Over the past few years, the use of memory foam has evolved from merely a support cushion used in the medical field to a popular alternative to traditional spring beds. Memory foam mattresses have revolutionized sleeping comfort through the technology it offers. Today, memory foam mattresses account for 20% of industry sales (and growing) and rate highest in customer satisfaction.
If you don’t own a memory foam mattress yet, here are 4 reasons for you to start using one now:
1. Back support
Memory foam mattresses support your body evenly and individually by spreading your weight across the surface of the bed. It contours to your curves, giving back support and allowing your spine to stay in a neutral position.
On other mattress materials like springs, your body weight is usually concentrated on areas in contact with the mattress – heels, hips, and shoulders. For side and back sleepers, this can also mean your lumbar area is not supported enough and wake up with lower back pain and back muscle tension.
A memory foam mattress is perfect for you if you have terrible allergies. The densely packed foam material repels dust mites and prevents other allergens such as pet dander and mold from working their way into the mattress. Memory foam mattresses are usually made out of largely hypoallergenic materials, helping you sleep better without the sniffles.
3. Relief of pressure points
Memory foam was first introduced in the medical field to protect, cushion, and comfort patients in the ICU and in wheelchairs. Memory foams are particularly helpful because when a person lays in position for a long time, the pressure of gravity pulling downward versus the upward resistance of the bedding materials can affect circulation and damage soft tissues that are caught in the middle. Thus, the use of memory foams to prevent bedsores and minimize pain in other pressure-sensitive areas of the body.
When you lay down on a memory foam mattress, it conforms to your body shape, rather than forcing you to contour to it. It does not push back or exert upward pressure on your body while you sleep
4. Motion doesn’t matter
Spring mattresses give a lot of bounce, a problem for couples who have different schedules or for those who are light sleepers. Memory foam mattresses absorb motion and isolate it, rather than transferring it. So when one person rolls over or gets out of bed, their partner doesn’t get bounced around and jolted out of sleep.
Read the full article by Amerisleep here on the many reasons why you should start using a memory foam mattress.