by Staff Writer
Many people have heard of memory foam mattresses, but few can tell you what they are made from. Memory foam is a combination of polyurethane and additional ingredients which increase foam's viscosity and density. It was originally developed by NASA to improve the safety of their aircraft cushions, but now, it's used in mattresses, pillows, and other bedding. The soft and inviting material is what makes these mattresses so appealing to people looking for a good night's sleep.
Why should I buy a memory foam mattress?
Memory foam mattresses are almost always thicker and denser than the average foam mattresses. This means they offer your body more support while you sleep. A memory foam mattress provides a neat compromise between the softness of a normal foam mattress and the support that a normal spring mattress would afford you. Memory foam mattresses also provide many mental health benefits. By getting a good night's sleep, you wake ready and energized for the day ahead of you.
What are the health benefits of using a memory foam mattress?
Memory foam mattresses mold to fit the unique contours of your body. They offer better support while you sleep than traditional mattresses by supporting pressure points and may also relieve pain in your back, legs, neck, hips and shoulders. When you sleep on memory foam, you don't have to worry about hard springs digging into your back or legs.
How thick should the mattress be?
The thickness of your mattress is a matter of personal preference. Most memory foam mattresses range from 8 inches to more than 13 inches thick. The more memory foam contained in your mattress, the more support it will provide while you're sleeping.
How can I tell if my memory foam mattress is high quality?
Many factors can affect the quality of your memory foam mattress; however, the most important factor that determines quality is how dense the foam is. The density of the foam in your mattress is directly proportional to how much support you'll get from it while sleeping. Density is measured in pounds: A 3-pound density means each cubic foot of a memory foam product weighs 3 pounds. If you prefer a softer bed, choose a memory foam mattress with a 3 or 4 density rating. A memory foam density of 5 or 6 makes a firm, supportive mattress.