People, adults in particular, are supposed to be getting more or less eight hours of sleep a day. In spite of this fact, most people find it difficult to sleep for eight hours. This is because of the busy schedules that all working individuals have to keep up with. And this is also because people aren’t sleeping in the proper position that will get them well-rested. As a result, people who don’t get enough sleep and sleep in the wrong position wake up with back pains, shoulder aches, and/or stiff necks. They might also wake up with a really bad mood. Imagine if you are a grouch in the morning or if you wake up with someone who is a grouch! What a way to start the day, right?! No need to worry. The memory foam, which was first developed by NASA, is available to everyone these days.
The NASA foam mattress was first invented to lessen the pressure of the g-force upon the lift-off of the space shuttle in the 1970s. It was designed to conform to the body shape of the astronauts and distribute the pressure that might cause injuries. This foam material is able to conform to their shape and go back to its original shape when the extreme pressure is gone. It was a very nice idea but surprisingly, this visco-elastic polyurethane foam wasn’t used on this space program.
In the 80s, a famous mattress company in Sweden perfected NASA’s memory foam and later made it available to consumers in the form of mattresses. Memory foam was very much needed in the medical field for it was firm enough but comfortable for patients who spent so many hours on hospital beds. It provided the support that a patient needed by helping in distributing the person’s weight so that any part of the patient’s body wouldn’t feel the pressure of the rest of the body. This way, the patient’s pains due to lying on the bed were minimized.
Today, memory foam is used in mattresses, pillows, topper pads, you name it. What makes it so special for people is that it conforms to the body shape which decreases the pressure points making you wake up without any sort of pain whatsoever. Memory foam is also sensitive to temperature. At colder temperatures, the foam is firmer or more viscous while at warmer temperatures, the foam is more elastic. Now you see why it is called visco-elastic foam. Memory foam mattresses and topper pads come in different densities. So, when purchasing a mattress, it is important that you know your weight. It is also important to know how soft or firm you want your mattress to be. Many mattress companies offer free trials or warranties.
Try a memory foam mattress and experience the wonderful effects of proper sleep for yourself.