Mmm... memory foam.

A memory foam mattress can improve you overall health and can help you recover from certain injuries that keep you tossing and turning in regular box-spring mattresses. Find out how to get one »

 

Regardless of Mattress, Get A Memory Foam Pillow

Of course we suggest getting both a memory foam mattress and pillow(s). However, we know not everyone can or wants to just up and purchase a new mattress — especially if they are somewhat happy with their current mattress. But one thing that should be of utmost importance is neck/back health.

The best way to improve your thoracic (upper) spine and neck is to move on to a memory foam pillow. Memory foam pillows come in all shapes and sizes, different widths, heights, lengths, and even shapes. Some attempt to be like generic pillows and some cater to certain sleeping styles. Flat, rectangular pillows will be more suited for all around used whereas curved pillows typically attempt to contour to your neck while you lay flat.

Many people have trouble with pillows getting warm. As we’ve touched on before, memory foam may retain slightly more heat than traditional materials. We recommend using a hybrid — memory foam and gel — to combat this problem. Again, we’ve scoured the net for the best price and best product and we’ve found it. Get a memory foam pillow today. You won’t regret it.

Best Memory Foam Mattress By Cost

This is the article you’ve been waiting for!  Find out our pick for best memory foam mattress for the money!

The first time you sleep on memory foam is going to be strange.  You’re going to sit down in bed, move to a prone or supine position, and have your bed begin to cradle you.  No bed has done this before; they always resist your body weight.  No more.  This is memory foam.  Memory foam doesn’t care if you’re 50 pounds or 300 pounds.  It’s going to disperse that weight evenly all across the mattress and create no odd pressure sensations from springs.

 

Best Memory Foam Mattress

 

Most of us have heard of Tempur-Pedic, but is that the route you should go?  I fell for their marketing, but it was only because I was in “quick-fix-it” mode for some back pain I was having — everyone raved about Tempur-Pedic.  However, I’ve done more research now and realized I made a multi-thousand dollar mistake.  Some history: Tempur-Pedic was one of the first companies created after NASA “open-sourced” their creation of memory foam.  You could say they are the ones that have been in the game the longest, but they aren’t the ones who have invested in the most money into new research and development.   They also know they have household recognition and use that to inflate their prices significantly.  In short, don’t buy a Tempur-Pedic.  It’s just not worth the money anymore.

So, what do you get?  You get that pretty little thing in that picture above.  There are more pictures at that link, but threat thing about this memory foam mattress is price.  It is incredibly reasonable and you get the best memory foam mattress for the price.   The top few inches are a lighter memory foam that allows for increased air circulation to prevent the memory foam from keeping you too hot.  The rest of the mattress is dense memory foam to support your entire body.  They have every size at that link too.

Single Memory Foam Mattress (AKA Twin)

Double Memory Foam Mattress (AKA Full)

Queen Memory Foam Mattress

King Memory Foam Mattress

California King Memory Foam Mattress

When you move to a memory foam mattress, you should also invest in a solid foundation.  You might try your existing box/spring (if you have one), but it kind of ruins the sleekness and quietness of the memory foam mattress.  We recommend getting a foundation made for memory foam that is solid to provide a firm, quiet foundation for the mattress.  Platform-type beds also work wonderfully, but that is not our realm =).  Amazon does have some great options though.   This is our recommendation:

 

Memory Foam Mattress Foundation

 

We’ll have an article dedicated to memory foam mattress foundations in the near future, so stay tuned.

Please leave comments if you find a better deal or a better memory foam mattress somewhere else so we can continue to update our articles.  We want to stay informed on any issues or better finds you may come across.  We will also continue to evaluate and update our website to provide you with our most recent knowledge.  Happy sleeping!

PS. You can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime which gives you FREE 2-day shipping on almost anything (this mattress included!) as well as a bunch of free streaming movies and TV shows.  Check it out.

Memory Foam Dog Beds

The purpose of this post might be strange to some: why benefits would memory foam give a dog?  Why wouldn’t typical stuffed pads and cushions be enough?  In this post, we’ll go over some of the uses for a memory foam dog bed as well as the benefits that you might not have previously considered.

Crate-type Memory Foam Dog Bed

First up: why?  Well, as I detailed in our first post on this blog, memory foam is very beneficial to humans due to the way it disperses all our weight evenly across the memory foam mattress (or pad in this case).  For dogs this may not seem like a big selling point, but it definitely is for two key cases:

1) You have primarily hardwood floors.  If you have hardwood floors, your dog is typically going to choose rugs, beds, or couches to lay on.  This might not be convenient for you, but take a step back and think: hardwood floors suck to lay on.  Memory foam dog beds are a good use case here because, unlike traditional pads, they wont sag and fluff away from the weight of the dog and actually support the dog’s body on top of the pad off the hardwood.

2) Your dog is getting older.  Like humans, as dogs age they develop arthritic conditions as well as old age related stiffness and pain.  Like in #1, sleeping on hard surfaces exacerbates these types of conditions, and a nice solid, but soft, memory foam dog bed would help manage pain while resting.

