Published on April 4th, 2012 | by tmgadmin


FAQs: Memory Foam Mattresses

The development of memory foam mattresses has been one of the most exciting innovations every in the bedding industry. As such, it has generated much hype – some real and some exaggerated by unscrupulous vendors looking to turn a fast buck at the consumer’s expense. That combined with the sheer volume of retailers offering memory foam products makes it more important than ever to have every question answered before making a purchase.

With all the noise going on about memory foam mattresses, it’s becoming extremely difficult to separate the myth from reality. To help clear the air, here are some honest answers to frequently asked questions about memory foam mattresses.

Q: Did memory foam really come from NASA?

A: NASA originally developed memory foam to be used in the space program, but that never happened. The private sector, however, saw promise and continued to develop memory foam into a commercially available product today.

Q: What is memory foam?

A: Memory foam is comprised of polyurethane or plant based mixture that is allowed to harden into a solid form that can be trimmed to size. Millions of tiny air bubbles do the job of metal springs in traditional mattresses, but without the painful pressure points that result from body contact with the coils.

Q: Does memory foam really stop motion transfer on the mattress surface?

A: We’ve all seen the commercials with the woman bouncing on a bed without disturbing a full wine glass resting on the mattress. While I’m not likely to attempt that at home, it is true that memory foam’s physical qualities do impede motion transfer – when someone gets up or rolls over for example. This means one partner is unlikely to disturb the other when getting up during the night.

Q: Will I sink into the memory foam?

A: No. However, without internal metal coils to cause pressure points, memory foam mattresses create a body contouring effect that cradles the body. The result is absolute comfort and support without sinking.

Q: Do memory foam mattresses sleep warm?

A: This is a frequent refrain made by innerspring mattress companies who are struggling to remain relevant in the new mattress marketplace. The truth is memory foam mattresses do tend to retain more heat than traditional mattresses if they are made from a polyurethane base. This is not the case with plant based memory foam. Also, more heat is retained because there are no pressure points and related gaps between the body and the mattress. However, the temperature difference under normal environmental conditions is negligible.

Q: Are memory foam mattresses worth the investment?

A: Investing in a memory foam mattress is one of the best decisions you can make. The therapeutic benefits of memory foam are well-known and accepted. If getting a good night’s sleep and having better overall health and wellbeing is a positive return on investment, then a memory foam purchase is a solid move.

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