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Benefits of Memory Foam Mattress Technology
Memory foam is the popular or common term for visco elastic memory foam mattress products. Memory Foam or Visco elastic foam was first introduced during the mid 60’s as a by-product of NASA’s AMES Research technology transfer program. This open-cell variety of flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) was distinguished by properties allowing it to redistribute the G-Force suffered by astronauts during take-off and re-entry, and providing commercial pilots a more comfortable seating surface during long flights.
Memory or visco elastic foam production technology has been available for more than 35 years but commercial products have only recently been made widely available to consumers. Memory Foam Mattresses or Visco elastic pressure distribution or performance represents one of the most significant comfort innovations from the flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) industry.
Benefit by Design
Memory foam’s unique physical characteristics have led to its popularity in the bedding and medical industries. Since it is designed to be conforming, memory foam material makes for a comfortable and supportive mattress or mattress topper, and its low resilience works well in bed pillows. It was originally introduced in medical mattresses, wheelchair cushions and egg-crate style pads to relieve immobility issues.
Memory Foam material has also been used in traditional household furniture; whether stationary or motion based, as well as office furniture, and in some vehicle seating applications. Memory Foam can cushion sports equipment, power tools, and footwear. Memory foam has also been used in ergonomic design applications such as neck, back and leg pads, as well as in arm and wrist rests for computers. It can act as shock protection within electronics equipment and has been used in specialty packaging, military and commercial aircraft seating, and weaponry including offering protection from recoil.
People with impaired mobility, confined to wheelchairs or hospital beds (especially burn victims) can benefit from the foam’s capacity to redistribute weight and surface pressure, potentially reducing skin ulcers (bed sores) caused by aggravated pressure between the skin and bony areas of the body such as beneath heels, hips, elbows and the back of the head. If pressure is not relieved through body movement or technology, such as a Memory foam surface; blood vessels may compress, inhibiting circulation and possibly irritating the skin tissue. In addition to bedding and medical purposes,
Since there is no pressure point in the Memory Foam mattress, that is no point where the body and the spring or other hard surface meet; the support is ideal for healing from injury and chronic pain. Back pain suffers have found that the Memory Foams contouring ability supports and surrounds the body in a comforting nook, while the warmth of the body softens the foam and allows for easy movement. Fibromyalgia and arthritis suffers have found relief from the soft foam, since there is no bounce back, the pain is not jarred with tossing and turning in the night.
Memory foam mattresses are made to be allergen free and hypo-allergy free. In addition, the memory foam is also dust mite resistant. Concerns about VOC emissions can be rectified by choosing a Memory Foam Mattress made with soy based foam rather than polyurethane. Many memory foam mattress manufacturers are now reducing waste in the production of the mattresses as well as using Soy to reduce emissions and chemical release in new mattresses.
Select Foam® Memory Foam mattresses are made with Fire-Blocker® technology. FIRE-BLOCKER technology includes a treatment to the foam and a preventative Fire-Sock which is a fire-safe inner cover that ensures that the mattress will not catch fire while you sleep. FIRE-BLOCKER is compliant with the TB603 fire code. It is an exclusive feature of the Select Foam® Memory Foam Mattresses.
There are wide ranges of style and options and the use of the right manufacturer can offer a wide range of price options as well. The Tempurpedic mattress is by far the most commonly known and the origin manufacturer of Memory Foam but it is by far the most expensive of the manufacturers. Check out Select Foam for Memory Foam Mattresses of comparable construction and design at 40-50% of the cost of Tempur-Pedic®. Also consider a memory foam mattress topper if you have doubts about your compatibility with the construction.
Warranty – Free Trial
With many manufacturers there is a free trial (Tempur-pedic® does not but Select Foam® offers a 90 day free trial). Warranties vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but while Tempur-pedic® offers a 20 year limited warranty on most products, Select Foam® offers a limited lifetime warranty. Select Foam® also offers Free Delivery as well. Both Tempur-pedic® and Select Foam® offer some form of financing options, Select Foam® offers Zero Percent Financing.
Memory Foam Mattresses offer a wide range of benefits from pain relief to allergen free sleeping; it is easy to compare the benefits from manufacturers like Select Foam® to Tempur-pedic® to find the best deal for your money. Since you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, it makes sense to find one that suits your needs, your budget and your comfort level.