understanding pressure points
To find which kind of mattress your sleeping position is best suited to, it helps if you're familiar with your pressure points. A pressure point is simply defined as an area, usually on the surface of the body, that is sensitive to pressure.
Your pressure points change with your sleeping position and which parts undergo direct contact with the mattress.
A mattress which finds a happy medium between support and softness is the best bet to avoid any pain on your pressure points.
As a back sleeper it's essential that your mattress provides a strong core support system to maintain optimal alignment of the spine.
Pocket spring mattresses are a recommended route for back sleepers. They contain individual springs cushioned in their own pockets of material with filling to provide support across the body and suitable comfort. Additionally, they distribute weight evenly and are sturdy enough to prevent 'roll together', which is when you and your partner roll both into the middle of the bed.
FIRM OR ORTHOPAEDIC
Back sleepers tend to vary on their preferences of mattress resistance, with some preferring a softer mattress to cushion their back and others a firm one. As a back sleeper, you will need more support than someone who sleeps on their side, as such we would recommend a firm or orthopaedic mattress.
An orthopaedic mattress is specially designed to gently support your back and joints while not allowing your midsection to sink in.
We recommend a firm mattress or an orthopaedic option to offer optimum comfort and support to your pressure points.
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Opting for a more supportive pillow can help with your back alignment temporarily, or sleeping in the foetal position with a pillow between your knees helps avoid pressure on your back.