Gel Memory Foam: What’s the Hype?
Memory foam has been a popular choice for mattress shoppers since it first hit the U.S. marketplace in the 1990’s. The NASA-developed material is known for its ability to conform and contour to weight, which helps reduce the pressure build-up that can cause tossing and turning, and its ability to absorb motion between sleep partners. However, because of its dense construction and lack of airflow, it quickly gained a reputation for trapping heat. To address the common issue of sleeping hot, most mattress manufacturers now offer a new type of material often referred to as gel memory foam.
What Is Gel Memory Foam?
To address the issue of heat build-up associated with memory foam, suppliers eventually moved towards an open-cell structure to allow for more airflow. Eventually, a leading foam supplier discovered the benefits of infusing open-cell memory foam with gel particles. Not only did this infusion increase breathability while reducing heat build-up, but it also increased the “bounce back” time for the foam once exposed to weight.
Gel Memory foam has since become an industry standard, allowing sleepers to experience the comfort benefits of memory foam without the worry of waking up from temperature fluctuations.
Does It Live Up to the Hype?
After decades of experience in the mattress industry, our expert opinion is that it does live up to the hype! Memory foam offers significant pressure-relief and is considered to be extremely comfortable by those who like its unique feel. That said, temperature regulation is one of the most important aspects of healthy sleep as extreme fluctuations can disrupt the circadian rhythm and wake sleepers from deep sleep. By combining an open-cell structure with the cooling abilities of gel, mattress shoppers can now enjoy memory foam without the worries of sleeping too hot.
Getting the Most from Your Gel Memory Foam Mattress
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, your mattress is just one (albeit very important) piece of the puzzle. In order to maintain a comfortable sleep temperature throughout the night, it’s important to also consider the following:
- Bedroom temperature. Sleep experts recommend 65°F as the optimal sleep environment temperature, although this can very anywhere from 60° – 67°F based on personal preference.
- Pajamas. Even if you tend to get hot while sleeping, experts recommend wearing PJs made from breathable fabrics so you don’t overheat while sleeping.
- Sheets & Accessories. To complement the technology of a gel memory foam mattress, choose temperature regulating sheets and bedding accessories that also promote airflow.
Now that you know more about gel memory foam, it’s time to meet the Dear Sleep Mattress! This unique mattress is made with breathable gel memory foam for enhanced airflow and breathability. Plus, each side features a unique fabric on each side for customized temperature regulation – one side to keep you cooler, and one to keep you comfortably warm without heat build-up at the surface.