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Memory Foam Mattress - What is a Memory Foam Mattress?

Benjamin Robert Ehinger

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Are you curious to know what a memory foam mattress is? Is this a mattress that is made entirely out of memory foam and is able to sense your body's temperature and weight? Does the memory foam mattress conform to your shape and size helping to minimize pressure points and make for a great night's sleep? The answer is YES.

NASA actually developed memory foam first back in the 1970s. At first, it was way to brittle and was not very durable. It would have a tendency to break very quickly and could not be counted on for the quality that was needed. If you were lucky this early memory foam mattress might last you a year or two.

After much testing, a Swedish company was able to make a memory foam mattress that was much better. It was made out of a spongy, gel like plastic that has a composition of open cells that can return to their natural form after deforming under pressure. This was the start of a new way to sleep and the memory foam mattress was born.

The most popular brand is called Tempur-Pedic and they actually started by selling these mattresses to hospitals. The patients that used these mattresses all claimed that the pressure on their joints was reduced by a considerable amount and they received the perfect amount of support for their back and legs.

When memory foam mattresses were first sold, in the 1990's, they were very expensive and many people could not afford the luxury. As other companies developed similar types of mattresses they became much more affordable and you can actually get a 1, 4, or 8 inch memory foam mattress topper now as well.

Memory foam has not just been used for mattresses though. Since it has been proven to be a great back support it has other uses that have been taken advantage of as well. You can find it in pillows, office furniture, sleep aids, car seats, baby cribs, wheelchairs, computer cases, movie theaters, and many other places. It is even used in tennis rackets and ear plugs as well.

You can get a memory foam mattress for between $400 - $800 now and it all depends on the thickness of the memory foam and the quality that you choose. Most people will opt for memory foam mattresses that are between 6 and 8 inches of memory foam.

It is easier to find the memory foam mattress that you want online, but there are many stores that carry them as well. They come in many different sizes so you can get them to fit any size bedroom and there are even some that are made for college dorm rooms and day beds now.

A topper is much smaller than the foam mattress given that you put this simply over an existing mattress. Its thickness is 1 to 4 inches thick. If you plan to put this over a spring mattress, make sure that this is not more than 5 years old.

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