Top 10 facts about TEMPUR® Material

1st October 2020 | Tempur Material
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TEMPUR® Material is an incredibly unique material with an amazing history. We’ve listed the top 10 things that make it a material like no other.

1.     TEMPUR® Material was based on NASA’s invention

Our original TEMPUR® Material was born from a formula devised by NASA and then used onboard the Space Shuttles.


It was one of our scientists who, in a breakthrough moment, realised the potential of the material for sleeping on. We adapted and refined the material over many years, perfecting it for sleep and for use in our mattresses and pillows. 


It was this breakthrough, the continued innovation, unique qualities and worldwide success of the products that together earned TEMPUR® mattresses and pillows recognition from NASA themselves.


2.   The only mattress brand recognized by NASA 1 and certified by the Space Foundation 2

But TEMPUR® is not only recognized by NASA and inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame*, but also has the special honor of being the only mattress brand to be certified by the United States Space Foundation. This means that when you purchase a TEMPUR® product, you are purchasing a certified product that contains technology originally developed for space!

1 The company and its products were recognized by NASA. At a joint press conference on May 6, 1998, at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., NASA recognized TEMPUR®’s outstanding achievements in adapting the original NASA technology for everyday use and improving the quality of life.

2 Tempur products are certified by the Space Foundation as Certified Space Technology as they incorporate technology originally intended for space. For more information on the Space Foundation and its Certified Space Technology Program, visit

* For more information about our Hall of Fame induction, visit

3.     TEMPUR® Material responds to the temperature of your body

In fact, that’s how it got the name TEMPUR®.


When you lie on it, the viscoelastic cells inside instantly respond to your body warmth, shape and weight. That’s’ the secret. The material conforms and adapts, relieving pressure and absorbing motion. You are perfectly cradled in pure comfort and support.


It’s a unique feeling of pure relaxation, of total weightlessness.

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4.     It’s proven to relieve pressure across your body

TEMPUR® Material was originally used in the healthcare sector. A number of clinical trials proved that some forms of TEMPUR® Material relieve pressure from sensitive areas, including the back, hips, shoulders and joints. This provided great benefits, including comfort, for patients care. 


This unique quality can now be felt in every one of our products. By gently conforming and adapting to the shape of your body, TEMPUR® mattresses reduce pressure across your body to help reduce discomfort, and further reduce tossing and turning at night.


We are incredibly proud of our medical heritage. Even today, our mattresses and pillows continue to be used in healthcare, where their incredible benefits are felt by patients around the world. This motivates us to continue to strive for excellence in every product we design and manufacture, so that we can change the way people sleep for the better.


5.     Motion absorbing so you’ll feel practically no bouncing, swaying or shaking.

Do you sleep next to your partner? Do they get in and out of bed at a different hour to you? Or, does their tossing and turning ever keep you awake?


If so, the good news is that TEMPUR® Material’s unique motion-absorbing qualities mean that, when you sleep next to your partner, you’re much less likely to feel their movement (and therefore less likely to be disturbed when they go for a late-night snack).


In tests, TEMPUR® Material has proven to be much better at absorbing motion than ordinary memory foam mattress brands. Ordinary memory foam can have a motion transfer rate of up to 20%, but TEMPUR® material produces less than 2% motion transfer.

6.     It always returns to its original shape, guaranteed


TEMPUR® Material was designed to be ultra-pressure relieving and super-motion absorbent. But no matter how much pressure you put on it, TEMPUR® Material will always return to its original shape. 


And, unlike other mattresses, it won’t sink, sag or warp over time. We even guarantee every TEMPUR® mattress for 10 years so you can be sure.


7.     We designed it to help improve your sleep 

TEMPUR® Material’s unique properties work together to give you that true restful sleep.


The moment you lie down, you’ll feel the pure magic as the cells inside instantly respond to your body’s shape, weight and warmth, precisely adapting and aligning to every inch of you. 


The proven pressure relief gives your body total comfort and support, helping you to drift off faster and reduce your tossing and turning. TEMPUR® Material also absorbs motion from your partner, so you’re less likely to disturb one another.


It is all of this that helps you get a true, restful sleep


8.     We keep our formula a closely guarded secret

The formula for TEMPUR® Material has always remained secret. Fewer than ten scientists in the world know it and they all work for us.


Unlike most other companies who use standard formulas or buy their memory foam from elsewhere, we always manufacture our material in our own dedicated facilities. This is how we keep our closely guarded secret, well, secret.


9.     We only manufacture it in our own factories

TEMPUR® has three factories worldwide, two in the United States and one in Denmark.


Every piece of TEMPUR® Material is made in these facilities. Unlike some other mattress manufacturers, we never outsource TEMPUR® Material production to third parties, so you can be sure every TEMPUR® product is made by us.

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10.      You’ll only find it inside real TEMPUR® products

We don’t allow any other company to use our TEMPUR® Material in their mattresses or pillows. Therefore, the only way you can get to experience the pressure relief, motion absorption and incredible benefits – not to mention the unique ‘weightless’ feeling that comes from lying on it – is to try an authentic TEMPUR® product.

Only by ensuring everything we produce is of the highest possible quality can we promise you the greatest night’s sleep.


Great sleep is vital – it helps you to feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to make the most of the day ahead. Great sleep can help you to live a great life – and at TEMPUR®, it’s our mission to help you to do just that.