Tempurpedic Vs. Other Memory Foam Beds
Memory foam mattresses are all the rage right now, as you have probably heard, but what is all the buzz about? What makes memory foam so popular and why should you try it?
Well the main feature of memory foam beds like the Tempurpedic mattresses is the pressure reducing nature of the material. Originally developed for use in medical facilities, it has been proven to provide a much lower surface pressure rating than standard foam, air mattresses, and coil mattresses in clinical studies researching reduction of pressure sores. Basically in a coil mattress, you have metal springs pushing upward and gravity pulling your body down, with your skin, muscles and veins caught in between. This is why your limbs fall asleep or develop sore spots, which signal your body to move. This makes us toss and turn and sleep poorly at night.
With memory foam mattresses, the cells give in areas where more heat and pressure is applied, transferring the air to neighboring cells and spreading your weight across the surface. Heavy areas like your hips and shoulders sink in, while the foam contours to areas like your lower back to provide proper support and posture for the whole body.
Another useful feature is the memory foams ability to resist motion transfer. Especially helpful for couples who have different schedules, this means that your partner will not disturb you when they get a drink mid-night or rise early for work.
For those more concerned about the heat factor, opt for open cell foam, use a cool-flex type cover, and keep your room cool. Most beds are rated for people under 4-500 lbs. so if the weight limit could be an issue be sure to check warranties. Just like any other mattress, these come in varying firmnesses, but have a different feel than standard beds, so make sure to try them out to see which one is best..