Effects of Mattress Material on Body Pressure Profiles in Different Sleeping Postures

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Abstract

Objectives:

This study compared the body contact pressure profiles of 2 types of mattresses: latex and polyurethane.

Methods:

Twenty participants were required to lie down on the different mattresses in 3 different postures for 6 minutes, and their body contact pressure profiles were recorded with a pressure mat sensor.

Results:

The data indicated that the latex mattress was able to reduce the peak body pressure on the torso and buttocks and achieve a higher proportion of low-pressure regions compared with the polyurethane mattress.

Conclusions:

Latex mattress reduced peak body pressure and achieved a more even distribution of pressure compared with polyurethane mattress across different sleeping postures.

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