Tempur mattresses are among the most comfortable mattresses on the market - even if they do come at a price!
This is largely because Tempur relies on world-class materials, including their revolutionary NASA-approved memory foam. 😳
Let's explore this a bit.
The science behind Tempur's memory foam
Tempur is the original memory foam mattress brand.
The history of memory foam goes all the way back to 1966 when NASA first designed it as a pressure-absorbing material to cushion astronauts' seats and absorb impact during space travel. 🚀
But you don't have to be an astronaut to experience space technology.
Tempur moved memory foam from space travel into the mattress market, launching the first memory foam mattress back in 1991.
To this day, Tempur is still the only mattress brand with official NASA certification. 🏅
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Why is memory foam so special?
Memory foam (also often called viscoelastic polyurethane foam) is a foam made predominantly of polyurethane and a few additional chemicals to increase viscosity and density.
It is characterised by its so-called memory effect (or memory imprint).
What does this mean?
Basically, when you apply pressure to the foam, it leaves an imprint that will remain visible for a few seconds - i.e. a memory of the imprint remains in the foams.
Look at the images of the Tempur Sensation Elite mattress as a demonstration:
This allows the foam to adapt remarkably well to your body shape, resulting in body-contouring comfort and support. 🤗
The memory effect is also why memory foam mattresses are so good against back pain and often recommended as orthopaedic mattresses.
Memory mattresses have the unique ability to conform to the sleeper's body, alleviating pressure points and tension.
This pressure relief helps your muscles relax fully.
High-quality mattresses, like the Tempur mattresses, demonstrate an exceptional memory effect.
How firm are Tempur mattresses?
Memory foam is heat-sensitive - which is why it also moulds so well to your body.
The foam will be firmer when cold and soften up when warmer.
This is why memory foam mattresses often feel so soft.
But, there are still differences in firmness between different types of memory foam mattresses.
Given the range of Tempur mattresses available, there are also different firmness levels to suit different types of sleepers.
Here is an overview:
Choosing the right degree of firmness is largely a matter of personal preference, though your build and sleeping style also play a part.
- Lighter-weight people and side sleepers do better on soft mattresses.
- Average-weight people and combination sleepers are often comfortable on medium-firm mattresses.
- Heavier-weight people and pure stomach sleepers or back sleepers often prefer a firmer feel.
There is no "one-fits-all" rule to firmness, though.
The best thing to do is try out a mattress to see if it's right for you.
Luckily, all of the best mattresses - including Tempur mattresses - come with risk-free trial periods.
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