Many of our customers come into our showrooms wondering, “what is it about memory foam mattresses that people really like?” Developed for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) back in the 1960’s to provide more comfortable seating on extended flights, memory foam has many applications from pillows and mattresses to footwear and office seating. What benefits do memory foam mattresses bring to consumers that other products do not?
Memory foam lovers say they’ve never had more restful, more pain free, or deeper sleep than on a memory foam mattress. Memory foam is a high density polyurethane composite that is both soft and energy absorbent. When you lie down, the foam, which is temperature sensitive, molds itself to your contours in response to your body heat and pressure.
Your body is firmly cradled along your contours from head to toe with your weight distributed evenly and pain-causing pressure points reduced 80% over conventional spring mattresses. Pressure is compared in the industry by a number measurement referred to as mmHg. A reading of 32 mmHg or lower is considered pressure relieving. Spring mattresses have pressure readings in the 30 mmHgs while foam mattresses measure in the low teens, a significant difference.
Pain and pressure points in the body also have a higher body temperature than non-pressure points, as the body tries to adjust by providing comforting heat to the inflammation. Since the memory foam softens and adjusts to the increased heat of the inflamed area, the pain and pressure are eased by the foam’s cradling response to that heated pressure point.
By providing firm and cradling support, memory foam also correctly aligns the spinal column during sleep, eliminating the pain that comes from unsupported areas along the spine.
Memory foam retains heat, providing comforting extra warmth during the cold months. If you “sleep hot”, ask your Sleep Specialist at MWNW to explain the cooling features of memory foam mattresses like Sealy Optimum, Comforpedic IQ, or Englander for the warmer summer months. The broad range of temperature comfort for temperature sensitive sleepers is a major attraction of memory foam mattresses.
One of the many benefits of memory foam mattresses is that they are made from inorganic fibers which are completely inhospitable to allergy-aggravating dust mites. There is simply no food in an inorganic substance to attract them. Cotton fibers used in conventional mattress construction contain organic materials that attract dust mites and other allergens.
Memory foam mattresses solve one big problem for couples where one or both partners tend to toss and turn when asleep. The cradling effect of a foam mattress keeps the sleepers in place resulting in fewer disturbances and a better night’s sleep for both.
Because foam mattresses are made from a block of foam that doesn’t lose its shape, memory foam does not require rotating or flipping every three months, as recommended for conventional spring mattresses.
Visit one of our 11 showrooms in Portland, Canby, Salem, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Beaverton, Gresham, or throughout Oregon and try one of our top-quality memory foam mattresses for yourself.
We offer an exclusive comfort guarantee where you can exchange your mattress for a different make or model if you are unsatisfied after testing it out for 60 days. Visit us today at a Mattress World Northwest near you!