About Memory Foam
Memory foam has been wowing consumers since they were first able to purchase it in the early 1990s, but most people don’t know that their mattress actually got its start amongst the stars.
In the late 1960s, NASA noticed that their astronauts were experiencing discomfort during the incredibly forceful lift-off process, and began experimenting with different materials that would cushion and support their crew.
NASA chemists got together and came up with the world’s first visco-elastic polyurethane foam. This material proved to be the perfect shock absorber, as it conformed to the astronauts’ shapes, was able to regulate temperature, and evenly distributed body weight.
Once NASA had perfected their memory foam seats and no longer needed the technology, they sold it to one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of foam. The memory foam mattress came into being in the 1980s, and was tested and tweaked until the company felt that it was ready for the public in the early 1990s.
Memory foam mattresses quickly became a big hit, as people noticed that the same benefits that helped astronauts to launch comfortably into space also worked for them while they slept. Sleepers reported less back pain, overheating, and being disturbed by their partner during the night.
Those that made the switch from a traditional innerspring mattress noticed that sleeping on memory foam offered them several key benefits.
- BETTER BODY FIT
Memory foam responds to heat and pressure, conforms to body shape, and then returns to its original form once a sleeper gets up from bed. This allows for a true body-conforming fit when sleeping, and the peak level
of comfort and support.
- TEMPERATURE REGULATION
The visco-elastic polyurethane that makes up memory foam mattresses allows for even distribution of weight and assists in a cool night’s rest. Also, with newer foam technology, included in our Opti-Tex@ Comfort Cool System, the sleeping environment will be enhanced for any sleeper.
- RELIEF FROM PAIN
Memory foam bedding also removes the pain of pressure points that can develop while sleeping through the even distribution of body weight and alignment of the spine, which allows for a comfortable night, no matter the sleeping position.
- FEWER ALLERGY ATTACKS
Unlike a typical innerspring mattress, which can absorb up to 10 million dust mites and other allergens, a memory foam mattress is much denser, which helps to prevent the accumulation of allergens.
- LESS SLEEP DISTURBANCE
The dense and body-conforming material of a memory foam mattress also helps to prevent disturbances caused by a sleep partner moving around during the night, as well as reducing the amount of tossing and turning that a typical sleeper might experience.