Benefits of a memory foam dog bed
Visco-elastic memory foam is one of those innovations, originally developed for NASA in 1966. The material was intended to cushion and deflect the tremendous effects of gravitational pull experienced by astronauts during take-off and re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.
After potential applications for the medical and consumer fields were realized, visco elastic foam was sold to a public company which would eventually introduce memory foam mattresses in the 1990s. This marked a major breakthrough in an industry that had seen little advancement in nearly a century.
If you are curious about memory foam dog beds, get to know the benefits these types of mattresses offer to see if one might be right for you.
1) PRESSURE POINT RELIEF
The newly innovated visco foam first translated into medical applications. Memory foam was introduced in the medical field to cushion, protect and comfort individuals in hospital intensive care units and in wheelchair seat cushions.
Essentially, when a person lays in position for a long time, the pressure of downward pulling gravity and upward resistance in bedding materials can affect circulation and damage soft tissues caught in the middle. The pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam were used to help prevent pressure sores and minimize pain in sensitive areas.
This is still one of the core benefits of memory foam beds. When you lay down on memory foam, the material yields and adjusts to your shape, rather than forcing you to contour to it. Unlike springs and other materials, memory foam does not “push back” or place added upward pressure on the sleeper.
2) SUPPORT BACK & SPINE ALIGNMENT
A memory foam dog bed supports each part of the body evenly and individually by spreading your weight across the bed’s surface. The mattress contours to your body’s curves, supporting the lower back and allowing your spine to stay in a neutral position.
On other materials like springs, weight is typically concentrated on areas that contact the mattress. Typically, shoulders, hips and heels bear the brunt. For both back and side sleepers, this often means the lumbar area is not adequately supported. Lower back pain and muscle tension can occur without critical support.
This displacement can also place the upper body at an unnatural position relative to your neck or legs, creating more tension and pain.
3) RELIEVE & PREVENT PAIN
The unique combination of pressure point relief and support found in memory foam mattresses sets the stage for relieving current pain and preventing pain as well. The majority of memory foam dog bed owners report reduced pain especially in the back, hips and shoulders in reviews.
The material is also a favourite of people with painful condition like arthritis and fibromyalgia. By supporting correct alignment, contouring to the body and not placing added pressure on sensitive areas, sleepers’ bodies can experience optimal comfort.
4) DUST MITE MITIGATION
Dust mites are an unavoidable fact of life. Pretty much every home has them, and one place they thrive is the bedroom. They are mostly harmless, however dust mites are one of the leading causes of indoor allergies.
A typical innerspring mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside of it! The fluffy fibre padding and large open spaces make it easy for dust mites to burrow in, congregate, and collect in a traditional mattress.
The type of materials used and the dense structure of memory foam discourages dust mites more effectively. There simply aren’t as many places for them to live and thrive. Combining a memory foam mattress with hypo-allergenic mattress covers and regular surface vacuuming can help to control and mitigate dust mites in your bedroom.
Foam mattresses are great for allergy sufferers. Much as the dense nature repels dust mites, it also limits other allergens like mould and pet dander from working their way into the mattress.
6) EASY TO CARE FOR
A memory foam dog bed is a fairly low-maintenance commitment in terms of upkeep. These types of mattresses can benefit from rotating a few times per year and from occasional vacuuming, but that is the only maintenance the average user will need to do. There’s no monthly flipping/rotating required, no springs to bust, and no electronic parts to go haywire.
7) GOOD DURABILITY
The other core benefit offered by a memory foam dog bed is their good durability and lifespan. The average memory foam mattress lasts around seven years, with higher quality foams (higher density in the core and memory foam) lasting upwards of eight to ten years. In addition to lasting longer, memory foam is considerably less likely to sag compared to innersprings.
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