The traditional coiled pocket spring mattress
is still alive and well but with the emergence of alternative options, one other option has stood out above all others. Visco Elastic Memory Foam is arguably the biggest breakthrough is sleep technology in a long time.
Originally designed to minimise the effects of G Force on astronauts by offering support and reducing pressure felt on their bodies in take-off and entering the atmosphere, it has become a household name and a concept a lot of people want to work with at bedtime in the form of a mattress. Between 2002 and 2012, the market share of memory foam rocketed from 14% to almost 20%. An ever growing following has led to claims that the technology is soon to eclipse and outsell more traditional mattresses and with Global Industry Analysts predicting that worldwide mattress market sales are to reach $24.65 billion by 2017, one can only imagine exactly how much of that will be comprised of memory foam items alone.
The way memory foam
works is very unique. The structure of it is unlimited and it responds directly to the person using it. Taking into account for body heat and weight, it changes shape in correspondence to body heat to match the curves, lines and contours of the user and in turn enhancing supports by ridding the pressure points which are usually present and returns to original form once it has stopped being used. Because of this design, memory foam is able to reduce night time movements by up to 80% as pressure points are eliminated resulting in a less disturbed sleep and a happier morning.
Memory foam mattresses can aid many common ailments and in some cases stop them completely. The diagram below will explain a little more.
- Head – Memory foam protects against headaches, grinding teeth and ringing in the ears by alleviating pressure.
- Neck – Helping the neck stay in the right position means that memory foam can help with neck pain, discomfort and numbness.
- Arms/hands – Tennis elbow, general numbness and tingling chances are reduced.
- Upper back – Providing a more suitable sleeping surface results in less back pain and risks of the spine curving unnaturally.
- Shoulders - Frozen shoulder syndrome symptoms and pain are reduced.
- Ribs – Supporting suggested sleeping positions means less pressure on ribcage and easier breathing.
- Lower back – Lower back and sciatic and joint pains are minimised by appropriate support on pelvis and lumbar regions.
- Hips – Hip pain lessened with reduced pressure points.
- Knees – Arthritic and ligaments pain can be reduced with correct support. Memory foam provides perfect support following surgery.
- Ankles and feet – Pressure is distributed equally and aid in symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
As can be seen, memory foam can be extremely helpful in terms of easing and soothing some of the most niggling injuries that can appear, sometimes due to previously having a mattress that was not up to scratch to begin with. The reduction in such a huge range of complaints can never be a bad thing, especially when a person can also relax and sleep in a calm manner with such ease.To top all of this off, the lack of coiled springs in memory foam mattresses minimises extra movement of not just you but also your partner. Not only does it minimise this movement but also helps to prevent the feeling that another person is moving beside of you, making for a more peaceful and satisfying sleep.