In the early 1970’s, NASA’s research center funded the development of a material used to reduce g-force on the body during space shuttle lift-off. It was thought that one of the main factors in reducing this intense pressure would be to create a foam material that would conform and hold to the shape of the body. It was quickly found that any movement would make the foam lose conformity and create unhealthy pressure on pressure points in the body. Realizing that this could potentially become a health concern for astronauts, NASA created a new, visco-elastic material that catered to these concerns. The visco-elastic innovation allowed for conformity as well as improved resilience when pressure was removed from the foam, allowing for even weight distribution over the entire surface. It was later found that this technology could prove useful outside of space travel.
It was found that this memory foam could help with even the normal everyday pressure on joints and muscles. Side sleepers often suffer from misalignment of the spine due to consistent pressure placed on the hips and shoulders. Like side-sleepers, those who sleep on their stomach find they have recurring neck pain and with the contouring ability of the memory foam, much of these discomforts are eliminated. It has also been found that even back sleepers can experience lower back and sacrum (lower part of the spine) pain caused by unnecessary pressure.
When you take into consideration the amount of pressure you place on your shoulders and hips you will realize that visco-elastic pressure sensitive foam will offer you the best chance for reducing the overall pressure placed on your joints by contouring them without pushing back against them
A good memory foam mattress will not need a box spring underneath it to make the mattress feel good. You can order a platform base to increase the height of the bed, but remember that this mattress should feel good if it was placed on an even, concrete surface.
While the memory foam that comes from the U.S. does not contain toxic ingredients such as formaldehyde or PBDE (polybrominateddiphenylether), it can have somewhat of a new foam type of smell that can stay for a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on the foam manufacturer. If you do experience this, air out the room and wash the sheets after the first couple of nights sleeping on the mattress. If the smell should persist, contact the manufacturer for more information.
When you take into consideration the amount of pressure you place on your shoulder and hips if you are a side sleeper, neck if you are a stomach sleeper or lower back and sacrum if you are a back sleeper, you will realize that visco-elastic pressure sensitive foam will offer you the best chance for reducing the overall pressure placed on your joints by contouring them without pushing back against them. With latex added to a memory foam mattress it can offer a bit more spring against the concavities like the small of your back or sides, while not losing the ability to contour and displace pressure points.
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