Abe Feller

Abe Feller

    The Air Mattress Of The Future Is Here!

    A lot has changed for since the days when even owning a bed was a luxury. As late as the Twentieth Century, it would not have been uncommon for a bed to be nothing more than a wooden box filled with straw. Prior to the nineteen twenties, a mattress may have contained anything from old rags to straw and even horse hair. Thankfully, the mattress industry now provides consumers with an incredible selection of products, all without the need for a horse.

    Now we find ourselves well into the Twenty First Century. Surrounded by all of the miracles of modern technology, most of still sleep on a reliable innerspring mattress, waterbed, foam bed or air adjustable bed. Imagine if you had the chance, using all of the technological advances at your disposal, to build the perfect bed.

    What would the perfect bed be? So what would the perfect bed look and feel like? What combination of materials would result in the perfect sleeping experience? Well, let's travel a little further into the future for a sneak peek.

    One of the hottest trends in sleep systems today is the air adjustable mattress. Infinitely adjustable by way of an air pump, the firmness of the bed can be changed on a whim. Reemerging in popularity is the waterbed. Though the traditional water bladder type is still in use, most new waterbeds are of the hybrid variety. Hybrid waterbeds have the look and feel of a traditional quilted mattress. Foam replaces wood as a frame and the single water bladder is replaced by a series of long tubes. Visco elastic memory foam has been incorporated into the design of many air adjustable beds and hybrid waterbeds.

    Using basic elements such as air and water gives the end user the ability personalize their sleeping experience in a way not possible using coil springs. It is important to remember that memory foam is essentially an air mattress. The foam acts to trap air inside very tiny cavities. The denser the foam, the less air is trapped. Regardless of the density, air is still an essential component in memory foam.

    Now let's contrast these new materials to the traditional innerspring mattress. The innerspring is not adjustable by the user. In a factory or design facility, someone makes decisions about factors like coil strength, spring wire thickness, the number of coils, and the composition of cover materials. The end user must accept of reject the mattress based on how it feels, without the ability to make any changes. The basic technology behind the innerspring mattress was developed toward the end of the eighteen hundreds and has not changed in over one hundred years.

    So what if we combined that best features of newer technologies like memory foam, the air adjustable mattress and the hybrid waterbed? Could we build the bed of the future using these components?

    Imagine this - using a hybrid waterbed as the primary load-bearing support, top the water tubes with an adjustable air chamber. Add a layer of visco memory foam and you have a bed that eliminates the pressure points inherent with innerspring mattresses. The firmness of the sleeping surface is fully adjustable to suit the preference of the user. Throw in a massage unit and a heated mattress pad, both of which are already available and you a bed for the ages. Featuring the ultimate in comfort and using the latest in materials, the mattress of the future could someday become a reality.

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