Memory Foam is made of polyurethane with added chemicals that increase its density and viscosity. It is also known as “viscoelastic” polyurethane foam. The higher-density of memory foam softens when coming in contact with body heat. This allows the foam to mould to the contours of a warm body.
In 1966 a NASA contract requested the development of memory foam to improve the safety of their aircraft cushions. It was initially called “slow spring back foam” because of its feature to spring back to the original shape. In the early 1980s, the Memory foam was introduced to the public. At first, it was mostly used in medical settings.
Memory foam was initially too expensive for everyday use. It became cheaper and is now used in mattresses, pillows, blankets and shoes.
What are the benefits of using Memory foam in Mattresses?
- Relieving of Pressure Points: Memory foam mattresses are used to cushion, comfort and protect persons in intensive care units and to help prevent pressure sores. Basically, the foam conforms to the body’s contours and does not push back while still supporting the body.
- Back and Spine Support: Each part of a person’s body, lying on a memory foam mattress, will be evenly and individually supported by spreading the weight across the whole of the mattress’ surface. It will support the lower back while allowing the spine to stay in a comfortable, neutral position.
- Prevention and Relieving of pain: The unique combination of support and pressure point relief that is found in a memory foam mattress has the possibilities of preventing pain as well as relieving current pain.
Memory Foam mattresses are now a favourite of people with painful conditions, for instance, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc. It supports, contours to the body, promote correct alignment and do not place added pressure on sensitive areas of the body. It offers optimal comfort and better sleep because of all its benefits.