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If you want something in your life that remembers you, then you need a memory foam mattress. My grandparents aren’t quite as sharp as they used to be, in fact a conversation I had with my grandad recently reminded me of a joke I heard ages ago about old people which you may have heard: “My memory’s not as great as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as great as it used to be...”

An old person’s memory might suffer with old age, but with a memory foam mattress, age is just a number. Memory foam mattresses are made with visco elastic foam which is a special type of foam originally designed by NASA for protecting astronauts from the effects of g-force. Nowadays, it is a popular mattress material which is long lasting, beneficial for your health, and so easy to look after.

Memory foam responds to heat and pressure, so when I lie down on my mattress I can feel the foam gradually softening underneath the heat and weight of my body. This means that I can feel the foam moulding around my hips, legs, and shoulders to give each of my pressure points the right support. By supporting pressure points, memory foam can easily allow you to sleep all the way through the night without tossing and turning to find a comfier position.

The reason it is called a memory foam mattress is that it can remember its original shape. This ability to remember is called “viscosity”. Although it adjusts itself to fit your body form during the night, when you get up in the morning and have no contact with the mattress, the foam gradually returns to its natural shape so that it is ready for the next time you need it.

The density of the memory foam mattress has the biggest effect on how quickly it returns to its natural shape, and how easily it responds to your body weight. A high density mattress is great if you love a lot of support while you sleep or feel the most comfortable on a firm mattress. A lower density mattress will be able to conform to your body’s curves very easily but is likely to offer less support than a high density mattress.

A high density memory foam mattress is great for back support (it can align your spine whilst you sleep, no matter what position you are in), and ideal for reducing strain on painful joints and pressure points. The higher the density of the mattress, the firmer the foam and the slower its recovery time – this means that it slowly adjusts to your body, then gradually returns to its original shape so that it is soft and ready for the next night’s sleep.

You won’t care if your Grandad can remember you or not when you’ve had a night being cradles to sleep on a memory foam mattress!

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