A favorite marketing ploy of manufacturers is to use health to persuade us to buy their product. 'What's your health worth?' they say and you feel under pressure to buy.
No visco memory foam mattress, not even from brands like Tempur Pedic (they actually send out foam samples), can cure your sleep disorder, back or hip pain but, at the very least, it can bring some small relief where other mattresses and beds have failed. And it may only do that a few nights out of the week.
The question is, is this relief going to be worth the price of a new mattress, especially one made of good quality visco foam? Would you spend, say, $2,000 for a mattress that might only make a difference three days in a week? (read what makes the best memory foams)
Over the expected 10 year life of a mattress, that actually works out to only about $1.50 per day of relief. Most people I know with severe back or hip pain would consider this a bargain if it were, indeed, reliable.
Unfortunately, comfort is a very personal thing and only you can decide if a viscoelastic memory mattress makes for the perfect bed for you to sleep in. And of course, there are always memory foam toppers as the cheaper alternatives (as well as cheap memory foam mattresses, knockoffs of the real thing).
Memory foam has unique features that may or may not help you sleep better. For many people, it improves sleep by reducing pressure points and eliminating tossing and turning. This explains its wide appeal.
The heat responsiveness of Tempur Pedic beds increases body conforming and support with the gentlest of touches. But for some people and some environments, a visco foam mattress may not be the best choice:
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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 visco elastic memory foam mattress and do Tempurpedic mattresses last longer? The answer is years and years as long as it's made of better quality, higher-density foam.
Many manufacturers claim memoryfoam was first used by the NASA Space Program to boost sales for their foam mattresses.
NASA never did use that basic material in the 1960s. NASA beds or space beds 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 beds.
While Tempurpedic pillows are commonly known as Swedish foam pillows, not all such products made in Sweden are made of the so-called NASA pillow foam.
How can you check if your purchase as good as a authentic Tempur mattress? You can try the wine glass test, the egg test, or the fridge test.