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How is memory foam produced?

Originally developed by NASA in the 1970s, memory foam was designed as cushioning for astronauts in space crafts. Now, memory foam mattresses are some of the most popular sleeping solutions in the industry. In simple terms, memory foam mattresses are produced by mixing a variety of compounds and alcohols with reacting agents which is then whipped to a froth and placed in a mould. A heat-releasing reaction then causes the foam to form which then goes through an array of heating and cooling processes.

How does memory foam work?

Comprised of millions of tiny holes, memory foam adapts to pressure. When pressure is applied, air seeps out of the millions of holes to mould around your body shape. Whilst there are many benefits in regard to the comfort and support of memory foam, the air seeping out of the mattress surface means it's not very breathable and can raise your body temperature. So, if you're a hot sleeper, you may wish to find a similar mattress option that has increased breathability or temperature regulating qualities.

What are the available mattress firmnesses with memory foam?

The right firmness ratings for you depends on your preferred sleeping position. Read below to find the memory foam mattress with the right support tension for you.

Soft and medium support

A soft mattress or medium firmness level will give you a great night's sleep if you prefer to sleep on your side. This is because a softer or medium memory foam mattress can provide high levels of cushioning to pressure points such as the shoulders and hips, helping to keep your spine aligned in a healthy position all night long. Why are memory foam mattresses good, or even best, for preferred side sleepers? Because a memory foam mattress moulds to your body shape, it offers unparalleled support and comfort to those sleeping in this position.

Medium firm tension

If you don't have a preferred sleeping position and find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, a medium firm mattress firmness is a great choice for you. Offering support that is neither too soft nor too firm, a medium firm memory foam mattress supports you adequately in every sleeping position all night long.

Firmer and extra firm support

If you find yourself sleeping on your stomach and back, a firmer mattress is likely to be the best option for you. This is due to firmer support being able to promote healthy spine alignment in this position, as well as pressure relief. For anyone who suffers from aches and pains or other health conditions relating to back or joints pain, you may wish to consider an extra firm mattress firmness that could supply extra support in order to combat this.

Hybrid memory foam mattresses

Pocket springs

Many of our memory foam mattresses combine springs into their design to create a hybrid memory foam mattress. Pocket sprung systems incorporate springs that move individually, offering fantastic support that complements the body-moulding nature of memory foam mattresses. 

Reflex foam

For all-foam mattresses, you will often find that they are not completely made from memory foam. Instead, there are layers of reflex foam or high-density foam at the base of the mattress, with memory foam comprising of the top later. 

Memory foam mattress brands

At Mattressman, we stock many brands which feature some of the best memory foam mattresses. These trusted sleep experts and brands include Relyon, Sleepeezee, Silentnight, Sealy, British Bed Company, Healthosleep, SleepSoul, Snuggle Beds and Restopaedic.