In the 1970’s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) developed a unique substance to help ease takeoff for astronauts. This substance was memory foam. For the astronauts it helped their chairs conform to the shape of their body, so their body movement throughout the takeoff process was significantly reduced, making them more comfortable. By having their bodies firmly placed in the foam, the overwhelming effect of the g-forces they were under was reduced.

It did not take long before mattress creators realized the benefits of this incredible material and developed their own solution to help improve sleep. Now, companies such as Boyd LuxaRest or offer the same benefits that astronauts experience to sleeping people all over the country and globe.

Here are some of the ways memory foam can help you get a better night’s sleep.

  • Relieves pressure points

Surfaces made of this material were designed to conform to the shape of your body. The natural heat of your body makes the mattress align to your natural curves and shape of your body. Memory foam cells are smaller and more malleable, so they move easier. This is far different than the traditional spring mattresses that use materials that are constantly trying to revert back to their natural state, which can create an uncomfortable sleeping surface. When this happens, you are placed in a more natural state and painful points on your body are eased. In turn, when pain is reduced, the quality of sleep is enhanced.


  • Reduces back pain

In the past, it has been assumed that back pain is relieved by lying on firm mattresses or surfaces. However, surfaces with more room to give and adjust to your body’s natural curvature can actually lead to less strain on your back and more support overall.


  • Provides better sleep by waking up less

While it is nearly impossible to scientifically prove that memory foam mattresses provide better sleep due to the complexity involved with the studies to make this determination, one thing that is certain is that couples who use this bedding surface wake up fewer times throughout the night. This is because a partner’s tossing and turning can lead to irritation and extra movement during sleep, which can cause people to be awakened easier.

A good night’s sleep is vital to the way people function throughout the day. Having quality rest can mean the difference between a sharp mind and healthy feeling body and a sluggish slow day.