Riding Out An Earthquake In Your Mattress

Riding Out An Earthquake In Your Mattress

June 7, 2011
Healthy Sleep

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Ok I know it’s a silly headline but St. Louis, MO has run the gamut and had its fair share of natural occurrences these past few months. A couple of big tornadoes, crazy temperatures, big snow, flooding, and as my wife has pointed out to me ” the cicadas”. Now just this morning a minor 4.2 Earthquake was positioned around the Sullivan, MO area just 50 or so miles south of Saint Louis. So how do you feel about riding out an earthquake in your mattress?

This happened according to my alarm clock set 10:00 minutes fast I will admit at 3:12 am 5/7/11. What most of you will find interesting or unbelievably boring is that I rode out this minor Missouri earthquake in my softside waterbed which is the second such happening while owning this bed. Now of course the mattress had nothing to do with the quake but the interesting thing is that I felt the shake through the water. This got me thinking about what kind of mattress is least likely to disturb you during an earthquake. I’m hoping to get some input from you all, but here is my best opinion on the subject.

What mattress Is Best During An Earthquake?

Coil Spring Mattress

Innerspring beds use coils and let’s face it these bad boys bounce.  Push a coil down it comes right back. I can remember as a kid jumping on mattresses like a trampoline and bouncing my sister around on the bed and laughing about it. Take my advice no matter what the brand if you have you may find yourself rudely awakened as you are bounced to the floor.

Memory Foam Mattress

I have got to think a memory foam mattress is your hands-down winner. They are built to be energy absorbing, isn’t that what they do to earthquake-proof buildings? They advertise a glass of wine sitting on the mattress while a full-grown adult walks around on the high-tech surface with nothing more than small shimmies and shakes of the liquid in the glass and nothing spills. I wonder if it would even register on the Richter magnitude scale?

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These things make me think of those inflatable bounce houses kids play in at carnivals and picnics. Bouncing, shaking, tremors and lots of movement need I say more?


The waterbed and tsunami myth, while I own a full wave-controlled waterbed I must admit it wasn’t exactly a tsunami I rode out. However, there were definite vibrations and shaking going on underneath me. I have to think a wavier free-flowing mattress with nothing to hamper the movement of the water may be nothing short of seismic.

Lawyer Disclaimer: This was written for cheap entertainment value and is in no way intended to suggest a mattress is a safe place of refuge during a real disaster or emergency. We are not giving advice on Riding Out An Earthquake In Your Mattress.

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