Memory pillows (Truths and myths)

Memory pillows

In this blog post, we will talk about the truths and myths that surround memory pillows, more exactly the material of which they are made of, memory foam.

What is a memory pillow?

Memory pillows are designed to give you perfect comfort and support.

Made of foam with visco-elastic memory, which adapts perfectly to the shape of the head, a memory pillow provides the necessary support for a restful sleep and eliminates sore throat, and it is ideal for people suffering from allergies. 

Memory pillows (Truths and myths)

The pillow is suitable for all sleeping styles.

You can open the pillow on the side and adjust the height and hardness of the pillow by adding or removing some of the memory foam flake fillings.

Anti-allergic and invigorating, the memory pillow is ideal for people suffering from allergies.

The memory foam of the pillow is not friendly to dust mites and provides a fresh and clean sleeping environment. 

Just like the memory pillow is used to help with a good nights sleep. The compression blanket too helps with a peaceful sleep.

The benefits of memory foam

The brain’s ability to store memories and reawaken them at a given time is one of the most remarkable abilities of the human body. 

This gives us the ability to recall occupations necessary for survival, significant moments in our lives and both positive and negative experiences, which guide us in our daily lives and also form the personality of each of us.

This ability can be hampered by nights when we fail to get enough rest.

As the speed with which technology advances continues to revolutionize the way we live, much of the scientific research has focused on finding ways to create products that can improve everyday life; one of them is the creation of surfaces that can give us a more restful, smarter sleep.

Originally developed by NASA in the 1960s for aircraft seat seating, memory foam is now found in many everyday products, from pillows and mattresses to office supplies and footwear.

Although initially, the cost of memory foam was very high, advances in its production reduced costs, making it more accessible for widespread use.

 One of the most common products that give us the benefits of this material is the mattress.

Among the many features of memory foam, its high-density composition is very soft and absorbs the energy produced by the movements of the partner during sleep, which makes it an ideal surface for sleeping.

Memory pillows (Truths and myths)

Mattresses – To help you decide if a memory foam mattress is a suitable choice for your needs, we have compiled a list to highlight the unique qualities of this sleeping surface.

It adapts perfectly to the shape of the body: Mattresses made of memory foam actively mold to the shape of your body, in response to its heat and pressure, which allows the surface to evenly distribute body weight when used and return to its original shape once the pressure is removed.

The mattress allows you to control your body temperature: According to scientists, body temperature can affect how well you sleep.

Memory foam mattresses are made of a heat-sensitive material that allows the mattress to adapt to your body weight and temperature – as your temperature rises, the mattress becomes softer to provide a good night’s sleep. 

In addition, the memory foam is able to retain heat, providing extra comfort during the cold months.

If, on the other hand, you can’t stand the heat, you should consider a memory foam mattress with a built-in ventilation system.

Relieves pain: Memory foam mattresses offer health benefits because they relieve pain and numbness, helping your body recover faster.

This is done by the ability of the material to reduce the pressure exerted by the weight of your body on painful areas, especially since areas of pain have a slightly higher temperature than the rest of the body, and memory foam detects these differences.

According to those who have allergies: According to specialists, a classic mattress, which has been used for several years, accumulates inside it, on average, from 100,000 to 10 million mites and other microorganisms.

However, memory foam mattresses are made of a material made of fibers, which prevent the accumulation of dust and dust mites.

Absorbs vibrations caused by your partner’s movements during sleep: A logical option for couples – memory foam – absorbs vibrations caused by your partner’s movements on the surface of the mattress, thus considerably reducing disturbances during the night when a partner rotates in bed. 

This is good news for those who have partners with restless sleep, who move and rotate often during rest hours.

Although resting needs and preferences vary from person to person, memory foam mattresses adapt easily, providing a smart alternative to a standard mattress.

With the ability to provide natural relief from back pain (and not only), and being able to easily mold to the shape of your body, memory foam mattresses are worth considering when you are looking for a new mattress.

Memory pillows (Truths and myths)

Truths and myths about memory foam

You’ve probably heard of viscoelastic foam. Probably most often in connection with mattresses.

If you are sceptical about the properties of viscoelastic foam, read some of the truths and myths circulating about this innovative material. You will be surprised.

Viscoelastic foam is a modern material, technologically superior, made of soft polyurethane foam.

Viscoelastic foam is, therefore, an artificial material, but which has many advantages that natural materials do not have.

It is very true that nature cannot produce a material that has all the characteristics of viscoelastic foam.

The 8 characteristics of memory foam, which led to its spread around the world and the conquest of the bedrooms of millions of people: 

  • open, ventilated structure, allows moisture evaporation and thermal regulation,
  • the durable elastic structure allows prolonged use, without any modification of the properties,
  • pressure resistance,
  • it is extremely flexible, which ensures proper alignment of the body,
  • does not constitute a favourable environment for the development of mites and bacteria,
  • supports the body properly and gives the feeling of weightlessness,
  • does not exert any pressure on the pressure points of the body, but adapts according to them,
  • it is an easy material, thus being easy to use.

Viscoelastic foam significantly improves the quality of sleep and life

Some people like viscoelastic foam, others don’t – after all, people are different, so it’s impossible to say that viscoelastic foam is right for everyone.

