7 Mattress Innovations You Should Know About

7 Mattress Innovations You Should Know About

Mattresses and the mattress industry have changed a lot over the years. From the coil mattresses invented in the 1800s to the new era of memory foam and latex mattresses, customers have more bed options now than they ever have.

The number of mattress options might be overwhelming for some people. In this article, we will go over the best mattress innovations and new products you should know about for a good night’s sleep, including two that come straight from SONU.

1. Smart Mattress

Most people can’t live without their smart devices today. From our phones to our televisions to our watches, smart technology is everywhere. It was just a matter of time before someone came up with a smart mattress. That’s just what quick-thinking mattress manufacturers have done.

Smart mattresses combine the intelligent technology used in our most-prized devices with mattresses to deliver features to customers that improve their sleep quality. These features include sleep tracking, biometric monitoring, firmness adjustments, and temperature control. Some beds even come with alarms that you can set to wake you up in the morning!

2. Split-Base Adjustable Beds

Adjustable beds have been available for a while, and they are popular with people who need to lift or lower their beds for comfort or medical reasons. One gripe that people have about them is that the entire bed needs to be adjusted no matter their sleep partners’ preferences. Imagine sleeping beside someone who can only sleep in the upright position while you prefer to sleep flat?

Well, bed makers have come up with a solution: a split-base adjustable bed. These beds consist of two bed bases that sit beside each other. They are equal in dimension but can be purchased with different firmness levels and other features.

A plus of the split-base adjustable bed is that two sleepers can let up their individual sides of the bed and adjust them without disturbing their co-sleepers. If you often sleep with a partner, an adjustable bed may support better sleep for both of you.

The SONU Sleep System is available in a Split King size especially for these adjustable foundations.

3. Serene Foam

One of the biggest downsides to memory foam mattresses is body heat retention.

Well, cool sleepers, rejoice! Serene foam is a new form of viscoelastic foam that includes billions of air pockets that allow plenty of air to flow through the material, creating a cooling effect.

The SONU negative space mattress includes two-inch layers of this serene foam to help customers fall asleep in comfort. SONU’s cutting-edge serene foam layer supports side sleepers’ upper torsos and hips, helping to align their spines while they snooze.

4. Patented Comfort Channel

SONU Sleep’s unique mattress design incorporates the patented Comfort Channel that provides Sink-In support. The Comfort Channel is 10-inches deep, and customers can immerse their upper extremities in it. This allows for full range of motion of the shoulders and arms, preventing pressure and pain in the upper torso and lower body that is unavoidable in all other mattresses.

To top it off, the Comfort Channel comes with adjustable support pillows that keep sleepers’ heads in alignment for pressure relief and high-quality sleep.

5. Eco-Friendly

The popularity of the bed-in-a-box has introduced customers to an unexpected con: off-gassing. Off-gassing occurs when you unbox a mattress, and a chemical smell is released. This smell results from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used in the manufacturing of the mattress. Although the smell is temporary, some customers are concerned about the use of VOCs and their effect on the environment.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly mattress made with little to no VOCs or other harsh chemicals, you can purchase one certified by CertiPur, like the SONU Sleep System.

6. Gel Memory Foam

If you prefer to sleep cool, a gel memory foam bed may be a great option. Gel memory foam mattresses are made by adding a cooling gel layer to the center of memory foam. This additional layer helps traditional memory foam mattresses defeat one of their biggest issues: heat retention.

The types of gels used in gel-infused memory foam mattresses are either therma gel or phase-changing gel. The latter alternates between a solid or liquid state as the temperature of the mattress changes. No matter which type of gel is used, the result is the same: a cooler sleep experience.

7. Hybrid Mattress

Old coil-spring mattresses come with the possibility of the coils sticking through the mattresses’ encasing fabric and top layer. If you’ve been the victim of a coil spring sticking in you while you sleep, then you’ll appreciate the increased number of hybrid mattresses available today.

Hybrid mattresses have a coil-spring base in which each coil is individually wrapped. On top of this base is a layer of comfortable material like memory foam or latex. Sleepers get the sturdiness of a coil mattress along with the body-conforming effects of memory foam or latex.

What Should I Look For in a Mattress?

We spend a good portion of our lives in bed, so what we choose to sleep on matters.

If you’re in the market for an innovative mattress, here are the factors you should consider before purchasing.


How much are you looking to spend on a mattress? Some mattresses with extra special features can be expensive. However, it’s hard to put a price on the comfort of a good bed.


Are you allergic to certain mattress materials? Are you looking for an organic mattress, or do you prefer a certain type of foam? Take this into consideration when making your choice.


