It’s All About The Memory Foam
Developed in the 70’s for NASA, memory form didn’t hit the consumer market until the early 1990’s-first as memory foam mattress toppers and later as memory foam mattresses. Since then, memory foam has become the fastest growing segment in the mattress industry. Why has memory form gained such popularity? For a very simple reason, it delivers comfort in a way that for exceeds the standard innerspring mattress.
A common misconception about memory form is that there is only one type. Actually, there are several types of memory foam to choose from: Traditional memory foam, Gel memory foam and Air-cool memory foam.
Three Types of Memory Foam Mattresses
- Traditional Memory Foam first started to take hold of the market in the mid-1990’s. Unlike a spring mattress, traditional memory foam is designed to cradled your body. This helps to increase blood circulation and reduces the amount of stress you get on various joints across the body while you sleep. Memory form stops motion transfer which is a plus when you are sleeping with someone who tosses and turns all night. For those who suffer from allergies–and who doesn’t–memory foam is anti-microbial. It reduces the number of dust mites and other bugs that can cause allergic reactions.
- Gel Memory Foam is more durable than traditional foam. Gel technology gives more support and as a result, it will feel firmer than the traditional memory foam. Other than that, Gel foam offers the same benefits as traditional form; It stops motion transfer, cradles the pressure points to prevent aches and pains and is anti-microbial.
- Air Cool Memory Foam includes technology that responds to your body temperature much quicker and will channel warmth out. The biggest complaint about memory foam mattresses is the amount of heat they can produce. Air cool Memory Foam has all the benefits of Traditional and Gel Memory Form, but with the added benefit of a cooler night’s sleep.
Lastly, only consider memory foams that meet Certipur-US or similar standards for testing of foam for certain chemicals or toxins.
CertiPUR-US Approved Foams
- Made without ozone depleters
- No PBDE flame retardants
- Does not have any mercury, lead or other heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality