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How Does a Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Mattress Work?

You know that a Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress offers unbeatable comfort and support – here’s exactly how it gets the job done.

What’s Inside a Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Mattress?

The driving force behind the comfort of Tempur-Pedic is TEMPUR foam, a memory foam originally developed for NASA to help keep astronauts comfortable and protected during missions to space; slow-moving foam cells helped absorb the shock of take-off.

Three Properties of Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam

Today, the TEMPUR material is adapted so that everyone – regardless of whether or not you’re in a space shuttle! – can experience what it’s like to sleep on a bed that responds and adjusts to your exact temperature, shape and weight.

The first property of Tempur-Pedic memory foam is temperature-responsiveness: From a breezy, open-cell design to moisture-wicking technologies, Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses are designed to draw heat and humidity away from you while you sleep.

The second property of Tempur-Pedic memory foam is shape-responsiveness:
TEMPUR material slowly conforms to your exact shape for flawless support and comfort.

The third property of Tempur-Pedic memory foam is weight-responsiveness:
Wouldn’t it be great if you never again had to worry about whether or not your mattress was designed to provide your unique support requirements? Luckily, TEMPUR does just that. Responsive foam cells adjust to your highest pressure points (such as the hip and shoulder joints) to create an ever-adapting, always-supportive sleeping environment.

Tempurpedic vs. Memory Foam

The terminology within the industry can get confusing. Here’s the breakdown!

Are Memory Foam and Tempurpedic the Same?

When comparing memory foam with Tempurpedic, most consumers will associate Tempurpedic as being ‘that brand associated with NASA,’ and all other memory foam brands as, well, not associated with NASA. In other words, Tempurpedic ‘has a singlular, exclusively-set-apart technology, a ‘secret formula’ which no other brand has been able to ‘crack.’’ In reality, you won’t find a huge difference when comparing Tempurpedic to memory foam in general. (Note, however, we refer to quality memory foam. Comparing Tempurpedic with cheap foam, you will notice a drastic difference!)

When Tempurpedic first hit the market, its campaign focused on the fact that NASA used Tempur technology in sending astronauts to space – in creating a moldable, contouring, foam-cell ‘bed’ that would keep astronauts protected and comfortable during liftoff. The technology used in Tempur foam is viscoelastic material, which is ‘slow to recover;’ in other words, its distinctive feature is that it slowly conforms to the human body – and slowly ‘forgets’ the shape of the human body. In other words, it remembers; it remembers your exact shape while you sleep, conforming to your pressure points all night long, even when you move around.

The leading mattress brands today around Tempurpedic (like Beautyrest, iComfort, Revive) also employ this ‘slow-to-recover’ foam. While each brand brings their own ‘spin’ to the technology, the underlying slow-recovery feel that gives memory foam that luxurious feel (viscoelastic) is the unifying material across the industry.

What Sets Tempurpedic Apart?

While slow recover foam is the common denominator, that’s not to say that Tempurpedic doesn’t bring its own unique engineering to bring out the best of viscoelastic, in a way that sets it apart from others.

What goes into the construction of Tempurpedic mattresses:

  • Layers: Each Tempurpedic is built from layers. The typical Tempurpedic mattress will have two top layers of comfort foam, and two layers of special supportive cores underneath them.
  • Breathability: As a leading mattress brand, Tempurpedic has spent decades perfecting the ‘breathablity’ of their mattresses. They do this with reactive open foam cells designed to ‘exhale’ humidity. 
  • Temperature regulation: You can’t talk about Tempurpedic without talking about temperature control. After all, it’s right there in the name: Tempur! To keep sleepers cool (read: not hot), Tempurpedic infuses layers with what is perhaps its most revolutionary technology: a cool-to-the-touch surface that works to maximize airflow through each layer.

Resistance for a Better Night’s Sleep

The key takeaway? The TEMPUR material found in every Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress is slow-moving, so when your body comes into contact with it, your joints won’t “sink” into it as they would on other types of mattresses. The resistance put up by TEMPUR makes it good for helping to relieve pressure, while providing conforming comfort.

Is a Tempur-Pedic Firm Mattress Right for Me?

Tempur-Pedic firm mattress brings a comfort level designed to target a specific way of sleeping. Learn here how it works and whether it’s right for you.

What Is a Firm Tempur-Pedic Mattress?

In other words, what exactly is that “TEMPUR” material everyone keeps talking about – and what do they mean by “firm”? Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • The TEMPUR material: A memory foam technology that works to respond to your exact shape and movement while keeping you cool through the night.
  • The firm comfort level: The highest level of firmness you can get; an extra-supportive feel for those who dislike “sinking” into their mattress.

