At America’s Mattress, located in Charleston, Summerville and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, we stress to our clients the importance of sleep to their overall well being. Our brain’s ability to store memories and then recall them at a moment’s notice is one of the most remarkable capabilities of the human body. It gives us the ability to recall critical skills for survival, meaningful life moments, and both positive and negative experiences that guide our daily lives and shape our perspectives.

As technological advances continue to revolutionize the way humans function, a great deal of scientific research has focused on finding ways to create products that replicate aspects of the human memory to enhance our daily lives; one of which is memory foam. In this article, we will discuss memory foam, its benefits and recommended memory foam mattresses.

What Is Memory Foam?

Originally developed for NASA in the 1960s for airplane seats, memory foam is now found in many everyday products ranging from pillows and mattresses to office supplies and footwear. Take a close look at your office chair – it is likely that it has a memory foam component. Or perhaps your feet are used to the comfort of memory foam slippers. Although initially, the cost of memory foam material was very expensive, advances in its production have reduced the cost, making it more accessible for widespread use.

And, one of the most common products to benefit from this material is your mattress. Among the many features of memory foam, its high-density foam composition is both highly soft and energy absorbent, making it an ideal surface for sleeping. Memory foam mattresses offer a few differences from standard mattresses and should be considered as you explore options to find the best mattress to meet your sleep needs.

What Are the Benefits of Memory Foam Mattresses?

Support back/spine alignment. Memory foam mattresses support each part of the body evenly and individually by spreading your weight across the bed’s surface. The mattress contours to your body’s curves, supporting the lower back and allowing your spine to stay in a neutral position. On other materials like springs, weight is typically concentrated in areas that contact the mattress and, typically, back, shoulders, hips, and heels. For both back and side sleepers, this often means the lumbar area is not adequately supported. Lower back pain and muscle tension can occur without critical support. This displacement can also place the upper body at an unnatural position relative to your neck or legs, creating more tension and pain.

Relieve pain. The unique combination of pressure point relief and support found in memory foam mattresses can be ideal for relieving current pain and preventing pain as well. The majority of memory foam mattress owners report reduced pain, especially in the back, hips, and shoulders. The material is also a favorite of people with a painful condition like arthritis and fibromyalgia. By supporting correct alignment, contouring to the body and not placing added pressure on sensitive areas, sleepers’ bodies can experience optimal comfort. Reduced pain is also associated with better sleep, offering another benefit.

Accommodate various sleep positions. Whether you enjoy sleeping on your back, stomach, or side, a memory foam mattress can accommodate any position. The foam is designed to mold and cradle every part of your body evenly which allows you to settle into your most comfortable position without pressure points. For those who sleep on their backs, memory foam curves to your spine, providing excellent lumbar support and allowing your back to relax. It works with side sleepers by accommodating hips and shoulders while still supporting your waist to keep your spine even. And for stomach sleepers, memory foam helps keep your back in shape and avoid painful pressure points.

Motion. Motion in traditional mattresses can mean disturbed sleep for couples. This can be a particular problem for couples with different schedules and for light sleepers. One key benefit of a memory foam mattress is that the material absorbs motion and isolates rather than transferring it. When one person gets out of bed or rolls over, their partner is not jolted out of sleep.

Dust Mites. Dust mites are a fact of life and nearly every home has them. One of the favorite areas of your home is the bedroom. Dust Mites are mostly harmless, however, they are one of the leading causes of indoor allergies. A typical innerspring mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside of it. The fluffy fiber padding and large open spaces make it easy for dust mites to burrow in, congregate, and collect in a traditional mattress.

Dust Mites find the type of materials used in memory foam mattresses uninviting and its dense structure discourages Dust Mites more effectively. Memory foam ensures that Dust Mites have fewer places for them to live and thrive. Combining a memory foam mattress with hypo-allergenic mattress covers and regular surface vacuuming can help to control and mitigate dust mites in your bedroom.

Hypoallergenic. Foam mattresses are great for allergy sufferers. Much as the dense nature repels Dust Mites, it also limits other allergens like mold and pet dander from working their way into the mattress. The materials used are largely hypoallergenic.

Temperature-control support. Many people are unaware that our body temperature can affect how well you sleep. Memory foam beds are manufactured using a temperature-sensitive material, which allows the mattress to adjust your body heat and weight. As your body temperature increases, the mattress becomes softer to provide a good night’s sleep. Additionally, memory foam is able to retain heat, providing extra warmth for added comfort during cold months. Reversely, if you’re typically warm-blooded, you may want to consider a memory foam mattress with a cooling feature.

What Are Some of the Recommended Memory Foam Mattresses Brands?

There are several that we highly recommend.

The Serta® iComfort® Hybrid is the only mattress that combines the cooling memory foams of our iComfort sleep system with our newest and most advanced coil support system. You can get all the benefits in one bed – cooling technology, deep down support, and cradling comfort.

EverFeel® Triple Effects™ Gel Memory Foam is the exclusive and advanced material is inspired by memory foam, yet completely different. It is designed to intelligently respond to your body in 3 ways: 1) helps relieve pressure points for increased comfort, 2) provides added support to help with body alignment and 3) aids in temperature regulation while you sleep. Serta’’s EverFeel™ material is enhanced with Serta’’s exclusive EverTemp™ Technology, which allows the advanced memory foams in iComfort mattresses to remain comfortable regardless of temperature or humidity.

The Perfect Sleeper Luxury Express 12″ mattress combines Serta’s 6″ foam core with 3″ of Premium Gel Memory Foam and an additional 3″ of Gel-Infused Support Foam. The mattress is surrounded by an embroidered cover that is treated with CoolFeel™ technology to help you sleep cooler throughout the night.

Beautyrest Black® is more than a mattress, it is a haven for deep, restorative sleep that inspires your senses. The Beautyrest Black experience goes beyond mere comfort. It creates a restful escape where sleep is the ultimate luxury. The latest advancements in Pocketed Coil® Technology, memory foam and high-performance fabrics come together to create a luxurious and rejuvenating sleep that can only be experienced with a Beautyrest Black mattress.

Beautyrest® Platinum™ Hybrid is an elegantly crafted sleep system that offers the best of both worlds – a unique combination of Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil® Technology and PlatinumICE™ Memory Foam designed for the support your body needs and the comfort you enjoy.

At America’s Mattress, we understand the importance a quality mattress can have on your everyday life. As the leading mattress store in the Lowcountry, we are able to help you make the proper selection based on your personal needs. Contact America’s Mattress – we don’t rest until you do.