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What is a "Breathable" or "Air Flow" Mattress?

Posted by Rick Swartzburg on

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Memory foam mattresses are known to provide the highest amount of pressure relief, due to the way they properly conform to the bumps and curves of your body.  However, they also have a reputation for trapping heat, due to their lack of breathability and often that reputation is well deserved since most foam will not allow airflow circulation to travel through its cell structure.  Since it has been proven that sleeping warm can lead to much lower quality sleep and/or waking up frequently throughout the night, this topic has been one that we felt deserved a much higher level of attention and problem-solving.  While you might like the extra heat in the winter, your body will still overheat at times throughout the night without your skin receiving the proper airflow circulation and the summertime will only get worse. Even if you could swap out your mattress with the seasons, you might want to search for a mattress that gives you a great night's sleep no matter the temperature outside.  The good news is that memory foam mattress technology is evolving and users now have ways to cool down that super comfortable, conforming foam for a more pleasant year-round sleep.

What strategies are traditionally used to combat memory foam heat retention?

Since memory foam mattresses are the best mattress type available for pressure relief, people have looked for easier solutions to cool down the foam without compromising the foam integrity itself. This includes strategies like eliminating excessive blankets so some of your body heat can radiate up away from the mattress or using an unobstructed bed frame so that some heat can escape down through the foam itself, but unfortunately, those solutions do not work well, since in order to keep the memory foam dense enough to provide the proper support, air will never travel as freely through it as we would like.  Another popular approach you'll see today is adding a cooling layer in an attempt to block heat transfer to the memory foam. Gel is a popular springy material you'll see included as a top layer on some memory foam mattresses and pillows. While these approaches will provide you with a slightly cooler night's sleep, the truth of the matter is none of them are very efficient at actually stopping heat transfer between the part of your body touching the mattress and the foam underneath.

What is an airflow mattress?

An airflow mattress is a new way to address memory foam heat retention by redesigning the foam itself in a way that maintains its integrity but provides you with a cool night's sleep. This is accomplished with the Snuggle-Pedic mattress by using a patented Airflow Transfer System that utilizes communicating small channels and holes throughout the foam structure that provide complete pathways from the edges to the surface of the mattress. In this way, air can flow unobstructed throughout the memory foam mattress. 

Why is an airflow mattress the most breathable mattress?

Airflow mattresses are sometimes interchangeably called breathable mattresses. This is because moving molecules found in the air do a great job at transporting heat and moisture to other locations if given the chance by having an open system. Maintaining a cool and dry environment is generally considered a "breathable" one and also helps to ward off mold and mildew build-up on our mattress over time. This latter effect also makes airflow mattresses hypoallergenic and extends the durability of the mattress by offering long term integrity.

How Does the Snuggle-Pedic mattress Airflow Transfer System Work?

Airflow mattresses to date stick with one ventilation mechanism — they either engineer vertical ventilation holes on the top foam layer or they utilize horizontal ventilation channels that run underneath the top foam layer. Both of these approaches do improve mattress breathability slightly. However, the Snuggle-Pedic mattress is revolutionary among airflow mattresses because it connects vertical ventilation holes with horizontal ventilation channels for a memory foam mattress that has one hundred times the breathability of other airflow mattresses. By combining these ventilation mechanisms through the memory foam layers, a complete path is available for air circulation between the mattress sides and the top. Moreover, the Snuggle-Pedic foam is encased in a highly breathable Kool-Flow™ bamboo micro-vented cover that allows air to flow right out of the foam and into the room. The Snuggle-Pedic mattress is literally the mattress that breathes!

But do people like sleeping on a Snuggle-Pedic mattress?

So maybe these explanations make sense, but even so, these new airflow mattresses seem too good to be true. How do you know they actually work? Luckily, airflow mattress reviews are aplenty, including ones available from top user sites like Amazon.com and Trustpilot.com. The Snuggle-Pedic airflow mattress is the number one mattress of its type by Amazon users! Check out these amazing five-star reviews, and then give it try! All Snuggle-Pedic mattresses come with a 120-night sleep trial, hassle-free returns, and a 20-year limited warranty. See what all the buzz is about and get ready for the coolest, most comfortable sleep you've had in years!

Sources:

  • https://www.nestbedding.com/blogs/news/6970512-how-can-i-cool-down-my-memory-foam-mattress
  • https://www.furniture.com/mattress/guide/glossary/air-flow
  • https://snugglepedic.com/products/mattress?variant=15113229729841
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r21t4qec2ZI
  • https://sleepworks.com/resource/mattress-performance/mattress-breathability/

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