The use of memory foam has been on the rise, especially for bedroom commodities such as mattresses, bed topper, and even pillows. Different industries, specifically the healthcare industry, recognizes the unique consistency of viscoelastic polyurethane foam and its indispensable benefits.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
The viscoelastic foam material wasn’t really meant for use as bed material; it all began in 1966 wherein the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Ames Research Center were aiming to develop and improve the safety of aircraft cushion. Later on, it was used in the healthcare setting with patients who were required to be immobile for a prolonged period. Because it can follow the contour of the body, there was a significant reduction of incidence of pressure ulcers or bed sores that were the main problems of immobile patients.
Later on, manufacturers have developed new ways on how to expand its functionality; there were producers that included products such as activated carbon and aloe vera extract to lessen the odor and even give aromatherapy.
Serves ‘Memory’ Right
We know that using a low resilient foam has remarkable benefits for our health; however, it also has its own share of controversies. Because of these common mistaken beliefs, people are repulsive towards using this material in their choice of bedding accessories. There are many misconceptions about this material and we’re going to clear out each popular myth one by one!
Myth #1: Sleeping on a memory foam mattress doesn’t let you toss and turn easily.
While it is true that it does follow the contour of the body, it doesn’t necessarily impede movement; it supports the body’s posture too. Compared to a water-bed, you can move freely without the sensation that you’re about to fall.
Myth #2: It’s hot to sleep on a memory foam mattress!
This is partly true though. It absorbs the body heat; some patients find this heat comfy for their pain, while others might find this bothersome, especially during the summer months. However, there were recent innovations that made it possible to dissipate the heat and let it stay cool. Those are called “open-cell” pillows that let the heat escape from the pillow to make it heat-free.
Myth #3: Memory foam products smell so bad!
Some people do not want to buy this kind of mattress due to its pungent smell; however, this is true for the first time. Because it is made of polyurethane, people would complain of a “factory-like” smell from the product. Letting it air out in the open would resolve the problem with the smell.
Myth #4: By using memory foam products, my memory will increase tenfold!
Sadly, using memory foam products does not improve or enhance memory. Memory foam products are often called viscoelastic because they can follow the curve of the body. Not only that, the foam can ease back to its original form. Take note however, studies show that people who have a good night’s sleep has increased attention span and enhanced memory retention. If you’re thinking of changing your nightcap habits, why not try a memory pillow, then?
Myth #5: They say using memory foam merchandises can cure Alzheimer’s disease.
Using these products does not cure Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease, with no known cure. Meanwhile, the risk of having Alzheimer’s could be lessened by having a good night’s sleep, with the use of low resilience foam products.
Myth #6: Why should I buy a memory foam product? It is very expensive!
These low resilient foams were very expensive indeed. However, due to the rising competition between manufacturers, they began to sell these products at an affordable price. According to Amazon.com, memory foam products range from $50 up to $4500.
Myth #7: You should buy a new bed base designed for viscoelastic mattress use only.
Actually, there are no specially made bed-base for those kind of mattresses; it doesn’t work like a water-bed that needs to be encased in a special type of bed base. These mattresses can be used with majority of bed bases you can find in stores.
Myth #8: Since my friend’s using these products, then I should too!
While this may be a contradiction to the main point of promoting the use of these products, let this serve as a warning to you, the readers. Not all people would find comfort in using bedroom merchandises made of viscoelastic material. We all have different sleeping habits, and that’s one factor that even it cannot comply to. Of course you can try it out for yourself, but if using these materials doesn’t bring a good night’s sleep, then shift back to what you have been used to.
Myth #9: The denser it is, the better.
It depends on what position you do when you sleep or your own preference. According to a guide made by OverStock.com, an ideal mattress is about two to three layers thick. If you prefer a firm mattress, they recommended about five to six-pound density mattress. If you prefer a softer bed, then opt for the three-pound density mattress.
Myth #10: You can only use it in pillows.
Actually, three known products can use low-resilience polyurethane foam as their base material. Contour pillows, mattress topper, and even mattresses can use the material. The pillows are somewhat made with a deep indention in the middle so your head and spine lies in a natural position. Toppers are used over mattresses if you refer to change to and fro. Mattresses are commonly used with patients who must stay immobile after a certain treatment or due to a condition.
These are popular myths, demystified. With proper information, consumers interested in buying memory foam products would be able to weigh their pros and cons, cleverly.