Why Everyone Will Want a Memory Foam Mattress in 2010

There are a lot of great reasons to invest in a memory foam mattress of your own. Not only are these great mattresses really comfortable, but they also keep your body in better shape. Offering proper alignment and posture, foam beds give you the back and joint support you need. They're hypoallergenic, so they help people with allergies avoid problems.

They even keep you from losing sleep when your bed partner tosses and turns, since foam mattresses dampen vibrations. Memory foam is even unfriendly to dust mites and bed bugs. There are lots of reasons that everyone's going to want one of these great mattresses over the course of 2010. Here's an in depth look at some of them.

If you're thinking of buying a memory foam mattress, you might feel like all the promises that sellers make are too far fetched. It's true that some memory foam manufacturers claim some pretty far out things. But memory foam is still a really useful material, with some special characteristics that make it a worthwhile choice. Originally created by NASA researches, this foam was meant to cushion astronauts against high G-forces. This foam can mold itself to the shape of any object that puts pressure on it, but return to its original shape when the object goes away.

A lot of manufacturers demonstrate this by showing a handprint still in a memory foam mattress. This open celled foam allows air to travel evenly between the cells. When you apply pressure, these cells collapse, floating you on a soft and comfortable bed while providing even support. This kind of foam almost completely eliminates painful pressure points at joints and other parts of the body.

Plus, memory foam is also temperature sensitive. It softens more quickly as it heats up. That makes it a wonderful choice for injuries, which are hotter than the rest of the body. If you lie on memory foam with a sprain, the foam mattress will soften and conform to the area around the injury, keeping it from hurting. That's why the main use of this foam after NASA stopped its research was for medical treatment. Memory foam prevents bedsores in patients who can't leave their beds.

Some foams are more environmentally friendly than others, depending on how they're made. Soy or castor based memory foam are somewhat less environmentally damaging than petroleum based ones. A good mattress of either kind will offer a lot of performance for longer than a regular mattress, though. That means a comfortable bed for a long time, and no need to dispose of a worn out mattress. Good memory foam products are more eco friendly than ones with shorter lives, just because of how little you'll have to throw away.

We've had memory foam mattresses around for the average consumer since the 1990s, and big advances are being made. Of course, just like every other product, there's good and bad memory foam. Denser foam is usually better, but many companies sell very low density products that won't provide the comfort or support users really need. Sure, these foam mattresses are inexpensive, but they also don't last the way they should or do their job.

Just like with everything else, you get what you pay for. Many people get caught up in the magical descriptions of what memory foam can do for them, and don't think their purchase through. In fact, even most mattress sales people don't know about the difference in memory foam quality. Look for a memory foam density of at least five pounds per cubic foot. Some of these mattresses are still going strong after fifteen years! That makes the price you pay for a good foam mattress completely worth it.

A good memory foam mattress will also have at least three and a half inches of foam on the top layer. Other foams may be used inside, but the upper layers need to be thick to provide the kind of support you require. A cheaper mattress or topper might not offer this. Test out any good memory foam mattress before buying! If you take the time to check out one of these excellent mattresses, you'll probably find that it's the right choice for you.

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Stephanie 6 years ago

I recently switched over from spring to memory foam and I will never go back... my memory foam mattress has changed my life (I know, sounds ridiculous, but it's true)! I sleep way better at night and actually wake up feeling rested - I've NEVER been a morning person, but I'm finally able to get up on time and make it to work before my boss arrives... this is quite a feat for me!

I bought mine at www.novosbed.com for a really awesome price... I only paid $700 for my queen size and didn't even have to pay shipping (I KNOW!). They even have live chat on their site, so all of my questions were answered really fast.

I'm definitely happy with memory foam over spring, so I highly recommend going for it :)

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SuperiorInteriors 6 years ago from San Diego, California Author

Hi Stephanie!

I agree, I really love my memory foam mattress too!

The first one I got through Costco, and it was ok, but it got lumpy after a short while. I ended up getting a new one from a company called Sleep Aid (via www.a1mattress.com) and it is a big improvement :)

I think everyone is different, and different brands of memory foam mattresses work for different people.

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