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All About Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are one of the most popular choices for people in need of a good night’s sleep. Imagine a responsive, supportive material hugging you as you slumber! As Oregon's top memory foam mattress retailer, we can give you the inside scoop on this popular bed type and help you decide if a memory foam mattress may be right for your sleep needs.

What is memory foam?

NASA developed memory foam, made from a substance called viscoelastic, as a comfortable airplane seat back in the 1960s. The memory foam mattresses we sell at our 11 locations in the Portland area – including Canby, Salem, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Beaverton, Gresham and Happy Valley – conform to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, and this same material can be found in everything from helmet cushioning to shoes.


Memory foam benefits

Consumers who choose memory foam typically love the:

  • Pressure reduction: Since the foam layers mold to your unique body shape, even as you shift around through the night, there are no pressure points (as with specifically placed coils). Reducing pressure supports proper spinal alignment and can greatly limit muscle pain. The National Sleep Foundation says that more “giving” mattresses like memory foam contribute to better rest for back pain sufferers.
  • Quiet night’s sleep: Memory foam absorbs movement, so your partner can toss and turn all night long and you won’t be awakened by the disturbance. With your new bed, those squeaky coil sounds will soon become a distant memory! Minimizing extra movement is especially helpful for older people who awaken many times throughout the night.
  • No maintenance: Hate flipping your bed and rotating it every so often to avoid sagging? You will never have to perform this maintenance with the best memory foam mattresses, as there are no coils to roll around on and crush.
  • Hypoallergenic: Worry about dust-mites no more! They may be able to burrow deep into your innerspring mattress, but they cannot penetrate through a solid block of foam.

Memory foam drawbacks

Memory foam may not be for everyone. A few common complaints include:

  • Temperature: If you tend to be a hot, sweaty sleeper, then memory foam may not be ideal. Though technology has come a long way in making memory foam beds more comfortable, the fact that the material conforms to your body can still make you feel warmer on a hot summer’s night than other mattresses.
  • Chemicals: Some people say the foam emits an unpleasant “chemical” smell. One solution is to “air out” a new mattress for at least 24 hours before placing sheets on it.

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Does memory foam last longer?

On average, memory foam beds hold up better than innerspring mattresses over time. Only 11 percent of consumers who purchased a top memory foam brand reported “premature softening” over the lifespan of the bed – which is half the number of innerspring mattress owners. Memory foam may break down faster than latex; most memory foam mattresses will last about 10 years, while you may get 15 out of a latex bed.

A memory foam mattress may be the ideal solution if you:

  • Experience back or joint pain
  • Have issues with bed sores
  • Toss and turn a lot at night (or sleep with a partner who does)
  • Wake up frequently

Try the best memory foam mattresses for yourself in the Portland area

Ultimately, a bed that “just feels right” is the most important factor for most consumers. At one of our 11 showrooms in Portland, Canby, Salem, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Beaverton, or Gresham, you can try out a number of the best memory foam mattresses to feel the difference in comfort and quality for yourself. Our expert-recommended top sellers include the Sealy Posturpedic and Optimum lines, as well as the Simmons Beautyrest and Comforpedic lines.

We offer a comfort guarantee, where you may exchange your mattress for a different make or model if you are unsatisfied with the feel of your new memory foam mattress after testing it out for 60 days. Visit us today at a Mattress World Northwest near you!