Every Tempur-Pedic mattress is designed with layers of foam, each layer varying by intensity of support. While a plush mattress will feature a higher concentration of “comfort” foam layers (i.e., foam layers designed for a more forgiving feel), in a firm Tempur-Pedic mattress, the support layers outrank comfort layers for denser, firm-to-the-touch support.

What Are the Benefits of a Tempur-Pedic Firm Mattress?

Weary joints need to rest, too, and the responsive TEMPUR foam in a firm comfort level is designed to keep them fully supported so they can do just that. And as a result, getting a deeper, more rejuvenating night’s sleep suddenly becomes more attainable than ever.

Who Can Benefit Most from a Tempur-Pedic Firm Mattress?

It doesn’t get any more supportive than a Tempur-Pedic firm, which is great news for back and stomach sleepers, considering that of the three common sleeping positions, those are the two that tend to place the most amount of pressure on their backs  – and for whom the support of a firm comfort level can be most beneficial.

What About a Plush Tempurpedic?

A Tempur-Pedic plush mattress brings a comfort level designed to target a specific way of sleeping. Learn if it’s right for you.

What Is a Tempur-Pedic Plush Mattress?

A Tempur-Pedic plush mattress combines responsive TEMPUR foam material with a plush comfort level. Here’s a breakdown on each:

  • What is TEMPUR? TEMPUR foam is a type of memory foam developed to deliver support that “moves” with you, delivering targeted support to your highest pressure points and adapting to your precise position.
  • What does “plush” mean? Tempur-Pedic mattresses come in three main comfort levels: firm, medium and plush. A plush comfort level is crafted with foam cells designed for the highest possible level of “softness.”

All of this is to say that lying down on a Tempur-Pedic plush mattress will feel like sinking into a layer of supportive memory foam cushioning.

Benefits of Tempur-Pedic Plush Mattresses

In a Tempur-Pedic plush mattress, the signature TEMPUR material combines with a plush comfort level to deliver an incredibly cozy, soft-to-the-touch feel. Here’s how it can impact the way you sleep:

  • Responsive TEMPUR material adapts to your movement
  • A supportive core of memory foam offers high pressure-relief
  • A plush top layer conforms to your shape while delivering the softest possible comfort level

Deep sleep is the time when your muscles and joints get a chance to heal and rejuvenate, but if your mattress doesn’t offer the cushioning for proper pressure relief, this process gets inhibited. Choosing a mattress type and comfort level that will allow you to fully “sink” into it and de-stress – while still keeping you supported – is one of the best methods you can take to ensure a reparative, renewing slumber.

Best Type of Sleeper for a Tempur-Pedic Plush Mattress

Because they are designed for maximum pressure relief, Tempur-Pedic plush mattresses are best for those who sleep on their sides. (Of all the sleeping positions, sleeping on your side tends to place the most amount of pressure on the joints.)

And Finally...The Tempurpedic Medium Mattress

Tempur-Pedic medium mattress brings a comfort level designed to target a specific way of sleeping. Learn if it’s right for you.

What Is a Medium Tempur-Pedic Mattress?

The TEMPUR memory foam material uses an adaptive foam cell technology that “remembers” your pressure points and conforms to your precise shape – all while working throughout the night to keep you cool. Combined with a medium comfort level (which makes your mattress feel neither “plush” nor “firm,” but something in between), TEMPUR foam creates the ultimate mattress type – one that is sure to keep even the fussiest of sleepers satisfied.

Benefits of a Tempur-Pedic Medium Mattress

The list of benefits of a Tempur-Pedic mattress can go on and on, but here are a few key takeaways of what exactly a medium Tempur-Pedic can do:

  • TEMPUR material: Open-cell technology, contouring comfort and targeted pressure-relief keep you cool, relaxed and supported, respectively.
  • Medium comfort level: Provides a safe alternative for those unsure about a plush or firm comfort level.
How it works: To deliver that sweet spot between plush and firm, Tempur-Pedic medium mattresses employ an equal amount of supportive foam cores (layers packed with highly-dense foam) with comfort foam layers (layers that are filled with less-dense foam and more loosely-packed).

Best Type of Sleeper for a Tempur-Pedic Medium Mattress

Combining an equal amount of give and support, Tempur-Pedic medium mattresses offer the best of both worlds. Unlike the plush and firm comfort levels, which are designed for a specific type of sleeper, you really can’t go wrong with a medium mattress, no matter your preferred sleeping position.

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