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What You Need to Know About Tempur-Pedic Mattresses.

Updated on August 2, 2016

Tempur-Pedic is the world’s leading manufacturer of memory foam mattresses and accessories. You are probably familiar with the stories of the Tempur material’s development for the NASA space program in the 1970s and subsequent release to the public in the 1980s.

Then in 1992 a Kentucky man, Bob Trussell, visited the Swedish scientists and Danish company behind Tempur and took production to the US.

In this hub we’ll look at how Tempur memory foam could help you to a better night’s sleep.

For more on better sleep and waking up refreshed, look at

What’s different about Tempur memory foam?

When you first sit or lie on a memory foam bed you notice how firm it feels in comparison to any other type of mattress. In a few moments it will soften a little in response to your body temperature and you will start to know whether this is the mattress for you.

  • Proper spinal alignment is essential for everyone, not just those with a back problem. Tempur-Pedic mattresses allow the heavier parts of the body – the shoulders and hips – to sink further into the mattress, while other parts lie flatter. This helps keep the spine in its natural and correct alignment and allows the muscles and joints to relax while you sleep. Tense muscles are one reason why you might wake up stiff and feeling as if you haven’t slept well.
  • Memory foam mattresses are made up of layers of foam – memory foam on top of normal foam which helps the mattress retain its shape. Tempur-Pedic offers a wide range of comfort and support in their different mattresses.
  • The memory foam layer should be greater than 2 inches as anything less won’t last and won’t be comfortable.
  • The Indentation Force Deflection (IDF) is the measure of how much ‘give’ or relaxation there is in the memory foam. The scale is from about 10-16 where 10 is the softest and 16 the most firm. An average comfort ‘setting’ for most people would be about 12.
  • Different foams have different densities and the more dense the better the quality and the more durable they are. If you’re looking at brands other than Tempur-Pedic, look for a density of greater than 3.5lbs per cubic foot and ask your salesperson for this information.
  • Because memory foam absorbs your weight independently, it absorbs your bed partner’s weight independently too. This means there’s no roll-together as there is on a traditional spring mattress. In addition there is less disturbing bed movement when one partner moves during sleep.
  • Tempur memory foam has been specially developed to high and rigorous standards. Generic memory foam is less predictable in its nature so you can never be sure what you’re paying for and how long the mattress will last. It may stretch and contort under the sleeper’s body weight, rather than supporting it, and not bounce back to its original shape as it should.
  • Tempur-Pedic offers a 20 year limited warranty. So for the first 10 years you are not charged for repair or replacement if the mattress becomes damaged due to defective workmanship. There are exclusions. Then for years 11-20 the coverage is pro-rated, meaning that the older the mattress the less the company pays for in repair or replacement. See more detail about this at
  • And if you’re not sure about memory foam, Tempurpedic offers a 90 night tryout. If you order your mattress/bed online or over the phone it will be delivered and installed for you (these mattresses are heavy) and if you’re not happy that it has helped you to better sleep and fewer joint-aching mornings, call their customer services number and arrange for its collection.
  • Memory foam is good for sleepers with allergies as it inhibits the growth of mould and bacteria.
  • Tempur make a range of adjustable beds for people with special medical needs or those looking for additional bed comfort control.

A few ‘don’ts’ when using your Tempurpedic mattress.

The people at Tempur-pedic recommend:

  • Not using an electric blanket with the mattress as this can hinder its response to your body and its own heat, as well as create a barrier layer between you and the mattress. If you want to use an electric blanket, do so for a maximum 30 minutes on a low/medium setting.
  • Not using a mattress pad or cover with the Tempur-Pedic for similar reasons. Tempur make their own mattress covers which will work in harmony with the mattress. And the cover over the mattress itself is removable and washable.
  • Don’t soak or wet the mattress. Mop up spills and allow to air dry before putting bedding back on the mattress.
  • Don’t flip or rotate the mattress. It is designed for single side use only.
  • But DO make sure that it’s on a firm and solid base. Tempur recommend a base with at least 6 legs if you’re not using one of their bed bases.

I’ve had my Tempur mattress for nearly 10 years and it’s as comfortable now as it was when it first arrived in my home.

Tempurpedic vs Number Bed.

Many people ask about the differences between air beds and memory foam beds. Sleep Number beds are a popular brand of air mattress. They have a layer of foam covering the air chambers as part of the comfort build.

The 2 types are very different and each will suit some people and not others. Read more about Sleep Number beds and Comfortaire beds (Sleep Number’s main competitor) in this hub.


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