Our body, as a 2 legged walking homo sapien, is designed with a spine that sustains important curvature in the neck, upper back and lower back to absorb the impact of moving in this vertical position.
In order to maintain these very essential curves we need to have both strong and flexible stabilizing spinal muscles as well as correct spinal curvature and easy going movement mechanics.
Incorrect waking movement or the inefficient implementation of such a movement can easily compromise the health of our spine but sleeping on a surface that is too hard and thereby fails to support these curves is one of the most common reasons for neck and back pain.
When you lie down your spine naturally deflects downwards, in an attempt to find a surface that will push back and support it. If you lie on a flat and unsupportive layer your bony shoulders and hips will naturally bear the brunt of the weight of your entire body as these are the regions that make contact with the surface.
Ancient beds were made of leaves and organic material mashed up to create a soft layer but as we progressed on the 19th century the metal coiled mattress was invented. Spiral coils and air do little to support your spine.
In 1995, in an effort to supply the medical community with correct sleep surfaces, David Farley, using pressure mapping equipment, looked to invent a surface that would provide an equal amount of pressure on the spine from head to toe. He developed a unique patented foam extraction process that created a patterning on the surface of a mattress topper, allowing the apparently flat foam surface to behave like a zoned and contoured one. By extracting more foam in areas where your body is heavier, typically the hips and shoulders, these areas are able to sink in to the foam and by leaving the lumber region in tact the curve of your natural spine is therefore filled in providing support and stability. When you look at a human body lying on a surface of this sort, using pressure mapping, what you see is a uniform green from the top to the bottom wherever the body comes into contact. On a less supportive surface you will see very red areas under the hips and shoulders suggesting that they are severely pressured, cutting off circulation and blood. Tossing, turning and a restless night is the result of sleeping on a surface like this.
Hospitals began to understand the amazing relief of a sleep surface that provides even pressure, especially for burn victims and those patients constricted to bed for long periods of time.
And thus the NatureSleep Anatomic Mattress topper was founded.
As you know I sold many NatureSleep toppers and pillows using this very unique and patented technology. Those of us who sleep on one are absolutely convinced that there is no better surface on which to sleep.
Memory foam which has made a large impact on the sleep surface industry over the last few years purports to support your natural curves by squishing under the pressure of your weight and the heat of your body but any one who has actually slept on memory foam knows that the foam simply deflects under you like candy floss or sand thus eventually creating a very hard and unforgiving layer that feels like concrete. The fact that it bounces back when you get off does little to satisfy me that it actually supports while you are on it!
NatureSleep disappeared but fortunately lighterliving ™ has reinvented a similar but improved version in a unique overlay and pillow. The mattress topper is made of eco friendly foam consisting of 2 layers. The under layer is an extracted and zoned support layer that allows your heavier hips and shoulders to sink in and find support while your lumbar and cervical curves are filled in and protected, creating a neutral spine from head to toe with equal pressure. The top layer is a soft comfort layer with aeration holes for better air flow and the prevention of hot spots. Together these layers make a topper that will absolutely support your spine and please even the most restless sleeper. It doesn't matter how short you are nor that your husband is taller than you. You will each get what you need for a restful and satisfying, supported rest.
It seems every one uses a pillow and most of us sleep on our side. When your pillow is too high you disturb the correct alignment of your neck and when on your side it is often difficult to fill the gap left by your shoulder, both creating shoulder and neck pain and the lack of circulation in these areas. The perfect pillow will simply fill the gaps no, matter how you lie. My faithful feather pillow is perfectly malleable, allowing me to pull and push the feathers to where I need them and now lighterliving ™ has developed an eco foam pillow that does the same thing.
Finally correct posture while you sleep is totally attainable again, with these new and innovative lighterliving ™ products.