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The Skinny on Memory Foam Mattresses

The Skinny on Memory Foam Mattresses By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Memory foam mattresses and mattress covers have become popular in recent years. Should your next mattress be made with memory foam?

Memory foam is a substance that was developed during the 1970s by NASA to reduce the impact of take off on astronauts. Today, it's become the latest trend in bedding.

The Origins of Foam Memory

A company called Tempur-pedic took the technology developed by NASA and retooled it into a bedding product that effectively reduced pressure points by conforming to your body. While other companies make memory foam mattresses, Tempur-pedic is the memory foam company with the greatest brand recognition.

How it Works

Foam memory works by recognizing and responding to heat from you body, conforming to the areas of your body that are closest to the mattress, which are also those that are emitting the most heat. A protruding elbow or shoulder will gently form into the layer of memory foam. Forget about waking up with shoulder or back pain from a mattress that's too firm. Memory foam is firm too, but in places where there is less direct contact with your body, providing support without aggravating your body's tendency to burrow into a comfortable sleeping position.

Is a Memory Foam Mattress Right for You?

Memory foam is popular, but that doesn't mean it's right for everyone. It may serve as a distraction from sleep to some who aren't used to the product. Others might prefer a bed with a firm mattress with a soft top layer of down feathers. One fact that lends to the complexity associated with mattress shopping is the seemingly infinite variety of hard and soft mattresses, none of which seems to stand out above the others.

Your best bet is to go to a mattress retailer and try a memory foam mattress for yourself. Don't be afraid to try out several types; it may be the only way to find the mattress that will give you the support and comfort you need for a good night's sleep.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.



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