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What Is A Foam Mattress?
Foam mattresses were first manufactured in the 20th century. During the latter half of the 21st century, foam mattresses experienced a sudden boom thanks to advancements in manufacturing technology and the introduction of visco-elastic foams.
Foam mattresses typically consist of the following components;
- Top layer – Soft foams provide a cushioned sleep surface and pressure relief. Usually, it has one foam layer, but Hybrid & Luxury mattresses can have multiple foam layers for comfort & support.
- The Support Core: Bottom Layer – This is the mattress’s foundation. They are typically made of high-density or high-resilience foam, to prevent Sinking & sag and increase the longevity of the mattress. The high-end model has quilted foams on top for extra comfort and spine pressure relief. Hybrid & Luxury models have more than one foundation layer.
There are multiple types of foams, each with its own features, benefits, price, and other pros and cons. Let’s dive in and look at the three most popular foam types.
Memory Foam: Engineer Charles Yost invented memory foam for NASA during the ’60s, as a body heat responding material for astronauts to sleep on, in space.
Because memory foam reacts to body heat and conforms to the body shape, it provides maximum pressure relief and support for an healthy spine alignment and even weight distribution in all sleeping positions,
Its dense structure effectively isolates movement for an undisturbed sleep. At the same time, the tightly packed cells make it a hypoallergenic material that resists dust mites invasion and saves you from allergies.
However, people often complain of feeling heat retention on a memory foam mattress, making it unsuitable for hot sleepers, to counter that Mattress souq uses open-cell memory foam with a porous structure to increase airflow. Cooling-Gel & Cooling fabric is used in mattresses to keep them cool and supportive.
Latex Foam: In 1929, chemists E.A. Murphy and Eric Owen used whipped latex to manufacture foam.
The sap of rubber trees whipped to a bubbly foam & poured into a mold for creating latex sheets.
Being naturally hypoallergenic and chemical-free, it guarantees that you get an allergen-free sleep surface.
This organic material comes with a wide range of benefits, including Durability, flexibility, and comfort. Latex mattresses effectively conform to your body curves to relieve aching joints and muscles.
Polyurethane Foam: Polyurethane or PUFOAM is the most popular foam in the mattress industry worldwide. In the 1950s its widespread use began as an alternative to natural fiber fillings like cotton and wool.
Manufactured from petroleum combining polyol (a complex form of alcohol) and isocyanates in three different types and densities, which affect its performance, quality, and durability.
Since the material is easy to compress, it is commonly used in bed-in-a-box mattresses. However, unlike memory foam, it’s quick to respond and retains its original shape.
If you think none of the above mattress types are suitable for you & if you want hugging support, cooling comfort, and a little bounce, but with a peaceful snooze… then try hybrid mattresses.
Your choice of mattress type affects sleep quality profoundly. Right support and comfort are key for a well-rested sleep. Only finding out the correct type of mattress offers you the chance to enjoy all the benefits of sound sleep and a healthy lifestyle.
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