Memory Foam Dog Bed Bolster

We fully recommend moving away from traditional cotton or down filled blankets or pads due their inherent nature of the filling or padding moving away from the central weight of the dog.  You can see this clearly in normal down-filled blankets after a wash.  If cheaply made in particular, the filling just moves to the corners of the blanket or comforter.  The same thing happens over time with normal dog beds and other dog beds/pads.  However, with memory foam, the internal structure of the foam is one continuous piece of material.  It lasts for an incredibly long period of time and will not deform or break down.

Hopefully we’ve convinced you that getting a memory foam dog bed is a good idea.  There are a variety of uses — dog crates very common.  Replacing your dog’s crate bed is probably one of the most beneficial uses.  The dog uses this the most hours of a day, maybe during the night and even when you are at work.  This surface needs to be the most comfortable and supportive as possible.   There are some great gel and memory foam dog bed combinations available here.  The previous link has a variety of sizes that will work swell with dog crates as  well as stand-alone.

Some people may be more interested in stylish dog beds.  We would like to recommend these nifty bolster-like memory foam dog beds that you see pictured above.  They come in several sizes, but the most useful would be medium memory foam dog bed and large memory foam dog bed.

Feel free to explore some of the related products in the above links.  There are lot of great products out there and we can’t test or research them all.  If you have any feedback on something you’ve tried or tested, please let us know!  Thanks and keep that dog happy and healthy!

 

 

Memory Foam: Is It Too Hot?

If you have done any research on memory foam mattresses before, you’ll come across people lamenting on how hot memory foam is.  In the early days, it was true… memory foam retained a ton of heat.  This is partly because of the different types of memory foam we mentioned in my previous post What Is Memory Foam? Why A Memory Foam Mattress? There has been a lot more research and development into different types of memory foams, latexes, and other memory foam-like derivatives like memory foam-based soy.  Memory foam has come a long way.

Don’t be fooled the “cool memory foam” either.  The truth is, memory foam does retain more heat than a traditional mattress.  However, it isn’t very significant.  There are easy ways to  mitigate this slightly excessive heat and use it your advantage.  We typically see people using only a sheet and a  comforter during the winter instead of a sheet, blanket, and comforter.   During the summer, this gets a little more difficult depending on the person’s sleeping style.  Personally, I leave a fan on and use my typical sheet/comforter combo.  It works well for me, but I understand if some people might run more hot than me =).

One solution is if this scares you (or bothers you if you do an in-home trial of a memory foam mattress) is to use a memory foam mattress topper instead of an entire memory foam mattress, particularly if it one with a gel top.  Memory foam combined with gel in a memory foam mattress topper will allow for some heat to be drawn out of your body and dissipated through the gel before the memory foam has a chance to heat up.  Of course over time things will warm up, but you’ll most likely get to sleep in time.

We’ll have some in depth reviews of some memory foam mattress toppers in the future, but I’d suggest giving one or two a try from Amazon or your local store and returning it if it isn’t what you wanted — make sure they have a return policy though; Amazon’s return policy is great.

What is Memory Foam? Why a Memory Foam Mattress?

Memory foam, believe it or not, is relatively old. Originally created by NASA from polyurethane, this material expanded into commercial use in the padding industry first for sports equipment, padding sharp areas, and as protective padding. NASA used this material to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. NASA moved this invention into the public domain in the 1980′s, allowing for somewhat rapid commercialization. However, its use was not widespread at first due to its cost and difficulty in the manufacturing process.  There is a link at the bottom of this post for more about NASA and memory foam.

coffee with foam

Not this kind of foam.

There are two types of memory foam: high density and low density. Typically, density refers to how closely packed the material is. NASA originally used high density memory foam as it reacted to heat to mold to a certain shape. Later, low density memory foam was created that molds to a shape when pressure is applied. This low density memory foam is what is used in memory foam mattresses today. You can buy memory foam mattress of all sizes: single, double, twin, queen, king, and California king. Memory foam is also even being used in couches chairs.

So, whats better? Well, memory foam has properties that are ideal for mattresses. It has a consistent reaction to pressure across the entirety of the bed due to it being the same material all throughout. Unlike traditional box-and-spring mattresses, memory foam doesn’t have a padding layer and a “support” layer. The support is the foam. This means that the pressure you feel is the foam molding to your body. In traditional mattresses, the pressure you feel may be different depending on your proximity to springs and coils within the inner part of the mattress. Memory foam also disperses your weight evenly across the mattress and quickly absorbs sudden shocks. Memory foam does not typically wear out in the traditional sleeping locations. You also won’t be awoken by any spouses due to movement or different sleeping schedules!

These properties also lead to significant health improvements. Many people with back pain cannot get comfortable on traditional mattresses due to the weight of their body creating tense spots for their muscles. Memory foam attempts to relieve this through better weight dispersion and different densities to find greater comfort levels. Memory foam also responds to all sleeping positions — any position becomes comfortable because the mattress responds to your shape!

This is more like it.

This is more like it.

 

You can read a bunch more about the awesomeness of NASA and memory foam here.   Prepare to be overwhelmed! We’ll be discussing more positives and negatives to memory foam in subsequent articles, so stay tuned.