Maybe you have heard about the benefits of the mattresses for people with orthopedic issues and have wondered how does an orthopedic mattress work? This article will explain a few things about that so you will know what to expect from them, if you buy one.
First of all, the main aim of these mattress are that they support the spine in a healthy and natural position, following the contours of your body and reducing any pressure points that may push against it with other types of mattress. This helps to relieve back pain and provide support and comfort to any otherwise achy joints. And if you do not experience back pain, the mattress helps prevent the risk of having back pain and other medical issues related to an incorrect sleeping position. Because it is comfortable, this mattress also encourages a long and relaxing sleep.
An orthopedic mattress has all these qualities due to the modern materials that are used in its manufacturing. The most common types are made from either memory foam or latex foam. Memory foam was invented by NASA in the 1960s, originally for use in their space program, just like the technology behind the microwave oven. It was later introduced onto the market for manufacturers to use in all manner of products – memory foam mattresses being one of them.
Memory foam has a higher density and viscosity than regular foam. It reacts to pressure and also to heat. So when you sit on a memory foam mattress it will adjust around the contour of your body. And the longer you stay there the more it will mold around your body. You will be able to see the molded shape after you get up, but only for a short while, as the mattress will quickly recover to its original shape (thus the name memory foam).
Now, because memory foam is more dense than regular foam, it is also heavier and firmer than the latter. But because it will mold around your body, you will not feel like you are sitting on a too hard or too soft surface. So while this model of orthopedic mattress is strong enough to give your back firm support, it is also soft enough to provide you good comfort.
A latex foam mattress works in a similar fashion. Both materials use an open cell system. Air is not trapped inside the cells, so when you sit on them, the air is pushed out and the material takes the shape of your body. The latex foam mattress is a little more resistant than the memory foam one, with a life span that can last longer than 20 years, as opposed to memory foam’s up to 20 years. In reality both last longer than most people would need as who wants to sleep on the same mattress for 20 years anyway?
This material, like memory foam is hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites. One thing to mention is that latex is not suitable for anyone that is allergic to latex. Unlike memory foam, latex foam is also eco friendly and ventilates more easily. So it is less likely for you to wake up sweaty in the morning. Although that said, a lot of the latest techniques used when producing memory foam mattresses help to ventilate the mattress better too. Latex foam mattresses are typically more expensive than their memory foam counterpart.
Still, that can be a minor issue, if you consider the long life span of these mattresses of 20 – 25 years. Considering how many regular mattresses you would have to buy in that period of time (probably 4 or 5 at least), or memory foam mattresses (possibly 2), you actually save some money by buying this model.
So the question of how does an orthopedic mattress work has now been answered, and you now know more about how these mattresses work and how they can benefit you. All you have to do now is to go and shop for one.