Skip to content
Open search

Your cart is empty

Continue shopping

Memory Foam Mattress: What's Best For You?

Memory Foam Mattress: What's Best For You? - Mattress & Pillow Science

For many people, nothing can compare to the soothing, heavenly feel of a memory foam mattress Soft, yet supportive, your body’s aches and pains can feel as though they are literally melting away as you sink into a soft cloud of comforting support. With many different varieties on the market though, it pays to be informed – so you can choose the right mattress for your body.

Also known as viscoelastic mattresses, memory foam mattresses are made from polyurethane and have a different cell structure from other foams. They are able to match pressure against them, and take longer to recover to their original shape. This is why they are called ‘memory foam’, as they ‘remember’ your shape for a few moments after you have moved.

Memory foam was initially developed in 1956 by NASA’s research centre to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. It was used in a number of settings, particularly medical situations where a patient was required to lie without moving for prolonged periods of time, often suffering circulatory problems that led to pain and discomfort – or pressure sores.

Today, viscoelastic mattresses are especially popular with those that have injuries or conditions that are worsened when pressure to a body part is felt, such as hips or shoulders pushing into the bed. For example, those with arthritis, back pain, hip pain, frozen shoulder or RSI find exquisite relief when they buy a memory foam mattress.

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Many people want to know what the ‘best memory foam mattress’ would be for them, however, the answer is subjective. The best  mattress for you depends on your body shape, body weight, health conditions – as well as taking into part your partner’s sleeping  patterns and body size. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people that sleep with someone much heavier than them, or that toss  and turn around in the bed, causing distraction for the other partner as they accommodate any movement or pressure without any  compensation occurring in the rest of the mattress.

family on a memory foam mattresses

The Best Memory Foam Mattress for You: Tips to Consider

Consider Your Body Weight. Remember – if you read reviews from people that are much heavier than yourself, you may be swayed  into thinking that you require more high density foam that is necessary for your body.

  • Look for Adequate Temperature Sensitivity with Memory Foam Mattresses. When you first experience the joy of lying down on a  memory foam mattress, you will feel your body sink pleasantly into the mattress. This is because your body weight causes a  mattress to ‘melt away’ from that pressure, resulting in your body lying evenly over the surface of the mattress. However, after these  first few minutes, your body temperature will begin to affect the material, causing the warmer parts of the mattress to soften further. A  good quality viscoelastic mattress will be able to fine tune this issue, which is what really provides the unmatched comfort of a  quality memory foam mattress.
  • Make Sure You Test the Bed for At Least 15 Minutes. We must stress once again that it’s essential that you lie on the bed for at  least 15 minutes, to give the mattress time to adjust to your body and adapt to your body’s temperature. After this amount of time, you  will soon decide whether the mattress feels suitably comfortable – or is too soft, perhaps feeling that ou are stuck in quicksand    and find it difficult to move around easily. It recommended that you try several memory foam mattresses before you decide on the  right one for you.

 Memory Foam Mattress Toppers 

If preferred, you can buy a mattress topper, or memory foam mattress overlay, which sits on top of your existing mattress. These  come in a variety of thicknesses, and the thicker the topper, usually the more you will sink in. However, for some people, particularly  heavy people, you may not wish to have a particularly thick memory foam overlay as this may lead to a feeling akin to being stuck in ‘wet sand’, making turning in bed a little more difficult. Choosing a thinner topper can quickly remedy this problem, giving you increased comfort, without feeling bogged down.

Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

If you’re wanting to buy a memory foam mattress, Australia has many websites that provide  customer reviews, which may be immensely useful to read – bearing in mind that you should consider their body size and conditions before you compare their objectives with your own. Nonetheless, reading reviews can be a tremendously useful tool to help glean more information about viscoelastic mattresses and their pros and cons. At Mattress & Pillow Science, you can read helpful reviews at the bottom of our product pages.

It’s vital to remember that to find the best memory foam mattress topper for you, it’s recommended you check the density of the topper as some cheaper companies offer toppers that are only low density, which offer little support. With a little bit of careful selection, you should easily be able to purchase a quality overlay that gives you the support you need.

Experience the Mattress & Pillow Science difference. View our Memory Foam Mattresses online now or visit us in-store for a free consultation with one of our expert sleep consultants.


Mattress & Pillow Science. The healthy sleep specialists.



Reading next

Best Pillow for Neck Pain - Mattress & Pillow Science
Side Sleeper Pillows: How to Choose the Best One for You - Mattress & Pillow Science

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.