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What You Need to Know About Memory Foam Mattresses

Last updated 5 years ago

Memory foam revolutionized the way we think about mattresses. This wonder material was originally designed by NASA in order to improve the comfort of pilots and provide better shock absorption in the event of an impact. Today, memory foam can be found in everything from automobile interiors to specialty mattresses. Here’s what you need to know:

Memory Foam Is Made from Specialized Polyurethane Foam Called Viscoelastic. Chemicals are added to standard polyurethane foam in order to increase the substance’s viscosity and density. The resultant product is the highly responsive, body-conforming foam we have come to love in our mattresses. This special material has also shown to be more resistant to mold and dust mites than traditional mattress materials, which is good news for allergy sufferers.

Memory Foam Is Ideal for Providing Optimal Body Support. There is no question that this cushioning material effectively supports the sleeper’s neck, back, and posture. If you have chronic back trouble or experience pressure pain from awkward sleeping positions, a memory foam mattress may be the best choice for you. This is because the foam responds and conforms to the body, providing just the right amount of support to key areas and taking the pressure off others.

Memory Foam Usually Needs an Airing-Out Period. It is normal for memory foam mattresses to have a distinct odor when they are brand new, so detecting an odor does not mean you have a soiled or defective mattress. Try to give your new mattress a couple of days to air out before placing a mattress cover over it, and any smell will dissipate.

Are you looking for a new memory foam mattress? At Mattress Direct, we carry a variety of mattress brands and material types, from Simmons to Tempur-Pedic. Stop by to browse our selection, or give us a call at (314) 549-8496 to speak to one of our knowledgeable representatives today.


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