Memory Foam Explained

Memory foam mattresses explained!

The technical name for the material used within memory foam mattresses is visco-elastic polyurethane foam.

This type of foam was initially developed for use in the NASA space program many years ago to help astronauts with g-force during take-off. Memory foam was not initially released into the open market, however it did find its way into hospitals to treat patients who suffered from bed pressure sores.

Memory foam mattresses distribute bodyweight more evenly than traditional mattresses, which reduces pressure build-up that can lead to neck, back and joint discomfort developing during sleep. Once the many benefits of memory foam mattresses were realised, manufacturers started to introduce products into the mainstream domestic bed and mattress market.

Memory foam mattresses feature the following traits:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antibacterial
  • Pressure relief
  • Temperature sensitive
  • Silent in use
  • Forms to the exact shape of the sleepers body

Memory foam mattresses also offer relief for people who suffer from back problems, aching joints, sciatic pain, arthritis, rheumatism, circulatory problems and neck pain.

When you sleep on a memory foam mattress you will feel as though you are floating on air as the body is fully supported. This is known as the "dynamic floatation effect".

Also, when sleeping on a memory foam mattress, there is less pressure on the body. You will not toss and turn as much, resulting in a deeper sleep, leaving you waking up feeling refreshed and with a rejuvenated body.

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