Adam Valen Levinson
With the summertime travel season upon us, just this past week, Alaska Airlines announced that they are drawing all pillows from their air travels to fight against the spread of germs, specifically Swine Flu. Southwest pulled their in-flight pillows for the exact same reason in late May. Additionally, Jet Blue and US Air just recently started to charge customers for the use of pillows during air travels.
So how exactly does it work anyway? Exactly what is so different about this type of cover vs. some other kind? Essentially, what it does is dissipate sweating and excess heat from the body, creating a reasonably cooler zone where there is no extreme concentration of pockets of heat on the bed mattress The material that it is comprised of was developed with heat regulation in mind. It is not unlike some athletic sportswear that is created to keep athletes cool and dry and keep them from overheating.
The mattress toppers feature easily detachable machine washable covers, some with the most recent Coolmax fibers which absorb moisture. This Coolmax material has actually been made use of by athletes to control excess sweat and it allows air flow as well as absorbing physical moisture that you produce overnight. It can be washed in a machine. This will not harm the fibers, however the makers suggest that you don't use bleach or softeners with them as this might damage the color and appearance of the cover, although it would not damage the Coolmax fibers.
Which brings us to the specs on the bed mattress, which I thought actually did compare with the middle part of the "leading brand's" line. Unlike numerous of the other memory foam mattresses I have looked at in the past that cheaped out in the design of their bed mattress, this mattress had an extremely good density base foam (the "core" part of the bed that the memory foam remains on) and the memory foam had a soft, inviting feel to it (where as some other memory foams can feel stiff and hard at room temperature).
In regards to products themselves, memory foam tends to sleep the best as it forms the inmost cradle and is not as open celled as other types of polyfoam therefores that air does not stream with it as easily. More recent generation or "breathable" memory foams are better in this regard although they too are not as breathable as other foams. Polyurethane is the next most breathable foam and for those who rest hot it provides less issues of temperature level policy. Dunlop latex is the next most breathable foam and is much more breathable and temperature regulating than polyfoam.