Memory Foam Explained
How does memory foam work?
Reacting to your body temperature, memory foam changes its shape to provide greater support and more comfort than any other mattress. It's man-made and is technically described as (are you ready for this?!) visco-elastic, temperature sensitive, slow recovery urethane foam. You'll understand why we prefer to call it memory foam!
What does visco-elastic mean?
Just calling memory foam 'a visco-elastic foam' might not leave you any the wiser, so think of memory foam like this: memory foam is both viscous AND elastic, it has both properties. You are probably familiar with the quality of elastic, you’ll know viscous too. Honey, for instance, is a viscous material. It’s the viscous property of memory foam, that honey-like property that resists your weight and it’s the elastic property that sees to it that your Dormeo Memory Foam Mattress returns to its original shape.
The visco-elastic (or it can be all one word: viscoelastic) quality is temperature sensitive, which helps the mattress material respond to your body. This is one of the reasons an early adopter of memory foam mattresses was the medical profession, with memory foam being a particularly common fine in European hospitals. Made from cotton, your Dormeo memory foam mattress is pleasant to touch and healthy to sleep on. Here’s why:
Dormeo's fresh covers
Dormeo memory foam mattresses come with a hypoallergenic, antibacterial (SANITIZED®*) cover and dust-mite protection.
Dormeo memory foam mattresses are breathable because the unique cell structure of the mattress core allows for great ventilation.
Environmentally sound manufacturing
Dormeo memory foam mattresses are made from ecologically sound, fully recyclable materials.
Hypoallergenic and antibacterial
The cotton cover of your Dormeo memory foam mattress is impregnated with SANITIZED® protection, which protects against dust mites, fungi and bacteria. This makes Dormeo memory foam mattresses especially suitable for people with asthma or allergies. The layer below the mattress cover also contains hypoallergenic silicone wadding that provides additional protection against bacteria and allergens.
A Short History of Memory Foam
Memory foam is a well-recognised mattress material now, but it hasn't always been the case. The material originated back in 1966 as a development by NASA. Not necessarily part of the Space Programme it was developed to help improve the safety of cushions on aircraft. The foam, which was temperature sensitive, was initially referred to as ‘slow spring back foam’ and was created by pumping gas into a polymer matrix. It all sounds tremendously scientific, but essentially means that the pressure in the cells in the foam made it spring slowly back to its original shape!
Like many NASA developments, the potential for the commercialisation of memory foam wasn’t missed. The material was initially considered far too expensive for general public use and was used in hospitals – for both people and animals! Supporting precious injured race horses was an often unknown early use. NASA launched memory foam to the world in the 1980’s, but there were few companies willing to work with the material initially. Memory foam continued to be used in the medical world, particularly with immobile bed-ridden patients who were at risk of developing pressure sores. Memory foam was extremely effective in preventing this problem.
As the cost of memory foam dropped, its popularity and use increased and it found its way into wheelchair seats, pillows, and mattress toppers, even as a memory foam pillow for people with chronic neck problems. A relatively simple concept, the benefits of memory foam make it one of the most welcome additions to our world, courtesy of the scientific development at NASA.
The well-rested are happier
At Dormeo we are a pretty happy bunch, because we sleep on Dormeo mattresses. For us it’s quite easy to recommend our products to others because we all sleep on them. We know them, use them and enjoy the benefits. So why should you tolerate poor sleep? Find out how Dormeo can help eliminate the most common causes of a lack of sleep.
Once you reach 30, back pain starts kicking in
Back pain is not something only elderly people suffer from. It’s can affect anyone, and it usually starts to take hold around the age of thirty. People often fail to connect the pain in their back with their mattress. Sleeping on the right mattress helps contribute significantly to preventing or even eliminating neck, back and hip pain. Dormeo mattresses are designed to give you a firm foundation of support for the spine, joints and tendons, while the soft, cushioning top layers of memory foam accept your body and allow blood to circulate, so you wake up with fewer aches and pains.
Would you believe your mattress could contain anything up to 10 million dust mites at any given time?
Allergies and interruptions to your sleep can be triggered by allergens such as dust mites, mold, fungi etc. Exposure to dust mites can really cause an increase in your symptoms, causing shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. And guess what? The most common place for dust mites to live is in our beds and pillows. That’s why all Dormeo mattress covers are infused with CleanEffect® treatment, offering anti-bacterial and anti-dust mite protection, ensuring your mattress stays clean and odour-free for a healthier night’s sleep.
Perspiration during sleep can cause mold development
If the air is too humid in your bedroom, it can cause dust mites and mold to develop, which can worsen allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues. As well as providing deep comfort, Dormeo mattresses also breathe, allowing moisture such as perspiration to evaporate into the air instead of remaining in the mattress.