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Memory Foam

Memory Foam, is it all it's cracked up to be?

Today we are reaping the benefits of the creation of memory foam, how it had made our life so much better. The temperature-sensitive memory foam was developed in 1966 under a contract by NASA's Ames Research Center, by creating a safer aircraft cushion. It was created by adding gas to a polymer matrix which caused the foam to be a solid structure that equals the pressure applied to it, but still slowly comes back to its original shape. The original name of the foam was, "slow spring-back foam." One of the contributors to the development of the product dubbed it, "temper foam."

When the foam was later commercialised, it was used for medical equipment such as table pads for X-ray tables, as well as sports equipment and liners for football helmets. When the memory foam was released to public market in the 1980s, it was difficult to manufacture, costs and become an unreliable product. After much disappointment in the results, a company developed the "Tempur-Pedic Swedish Mattress in 1991 that eventually became Tempur World, a mattress and cushion company.

The first use of the memory foam was used for medical purposes, to reduce pressure sores that often led to gangrene in patients. They were required to lie flat for long periods of time, by introducing the memory foam mattresses, it helped to decrease the pressure sores and saw a big decline in gangrene in patients.

Since the cost of memory foam has become reasonable, it is used for common household items including mattresses, cushions, pillows, blankets and even shoes. In the medical world, the foam provides comfortable wheelchair cushions, pillows for hospital beds, and padding providing comfort for those who have experienced long- term pain. Sometimes the heat feature of the foam aids in the comfort of the patient.

One of the most common uses for this foam that was created for aircraft cushions is in mattresses. It is a great surface for sleeping because the foam is both very soft and it is energy absorbent. There are some differences between standard mattresses and memory foam mattresses that you may want to consider before you purchase your next mattress.

" The memory foam provides a great fit for your body, these mattresses mold to your body according to heat and pressure. This allows the body weight to be evenly distributed when you are in bed, and return to its basic shape when you get up.

" The memory foam creates temperature-controlled support, as temperature-sensitive material used in the building of the beds. This allows your mattress to adjust to your weight as well as your body heat, your body heat increases, the mattress softens. If you live where the temperatures get cold, you may enjoy the retention of heat of the memory foam. If you are usually too warm, you may prefer a memory foam mattress that has a cooling feature.

" The memory foam provides pain relief, as many people suffer from on-going pain, achy bodies, and just feeling sore. The foam can displace pressure from the painful areas of your body, it can relieve the pain. The painful areas, typically have a higher temperature than the remainder of the body. The memory foam can detect the warmer parts and mold to the body as necessary.

" Those who suffer with allergies find relief with this memory foam, because of the construction of the foam; dust mites are not attracted to the bed.

" Memory foam absorbs the movement of the bed to make it more comfortable when a bed partner changes positions, especially for those partners who toss and turn a lot.

Even though people all have varying sleep needs and preferences, when it is time for you to get a new mattress, be sure to check out the advantages of a foam memory mattress.

Jordan's only supply the best quality foams and can advise you to which foam is best suited for your requirement. We offer our customers the best quality foam, a personal service and at a competitive price.

For further information on upholstery foam or foam cut to size, please contact our team who will be happy to help.