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Compare Memory Foam vs Gel Foam

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Memory Foam or Gel Foam?

If you want to Compare Memory Foam and Gel Memory Foam, these 2 mattress types are head-to-head. Both are excellent mattresses, and both offer great features.

Memory Foam

Memory foam was originally developed by NASA, and because of its’ pressure relief and body molding features, was first used within the medical bed industry. The foam is made up of millions of spherical shaped, open cells. What makes memory foam unique is its temperature and weight sensitivity.

Being temperature sensitive, memory foam is firmer in cool temperatures (more viscous) and softer in warm temperatures (more elastic). It responds to body heat by molding itself to the shape of a person’s body. This characteristic explains why people often experience a "melting in" or "sleeping on a cloud" feeling when lying on memory foam.

Memory foam is also weight sensitive. Memory foam cells compress completely and spread their air pressure to other cells. This action allows the foam to better conform to a person’s shape and, consequently, reduce pressure points.

Of all mattress types available, memory foam is the most popular. The only drawback is that some consumers report that memory foam mattresses "heat up", and that it makes it too warm to sleep comfortably through the night (this is due to the small air holes in memory foam that tend to store heat).
The answer to this is Gel Memory Foam.

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Gel Memory Foam

Gel is a great conductor, and acts to dissipate heat from the memory foam mattress. Millions of tiny gel beads are infused into the memory foam during production. The effectiveness of the gel depends upon how much gel is used, and where it is located within the mattress.

Some mattresses’ top-most layer is composed of gel, with memory foam located beneath. Other mattress products have the gel layered in between layers of memory foam throughout the mattress. And then other products have the gel infused into the memory foam throughout the mattress, and also have gel layer(s).

If you are looking at gel memory foam mattresses, be sure and ask about the location of the gel, and how much gel is being used. This can make a big difference in the feel of the bed. Rest-test both the memory foam and the gel foam mattresses; you may find you prefer the feel of one over the other right away. The sleep associates at Cloud9 will be happy to walk you through the process.