- Memory Foam Buying Guide
Expert guide to memory foam
What is memory foam?
Memory foam is a viscoelastic material, meaning it has malleable qualities when pressure is applied, but will return to its original shape once that pressure is removed.
As the name suggests, memory foam is a foam-like material with a softness and unique elasticity that provides responsive and support movement through an even distribution of weight. While in use, the material is able to respond instantly to support changing pressure points, returning to its original form once the point of pressure is removed.
The unique texture of this temperature sensitive material makes it ideal for use in bedding products, which naturally benefit from the ability to provide pressure relief over long periods of time.
Development & origins
Developed by NASA in the 1960's to offer improved comfort and shock absorption for their airplane seats, memory foam was originally known by the far less catchy but functional title of "slow spring back foam."
Certainly one of NASA's most famous technological exports from development to civilian use, memory foam has evolved over the years as a key advancement in the bedding market to become an invaluable addition to the comfortable sleep of many, alleviating joint pain and supporting changing sleep positions throughout the night.
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