Over the past decades, memory foam mattress has gained immense popularity. But consumers wonder how and why the memory mattress has been gaining popularity against spring mattress.
So, lets start by discussing some history. During the space race in the 1960s, many innovations were developed to benefit the humanity. Visco-elastic memory foam is one of those innovations, originally developed for NASA in 1966. The material was particularly designed to cushion and deflect the tremendous effects of gravitational pull, experienced by astronauts during the take off and re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.
The medical and consumer field realized the potential application of visco elastic foam, it was then sold to public company, which eventually introduced memory foam mattress is 1990s. This disrupted the whole mattress industry.
The memory foam soon saw the immense growth popularity. Today memory foam mattress account for 20% of industry sales (and still growing) and rate highest in the satisfaction index.
Top reasons People Choose Memory Foam Mattresses are as followed:
1) Pressure Point Relief
The newly innovated visco foam was first introduced in the medical applications. Primarily, it was introduced to cushion, protect and comfort individuals in hospital intensive care units and wheelchair seat cushions. Essentially, when a person lays in a position for a long time, the pressure of downward pulling gravity and upward resistance in mattress can damage the soft tissues caught in the middle by affecting the circulation. One of the biggest advantage of memory foam is that the material yields and adjusts to your shape, rather than forcing you to contour to it.
2) Support Back/Spine Alignment
A memory foam mattress supports each part of the body evenly and individually by spreading your weight across the bed’s surface. The mattress contours to your body’s curves, supporting the lower back and allowing your spine to stay in a neutral position.
On other materials like springs, weight is typically concentrated on areas that contact the mattress. Typically, shoulders, hips and heels bear the brunt. For both back and side sleepers, this often means the the lumbar area is not adequately supported. Lower back pain and muscle tension can occur without critical support.
This displacement can also place the upper body at an unnatural position relative to your neck or legs, creating more tension and pain.
3) Relieve and Prevent Pain
It is made with a unique combination of pressure point relief and support found in memory foam mattress, it sets the stage for relieving the current pain and preventing pain. The majority of memory foam mattress consumers report relaxed muscles.
4) Different Positions Can Be Accommodated
Whether you are a back, stomach or side sleeper, a memory foam mattress can accommodate any position. Visco foam is designed to make different part of the body in aligned position. For back sleepers, memory foam curves to the spine providing excelent support and allowing back to relax. For side sleepers, it accommodates hips and shoulders while still supporting the waist to keep the spine straight. For stomach sleepers, memory foam helps keep your back in shape and prevent painful pressure points.
5) Motion is distributed
Motion can result in a lot of waves in traditional mattress, which can mean disturbed sleep for couples. This can be a particular problem for light sleepers. One key benefit of memory foam absorbs motion and isolates rather than transferring it.