What are memory foam mattresses & what’s all the hype about?

Selecting your next mattress is a huge decision and we’re not going to discount that.

As of late, a lot of people have come to us and have questions about memory foam mattresses. They’re looking to make intelligent decisions when they’re out shopping, so I thought now would be a good time to write a new blog post about some of the key features and benefits that you can find in these types of mattresses.

A few quick things to keep in mind while you read this blog posts:

  • Consider how you sleep
  • How your partner sleeps
  • What price point makes sense for your budget.

(don’t hesitate to splurge a little, after all you are spending approximately 2920 HRS sleeping just this year)

Memory foam mattresses are a newer edition to the industry compared to your pioneered technology such as an inner coil or pocket coil mattress (which are also great by the way!) But with that said, most people don’t fully grasp the different advantages and disadvantages of memory foam, so these next few things need to be taken in account as you start to narrow in on your new mattress. [1]

Simply put, there are different materials used to make up a memory foam mattress and everyone has their own unique formula or recipe if you will that makes their product different than the other guys.

What’s really cool is the history of memory foam. Memory foam was actually designed by NASA in the 60s. Now mattresses manufacturing isn’t rocket science, after all they are just covered rectangles.

However, what goes into the mattress is pretty technical.

Also, don’t lose sight of the fact that “comfort” is subjective and not one size fits all. (we touched on this throughout our last blog post. But its a point that should never be forgotten, so we will continue to hit home) PS. your grand ma probably likes a different mattress than you and vis versa.

Visco elastic or visco foam is something you might not have heard about but essentially “visco” elastic foam is just a different name for memory foam. It consists mainly of polyurethane as well as additional chemicals increasing its viscosity and density*. (we break these two items down in greater detail later in the blog).

Memory foam is very tough and long lasting, it also offers great support and even better pressure relief.

So, what are the different styles of memory foam out there?

Really, it comes down to 3 different styles, the traditional memory foam, open cell memory foam, and the newest addition, gel or copper infused memory foams.

Traditional memory foam is the probably the most known; it offers a good sleeping surface that conforms and supports your body.

The caveat, it tends to hold heat more than the others.

Open cell memory foam has similar ingredients as the classic memory foam but has a fundamentally different structure to it. Open cell memory foam is made up of tiny little open cells that were designed to create air flow and allow for some ventilation and increase its ability to dissipate body heat.[2]

Lastly, there’s Gel memory foam. Gel memory foam is memory foam that has either been infused or sprayed with gel that is incorporated during the construction or processing of this specific memory foam. Most often these types of mattresses use what is called a “PCM” gel memory foam. PCM stands for “phase changing materials” and what that means is that the memory foam actively draws and dissipates heat from your body and away from the core of the mattress, offering a longer last, cooler sleeping surface.

You can find our True North collection here if you’re interested in learning more about specific mattress collections that offers PCM memory foam.

What’s new?

We’ve started to play around with some organic materials such as copper in our memory foams that help increase the cooling features in memory foam.

You might be asking yourself why would we use copper? Well, copper is a natural product and is a renewable resource, it is an excellent thermal conductor which rapidly transfers heat away from the body, its ability to promote health and wellness, and is well known for its antimicrobial properties. [3]

What does foam density or foam viscosity have to do with your mattress?

Well, they are two very different reactions that your memory foam goes through and how it functions. Simply but foam density refers to the firmness of the mattress and the foam viscosity is a measure of the foam stiffness or resistance. The material moves slowly and is not as responsive when pressure is applied. A good example to describe this situationally would be to think of a memory foam mattress in a very cold room, it’s dense, does not have much movement or conformity to it. Whereas a memory foam mattress in a very hot room will have a lot more leeway and tons of conformity.

The last thing you want to take in account when deciding if a memory foam mattress is right for you is by looking at the foam certifications (if there are any). It might sound like a no brainer but some companies use wacky materials to make up the mattress that cause off gassing and other chronic health issues.

Here at Springwall, we use only CERTIPUR-US Certified foams. This means that all of our foams have tested to meet rigorous standards for emissions, content, performance, and durability. [4]

Our foams do not produce any off gassing of funky smells, they are environmentally friendly, and we tend to use only top of the line materials throughout our production facilities. Rest assured that we take pride in using sustainable products and you can sleep soundly knowing that your mattress is good for mother earth.

If you interested in learning more about Springwall’s different selection of products I encourage you to click the product tab on our website. There you will find that we have 8 collections that are very unique in their own way.

Feel free to send us an email at info@springwall.com or simply give us a call we would be happy to help you make the best decision in your mattress buying adventure!

Sleep well & stay healthy!


[1] https://www.thesleepjudge.com/what-is-memory-foam/

[2] https://www.sleepfoundation.org/mattress-information/what-is-memory-foam#:~:text=Open%2DCell,mattress%2C%20which%20helps%20disperse%20heat.

[3] https://kulkote-inside.com/products/kulkote-copper

[4] https://certipur.us/

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