Many mattress manufacturers and retailers say their products can cure insomnia and/or many other sleep disorders, back pain, joint pains and so on. The truth is that no mattress can fix these things but they can help ease the pain and improve comfort during sleep, depending on your medical condition, mattress type and quality. So what do doctors have to say about it?
But first, here's what you must know about home mattress trials and what makes a good foam mattress.
Many customer reviews say that a Tempur-Pedic mattress or pillow has helped apnea and fibromyalgia patients, insomniacs and people suffering from back and hip pain. There are no relevant medical studies to back up these effects which is why doctors are still skeptical about recommending (or not recommending) visco mattresses.
Air mattresses are subject to the same lack of relevant studies. There are doctors, however, who say that the adjustable firmness principle used by air beds makes them appropriate for people recovering from back or joint surgery.
Health care specialists say that to be labeled as providing pressure relief, a mattress has to have the pressure of 32mmHg or lower, whereas pressure reduction performance is agreed to occur between 32mmHg and 50mmHg.
Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, there are no allergy-free mattresses readily available (except for the ones manufactured especially for people suffering from allergies).
Almost all air mattress beds sold today use foam so comparing them to visco mattresses reveals similar findings:
When someone sits on the bed, the other side gets much firmer than it was. Then deflates again as soon as the weight is taken off. There is a hard bar down the middle of the bed that separates the two sides. If you like your bed hard you cannot feel it, but if you have it on a softer setting, be careful that you don't roll over on it.
The pump is louder than we would like. There's no way either of us can adjust the mattress while the other is sleeping.
Because the mattress squishes down around you in a very nesty way, it was very difficult for me to get out of the "hole" - to turn over, I had to get fully awake and work quite hard (and painfully, I might add!) to get out of my little spot.
I'm really enjoying the ability to change the mattress firmness. Normally I like it a bit soft but when I've been out exercising and my back muscles are screaming it's really nice to be able to firm it up a little more than usual.
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A Critical Eye On The Latest Mattress Technologies
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 memory foam toppers and does a Tempurpedic mattress overlay last longer? The answer is years and years as long as it's made of better quality, higher-density foam.
Many manufacturers claim closed cell memory foam was first used by the NASA Space Program to boost sales for their memory bedding.
NASA never did use that basic material in the 1960s. NASA foam mattress or space matress technology simply does not exist as such.
The truth is the Swedish Tempur-Pedic company did eventually come up with a reliable formula now used in the best-selling Tempurpedic mattresses.
While Tempur-Pedic Swedish mattresses are commonly known as Swedish mattreses, not all such products made in Sweden are made of slow rise foam.
How can you check if your purchase as good as a real Tempurpedic bed? You can try the wine glass test, the egg test, or the fridge test.