Amala Eunice. futon. October 18th , 2017.
A material originally developed by NASA was known as temper foam. The material was a shock absorber used in airplane seats. The idea was to provide comfort and shock protection. It is also known as the memory foam and due to its shock absorbance properties; the material is used in various other products. For instance, it is used to insulate football helmets, soles of your shoes and most importantly as a padding material in hospital beds. This visco-elastic material supports body weight in high pressure zones and as a result prevents pressure points. This foam has the tendency to return slowly back to its original shape when the applied weight is removed. The foam also has plastics that further attribute to the conforming properties of this foam. Not only does this foam prevents bed soles but also acts as a remedy to heal the already existing ones.
The bottom layer is what provides the support. Currently, a Stearns and Foster mattress offers two types of support; innerspring and latex. Whichever you choose, you will be getting the best. The innerspring version contains its 504 Progressive Support Coils that are double offset with 12 3/4 gauge high-carbon steel. They are also twice tempered which helps them retain their shape better and for longer. Latex is becoming popular once again; it's hypoallergenic and conforms to the sleeper's body shape.
What is interesting is the SpiraLok Technology used in the Restonic mattress. Basically, it's a tight steel weave that locks the coils together. It's claimed that this reduces motion transference and thus decreases partner disturbance. In total contrast, the Simmons Beautyrest mattress uses pocketed coils - springs that are not joined together but are kept separate in their own fabric pocket. So, who's correct? In my view I can't see how a traditional innerspring mattress can claim to reduce motion transference; pocketed coils help but they have drawbacks. If you really want to eliminate motion disturbance, you need to opt for either latex of a memory foam mattress - which both Simmons and Restonic offer.
People with spinal stenosis are most comfortable sleeping on their side in the fetal position with a pillow between their knees. A medium firm or firm mattress is good for this sleeping position but most people prefer a thicker padding to reduce pressure on their hips and shoulders. Finally, those suffering from lower back pain should sleep lying on their back with a pillow under their knees to relieve pressure from the lower back. There is no single mattress style that works for all people with back pain, but people with lower back pain should choose a mattress that offers support, comfort, and ultimately, a good nights sleep.
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