What Is The Difference Between Memory Foam And Reflex Foam?
At first glance, you would assume that these products are the same but have different names. Wrong. Memory Foam and Reflex Foam have their differences and it is best to be aware of them before you buy the wrong one for you.
Memory foam is made from polyurethane with additional chemicals making it even better. The memory foam is a visco-elastic material which is heat sensitive and works with your own body heat and sculpts to mould your body shape. NASA first introduced memory foam in the 1960's and used it to provide comfort and support to astronauts during lift off. Since then memory foam has been used in hospitals, nursing homes and sleep centres for its comfort and ability to relieve joint pains.
Memory foam is made up of thousands of holes which contain air. When pressure is placed on the memory foam, the holes release the air and mould to fit your body. When pressure is taken off, the shape will hold for a few seconds giving it the memory aspect. With the air being released it allows your body to sink into the foam, relieving all pressure points and providing support to your joints.
The visco-elastic material is hypo-allergenic and dust mite resistant improving your overall sleeping experience. The material works alongside your body heat which makes the memory foam warmer than other products to sleep on. Some people can get quite warm when sleeping, if this is the case, have a look at pocket sprung memory foam mattresses or CoolMax mattresses as these will be cooler to sleep on whilst still feeling the benefits from memory foam.
People are more familiar with memory foam than reflex foam but there aren't too many differences between the products. Reflex foam is made from polyurethane which is the same material that memory foam is made from, however it doesn't contain the added temperature technology. The foam is made up of bubbles as opposed to holes. When pressure is placed on the reflex foam the bubbles part to fit to your body. However because the bubbles are pushed to the side, they almost bunch up creating pressure points, When pressure is taken off the bubbles bounce back together providing the reflex action.
This foam mattress is used as an orthopaedic mattress as its moulds to your body and holds its shape. The reflex foam helps keep your spine aligned and has a mixture of support or comfort, perfect for those with neck or back pain. As this type of foam mattress doesn't contain the extra technology which memory foam does it makes its cheaper to produce and cheaper for the consumer. The polyurethane is dust mite resistant making it suitable for those who suffer with asthma. A reflex foam mattress is suitable for those who prefer a firmer surface to sleep on as opposed to the sinking in which you get with memory foam products.
Foam mattresses and other products are seemingly in competition with each other but these two know how to work together. All memory foam mattresses have reflex foam as their base. This isn't a way of saving on costs even though it is beneficial for the consumer. Memory foam allows you to sink into it. Imagine if the entire mattress was memory foam, you may sink to the base of your bed! Hence the combination of different foams. The memory foam allows you to sink and the reflex foam is firmer and denser so supports the mattress. Think of reflex foam as a parent to the memory foam, it allows you to enjoy the superior comfort but keeps you stable and supports you so you won't touch the ground.