Memory foam made its first entry into the bedding industry in the late 1960s. However, this technology has gone through a raft of changes over the years with the major advancement in the last few years.
Actually, there is more to learn about memory foam but to get a better understanding of how far memory foam has come through, it is important we take a step back in its history.
So in this article, we are going to concentrate on three main aspects: memory foam at past, present and memory foam in the future.
- Memory foam past (the Late 1960s)
NASA chemists first established the idea of memory foam in their effort to create a material that would ease pressure the astronauts experienced due to gravitational forces they pulled at the liftoff.
The idea of memory foam was that the foam provides an adequate amount of support while at the same time cushioning the astronauts in order to eliminate painful pressure points. The unique characteristic of this ancient memory foam is that it was temperature sensitive, just like murphy bed.
This feature allowed it to absorb body heat and keep the astronaut cool. Additionally, it brought in the benefit of comfort as it evenly distributed the astronaut’s weight across the surface.
- Memory foam today (1980s-Date)
Until the early 1980s, NASA had not managed to make the product work well enough. After several attempts to improve, its performance NASA eventually sold the foam technology to another Sweden-based foam producing company.
The Swedish company began rigorous testing in the mid-1980s and in 1991 the first memory foam mattress made it to the public in Sweden. The mattress gained outstanding reception I Sweden and was later introduced to the US market in 1992.
Although the memory performed quite well in terms of comfort and pressure point relief, it was not without a few complaints, which persists to date. These concerns relate to:
- Strong off-gassing
- Sinking feeling
- Sleeping hot
- No ventilation
- Not eco-friendly
Notably, other mattress brands and companies have come on board to collaborate in the success of memory foam mattress.
Surprisingly, since the Swedish company produced the first memory mattress there has been little structural changes in the way memory foam has been made until now.
However, today foam mattress manufacturers have the opportunity to explore the future of memory foam by utilizing the existing technology. This innovation may make foam mattresses accessible to a wider audience.
- Memory foam future
The future of memory foam technology is green especially with the creation of PlushBeds memory foam line of mattresses.
The PlushBeds memory foam mattress is the first category to earn the prestigious GreenGuard Gold Certification, which means it is human and environmentally safe. The PlushBeds technology eliminates the quicksand sinking feel many people experience when sleeping.
Interestingly, the PlushBeds design does not trap heat like the original memory foam, this means that you can sleep cooler night after night.
What is more is the extended warranty that gives you a 100-night satisfaction guarantee to ensure you enjoy so many hours of peaceful night sleep. The future of memory foam technology is looking better and brighter than ever.
Memory foam technology has come a long way and it is still evolving. The future of memory foam technology is going to produce memory foam mattress that is eco-friendly, durable, hypoallergenic and microbial, breathable, comfortable and affordable. To this end, you will need to try a memory foam mattress to experience the changes.