When you are selecting a new mattress, one of the types that are offered most frequently are memory foam mattresses. It’s one of those phrases that we heard a lot but perhaps don’t always completely understand what it is all about. So in this memory foam mattress review we will look at what memory foam is and if it may be suitable for you.
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Memory foam is made from something called viscoelastic, a substance that is highly energy absorbent while being very soft and was first used by NASA for airplane seats in the mid-1960s. It moulds to the body in response to factors such as heat or pressure and helps to even distribute the body’s weight. Once the pressure is remove, it returns to its original shape.
After its usefulness was discovered in airplane seats, memory foam was soon used in cushioning for helmets and shoes. It was also found to be useful in medical applications such as with prosthetics and for seating pads for the severely disabled to stop pressure ulcers.
It has taken off in recent times and is now found in a wide range of sizes and styles in pillows, mattress pads as well as the mattresses themselves.
Memory foam mattresses use a later of temperature-sensitive foam so this makes them good for relieving the pressure on painful joints. They can be more expensive than normal sprung mattresses but not all of them are outlandish in prices and some excellently rated, well-priced options are now on the market.
Memory foam works by body temperature so tends to be hard when you first get into bed then as the heat works through, it moulds to your body. This moulding also helps to make you feel warmer as your body temperature isn’t escaping so can be especially effective in winter or in colder climates.
These mattresses don’t need to be turned though rotating head to foot can be a benefit with them and often they feature handles to allow this to be done easily.
The main variation between the mattresses is the thickness and the density. Density is the factor that determines the price of the mattress and is measured in pounds per cubic foot. Higher density foam have a longer memory, so they retain the shape of the person longer and are slower to return to the original shape. The general rule is that the higher the density, the thinner the pad is while with lower density foam, the pad will need to be thicker to maintain the level of support needed.
For people who prefer a firm surface or those who sleep on their stomachs, a higher density mattress is recommended. This will provide proper support and stop sleepers falling into the surface too deeply. This is usually around a 2-inch thickness.
For those who sleep on their side and back, as well as moving around various positions, a three-inch thickness is best on the topper and this is also good for those who like a softer surface.
12 inch mattressSleep Innovations 12-Inch SureTemp Memory Foam Mattress 20-Year Warranty, Queen
This is a two-layer 12-inch mattress made with Sleep Inovations exclusive SureTemp open cell foam. The comfort layer is 2.5inches of 3-lb density foam with a 9.5inches support layer. It offers superior pressure point relief and helps stop the pain in transferring from one position to another. It comes with a polycotton blend mattress cover and has a total size of 80inches long by 60 inches wide.
10 inch mattressLUCID® 10″ Memory Foam Mattress – 100% CertiPUR-US Certified Foam – 25-Year Warranty – QUEEN
This mattress is available in eight different sizes including popular ones such as king sized and full sized. It has a 2.5-inch memory foam topper with a 7.5-inch polyurethane foam base and is made with open cell technology to allow maximum airflow. The soft consistency of the foam means it easily conforms to body shape and comes with a 25-year warranty.
8 inch mattressBest Price Mattress 8-Inch Memory Foam Mattress, Queen
This mattress features a 2-inch foam topper, 2 inch super soft foam layer with pressure release and a 4-inch high density foam layer. It is designed to eliminate pressure points to give the best night’s sleep possible and is available in five different sizes including King sizes and full sized.
Why buy memory foam?
If you are unsure that a memory foam mattress is for you then if you answer yes to any of these questions, it may be worth a good consideration:
- Back hurts in the morning or lower back problems?
- Arms feel numb at night?
- Stiff neck?
- New bed too firm?
- Tossing and turning at night a lot?
If any of these things are you, then a memory foam mattress may be the answer. They have been shown by studies to be greatly beneficial for people who aren’t getting a good night’s sleep and are waking in the morning feeling fatigued.
The other thing that memory foam is good for is relieving pain in the pressure points. The concept behind these comes from Chinese medicine and are used in acupuncture and reflexology. They are areas of high nerve density that can cause pain if you are lying in the wrong position. By moulding naturally to the contours of your body, memory foam can help stop this pain and help you get a better night’s sleep.