Although people who experienced this are not turned to specks of light in the sky, they do have nasty experiences getting poked or stabbed by the springs.
The difference between the two lies in their design. Air chambers are found in air mattresses’ core. This provides you with proper back support by ensuring the correct position and alignment of your spine and back. Plus, an air mattress is more flexible and supple than spring and foam mattresses. Thus, it offers more adjustable levels of firmness.
Air Mattress Support
There are usually three support layers in an air mattress. A dense foam layer provides strong support as the mattress’ foundation. Two air chambers constructed to follow your shape are built over this foundation. Soft foam is built inside the fabric that surrounds the mattress like the last support layer.
The layers are designed to produce a mattress capable of adapting to the shape of your body to eliminate pressure and stress that can cause injuries and back pain. Air is evenly distributed to the whole mattress, and again, redistributed if you shift your weight or position; this makes air mattresses unequaled in support and comfort. For example, if you shifted to one side of an air mattress, the opposite side rises up in response to your movement. This means that the air inside the chambers reacted, and compressed the foam and air above for your hips, spine, and back to be in proper alignment. This effectively reduces the necessity of turning and tossing.
Lastly, the choice between a spring mattress and an air mattress is just like choosing shoes. Choose the one that provides your body with the proper support to improve the quality of your sleep and your health. What you choose to use, reflect the care you extend to your body.