Mattress Memory Foam: Your Key to a Great Night’s Sleep


This has been discussed so many times that it’s becoming kind of boring to talk about it; sleep is so important that whatever reason you may have to skip on paying a little extra for its quality, it is just silly. The bed, the mattress, the pillows, the sheets and the overall ambiance of your bedroom – all contribute equally to the quality of sleep. But while some people are able to adapt to things such as light and sounds, less quality sheets and maybe a smaller bed than the standard, what everyone could agree on, is the quality of the mattress – it’s non-negotiable.

That being said, it’s worthy to know the features of some of the most popular varieties on the market, such as the mattress memory foam type.

What does memory foam mean?

As a type of mattress memory foam is often used just as a term for the type. It’s very popular nowadays, and it was invented only a few decades ago by NASA for the needs of astronauts. That was back in the1970, but the mattress as such reached the markets in 1990s. The reason for this was because at first, the material wasn’t durable enough and was very susceptible to compressions and cracking. As such, the memory foam wasn’t successful, but there was potential. The Tempur-Pedic company saw it and became the first commercial company to create its own memory foam – much more durable with bigger pressure reducing benefits. This brings me to answering the question: memory foam is a type of thick, viscoelastic type of foam which responds by changing its shape as you put pressure on it, contrary to the ordinary mattress with coiled metal springs that doesn’t.

What does that mean for a good night’s sleep?

The key feature here is called viscoelasticity. ‘Visco’ is derived from ‘viscous’ which means moving reluctantly under the application of a force, while ‘elastic’, or ‘elasticity’, refers to the ability to get back to its original shape when the force is removed. That ultimately means that when you lie down on a memory foam mattress, the mattress takes the shape of your bodyline, leaving no empty spaces and unsupported body parts such as your lower back. Since there are no unsupported body parts, there’s no morning pain.

The advantages of a memory foam mattress

Besides its most unique feature to shape according to your body, memory foam comes with other advantages as well. For instance, memory foam is temperature sensitive, which means that it changes its sturdiness under various temperature changes. On lower temperatures, the mattress is more viscous, or firmer, whereas on higher temperatures, it becomes more conforming, or more elastic.

Besides mattresses, there are also toppers for beds made of memory foam, so the material itself can be used in more than one type of product. Bottom line, until we become a mass of muscles and fat and no skeleton to create discomfort while sleeping, a memory foam mattress poses as the most convenient and easy way to get to that high quality sleep everybody can’t stop talking about.