If you don't think a gel foam mattress is right for you, then consider these alternatives.
Visco mattresses have similar properties to gel foam mattresses. They are often characterised by the so-called memory imprint: When pressure is applied, the foam becomes softer and leaves a mark where the pressure was applied.
Due to its extremely high adaptability, memory foam is often used for orthopaedic purposes.
The biggest difference between gel foam and Visco mattresses is the sleeping climate. Visco foam mattresses are more temperature-sensitive and tend to provide a warmer sleeping climate. Gel foam, in contrast, is completely temperature-neutral and more breathable overall.
If you are looking for a firmer model with more stability and elasticity, you should choose an innerspring mattress. In addition to the usual layers of foam, this mattress has springs in its core, which can carry loads individually. This means that innerspring mattresses adapt to the body in a point-elastic manner. The gaps between the springs provide natural ventilation channels and so keep the mattress well ventilated.
Make sure that the innerspring mattress is of high quality. Inferior spring mattresses wear out quickly and allow for dents to form. This so-called hammock effect can create and worsen back pain. High-quality innerspring mattress models are pocket spring mattresses or barrel pocket spring mattresses.
Cold foam mattress
The feeling of lying on a good cold foam mattress is comparable to lying on a gel foam mattress. Both types of mattresses have good point elasticity and high adaptability. Both can also be recommended for orthopaedic problems.
The biggest difference lies in the sleeping climate. The gel foam mattress has a cooler sleeping climate. If you prefer a warmer sleeping climate, then a cold foam mattress may be a good choice.
Latex mattresses also have high point elasticity and offer a high degree of comfort. Latex mattresses made of high-quality natural latex also have very good ventilation. Thus, the sleeping climate on a latex mattress is also cooler, similar to a gel foam mattress.
Lying down on a latex mattress feels slightly different - it feels a little bouncy. The gel foam mattress is more adaptable. Both mattresses tend to be soft.
As a restless sleeper, a latex mattress may be a better option.