The average mattress may sleep well for the average, healthy person for many years, perhaps even a decade. But some people need a special level of comfort and support in a mattress. For those people, there’s memory foam.
What is Memory Foam?
Formulated in the 1960s under a NASA contract, memory foam is a dense material made from petroleum-based polyurethane with added chemicals to boost its viscosity or thickness and density.
Memory foam matches pressure against it, slowly springs back and adjusts to the temperature, becoming more pliable when warm and stiffer when cool. Because of these unique attributes, the warmth of your body causes memory foam to mold exactly to your shape and adapts as you change sleeping positions.
Its density ensures that it won’t give under weight and instead will provide consistent support and disperse your weight.
How Memory Foam Helps
Because memory foam changes with you and relieves pressure on your hips and shoulders, it’s a good option for people who suffer from pain and may have a difficult time getting comfortable at night.
Many people who have arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, back or hip pain find that memory foam eases their pain by alleviating pressure on those points and providing your body with better and more thorough support.
Memory foam also minimizes pressure on your skin and may help you avoid sores and enhance your circulation.
If a new mattress isn’t in the budget you can still take advantage of memory foam by purchasing a mattress topper to add a layer of comfort to your current mattress.