Memory Foam Mattresses

The Shape Of A Good Night’s Sleep

Memory foam mattresses represented a revolution in the sleep industry when they were first introduced. Using the same material designed by NASA to help astronauts avoid the effects of zero gravity conditions, bedding companies were able to craft mattresses that naturally conformed to a person’s frame, providing maximum support and helping consumers to get a better night’s sleep.

Soon, popular manufacturers like Sealy and Temper-Pedic were offering mattresses that they called “memory foam”. These mattresses promised more comfort than standard coil mattresses for a variety of reasons, the primary one being the ability to provide more support at key pressure points so that the spine remains aligned. Because standard mattresses tend to get distorted over time, they can cause the body to lose alignment, resulting in a great deal of pain.

In fact, sleep related spinal and joint pain is one of the biggest complaints most chiropractor’s face. The only way to correct this adequately is to ensure that the entire spine is supported uniformly. Since people vary in size, weight and sleeping position, this can be difficult to achieve. Memory foam mattresses help correct this by providing maximum support regardless of these variables. At the same time, a foam core can reduce distortion caused by the movement of your sleeping partner.

Because memory foam reduces spinal alignment issues, it can actually improve your health and help to cut down on medical expenses as a result. For individuals who routinely wake up with a stiff neck, aching back or painful joints, this kind of relief is priceless. Given the expense of doctor’s visits, medications and other medical treatments, having a way to permanently correct sleep related pain is particularly valuable.

Of course, even Memory foam mattresses are not without their drawbacks. The foam can be temperature sensitive, meaning even the slightest change in room temperature can affect its ability to bend and conform to your body. In cooler temperatures, it may stiffen and be less flexible, and in severe heat, it can become too flaccid and not respond to your body at all.

Also, because the foam requires a certain amount of pressure in order to make it adjust to body shape, these mattresses can be ineffective for particularly small individuals, who lack the body mass to properly engage with the foam. For all of its innovative technology, memory foam still lacks any ability to be manually adjusted to make up for temperature extremes or to acclimate to petite individuals.

One misconception many people, including the people who sell them, is that the mattresses are dust mite proof. This is simply not true. While the denseness of the foam keeps dust mites from getting into the center of the mattress, they are still present. We always recommend covering the mattress with dust mite covers, usually the 100% cotton fabric.

Perhaps the biggest downside of Memory foam mattresses is their lack of durability. Memory foam tends to wear out quicker than standard mattresses, meaning you’ll need to replace your mattress more often. Considering the fact that these mattresses tend to be a good deal more expensive than their traditional counterparts, this can add up to a significant expense over time.

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to maintaining good health, and nothing helps you to sleep better than the proven effectiveness of memory foam. Overall, for a restful night no matter your size and shape, you can’t really go wrong with this technology.

Wishing you the best of health



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