The Invention of Modern Mattress

Have you ever wondered how the latest and modern mattresses came to be? When did it all start? Would it surprise you to learn that “modern mattresses” dated as far back as the Renaissance era? Of course at that time, the term “modern” was meant connote a sleeping space that was hygienic.

Today though, modern mattresses pertains to something different. With the advances in technology, a simple, hygienic, modern mattress has turned into a great scientific invention.

Mattresses in the modern era can be said to have been a revolutionary invention, due to the use of cotton and wool, in place of substances such as horse hair, straw, pea shucks, and other organic materials that had certain sanitation issues to be dealt with. The modern mattress can be said to have actually been invented, when sanitation in mattresses became an issue. By the mid 1800’s, springs were invented, and innovation took to the rise of mixing technology and quality of life in such a way that it wasn’t until the 20th century, with the cold war propelling competition, that mattresses saw once again a revolution as strong as the inventions from early industrial entrepreneurs.

Escaping gravity was an issue with NASA scientists that had to be addressed. America wanted to be top-dog in the Aerospace industry, by being number one with invention. To rule the roost meant having to develop products never before actually touched by human hands, but seen theoretically in the human mind. Memory foam was invented to help cushion the seats in space-shuttles, while escaping G forces. Together with the invention of vinyl, the modern mattress finally reached its place in evolution.

Today, innovation, good practical sense and modern science all go into keeping in touch with the original human need for a proper nights rest.

via Simplepedic
Mattress photo from Keetsa Mattress Store

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