Foam is not a new thing, its been around since the 1940’s. Memory foam is also not new and has been around since the 1960’s.
The creation of memory foam came from NASA needing a soft material that would hold up better and have no pressure points like traditional spring seats would.
Beds In Space
Many people think NASA created the memory foam for a bed for the astronauts, but instead it was created for the seats. The foam needed to be able to handle the intense g-force that a rocket gives off when launch. This force needed to be displace evenly to give the most comfort for the astronauts.
So memory foam was created.
The early types of memory foam was not perfect. It gave off some nasty odors that were too harmful for small cabins of the rockets. They also broke down after 2 years of use.
Over the years NASA was able to make it into something better that would last a lot longer.
Memory foam was most held by NASA til the 1980’s and was released into the public sector. It wasn’t until the 1990 that the idea for using it as a mattress came to mind. Since then the Foam Mattress has been getting better and better.
Memory Foam = Regular Foam
Memory Foam is actually the real name for the regular foam mattresses you see everywhere. Over the years manufactures have found ways to add multiple different layers the mattress to give you the ultimate comfort. Its no long a single slab of foam, but instead multiple layers.
Foam mattresses really didn’t take off until Tempur-Pedic started to really sell them and advertise for them like crazy. In the early days these mattresses were the best you could get, and they had the price to show for it. Nowadays you can get these mattresses for a better price point.
Foam Is Better
The reason why memory foam mattresses are so popular is that they better support the body. They have less pressure points so that means better blood circulation which gives a better more restful sleep.
Slowly memory foam is taking over and I’m sure we will see a dead to the traditional spring mattress.