Many myths surrounding memory foam mattresses have been resurrected over the years with the rapid growth of memory-foam mattresses .

The RIC Sleep guide to the most common myths about memory foam mattresses is here.

1) The NASA Connection. This memory foam myth is the most popular. It claims that astronaut beds are made of it. This is often accompanied by explanations about how memory foam provides superior protection for spacecraft that reach incredible speeds and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. Although the original form of the material was created in 1966 as part of a NASA-commissioned research program, it was immediately recognized that memory foam has more potential in the medical sector. The first applications were xray tables and hospital beds, which were not space-bound.

2) The ‘new smell’ of memory foam is dangerous. Every memory foam mattress, like all man-made materials has a slight smell when new. The mattress’s oxidisation process quickly occurs when it is unpacked and can last for only a few days. Some online sources claim that this smell is hazardous to inhale. This is categorically false. These regulations, which all products must comply with before they can be sold in the UK, EU, and US, are very strict and justifiable.

Thicker memory foam is more efficient. Low quality memory foam mattress manufacturers emphasize the thickness of their memory foam to prove they are comfortable. This is misleading as memory foam works best when combined with other layered materials. There is an optimum thickness for memory foam. Memory foam that is more than 6 inches thick is too dense and spongy. Therefore, a mattress made with this thickness would not be very comfortable. For a premium layered mattress, a memory foam thickness of approximately 3.5″ will provide exceptional support.

4) Memory foam mattresses can be too hot. Memory foam mattresses retain heat better than traditional open-sprung mattresses because of their layered structure. High quality memory foam mattresses will have a layer that encourages air circulation throughout the mattress. This helps regulate the temperature and prevents excessive heating.

5) Memory foam mattresses won’t work on regular bed bases. The myth that memory foam mattresses can’t work with regular beds bases is just as common as other unsubstantiated and vague claims. Memory foam mattresses can be used on most bed bases and are not different from other types of mattress.