Understanding The Benefits Of Gel Mattresses
There was a time when gel cushions were only used for hospital and orthopaedic purposes. You often see gel pads inserted in orthotic shoes to provide comfort to elderly people suffering from arthritis and immobility.
In 1995, several mattresses have been integrated with gel layers to provide comfort to hospital patients. The Intelli-gel mattress, for instance, was used for burn patients. This is also the mattress preferred by institutions and facilities that take care of elderly people.
In mattresses, there is a gel layer placed on top of the constructed mattress. For example, the innerspring bed can be topped with a gel layer on the surface to enhance comfort and support. The gel material is not made up of liquid so you should not worry about fluid leaking from it. It is actually made from flexible materials that give it a gel-like structure.
Today, these mattresses are giving the foam mattresses a run for their money. The following are some of the benefits of using this kind of bed:
1. It has a box-like or a honeycomb structure
It can fit well with any mattress technology including innerspring, memory foam and latex. You can combine this gel structure with your preferred mattress technology.
2. Has a cooling effect
Gel materials have intrinsic cooling effect. It encourages proper circulation of air inside so hot air is reduced and dissipated. Bedridden people will no longer have to suffer from back discomforts due to heat accumulation. This should be combined with your memory foam bed because memory foams tend to collect heat.
3. It adheres to the contours of your body
Gel is pliant and flexible. It can adhere to the contours of your body perfectly. High-density foam mattresses take some time getting used to. Although they also follow the contours of the body, it usually takes a longer time for the bed to provide comfort to your body.
4. It gives your body a mild massage
The honeycomb design of the gel has a mild massaging effect. It gives you relief from pressure sores and aching muscles.
However, the gel construction of the bed is quite prone to the formation of bed bugs and dust mites. You have to clean your gel mattress regularly to avoid this. All in all, this mattress is a good choice. It is also a cheaper alternative to foam mattresses. If you are looking for the same therapeutic comfort that a foam mattress can offer you, the gel bed is a good choice.