Developed by NASA in the 1960s, for zero gravity space travel, viscoelastic or memory foam as it is sometimes called. Provides a comfortable, more personalised sleeping surface, as its name suggests it remembers (well sort of) the shape of the body contours and therefore moulds itself around the body while sleeping in one position. How it does this is really is by using alien science! However, for us humans the explanation is simple, Memory foam responds to the person’s body heat and takes the shape when it becomes soft and shapy with the heat generated.
When memory foam was first developed, it was used for astronauts as in outer space, the effects of zero gravity can have detrimental effects on the body over time.
Over time the medical profession saw the usefulness of memory foam for people that suffered from body soars after spending long time when recuperating form certain debilitating illness. Over time and many developments in its chemical make up memory foam made it way to the general market.
However, these days, manufacturers have introduced foams with open cell structures to allow air to flow through more freely as well as different combinations of materials which prevent the mattress from retaining too much heat.
Today it is one of the bestselling mattresses on the market, making its way into a variety of forms such as mattresses, toppers, pillows and many other everyday uses.
One drawback of memory foam is its very essence, heat! Memory foam needs heat to operate, yet a lot of people find this uncomfortable while sleeping. Worry not! hot people (figuratively speaking) there is a solution, for instance, the Coolmax Memory Foam Mattress is a supremely comfortable memory foam mattress with an open-cell structure to promote airflow, a moisture-wicking Adaptive technology cover. All the benefits of memory foam with none of the heat retention! Simples.
So, there you have it, finally an explanation that is Rocket science!