According to bestcraftblog, Visco foam is a soft material with high point elasticity and very good pressure relief. Originally from space research, it is now used in combination with other materials for mattresses, which enable a “weightless” feeling to lie down and are ideal for people with orthopedic problems or muscle tension.
What is a visco foam mattress?
The upper layer of a viscose foam mattress consists of thermoelastic foam. This adapts exactly to the body shape and is also often called “memory foam”. If you press your hand into the visco foam, an impression remains for a few seconds (memory effect). The body is therefore always optimally supported by the precisely fitting shape of the mattress with a pressure-free and almost weightless feeling of lying.
The strength of the viscose foam depends on the temperature: the warmer, the softer it becomes. The “weightless effect” only comes about when the mattress has been warmed up by the body. A short rehearsal in a bed shop is therefore hardly meaningful.
How are visco foam mattresses constructed?
Since a high layer of viscose foam would be too flexible, combinations of different materials are usually used for viscose foam mattresses. The mattress core can consist of cold foam or pocket springs, for example, onto which a corresponding foam layer is applied. It is important to have the optimal height of the viscous foam layer. If this is too high, the body would sink in too much. Since the thermoelastic foam retains the shape of the body for a few seconds and only slowly recedes, turning or turning in bed would then be very exhausting.
As a rule of thumb, the thicker the visco foam layer, the more “floating” it feels to lie, but the more difficult it is to move. Those who are more sensitive to pressure, sleep on their side and spend (or have to spend) a lot of time in bed are better advised to use a thicker layer of, for example, 9 cm, while those who sleep on their backs with normal demands often sleep best with a 3 to 4 cm layer of foam .
In our shop you will find various viscose foam mattresses with different thicknesses of viscose foam layers. We would be happy to advise you which model suits your needs perfectly.
Structure of a visco foam mattress
Every spring mattress consists of several layers:
- Visco foam:3 to 9 cm high thermoelastic viscose foam overlay as the top and therefore closest padding for very good body adaptation and pressure relief
- Foam substructure:complements the visco foam padding and provides the necessary counter pressure
- Upper material(cover)
Who are viscose foam mattresses suitable for?
Visco foam distributes the body weight evenly. This does not result in any unpleasant pressure points. The material is therefore particularly suitable for side sleepers. People who experience pressure pain or circulatory disorders (arms or legs have fallen asleep) on conventional mattresses also benefit from mattresses with a viscose foam topping. A viscose foam mattress is also ideal for everyone who has tension, neuralgia (nerve pain) or spinal column problems and also for everyone who has to lie down a lot for health reasons. In the medical field, they are also used to prevent bedsores (bedsores). Visco foam is not a good breeding ground for house dust mites. This is why viscose foam mattresses are also suitable for allergy sufferers and asthmatics.
Since viscose foam is softer at higher temperatures, mattresses made from this material can feel hard in unheated rooms during the cold season. They are therefore only suitable to a limited extent for “cold sleepers”. Anyone who tends to sweat excessively at night should also use other types of mattress, as viscose foam does not have very good ventilation properties. It is also less suitable for very restless sleepers, as it adapts to changed sleeping positions with a little delay due to its sluggish restoring force. In this case, gel mattresses are recommended, which offer the same lying properties, but without thermal dependency.
Who sleeps well on a visco foam mattress?
- Back and side sleepers (stomach sleepers may sink in too deep on the surface and are not adequately supported)
- Those who like to sink into the mattress and prefer an enveloping, “weightless” feeling to lie down
- Who maintains a sleeping position for a long time
- Allergy sufferers and asthmatics, as viscose foam does not provide a breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria
- Who does not tend to sweat
- People with tension, joint problems, back pain or circulatory disorders
- Those who have to lie down a lot for health reasons and rely on a reduction in pressure points
How do I recognize a good viscose foam mattress?
A decisive criterion for the quality of foams is their density. In the case of visco foam, this should be between 45 and 55 kg / m3 to ensure a long service life of up to 10 years. In most cases, the visco foam pad is combined with a supporting cold foam core, which should have a volume weight of a similar or the same height.
Another concern is the height of the supporting foam core. Since the visco foam layer is mainly used to sink in, the foam layer underneath should be at least 10 cm high in order to achieve sufficient support and cushioning.
You can determine whether the mattress is suitable for you based on the following points:
Advantages and disadvantages of a viscose foam mattress
- Pressure-relieving effect for a “floating” feeling of lying, also promotes good tissue circulation
- Supportive substructure relieves the spine and offers chiropractic support for back pain or intervertebral disc problems, reduces tension and joint problems
- Suitable for allergy sufferers and asthmatics as it is resistant to house dust mites
- With proper care (regular turning) and good bed hygiene (washable cover), it can be used for up to 10 years
- Less suitable for stomach sleepers and people with a high body weight due to the soft sinking in, as the support effect may not be sufficient and the core of the body can sag
- Due to the thermal elasticity, not suitable for cold bedrooms and restless sleepers
- Can only be combined with good quality slatted frames with narrow bar spacing, otherwise pressure points can lead to material fatigue