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J Chiropr Med. 2017 Mar;16(1):1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2016.09.002. Epub 2016 Oct 21.

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

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore.



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


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.


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.


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


Beds; Posture; Pressure Ulcer; Sleep; Supine Position

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