Few mattresses require as much adjustment from consumers as a memory foam mattress does (be it Tempurpedic or other brand). So why would you change how you sleep, even if just for the length of the free home trial, for the sake of a memory mattress? And if you are willing to compromise, just what can you do to make sleeping on a Tempur mattress as comfortable as possible?
The way Tempur-Pedic mattresses respond to heat is the number one reason consumers choose them over other brands but it is also the number one reported reason of most returns according to the countless consumer opinions we have read online.
A large proportion of people who return their memory bed or mattress and then say they are uncomfortably warm to sleep on. But many go the other way and say it is too cold and firm. How do we know? Because many people for whom this mattress does not work have expressed their dissapointment in online reviews and comments.
Depending on your unique body chemistry, you may find sleeping on a memory foam mattress too hot or too cold. Having said that, you may really like the feeling of memory foam and you really do see yourself sleeping better on a Tempur mattress, if only you could adjust the temperature to make it more comfortable. It's also important to remember that for every consumer who says Tempur feels too hot or too cold there are many others who don't have this problem. The question is figuring out which group you fall into.
The strange thing is that visco elastic memory foam mattresses are supposed to absorb body heat and breathe it out through millions of tiny air passages within the memory foam mattress. For many people though, these next two factors are overpowering and counteract that ability.
Memory foam mattresses trap heat well because they:
The following tips apply not just to Tempurpedic but to any other heat-responsive memory foam mattress.
While you cannot alter Tempur foam density, you can change how the memory mattress reacts to body heat. If the Tempur-Pedic bed didn't react to heat as well as it could, there would be less contact with it and more exposure to air (which causes cooling).
Tempur-Pedic mattresses come with a breathable terry cloth cover which acts as a light barrier between you and the viscoelastic memory mattress. The cover solves the heat problem for many people but for many others, it doesn't.
If the Tempur-Pedic mattress sleeps hot even with the cover on, use an additional pad or cover over it to insulate the mattress from the body. The thicker the insulation, the longer it takes body heat to reach the Tempur foam layer. It becomes, therefore, less responsive to heat. But sadly, there is a trade-off.
Insulation means the Tempurpedic mattress cannot react the best it possibly could to body temperature, The end result is a somewhat firmer memory foam mattress that won't soften to become more gentle.
Some suppliers use pillowtops or fiberfill padding over the visco foam mattress to make it cooler to sleep on. To make up for the reduced heat responsiveness, they use lower density foam to allow better body conforming. Their attempt to recapture the gentle feeling visco elastic mattresses are best known for, however, results in less support and shorter longevity.
Other suggestions for making sleeping on Tempur-Pedic-style mattresses more comfortable without losing support or gentleness include:
There are significantly fewer people who say Tempur-Pedic beds feel too cold. Cold memory foam mattresses also feel somewhat firmer. Here are some suggestions to make a Tempur mattress warmer and softer.
First thing to try would be to make sure the memory foam layer within the bed or mattress reacts the best it possibly can to body heat.
There are many compromises you may have to make if you really like the feel of memory foam mattresses, be it from Tempur-Pedic or others. Unfortunately, only your own body chemistry can tell you if and just how much adjustment you may have to go through before being completely comfortable sleeping on a memory mattress -- not too hot and not too cold. And the best way to find that out is a mattress home trial.
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Which to choose from a 3.5lb foam toppers versus 5.5lb Tempur-Pedic bed topper comparison? Higher density alone does not make a quality sleeping surface. The formula behind the best sleeping surface uses best quality, high-density foam that responds to body temperature.
What is the secret behind Tempur-Pedic mattress technology and why is it in the top 5 most popular brands alongside the likes of Sensus, Isotonic, Bergad and Sealy? The answer is that it uses good quality, high density, heat responsive foam.
What affects the expected lifetime of a memory overlay and does a Tempur mattress pad last longer? The answer is years and years as long as it's made of better quality, higher-density foam.
Many manufacturers claim Swedish foam was first used by the NASA Space Program to boost sales for their visco memory foam beds.
NASA never did use that basic material in the 1960s. NASA bedding or space bedding technology simply does not exist as such.
The truth is the Swedish Tempurpedic company did eventually come up with a reliable formula now used in the best-selling Tempur mattress.
While Tempur-Pedic beds are commonly known to use Swedish mattress technology, not all such products made in Sweden are made of the so-called NASA bed foam.