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Memory Foam Mattress Topper: Good as a Tempur-pedic Mattress?

Updated on August 4, 2008
Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Memory Foam Mattress Topper

If you are thinking about or shopping for a memory foam mattress, then you should definitely consider a memory foam mattress topper as a viable, yet less expensive alternative. Memory foam was invented in the 70's by NASA so that it could provide comfort and support during takeoff and landing for their astronauts. It would be another twenty years before it was available for consumers.

Memory foam mattress toppers typically are two to five inches and are varying in density. You should consider a thicker pad for hard mattresses and a thinner pad for soft mattresses but it truly is something that depends on the person. Besides being dust mite and allergy resistant just like a Tempurpedic mattress, memory foam changes shape to conform to your body. There are several reasons why a memory foam mattress topper may be your best choice if you are considering either Tempurpedic or a Swedish foam mattress.

First, a Tempurpedic or Swedish foam mattress is a huge investment. If you have never slept on one of these mattresses, then you could not possibly know if it is the right mattress for you and this is a large amount of money to spend. However, memory foam mattress toppers give you the perfect chance to sleep on the exact same Tempurpedic material without the substantial cost.

Tempurpedic and Swedish foam work extremely well for those who have chronic pain. This is done by relieving the pressure points that tend to cause aches and pains. Make certain to choose a memory foam mattress topper with the right amount of density to provide you with some relief. Density is really what gives memory foam its ‘memory.' Density can range anywhere from two to six pounds of density for each cubic foot. So really, the greater the density the more support you will have and the firmer the mattress. Consider memory foam that has a density of three pounds or greater. Anything less and your memory foam may not last as long as expected. Three pounds is also a great place to start when looking at memory foam as this density is not too hard or too soft.

Memory foam mattress toppers can extend the life of your current mattress which can save you a lot of money. However, they should not be used over an uncomfortable, lumpy mattress because this will only make the memory foam mattress topper lumpy and uncomfortable as well. But imagine having the comfort and the conformity to your body that Tempurpedic or Swedish foam mattresses offer yet at a fraction of the price. This is exactly what a memory foam mattress topper can do for you instead of purchasing the more expensive mattress.

Probably the best benefit is that since you will not be spending all of your money on a mattress, you can most likely afford to purchase a few other memory foam accessories such as pillows. You will most certainly enjoy a great night's sleep on your new memory foam mattress topper and even more so if you add the memory foam pillows. Happy shopping!


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