If you have ever gone mattress shopping, then you have most definitely come across the term memory foam. A memory foam mattress is today one of the most popular mattress choices in the market due to its much-coveted qualities of body conformity, temperature neutrality, motion isolation, back pain relief, etc. But have you ever wondered what goes into making a memory foam mattress?
Today, we will find out how a memory foam mattress is constructed? For this, we will deconstruct it layer by layer. Are you ready?
Memory foam mattress deconstructed
A memory foam mattress is known to offer great support to the sleeper’s body. Not just that, since the material can conform to the sleeper’s body, the mattress makes sure that the sleeper’s body’s heavier parts get more support while the lighter parts are offered adequate support.
A higher density layer might be used as the core. This is usually made of polyurethane. However, it might also be made of natural foams or latex. This memory foam layer ensures no pressure points are created in the sleeper’s body. Therefore, the sleeper does not wake up with pain in the neck, shoulders, and/or the hips. Back pain is also averted by a memory foam mattress as it maintains the natural alignment of the sleeper’s spine.
For spinal alignment
A memory foam mattress has a zonal support layer. This layer along with the memory foam layer is known to work toward providing natural spinal alignment to the sleeper. These layers also make sure the sleeper’s body weight is distributed uniformly throughout so that no blood clots or restlessness is caused in the sleeper.
Due to this layer, the mattress offers greater firmness to the sleeper. It also lends the mattress its motion isolation ability. So if you share your bed with someone, you need not worry about whether your partner’s tosses and turns will affect your sleep. Your memory foam mattress will absorb your partner’s movement and isolate it completely so that you are not affected.
A memory foam mattress also has the unique ability to accommodate all sleeping positions. Because of this, whether you sleep on your stomach, you sleep on your sides, sleep on your back, or switch sleeping positions through the night (that is, are a mixed sleeper), a memory foam mattress will offer you the right firmness and at the same time ensure your spine is not bent during sleep.
For temperature control
During its initial days, a memory foam mattress was not equipped to handle body heat. As a result, the mattress would get heated up during the night, thus causing the sleeper to either sleep very uncomfortably or get uninterrupted unhealthy sleep.
To counter this, brands started incorporating various technologies into their mattress design to ensure temperature neutrality. While some companies introduced gel memory foam, others went for cooling crystals. Some brands went a step ahead and changed the usual mattress structure to include an open cell structure. This open cell structure allows the memory foam mattress to absorb the body heat of the sleeper and circulate it throughout. Great ventilation is offered for both air and heat, thus making sure the sleeper is not disturbed through the night. This today makes memory foam mattress one of the best mattresses for people who sleep hot.
Due to these various layers that go into its construction, a memory foam mattress is also very durable. It not only lasts for a long time (companies offer warranty of up to 10 years), these also maintain their qualities such as comfort, support, firmness, and temperature neutrality, throughout. Unlike coir mattresses, these do not begin to sag along the edges. Also, unlike an innerspring mattress whose metal coils start making a squeaky annoying sound after using it for a few years, memory foam mattress causes no such troubles.
Also, memory foam mattresses are hypoallergenic. Due to this quality, the mattresses ensure dust, dust-mites, microbes, etc. do not settle on the surface of the mattress. The mattress also prevents the allergens from seeping into the mattress layers and setting base there. This makes the mattress suitable for people with sensitive skin, asthma, and other allergies. It also makes the mattress a good choice for children.
Do you own a memory foam mattress? What qualities of memory foam mattress do you appreciate the most?