What makes a memory foam mattress so unique and how will it help me sleep better?
Memory foam, also known as visco-elastic, was originally developed in conjunction with the NASA space program to protect astronauts from the harmful effects of G-forces. Memory foam has the unique ability to conform to an individual’s body shape in order to provide support where it is most needed. This reduces the need to toss and turn in order to find a comfortable position. Because it puts less pressure on your body you will benefit from improved circulation, reduced stress and enjoy a truly relaxing night’s sleep.
What is the difference between “memory" foam and ordinary foam?
Memory foam is sensitive to heat therefore it feels firm when it is cold and soft when it is warm. Ordinary (Polyurethane) foam does not respond to the temperature so it feels the same in a cold or a warm environment. If you put your hand on the surface of a memory foam mattress it will leave an impression for several seconds even after you remove your hand, hence the name “memory foam". This is not true with ordinary foam which regains its original shape immediately after you take your hand off of the mattress.
If you drop a heavy object onto an ordinary foam mattress it will bounce back. Drop the same object on a memory foam mattress and it will land with a dull thud without a noticeable bounce because the memory foam has absorbed virtually all of the downward force of the object.
How does Tempur-Pedic memory foam compare to other types of memory foam?
Tempur-Pedic uses a high density foam resulting in a fairly firm mattress. Our 5 lb density memory foam mattresses will closely replicate the feel and performance of a Tempur-Pedic mattress but will not be identical. Memory foam mattresses using a lower density top layer, are therefore less firm. A less firm memory foam mattress may be preferable to the higher density version if you are looking for something “a little softer". A person experiencing pain in pressure points, such as shoulders and hips, would find a lower density mattress more comfortable.
Will a memory foam mattress make me sweat during the night?
Although memory foam does have the ability to retain your body heat more efficiently than an ordinary mattress it usually does not make people sweat at night. In the warmer weather you may prefer a thinner blanket than one used on an ordinary mattress. You may also prefer to turn down the covers for a short while each morning to air out your bed just as you would with any mattress.
Is it hygienic and how will it affect my allergies to sleep on a memory foam mattress?
Allergists have warned that the average mattress is a haven for dust-mites. Memory foam is manufactured using a hypo-allergenic process that renders it virtually dust-mite free and non-allergenic. This makes memory foam ideal for people with allergies.
Will a memory foam mattress ease my back problems?
A memory foam mattress gives your body the support it needs during the night enabling you to feel much better in the morning especially if you suffer from back trouble or circulatory problems. During the night your body will be more relaxed because your body will not need to toss and turn as much. This may significantly reduce back pain during the day.
How long will it take for me to get used to my new mattress?
All new beds take some time to get used to. The exact amount depends on each individual. Some people need time to get used to the new smell or the difference in height to your old mattress. It shouldn’t take more than a few days to become accustomed to your new memory foam mattress.
Why are there such prices differences between memory foam mattresses?
There are many reasons for the vast differences in prices. Some stores try to recoup their large marketing expenses. Other stores offer lower prices because they have less overhead or don’t include any extras. Can the mattress cover can be removed for cleaning occasionally? What is the depth of memory foam used in the mattress? These are some of the differences you should compare when buying.
How often should I turn my memory foam mattress?
Usually never. Memory foam mattresses do not need to be turned. However you may rotate the mattress from time to time if you wish to avoid possible “dips" in your memory foam mattress.
Although my bed is still in good condition I would like to sleep more comfortably. Will a memory foam overlay improve my sleep?
If your mattress is still in good condition and has no lumps or hollows then an overlay will be ideal. Just lay it on top of your existing mattress to transform your sleeping experience.
What is the best depth and density of an overlay?
The overlays with higher density and greater depth are superior which accounts for their higher price.
Will a memory foam overlay help me if my current mattress is soft and I wake up with lower back pain?
If your mattress is not providing you with support in your lower back then placing an overlay on top of it will probably not provide the ideal solution. A memory foam overlay needs a firm base for support in order to work properly. Take a look at our range of memory foam mattresses instead.
Where do I put my mattress, my overlay and my sheets?
The overlays are designed to lie on top of your existing mattress underneath your sheet.
Can I use an electric blanket in combination with my overlay?
Yes you can, but be aware that the higher temperature may cause your mattress which is temperature sensitive to feel less firm. Please follow the instructions that come with the electric blanket and use only as directed.