How firm your bed is can affect your quality of sleep. If you have a co-sleeper, ask them what firmness level they are most comfortable with and compare it to your own preference. If you differ, see if there’s any medium ground or if you need to consider other options.

Edge Support

No one wants to feel like they’re falling out of bed when they’re trying to sleep. Once a mattress catches your eye, read up on whether it delivers good edge support. If the manufacturer doesn’t mention it, see what other customers have to say.

Motion Isolation

This one is important if you have a sleep partner. Find the right mattress that prevents you from feeling each other toss and turn on opposite sides of the bed throughout the night.

Temperature Control

Do you sleep cool or hot? This is important to getting restful sleep. See which mattress types offer sleep temperatures to your liking.

Special Features

Are you looking for a smart mattress? How about one that allows for full range of motion, like the SONU Sleep System? There are all kinds of mattresses available now with special features. Determine which features are must-haves for you and anyone else who sleeps in your bed.


Mattress makers are more innovative than ever. Choosy customers can find beds to their liking, no matter their preferences. Whether you want a bed with smart technology or one that allows immersion of the arms, you’re covered.

SONU is proud to introduce the negative space mattress. This unique mattress comes with innovative features such as a Comfort Channel, adjustable support pillows, and a cooling layer of serene foam. SONU specializes in creating mattresses for anyone who is tired of traditional mattresses and ready for an all-new, luxurious experience.

Innovation is a click away. Let SONU take you there.

As a result of these innovations, The SONU Sleep System has been awarded "Best Mattress For Side Sleepers & Most Innovative of 2023 & 2024" by SleepDoctor.com.

The SONU Sleep System is now available in select stores. You can check to see if the SONU Sleep System is sold near you, or you simply purchase directly online and enjoy the peace of mind of the 100 Night Trial period.


What is serene foam?

Serene foam is a type of viscoelastic foam that contains air pockets. These pockets help the foam provide a cooling effect, which is ideal for anyone who likes to sleep cool.

I want to try an innovative mattress like SONU’s, but what if I don’t like it? Is there a return policy?

SONU Sleep offers a 100-night trial with all mattress purchases. If you are not satisfied with your SONU, you can return it for a refund.

What should I consider before buying a new mattress?

Decide what features you want your new mattress to have and how much you are willing to spend. At SONU, we offer a 36-month payment plan through Affirm with a 0% APR.

Where can I buy the SONU Sleep System?

All of SONU’s mattresses are available online. The mattresses are also now available in limited brick-and-mortar stores. See if a store is in your area so you can try out the SONU in person.


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What to Know Before Purchasing a Split King Adjustable Bed | Sleep Advisor

Find a Mattress Without Harmful Chemicals or VOCs | Consumer Reports

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers | SleepDoctor.com

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Thank YOU! Best mattress out there.
After being a gymnast for 15 years, I haven't felt this much relief from the pain in my shoulders and my hips while sleeping!! Thank you!
Steph C.
Highly recommended!
Creates the perfect space for your arm if you're a side sleeper. Changed the way I sleep forever.
Justin S.
So I actually own one of these. It's AMAZING. Yes it will take you a few weeks to get "used" to it... But that said, you will be AMAZED at how great your shoulders feel in the morning. Just unreal. Like sleep a full 8 hours without waking up type of sleep.
Jason R.
Buffalo, NY
I have very bad neck and back issues and this mattress is a dream! If you are a side sleeper you will love it and even if you like to sleep on you back you will love it! Very comfortable and totally worth the money!
Grace L.
i have suffered from shoulder pain while sleeping for several years, i had just about given up... then i saw this bed and decided one last try. i can't begin to explain what it feels like to sleep through an entire night... for the first time in 20 years the first weekend i had it. I'm so impressed with this bed... because what they are making is making a difference in people's lives.
Crystal G.
Lives up to the hype
This comfort channel they made is next level. I never imagined that I would be able to put my arm in the mattress. Takes all the pressure off my shoulder, which I so so need. YES
Kim J.
Highly recommended!
I’m a side sleeper and I used to wake up with a dead feeling arm from lying on it all night. Finally a mattress with a pocket for my arm. I tried all the pillows and even very expensive mattresses in the past, but nothing cured my circulation problems until I got the sonu sleep mattress. I love it!
Nic D.
Chicago, IL
...Sonu mattresses are in a league all by themselves. This is the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on. I have no more shoulder pain and numbness. I can now sleep through the night and not wake up in pain. If anyone is even thinking about getting a Sonu sleep system don’t think anymore. Pull that trigger. I 100% gaurentee you will not be disappointed.
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