Yes, it’s true. Memory foam is the creation of NASA. And that means that the memory foam mattress is something we have to thank the space program for. All those nights of fantastic sleep started out as concern for astronauts, and they’re not the only thing we get from there.
Memory foam. Cordless vacuum cleaners. Modern foam home insulation. Scratch resistant lenses. All of these have applications around the home but come ultimately from spaceflight research.
In the case of memory foam, the magic material was a solution to the acceleration problem – if you’ve ever flown in a plane, you know the feeling on takeoff of being pushed back into your seat It’s minimal, and you don’t really notice it, but that’s just to get into the air. To break orbit and reach space, you need to accelerate harder and for longer, and it can take its toll on a human being. Something was needed that would cradle the body perfectly and give as much as needed to stop that happening, and that something is memory foam.
So, How Does It Work?
The unique structure of memory foam means that it will give more as it becomes warmer. When you first lie down on a memory foam mattress it gives just slightly, but as you lie there and the material absorbs your body heat, it gives further around you and only around you, letting you sink further in and granting it that characteristic ‘hugging’ effect.
Once you get out of bed the following morning, as it cools, it restores to its original shape, ‘remembering’ how it used to be – hence memory foam. (It was originally known as temper foam)
And What’s The Big Deal?
The big deal here is as simple as it gets; you may sink in, but the mattress hasn’t softened, so it becomes firmer beneath you, and that firmness is mapped to the contours of your body automatically. The result is outstanding support, holding you in exactly the right way, which provides greater comfort, but also reduces any back pain, aches, or breathing restriction you may suffer from at night, because a memory foam mattress shapes to you where a normal mattress forces you to conform to it.
What Do You need To Know?
It takes a little time to get used to it, but the health benefits will start to show themselves immediately, and once you’re used to it, the comfort will be a vast improvement on previous experiences. For best results, pair your mattress with a shaped memory foam pillow, so that your neck and head receive the same support as the rest of your body. If you toss and turn a lot, or if your partner does, you’ll find that that happens less and less – they’re more comfortable, so their sleeping mind doesn’t feel the need. Classic Brands Cool Gel makes a great memory foam mattress.
The memory foam mattress also comes in a ‘topper’ for a regular mattress, though this provides significantly reduced benefits. They’re manufactured to fit any size of bed, though, with some companies even manufacturing memory foam products for dogs and cats. If even family pets deserve this comfort, can you say any less for yourself?