Memory Foam's Out of This World Origins
Its amazing what we've been able to accomplish and develop with technology over the last 50 years. Memory foam, for example, was first designed in 1966 for use in providing cushioning and support in NASA's airplane seats. In an effort to provide better protection against G-forces, as well as increase likelihood of surviving a crash, aeronautical engineer Charles Yost, created an open-cell, polymeric "memory" foam material. The foam was capable of absorbing an unusually high amount of energy, while remaining soft and pliable.
Originally the material was referred to as "slow spring back foam," since it would contour to the whatever applied pressure on it, and then slowly return to its original form. The "memory foam" material used today has seen many advancements, including its ability to return to its original shape much faster than the original product. Today ,the foam is still used at NASA, in several areas, including a special 4-inch-thick cushion floor made of temper foam. The foam floor is used as part of an obstacle course that allows doctors to evaluate astronaut's mobility and equilibrium following their flight. In the 80s NASA made the technology available to the general public, and its use became widespread.
A few benefits of memory foam:
- Memory foam conforms to the body reducing pressure points and tension
- Provides support without pressure and natural alignment of the back, spine and neck
- More durable and lasts longer than traditional mattresses
- Resists motion transfer
Today, the memory foam material continues to evolve as mattress manufacturer's work with cutting edge technology designed to promote better sleep, health and well-being. Our memory foam mattresses are made using large, open cells to keep you cooler. The gel spheres in our Diamond Gel Mattress, capture your body's heat and release it away from your core to provide you with a cool comfortable night's sleep. So when friends say they had an "out of this world" experience on their memory foam mattress, well in a way, they did.