How memory foam overcame the problem of heat insulation

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Memory foam mattresses are loved by sleepers around the world. The mattress has a superior ability to conform to the body shape of the sleeper. It adapts to your body shape regardless of your sleeping position. From a back sleeper and a front sleeper to side sleepers and mixed sleepers, a memory foam mattress will accommodate your sleep needs. Say you have invested in king-size memory foam for you and your partner, and are worried that the mattress won’t offer a zero disturbance sleep. You need to stop fretting immediately. Irrespective of mattress sizes, the memory foam mattress will absorb every movement, tossing and turning or slipping in and out of bed of one sleeper, to ensure the other is not disturbed. 

The mattress’s ability to keep the spine aligned naturally is what makes it a hit among people with orthopedic needs. The mattress also distributes the sleeper’s bodyweight uniformly so that no pressure points are created in the sleeper’s neck, shoulders, or hips. Spending a night on a good quality memory foam mattress would mean waking up with no pain in the joints. People with back pain too, have shared that a memory foam mattress ensures that the pain does not worsen. 

Memory foam mattresses are hypoallergenic. This makes them a favorite among people with sensitive skin who are prone to skin allergies, rashes, acne, etc. The mattress keeps dust away from its surface. Unlike spring mattresses which over time turn into a den for dust, memory foam mattresses prevent dust mites from settling into the mattress layers. This is why people prefer memory foam mattresses over spring mattresses. Also, spring mattresses are firm in the beginning, but with use, the metal coils (depending on the number and quality of coils) start making a squeaky sound which is not only annoying but also causes sleep interruptions. The mattress will prevent good nine-hour sleep. This is not the case with memory foam. A memory foam mattress maintains its firmness for a very long time without sagging along the edges.

While memory foam has so many good features, there was one feature that had given it a bad reputation. This was the material’s inability to offer heat ventilation. Customers would complain of feeling trapped in the mattress as the mattress would absorb the sleeper’s body heat and then retain it. 

Memory foam mattress brands recognized this problem, and today, most of them make sure one or the other cooling technology is incorporated in the design so that the sleepers can get all the benefits of memory foam without feeling trapped. A popular technology is cooling memory foam that is usually complemented by a high-density base foam for better support. The other way to go for temperature neutrality is to sprinkle cooling crystals through the layers of memory foam. Many leading brands are known to go for this option, for example, Sleepy Cat in its Original Orthopedic Mattress.

The most effective way, however, has been found to be changing the complete internal structure of the memory foam layer. Through an open cell structure, a memory foam mattress absorbs body heat efficiently and then distributes it throughout so that the mattress does not heat up during the night. Wakefit’s cool fit foam in its Orthopedic Memory Foam Mattress, for example, solves the problem of heat so effectively while retaining all the superior qualities of memory foam. It gives superior firmness, comfort, and support, while also making sure you do not sleep hot and sweating through the night.

Which memory foam mattress are you currently using? What cooling technology has the brand incorporated into the design? Is it effective? Share with us!