Mattress technology has come a long, long way. Historically, most mattresses were of the mattress-and-springs type, these days you’re just as likely to find memory foam mattress options.
Memory foam is relatively recent, being invented in the 1960s by NASA to upholster airplane seats. It’s made from a material called viscoelastic, which is both absorbent and highly energy absorbent. Because of these properties, memory foam molds to the shape of the body in response to heat and pressure, enabling the mattress to evenly distribute body weight. As a result, people are less likely to wake up with aches and pains because of the superior support that this material offers.
That being said, many people are unfamiliar—and often, unwilling—to invest in memory foam mattresses. A lot of this reluctance stems from misconceptions about this mattress type. Below are three of the most common ones and the truth behind them.
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