Memory foam is a term you’ve probably heard before. It can also charade under two other names: viscoelastic foam and temper foam. It is one of the main types of foam found in beds. It has the ability to contour and a forgiving, supple surface. In this post, we will go through everything you need to know about memory foam mattresses.
Memory Foam Beds Becomes Popular
Memory foam beds have become popular among those who want better support and pressure relief while they sleep. The unique material used to make these beds may not have served the original purpose NASA envisioned, but it’s doing a lot of good for people decades later as a mattress material.
What Is Memory Foam Mattress
Made up of regular polyurethane as base layer
Memory foam mattresses are made up of regular polyurethane as the base layer. The memory foam sits on top of this, along with any other padding layers the mattress may need.
Addition of flame-resistant fabric
Federal safety guidelines require the addition of a flame-resistant fabric barrier on top of the mattress, to protect against possible fire. Some manufacturers also put fire-resistant additives into the foam, too, for another layer of fire safety. Then they add a fabric as a cover for an appearance that completes the look.
Memory foam mattresses are made from a special type of plastic called viscoelastic foam. The material is designed to conform to your body, giving you comfort and support where you need it most.
Slowly return to original shape
Memory foam is a viscoelastic polymer that can be molded into different shapes. It’s made up of many tiny air pockets that expand when pressure is put on them, then slowly return to their original shape once the weight is removed.
Additional Layers Help Keep You Comfortable
Since memory foam doesn’t spring back quickly enough like traditional mattress materials do, some people find that they sink too far into their bed or feel stuck in one position while they sleep. However, this can be avoided by choosing a mattress with additional layers or features that help keep you comfortable while sleeping on the bed.
More Expensive Than Traditional Spring Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are generally more expensive than traditional spring mattresses, but they can be more economical than other types of foam mattresses if you plan to keep your mattress for many years. A memory foam mattress has an expected lifespan of 10-15 years, depending on how often you rotate, flip or change positions while sleeping.