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Tri-Pedic Mattress Brings Further Innovation To NASA's Technology

by Simon Mansfield
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2005
As the editor of Space Daily, I have always taken an interest in the technological advancements that NASA brings to the space community. However, I have to say that I never would have dreamed that one of these advancements would eventually find its way to my bedroom.

The advancement I am referring to is what many people have come to know as memory foam, a technological advancement that NASA developed in the 1970s that allows foam to mould to your body and then return to its original shape once your body moves to a new position.

I have been coveting one of these mattresses for years, but like many consumers was not ready to shell out the extra dollars for a new mattress, let alone one that I knew was bound to cost much more than a traditional spring mattress.

However, one recent uncomfortable and sleepless night, I found myself spending hours researching all there was to know about memory foam mattresses. While I may be a professional researcher by trade, I have to admit that at first I was a bit confused as to which company produced the best memory foam mattress.

I had already heard about the Tempur-Pedic. They were the first company to use NASA's technology for the purposes of consumer bedding. However, I had read that the use of their five pound density foam was too temperature sensitive, and the overall feeling of the mattress was too hot.

From what I could gather, due to the high viscosity of the memory foam that Tempur-Pedic uses, it could feel too firm in cooler temperatures and even too soft for some people when it was heated up. Not being one to be easily discouraged, I continued my investigation and learned that there was a new innovation that solved this dilemma, but more on this in a moment.

What I did readily notice during my investigation was that there were other companies producing memory foam mattresses that were reported to be just like Tempur-Pedic, but a bit less costly. However, upon further examination many of these companies were using inferior quality foam and I did not feel comfortable that it would stand the test of time.

Then I came upon a new mattress that didn't just try to use NASA's technology and copy Tempur-Pedic. Rather, they were using innovation to improve upon the use of NASA's technology in a design that could answer the concerns that Tempur-Pedic and other memory foam mattress consumers seemed to want addressed.

This new mattress is called the Tri-Pedic. The mattress is relatively new on the market when compared to some of the older and well established names out there, but it was actually developed about five years ago. What makes the Tri-Pedic more innovative than the competition, is that it found a way to address some of the previously mentioned Tempur-Pedic and other five pound density memory foam mattress concerns.

It did this by creating the first three layer memory foam mattress with two different densities. The top layer uses a softer four pound density memory foam that was not nearly as temperature sensitive, and had a more instantly plush feel to it.

Not wanting to lose support they followed this up with a second layer of memory foam that has a firmer and more supportive five pound memory foam. For the third layer, the Tri-Pedic used a very firm and highly durable base foam.

Their confidence in the longevity of the mattresses they sell on has lead them to offer a 30-year warranty. They also offer a 4-month sleep trial to ensure that your are completely satisfied with your mattress. is a division of the actual manufacture, Relief-Mart, Inc.

On behalf of Space Daily I ordered Tri-Pedic mattresses for myself, as well as a member of my staff. I will readily admit that I selfishly was hoping to improve my own sleep while testing this mattress on a personal level and rendering an opinion.

Fortunately for, my staff and I have been thoroughly impressed by how the mattress feels and the level of support that it gives. Therefore, we unanimously decided to give the Tri-Pedic mattress our Space Daily product innovation award for finding a way to improve upon the use of NASA's technology and literally helping to make dreams come true.

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