What is Memory Foam?Memory Foam is a relatively new product in the mattress industry. It was originally developed by NASA to reduce the effect of G-force on astronauts by supporting, and therefore reducing, pressure on their bodies during take off and landing. After discovering NASA’s new material, the medical industry saw Memory Foam’s potential to relieve pressure sores. Memory Foam was shown to be unique in the way it responded to temperature and its ability to spread pressure over a greater surface area.
However, although the early foam developed for NASA did have a great deal of promise as a bed topper or wheel chair cushion, it did have issues with degradation over time. This first generation of material wasn't very durable, and would often compress or crack over time.