Amala Eunice. Mattress. July 25th , 2017.
Mattress toppers are often used synonymously with mattress protectors, yet they are not one and the same. A mattress topper is a layer memory foam, micro fibre or even down that's placed on the mattress to increase comfort and the life of the mattress. A protector is a covering that's placed around a mattress to protect is from stains and allergens. Mattress protectors are commonly manufactured from a water proof material and is held in place by a corner band. The biggest benefit of using a mattress toppers or protectors is that they protect your mattress from stains, sweat and odours, thus ensuring the longevity of the mattress. Toppers are commonly used by allergy sufferers to reduce the level of allergens in the bed.
Like Sealy, Simmons didn't lead the way in development of viscoelastic, however they now manufacture their own version and even claim to have developed the 'next generation' of this type of mattress. It is true that the biggest complaint against memory foam has been a 'sinking feeling' - therefore not being able to move freely whilst lying down - and that it tends to 'cook the sleeper' because body heat is not dissipated quickly. Simmons claim to have solved both of these problems using their version of foam called NxG Advanced Memory Foam. From what I've garnered there does seem to be a small reduction with the quicksand feeling many customers complain about. With the claim as to heat reduction, I can't say one way or the other. The one overriding opinion is that the Simmons ComforPedic mattress is cheaper than a Tempur-Pedic mattress, though a little softer, and offers good value for money.
While this time the progress of technology has been breathe taking. The world has seen the arrival of trains, planes, cars, vaccinations, TV, personal computers and space travel. Yet the mattress has remained relatively unchanged, pretty much as it was when it was first invented. That was until the invention of viscoelastic foam.
The average Queen-sized mattress takes up 37.5 cubic feet of space, as does a matching box spring. An estimated 29 million mattresses and 19 million box springs discarded annually add up to over 18.5 million cubic yards of landfill space. (That's like burying 13.5 Empire State Buildings every year!) What's worse, mattresses and box springs cannot be mixed with other waste and soil to decompose, releasing space that extends the useful life of a landfill. Instead, they migrate to the bottom of the fill, where they take decades to break down.
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