Loved by generations, the waterbed mattress is starting to lose the popularity battle. Why has it been so popular for so long and why are visco foam beds winning ground against them? First of all, let's look at the way both types of mattresses work.
But first, here's what you must know about home mattress trials and what makes a good foam mattress.
Memory foam is made of open cells, billions of balloons with holes in them. When you sit on it, air moves from one cell to another and the foam bed contours your body in a unique fashion, relieving pressure points and supporting your weight.
When you lie on a visco foam bed there is no air in the cells to push back and cause discomfort. The air is spread to adjoining cells and the foam simply 'melts' under you to provide long-term, balanced support and comfort.
I had a waterbed in the early to mid-80's, after hearing that they might be good for my back and legs (pain and spasticity). As it turns out, a waterbed was the worst thing for me. I have a pronounced curve (scoliosis), which is related to cerebral palsy and abnormal posturing. That space in my back essentially had no place to rest, and I always woke up stiff and sore.
With the waterbed mattress, I had almost constant back pain and arm / hand numbness that would wake me many times a night.
The other big issue: it's almost impossible to sit upright on the bed for any length of time. I do a lot of work sitting cross-legged on my bed, because that happens to be how & where I am most comfortable, and with the Tempurpedic I just kept sliding down, down, down. Like I imagine being in quicksand would be.
I have chronic low back pain that is muscular. I moved and tried a waterbed which just KILLED my back, as does any soft mattress I have tried at friends.
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How can you check if your purchase as good as a original Tempurpedic Swedish bed? You can try the wine glass test, the egg test, or the fridge test.
Many manufacturers claim visco foam was first used by the NASA Space Program to boost sales for their foam pillow.
NASA never did use that basic material in the 1960s. NASA pillows or space pillows simply do 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 Tempurpedic sleep system.
While Tempur-Pedic mattress pads are commonly known as Swedish pads, not all such products made in Sweden are made of the so-called space foam.
What affects the expected lifetime of a memory mattress and do Tempur mattresses last longer? The answer is years and years as long as it's made of better quality, higher-density foam.