The Memory Foam Mattress – Technology's Answer to a Good Night's Sleep


A memory foam mattress is not like your ordinary mattress. Originally designed for astronauts' comfort while traveling at incredible speeds to escape the earth's atmosphere, its unique contribution to the sleeping experience is that it shapes itself to the contours of your body. It relieves pressure points while you're sleeping and can result in much more restful sleep.

What Price For A Good Night's Sleep

Memory foam mattresses can cost from $ 800 to $ 3000 each. Top well known brands are the Swedish made Tempur-Pedic, Isotonic, Isoform, Sensus and Novaform. The first challenge for window shoppers like us however is to decide whether we really need one. Let us understand what it is, how it works and identify its advantages and disadvantages.

Just like the regular mattress and other pieces of furniture around the modern home, this model is made of polyurethane. The difference however is that while the regular variety is made of cells that are tightly squeezed together, the memory foam mattress is made up of cells which have tiny holes in them, allowing more give and less push-back when pressure is applied.

How Does It Work?

A memory foam mattress will tend to shape itself the pressure that that has been applied to it, as well as soften to the heat of body temperature. So for example normal sleeping pressure points such as shoulders, neck and hips will be accommodated and will not result in pain or discomfort to the sleeping person.

Because of this pressure relieving character, it has been said to help with sleeping problems such as insomnia and apnea, discomfort from spinal curvature pressure points, as well as painful conditions such as back pain, hip, knee and joint pain.

This special type of foam responds to body temperature; Softens when the weather is warmer and hardens when the weather is colder. Because the memory foam mattress distributes weight more often and does not tend to break-up even for overweight people, it can take 3 to 6 years before it shows any signs of sagging. This is in comparison to the sagging and lumps that may appear in your regular spring model in only one or two years.

Getting Used To It

Because it is denser, the memory foam mattress is heavier and would not be as portable as the regular ones. The good news however is that it does not need turning over to the other side. It will absorb moisture but will not dry out very quickly so covering it with waterproof sheets is recommended. This covering can also be useful for avoiding stains and odors which normally can not be easily removed.

As with all synthetic-based products, the memory foam might emit smells when new. It is there recommended that the room be frequently aired in the first few weeks of acquiring the new mattress. You may even need to break it in by walking on it after it has been delivered to your home.

You will need a firm flat wooden foundation for your new purchase. After getting used to the memory foam mattress you can enjoy its benefits for 10 to 20 years compared to 2 to 5 years for a regular spring model.