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How does Memory Foam Work?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
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Memory foam is basically an insulating material that responds to changes in temperature. As the foam comes into contact with something that is warmer, the foam realigns to provide a cushion, by softening at the points where the body increases the temperature of the foam. When used in a mattress, it molds itself to the contours of the human body, providing excellent support at pressure points along the spine, legs, and elsewhere. This makes it possible to avoid some of the stresses on the skeletal and muscle systems of the body that are incurred during sleep on any other type of surface. When a person shifts positions, the foam automatically realigns to maintain the cushion effect.

With the pressure distributed evenly across the whole body, there is less of a chance of waking in order to find a more comfortable position. The end result is that it is possible to achieve deep REM sleep, which is the most recuperative form of sleep. People with chronic back problems often find that using a memory foam mattress is particularly helpful for relieving pain.

While there are several excellent mattresses on the market today that are made from this material, the more effective models can be expensive. One way to find out if one may be a good solution to sleeping problems is to invest in a set of memory foam pillows. If the user finds that the pillows seem to be helping him get a more restful sleep, then purchasing a mattress made from the material would be the next logical step.

The development of memory foam came about because of the space program in the United States. The idea was to find ways to ease the negative effects of periods of acceleration and deceleration for astronauts who were in flight. Unfortunately, the foam that was created ultimately could not be used for this purpose, as it emits trace amounts of gas that would build up in the enclosed atmosphere of the ship. The result of all this research was a product that was ideal for use in other ways.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including About Mechanics, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon299682 — On Oct 26, 2012

Is the mattress meant to spring back or does your shape stay in the mattress?

By latte31 — On Dec 19, 2010

Cupcake15-I looked at the memory foam mattresses but my husband did not like them. He felt it would be too difficult for him to get out of the bed because the mattress sinks in and keeps the same formation of your body in a sunken in way.

I looked at a soft mattress with latex toppers and it was really comfortable. I have a Kingsdown and they are incredible mattresses. I bought mine at Mattress Giant and unlike the Tempur Pedic mattresses; the sale representative will negotiate the price for you if you buy a Kingsdown mattress, but not on a Tempur-Pedic.

By cupcake15 — On Dec 18, 2010

Bhutan-I love this mattress because it is so comfortable. The company also offers a 20 year warranty.

You can also get memory foam toppers if you can’t afford the prices of these types of mattresses because they can be pretty expensive.

A standard Queen set can start at about $2,000 and if you want the adjustable base then it could be doubled that.

They do have specials this time of year. They were offering two memory foam cushion pillows and free delivery with the purchase of a mattress.

Although the mattress seems expensive they do offer financing options usually with no accrued interest. If you have back problems or just can't seem to get a good night’s rest these mattresses are worth every penny.

By Bhutan — On Dec 15, 2010

A memory foam mattress like Tempur Pedic really helps relieve the pressure points in your body so that you can have restful sleep.

It also has technology that will allow the person sleeping next to you to get up and it will not disturb your side of the bed.

As a matter of fact, they often do demonstrations in the stores with a wine glass and show how there is no transfer of movement with the mattress. Some people don’t like this type of mattress because they feel like they are sunken in.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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