January 7, 2020
Visco Elastic Foam (also known as memory foam) is a man-made substance that reacts to body temperature and weight. It conforms to the shape of your body. NASA developed this foam to counteract the extreme forces faced by astronauts.
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In short, Visco Elastic Memory Foam boasts the following benefits:
Excellent contouring and pressure relief
Very durable, increases comfort life
Great at dampening motion between sleeping partners
Resistant to microorganisms and allergens
Visco Foam is resistant to bacteria, mold, mildew, mites, and other odor-causing germs. This makes it a great option for those with sensitivities or allergies. Visco Foam is also effective at reducing motion transfer, which is perfect for those who share a bed. If your partner is a restless sleeper, or they get in and out of bed, Visco Foam makes it so you won't feel it happen. So, your partner won't disturb you with their movements throughout the night or in the morning. Visco Elastic Foam mattresses also tend to last longer. And, they provide more pressure relief than innerspring mattresses.
Visco Elastic Foam has microscopic memory pockets that react to temperature and weight. Heat and pressure cause the foam to become malleable and contour to the curves of your body. When the material cools it returns back to its original shape.
Read how two top industry Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattresses perform head to head in our Purple vs Ghostbed Mattress Review.
Since its invention nearly 50 years ago, there have been several advances in Visco Elastic Memory Foam technology. Gel Memory Foam is a combination of memory foam and gel that delivers enhanced pressure relief and adds durability to a mattress. NxG Memory Foam features an open-cell structure that allows the foam to breathe, expelling trapped heat and moisture. Many mattress manufacturers have also combined Visco Foam with temperature-regulating materials. These materials, such as Outlast, TruTemp, and Graphene, help provide enhanced cooling comfort. These different advances in memory foam help create the ideal sleep environment.
Visco Foam comes in a range of comfort levels, from very dense to cloud-like soft. Visco Elastic Foam is designed to mold and contour to the curves of the body. It disperses your weight over the entire sleep surface, minimizing pressure points for a more comfortable sleep.
All reputable manufacturers produce foam products that are at least 5lb/ft³ in density. All the memory foam mattresses, mattress pads, and pillows at US-Mattress are of the highest quality. Beware of cheaper Visco Elastic Memory Foam beds you may find. If they're below this density, as they won't contour as well or last as long.