Proper Support and Pressure Relief

The ideal mattress will provide proper support to promote postural alignment while relieving pressure to improve circulation and reduce pressure points.  All mattresses will provide support and pressure relief in differing levels.  So, how do you find out which mattress offers the proper support and pressure relief for you?  The Sleep Metrics Diagnostic Process will help you find the ideal mattress with proper support and pressure relief.

What does proper support mean?

Proper Support refers to the appropriate level of firmness for a mattress to contour to the body while maintaining postural alignment.  If a mattress is too soft, you will sink into the bed too much and experience poor postural alignment.  If the mattress is too firm, you will not experience enough contouring support for your body to be in correct postural alignment.  This lack of contouring support leaves areas of your body with little or no support.  Finding the proper amount of support is paramount to finding the right mattress for you.

What does pressure relief mean?

Imagine lying down on a concrete floor.  That would be uncomfortable because there is no padding to soften the surface.  Wherever your body contacts the floor surface, you would feel a great amount of pressure.  More pressure leads to less blood flow in that area of your body.  When blood flow is restricted, you may feel uncomfortable, a tingling sensation in your arms or legs, or even pain.  Now imagine adding a few layers of foam padding over that concrete floor before you lie down.  The foam layers reduce the amount of pressure you feel, allowing greater blood flow and improved comfort and circulation.  Reducing pressure on your body helps to ease circulation, lowering the workload on your heart and helping you sleep soundly through the night.


Which mattress is best for me?

Some mattresses offer more support than pressure relief and vice versa.  Every individual is different and requires differing amounts of both support and pressure relief.  The Sleep Metrics Diagnostic Test identifies the proper support level for you based on your input to sleep related questions.  Take the test online or visit any of our 14 St. Louis metro area locations.

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