But it can certainly be said that most people who sleep on viscoelastic foam mattresses for a few days say: I have slept extraordinarily well since I slept on the memory foam mattress. Let’s see what the reason is.

Memory pillows (Truths and myths)

Some simple truths about viscoelastic foam

  1. The viscoelastic foam adapts to your body without exerting pressure during sleep – Many users of memory foam confirm that sleeping on a mattress made of viscoelastic foam relieves pain, especially back, hip, neck and shoulder pain.

The pain felt in these areas of the body is reduced because the memory foam is sensitive to temperature and weight, consequently reducing the pressure exactly at those points that are usually pressed hardest when we are lying on a mattress or pillow during sleep.

Many people say that low back pain has improved since sleeping on a memory foam mattress.

2. Viscoelastic foam eliminates the movements generated by your partner twisting in bed  – Viscoelastic foam mattresses are ideal for double beds or for any bed in which two people sleep.

In the case of a traditional mattress, you can feel every movement of the partner twisting in bed; memory foam attenuates movements so well that you don’t even feel them.

3. Fewer allergies – better sleep – Many users of memory foam mattresses say they have suffered far fewer allergic attacks since sleeping on a viscoelastic foam mattress.

Because mites do not like artificial materials, they do not develop in this type of mattress – which can lead to the disappearance of a cause of allergic attacks.

4. Viscoelastic foam is accessible – Users of memory foam mattresses and pillows especially appreciate this material because it is affordable and has a long service life.

Memory pillows (Truths and myths)

Common myths about viscoelastic foam

Due to its widespread use, memory foam is a frequent topic of discussion on forums and various websites.

Let’s see what the main objections are and offer solutions to some problems, that is, if they can be called problems!

  1. Due to temperature sensitivity, you sweat more on a memory pillow. Fake! Its sensitivity to temperature is one of the considerable advantages of memory foam because due to this property the foam “melts” effectively on the body (like wax on a hob). Memory foam absorbs body temperature and stays warm as long as you lie on the mattress, then becomes cold and hard again.

The warmth and comfort of memory foam is an advantage in winter but can be considered to cause excessive sweating in summer. However, the special cellular structure of the viscoelastic foam favours good ventilation, so that for most reasons the cause of perspiration is different.

Many people use the same duvet all year round, although it is too hot to use in the summer.

Replace the duvet with a thin blanket so that excessive sweating will disappear.

  1. Memory foam has a specific smell, doesn’t it? True – but only for a few days. Memory foam emits a specific odour, which is unpleasant for many people. It is also true that the smell disappears quickly, especially if you ventilate the bedroom after installing the new pillow/mattresses. Thus, the smell will not remain in the room, disappearing completely in a few days.
  1. It takes a long time to get used to memory foam. Partly true.

People who have always slept on a classic spring mattress before buying the memory foam mattress can face many problems during the adaptation period.

Many users complain that the mattress is too soft/hard, that in the morning they feel pain everywhere, but it is interesting that after a few days their opinion is completely changed. 

The body needs a little time to get used to the new mattress and the materials from which it is made; therefore, it will be a few days before you enjoy the perfect comfort. 

The same is true for viscoelastic foam pillows.

But we assure you that it is worth the wait because sleeping on viscoelastic foam is an experience that you have to go through yourself.

  1. I can no longer sleep on other mattresses after sleeping on the viscoelastic foam. True!

Satisfied users of memory foam mattresses and pillows often say that it is difficult to fall asleep on unmade viscoelastic foam mattresses/pillows (for example, at the hotel).

This is certainly true.  The comfort offered by memory foam cannot be ensured by any other material. 

Memory pillows (Truths and myths)

Conclusions

In this blog post, we wrote about the truths and myths that surround memory pillows, more exactly the material of which they are made of, memory foam.

Made of foam with visco-elastic memory, which adapts perfectly to the shape of the head, a memory pillow provides the necessary support for a restful sleep and eliminates sore throat, and it is ideal for people suffering from allergies. 

Originally developed by NASA in the 1960s for aircraft seat seating, memory foam is now found in many everyday products, from pillows and mattresses to office supplies and footwear.

Although initially, the cost of memory foam was very high, advances in its production reduced costs, making it more accessible for widespread use.

If you have any questions, comments or recommendations, do not hesitate to let us know!

FAQ about memory pillow

Are memory pillows good for you?

Yes, memory pillows are good.

Among the many features of memory foam, its high-density composition is very soft and absorbs the energy produced by the movements of the partner during sleep, which makes it an ideal surface for sleeping.

Is memory foam cancerous?

There is no evidence that memory foam is cancerous. Memory foam emits a specific odour, which is unpleasant for many people.

It is also true that the smell disappears quickly, especially if you ventilate the bedroom after installing the new pillow/mattresses.

Thus, the smell will not remain in the room, disappearing completely in a few days.

How do I choose a memory foam pillow?

When choosing a memory foam pillow, make sure you choose a higher quality brand, and you read carefully about its composition and the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

What happens if you don’t let memory foam air out?

If you do not let memory foam air out, your memory pillow may seem too stiff.

You can open the pillow on the side and adjust the height and hardness of the pillow by adding or removing some of the memory foam flake fillings.

References

Themobilityshop.ie

Thesleepjudge.com

Sleepcity.com

Memory pillows (Truths and myths)

Nadejda Romanciuc

Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.