As with everything in life these days, when it comes to buying a new mattress we're faced with a mind boggling selection to choose from. Should we opt for a traditional sprung mattress, an open coil system or perhaps you might prefer the newer mattress materials of latex and memory foam? To make the choice a little easier, here's a quick guide to memory foam mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses are a relatively new phenomenon, but their history actually stems from a NASA space programme, where the material was developed to help absorb the high gravitational forces that astronauts have to suffer when they re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. After its unique attributes of moulding to the body were discovered, memory foam was put to other uses. Initially, they were used in hospitals when scientists invented memory foam mattresses to help those with severe joint problems and those who spent large amounts of time in bed and who quickly developed bed sores.
Memory foam is heat reactive, which means that it essentially gives way wherever there is heat. This allows the body to gently sink into the material, which will cocoon your body for a highly comfortable experience. Not only that, but because memory foam is so mouldable, this eliminates the problem of pressure points. This means that a memory foam topper is good for those who suffer from back problems and joint pain, and many find that these issues are greatly reduced after sleeping on a memory foam mattress.
However, before you start thinking of memory foam mattresses as being a purely health related piece of bedroom furniture, it's worth making a note of its other benefits. If you share your bed with a partner who is a significantly different height or weight to yourself and you have to endure the dreaded "roll together" syndrome, where you end up rolling into each other in the middle of the bed, then memory foam mattresses can also solve this problem. Since the mattress is heat resistant, it will only mould to where you are sleeping, so the bed will not dip in the middle. Likewise, if you share your bed with a partner who constantly tosses and turns, this problem will also be eliminated as you won't feel the movement.
There are plenty of benefits to buying a memory foam mattress and it's well worth heading to your nearest bed shop to try one out for yourself.