Posted on 28th January 2013
|Mattresses A soft mattress can cause joint and back pain as the body sinks into the mattress making the spine adopt an unhealthy position. A hard mattress can also create pain as the body lies on top twisting the spine and putting pressure on the hips and shoulders. The mattress should give way a little under the pressure from the shoulders, hips, and pelvis so that the spine is kept straight.
The best solution, therefore, is a mattress that will contour to your shape, allowing your hips and shoulders to sink in comfortably. In conclusion, the mattress should support your body, retaining its natural shape at the same time. A mattress such as the Waterlattex Mattress is a good budget option or alternatively, The Perfect Mattress is a high-quality product that moulds to your body shape.
|Mattress Toppers A Mattress Topper is a great alternative to replacing an entire mattress. Toppers are usually made from Memory Foam and designed to be placed on top of an existing mattress. They are mostly used to provide the user with a layer of comfort on a worn or uncomfortable mattress. They are also great when used for their pressure-relieving properties and are commonly used in Medical Institutions for this reason. Most Toppers are made from Memory Foam and some come with contoured "ripples". Examples of Mattress Toppers can be seen in out Mattress Toppers section.|
|Support PillowsThe term Support Pillows can generally refer to any type of pillow designed to help correct and/or support a particular part of the body while seated or lying down. For the context of this section, we refer to "support pillows" in relation to pillows designed to help improve your sleep (for more on pillows and cushions designed for sitting see Back Cushions Explained).
Contoured pillows are specially shaped to adapt and move with the head, neck and shoulders while the user is asleep. An anatomically shaped pillow supports the head and neck in a position where the spine is correctly aligned. This will reduce pressure on intervertebral discs and nerves. These types of pillow are designed mostly for people who sleep on their side or back. Examples of contoured pillows include Putnam Original Pillows and the Komfi Deluxe Ultrawide Pillow.
We call the more common rectangle pillows most people are familiar with Traditional Pillows. At Back2 we stock Traditional Pillows with innovative designs such as the Arkstore Oslo Pillow, which is made from Memory Foam, and the Arkstore Copenhagen Pillow, designed with a "coil sprung core" so your pillow should never go flat.
Knee & Leg Pillows
Knee Pillows are mainly designed for people who sleep on their sides and suffer pain or discomfort in their lower back, knees and/or legs. These pillows are placed between the knees using elasticates straps on both legs and help to keep your legs naturally aligned with the pelvis while asleep.
Similarly, Leg Pillows or "Leg Rests" are designed to allow the legs to be placed in a comfortable position and relieve pressure from the lower back.
|EyemasksOne overlooked factor when trying to sleep is darkness! A completely dark room can help some people get to sleep quicker as there is no chance of light becoming a distraction when your eye flicker open. For some people, the benefit of an eyemask is that it helps condition their body to know when it is time to sleep as the placing of the mask becomes part of their sleep ritual. Back2 provide one of the most ergonomically designed eyemasks in the Arkstore Eyemask.|