Viscoelastic memory foam is another way of saying memory foam. The method of manufacturing viscoelastic foam varies depending on the formula used by the company. These different formulas change the qualities of the foam. For instance, cheaper quality memory foam is called fast recovery. This type of memory foam collapses and recovers very quickly when you sit or lay on it. The reason for this is the density of the foam is less. The better quality memory foams are more solid and dense and are called slow recovery memory foams. Think of Tempurpedic. This type of memory foam will take longer to compress and mold to the shape of a person’s body. The higher the pound rating of memory foam, the better the quality. For instance, 4 lb. to 5 lb. pound slow recovery memory foam are considered higher quality. It takes longer for the higher quality slow recovery memory foams to recover and return it their original shape after a person gets out of bed. This is the nature of memory foam.
This type of foam has been around for 50 years. In fact, it was originally invented by NASA for the comfort of astronauts during space launches. Tempurpedic really introduced memory foam to the world with the development of their mattresses. Now you can find it in seat cushions, pillows, and even shoes!
One of the great benefits of memory is it’s able to use your heat and body pressure to form to your exact shape. The “visco” part of viscoelastic is what comes into play here. Your body heat actually softens the memory foam, making it more viscous. This is what allows you to sink in. It essentially creates a mold of your body. When you get up from the bed, the foam goes back to how it was originally. That would be the “elastic” part. This will make a more comfortable sleep for people, as the mattress is perfectly indented to suit them. This is also good for supporting the alignment of your body. Sleeping on a natural curve is good for your spine, and promotes lumbar support. Another great feature of memory foam is that it’s helpful in terms of relieving the pain on pressure spots. If you have arthritis or joint pain, then a memory foam mattress might be able to help. It cushions you and will reduce any impact you might otherwise encounter. Due in part to the density of these mattresses, there is a reduced chance of motion disturbance.
Viscoelastic memory foam is often combined with materials that regulate the temperature of the human body. The consolidation of these materials usually results in a cool and supportive place to sleep. Cool-Gel memory foam or gel-infused memory foam is memory foam that has been formulated and manufactured with cool gel similar to what you find in ice packs for your freezer along with cooling gel microbeads that help to regulate your temperature as you sleep by absorbing and releasing heat. Isn’t science wonderful? Another benefit of all memory foam and cool gel memory foam is that it is hypoallergenic.
Dunlop or Talalay only signifies what manufacturing process is used to turn latex milk into a final product. There is absolutely no difference in the latex milk from which the mattresses are produced. The Dunlop method is the oldest method of producing latex mattress cores and toppers. Talalay or soft latex is a newer method of producing mattress cores and toppers. Talalay goes through several more steps in the manufacturing process than Dunlop and costs more because of it. The Dunlop process gives you get a denser, firmer product. The Talalay process gives you get a softer final product. Latex foam is made through a process of heating liquid rubber with Sulphur. This process, called vulcanization, creates a foam core with outstanding elasticity that is ideal for use in mattresses. All Dunlop and Talalay latex mattress cores are put through several washings as part of the manufacturing process. The washing process removes soaps, ammonia, and anything water soluble which has served their purpose and are no longer required or desirable. The washing process entails the cores going through a series of compressions and rinse cycles just like a sponge that results in a pure product that chemically safe, non-toxic and healthy. As far as outgassing, both blended and natural latex are completely safe. Sometimes latex has a smell to it, but it generally dissipates quickly and is not harmful. There is no such thing as a certified organic latex mattress. There are a number of small plantations that claim organic plantation status for their rubber trees, so yes, there is organically certified latex milk. However, it is impossible to make latex foam out of this raw material without the use of a number of non-organic additives (soap, Sulphur, gelling agents, etc.). So you see, there is no such thing as a certified organic latex mattress. Only the sap from plantations with “organic plantation status” can be considered truly organic. If you see any organic logo used to represent any latex mattresses, it is a lie and it is not sanctioned by the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA). It is being misrepresented to apply to the organic latex mattress core, rather that truthfully stating that it applies to the rubber-tree crop only. The USDA currently has no approved manufacturing standard for latex sap. Accordingly, no possible USDA certification can be obtained for a mattress core or for the mattress itself. Ask the seller to send you a copy (or post one online) of the USDA certification for their finished product or latex core. They will not be able to do so. Price and quality are the most important variables to any consumer. Latex is expensive and generally out of many people’s price range. That is why the hybrid latex mattress is important. Latex mattresses that are constructed with regular foam cores and or springs overlaid with real latex are considered hybrid latex mattresses. This doesn’t mean they aren’t good because they are. The question is how much latex do you really need in a mattress to properly support you and feel good to you? Price is a major factor when buying any latex mattress. It all boils down to how much money the customer has to spend. Most consumers do not have several thousands of dollars more to spend on an all latex mattress. It’s just overkill and really will not perform any better. Latex is expensive and even wealthy folks want to save money.
There are a number of different types of coil spring units used in the production of innerspring mattresses. Pocket Coil spring units are springs that are wrapped individually in fabric sleeves. This allows each coil to flex independently of each other and to react to pressure independently so the mattress can conform to a person’s individual body contours and help prevent partner disturbance and roll together.
Bamboo fabric is a soft naturally strong sustainable textile fabric with excellent wicking and ventilation properties. It is hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal, a perfect choice for people suffering from allergies.
Bamboo grows very quickly and does not require the use of pesticides or herbicides to thrive. It is also bio-degradable and kills odor causing bacteria.
According to findings from the research conducted by the EPA, copper was able to kill 99.9% of bacteria within two hours. Since copper is known to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi upon contact, the copper-yarn will provide you with complete anti-microbial protection against germs, microbes and other pathogens you might otherwise find in your bed including Superbugs like MRSA.
Did you know that humans naturally produce 26 gallons of sweat in bed every year providing the ideal fungal culture medium when combined with high humidity? Copper yarns not only kill odor causing bacteria but also have moisture wicking properties, thereby reducing the amount of sweat generated when you sleep.
Copper is an excellent conductor of heat. This means that copper’s high thermal conductivity allows heat to pass through it quickly. Copper’s thermal conductivity is second among metals.
Copper is a permanent part of the yarn which will not wash or wear out and lasts the lifetime of the fabric.