How memory foam has become a popular mattress material choice.
Memory foam is a relatively new material used in mattresses, although it has been around for several decades now. Initially tested by NASA for spacecraft seating, it was later rejected and the mattress company Tempur used its technology to bring about a new generation of mattresses that mold to the body’s contours and reduce transfer of motion. Now many other mattress companies have followed the trend and designed their own memory foam mattress models.
Over the years, consumer feedback has allowed memory foam manufacturers to overcome some of its basic disadvantages, including premature aging and overheating. Now that they have vastly improved from their prototype, memory foam mattresses are sought out for their health and comfort benefits.
Some memory foam brands include built-in ventilation, but for those that do not, bed sheets and mattress pads can help to prevent overheating. Cotton is a rather breathable material that can help to counteract heat. Another solution is a mattress pad with polyester filling; this pad goes between the memory foam mattress and fitted sheet and helps to draw heat away.
A high-quality memory foam mattress can last for ten years, which is the average life span for most other types of mattresses. Tempur even has a 20-year warranty on its memory foam mattresses.
A lot of memory foam can be found in the form of a mattress topper for those who might prefer a firmer mattress. The innerspring mattress and memory foam combined can help to relieve pressure points during sleep. Some people who require extra elevation, such as in the legs or upper body, depend on a combination of memory foam mattresses and memory foam pillows and wedges.
Since its creation, memory foam has overcome many of the disadvantages that it was previously believed to have; a couple of common complaints used to include that memory foam mattresses were too hot and that they aged too quickly. Along with its improvements, other memory foam solutions have been developed, including mattress toppers, pillows, and wedges.
Published in: Consumer Information