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Memory Foam and Foam Mattresses 101

Author: Jesse Tutt

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A foam mattress used to be used for camping with the family, or as a spare bed when the kids had a sleepover. While it was ‘comfortable enough’ in those rare occasions, you would not have considered using it as your full-time mattress. Times have changed and so has foam. Memory foam mattresses have become one of the most popular choices for everyday beds in homes. You can even read about them in Mom blogs! Here's more information:

What is a Memory Foam Mattress?

Let’s look at a few online definitions of a memory foam mattress. The dictionary defines memory foam as a polyurethane material that is sensitive to pressure and temperature, used especially in mattresses, where it molds to the shape of an individual’s body.

Memory foam is made up of polyurethane and other components that increase its density and viscosity, compared to the old foam mattress from days-gone-by. It works well as a daily mattress because it forms to the shape of your body, while supporting your neck and general spine alignment.

Memory foam’s cells are effectively open, and that creates a space for air to move freely. The higher the density of a memory foam mattress, the softer it will get as it reacts to your body heat. This allows it to form to a warm body in just a few minutes. The better quality and higher density foam mattress you purchase, the more quickly it will recover to its original shape, and the longer it will last. Learn more about top memory foam mattresses.

What is the History of Memory Foam?

Memory foam was developed under a contract by NASA in 1996! It was developed in a research project to help improve the safety of cushions in aircraft. Manufacturers back then made it by allowing gas into a polymer matrix. The open celled solid structure would match the pressure against it, but still slowly sprang back to its original shape.

In the 1980’s, NASA introduced memory foam to the world, and it was first used in medical equipment, sports equipment and in medical settings. Because of its ability to properly support without putting pressure on key pressure points, it was ideal for patients that were bed-ridden with limited mobility. A memory foam mattress increased blood flow to certain pressure points, helping to reduce pressure sores and/or gangrene. It was also discovered that memory foam mattresses helped reduce pain in patients who suffer from fibromyalgia.

Back then, memory foam was very expensive and not really used much outside of the medical world. Over the years, the price went down, and more households were purchasing memory foam for mattresses and even pillows.

In more recent years, higher-quality memory foam was introduced to the regular consumer market. It's more breathable, springs back faster and feels softer (but not too soft). Big mattress companies started using memory foam around 2011. Nowadays, you can purchase a memory foam mattress online, and have it delivered to your door!

Why Buy a Memory Foam Mattress?

A high-density, good quality memory foam mattress will soon become your favourite kind of mattress! It's soft yet supportive, heat absorbent and a great surface for sleeping. Plus, memory foam mattresses have really come down in price, making it a cost-effective alternative to those large, expensive box-store brand mattresses. Learn more in this memory foam information guide. Here are more benefits of memory foam mattresses:

Memory foam will fit to your exact body shape: Your memory foam mattress will mold to your body when you lay down. It responds to pressure and heat, allowing your body weight to be evenly distributed on the mattress. Your memory foam mattress will support your spine, lower back and neck while you sleep. When you get up, the mattress reforms. Most people will find a memory foam mattress more comfortable than a traditional mattress.

Memory foam can regulate temperature: Everyone knows it is difficult to sleep when you're too hot or too cold. Some memory foam mattresses are made to regulate temperature. When you get too hot, a cooling feature is activated. Regular memory foam will naturally respond to heat. As mentioned above, this allows it to perfectly adjust to your body. Learn more about a cooling gel memory foam mattress.

It can help reduce and manage pain: If you suffer from chronic pain, a memory foam mattress might be the best option for you. It can displace pressure from certain pain points on your body. Because your body creates heat in areas, the foam will detect the heat difference and mold to your body accordingly. This reduces pressure in areas like your shoulders, ribs, elbows, hips and knees.

Motion transfer is reduced with memory foam: If you have a partner that tosses and turns or wakes you up when they get up at night, you might want to consider a memory foam mattress. Because the mattress conforms to each individual’s body, it is more resistant to motion transfer than most conventional innerspring mattresses.

Foam mattresses are better for those with allergies: A regular spring mattress that's been used for a few years can contain hundreds of thousands, even millions,of dust mites! Polyurethane foam can prevent the collection of dust mites. Because of its density, it collects less dust, dander and other allergens over time. And, if you have a quality waterproof mattress protector, you can simply wash it frequently, further reducing allergens.

Buy your Memory Foam Mattress from Gotta Sleep!

Are you looking for a great night’s sleep? Gotta Sleep offers a cooling gel and graphite infused memory foam mattress called the OMG. The cooling gel and graphite work together as perfect cooling agents, removing high temperatures from your bed surface so you can rest more comfortably in a cooler, healthier sleep environment. This mattress is considered the best in its class, and will have you waking up feeling rested, restored and rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day.

Plus, buying a memory foam mattress from Gotta Sleep is easy. Just purchase it online and it will be shipped in a box to your home. Unroll it, give it time to decompress, and start enjoying your new foam mattress.