In a simple horizontal resting state, the human body develops pressure areas where weight naturally compresses the body and limits circulation.
A sagging or distorted sleep surface promotes an unnatural spine alignment and excess pressure points. The body will naturally try to compensate pressure points by using our lower back muscles in order to find a more comfortable position and ease circulation. Tossing and turning creates muscle tension during sleep and can easily contribute to morning discomfort and pain in the lower back area. However, with the proper support base for the head, neck, and torso the body relaxes and releases muscle tensions, contributing to a sound sleep.
Foam’s capacity to redistribute weight stress makes it extremely valuable in everyday living. The cushioning properties are very utilitarian in such ergonomic applications as head, neck, back and leg pad supports. The medical industry uses foam products for convalescing and impaired mobility patients allowing the body to distribute weight thereby reducing potentially critical bedsores.
Foam products can be found in a multitude of constructions and formulations to help relieve pressure and increase the comfort and support of a mattress. Foam toppers can be used alone under your sheets or as a base comfort level under your mattress cover.