Gel-Infused Memory Foam
Gel-infused memory foam made a huge impact on the memory foam market back in 2011 and is still going strong as one of the most popular foam mattress materials on the market today. As the name states gel-infused memory foam is basically memory foam made with gel-infused beads. It’s has a lot of the same properties as memory foam but there are a few interesting differences that I’m going to highlight today.
5 Weird Facts About Gel-Infused Memory Foam
1. Gel-Infused Memory Foam Can Freeze
Actually, regular memory foam can freeze as well but gel-infused memory foam isn’t any better. It’s a crazy thing most people don’t realize until they leave the heat off in their home to go on a trip when it’s cold outside or have a memory foam mattress in an RV. If it starts to get close or below freezing the moisture in the memory foam mattress will start to freeze up and it will feel like you are sleeping on a rock.
One way to avoid this is to start heating your home a few hours before bedtime or keep your RV somewhat warm at night. It’s a rare occurrence that most people don’t need to worry about because homes rarely go below freezing but it’s an interesting fact I’d never thought about before.
2. Gel-Infused Memory Foam is Softer Than Regular Memory Foam
That’s right, it’s softer. If you don’t love how dense memory foam feels and it’s just too firm for you to get comfortable on switching to gel-infused memory foam may be a better option for you. The spring back time for memory foam is very slow which means you get a lot of support and it reduces pressure points on your body but it also feels a little to firm for some people. The gel in the gel-infused memory foam is a little quicker at returning to its original form and has a faster spring back time. This means it’s a little bit softer.
3. Gel-Infused Memory Foam is Cool
One of the main downsides to memory foam is its ability to trap heat. Some people can’t stand memory foam mattresses purely because they wake up in the middle of the night feeling sweaty and hot. This was the very reason gel-infused memory foam was invented.
The gel allows the foam to breathe better and they don’t retain heat. Also, the gel inside the beads is phase-changing which means it will change from a solid to a liquid state when your body heat starts to warm it up. This change in state absorbs heat and therefore has a cooling effect.
4. Memory Foam Was Invented For NASA
Memory foam was first invented all the way back in the ’60s by Charles A. Yost who was contracted by NASA to improve crash protection for airline passengers. Years later, in 2006 gel memory foam was developed by Peterson Chemical Technology and then around 2011 gel-infused memory foam started to gain popularity. All of these amazing breakthroughs in better technology for a more restful sleep all came about because of one man being contracted by NASA.
5. They’re Adding Things Like Aloe Vera and Charcoal to Memory Foam
On top of all the amazing things about gel-infused memory foam, they are customizing and improving the technology every day. You can now buy gel-infused memory foam that has aloe vera, green tea extract, and activated charcoal infused in it as well.
An Aloe Vera Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress is meant to rejuvenate your skin while you sleep and also adds anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
A Green Tea Extract Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress has anti-bacterial and odor absorbing properties as well as aromatherapy to help people get a better night’s rest.
A Charcoal Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress has odor-eliminating properties to keep your mattress stay fresh longer.
Want to try out a gel-infused memory foam mattress? Check out this list of some of the best gel-infused and traditional memory foam mattresses on the market today.
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