Memory Foam Mattress

Buying Tips & Consideratons

A memory foam mattress may make your bed more comfortable and help you sleep better, particularly if you suffer from arthritis or joint pain. Because these mattresses adapt to body contours, their use may help ease pain and enable more restful sleep.

Foam mattresses, toppers, and pillows are made from Visco Elastic, a material created for use in the space program. NASA began using this foam about 50 years ago for seats and cushions because the specific construction of dense, open chambers gave astronauts great comfort during long flights.

The material is also used in a variety of other products, such as helmets, shoes, and hospital beds.

Mattresses made with memory foam more evenly distributes your body weight. This provides better support for your back, shoulders, and neck. The foam adjusts to the temperature of your body. Then, the foam bounces back to its original shape after a person moves.

Buying Tips

Check the foam density and look for mattresses, toppers and pillows made of 100 percent Visco Elastic. Other materials mixed in with the foam may affect mattress quality.

Foam density should be between 2.25 and 2.75 kg, or between 5 and 6 pounds. "Indention load deflection" scale is the firmness rating for foam beds.

Higher numbers mean firmer mattresses. Your mattress should be firm enough to provide support, yet still offer cushioning and recoil.

Ideally, you should test the mattress by resting on it. Experts recommend spending 15 minutes or more on a mattress before making a purchase. 

You should lie on your back, side, and stomach in order to test the mattress properly. If two people sleep in a bed, both should spend time on the product.

Buy from a store that offers a 30-day return and refund policy. That way, if you have problems, you are not stuck with a mattress that may cause you discomfort.

Other Considerations

These mattresses, because they mold to the body, allow for little movement. If you are a sleeper who rolls around, this may not be the best choice. Movement during sleep can be good for you, so inhibiting it may not be appropriate for your lifestyle.

Additionally, some people may be sensitive to the odor these mattresses emit when they are first put in use. These odors may last a month or more and may be troublesome to people with allergies or other issues.

These mattresses also have a high level of flame retardant chemicals in the foam to prevent fire.

The best way to know if a memory foam mattress is right for you is to test it out in the store. You may also want to discuss your sleep habits and your choice of mattress with your doctor.

Related Information - Memory Foam Mattress

More on Mattresses with Memory Foam
Overview of Mattress Types
Choosing Mattress Toppers

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