In 1966, AMES research center of NASA developed memory foam to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. It was created by infusing gas into a polymer matrix which has an open-cell solid structure that helps match pressure and comes back to its original shape slowly. In early 1980, NASA introduced memory foam(MF) to the public and it leads to huge production ever since.
Applications of Memory Foam
Memory foam now is largely used for domestic purposes. It is best favored for bedding accessories. Memory foam supports the alignment of your spine besides its pressure points relieving and preventing back pains. No matter your sleeping position – back, stomach, or sides – this one is sure to accommodate your posture. MF repels allergenic elements like dust mites, molds, pet dander etc to thrive in. This fairly low-maintenance foam can readily sit on adjustable base – be it angled or flat. Also, MF records for good durability and lifespan.
How it Works:
Memory foam has an open-cell structure that matches body pressure subjected against it. The internal structure relaxes when it comes in contact with body heat and becomes softer. It molds according the pressure and heat absorbed. The foam gradually springs back to its original shape when not in use.
Types of Memory Foam
Memory foam mattress is considered the best selling mattress. Traditional memory foam was first developed to deliver a good night sleep by molding your body. But somehow the drawback was, body heat trapped in MF mattress made it uncomfortable to sleep in high temperatures. It was replaced with an open-cell MF that ensured effective air circulation inside the mattress for better distribution of body heat while sleeping. Gel-infused technology in MF was developed to absorb heat like an ice pack. It was used in MF mattress to allow even distribution of heat, absorbing and releasing body temperature while sleeping.
Memory Foam with Cooling Gel
Getting accurate sleep requires the right mattress which comes with memory foam. The semi-liquid gel included in MF is very effective to cool a surface drawing heat away from the body. The cooling gel layer on top of the MF helps separate our body from the heat trapped in foam, thereby slowing down the rising rate of temperature. Constant flow of heat through foam can make it loose its shape and even exaggerate the process of decay. The gel also ensures that the integral structure of the foam is kept intact and slows down aging of the foam. Not only this, cooling gel also acts like a contraception for mites and bacteria as it helps in keeping the foam temperature below the level required for multiplying.