THE INFORMED SLEEPER
Back Pain

The Myth of the Hard Bed

By DUX Design, AB  •  November 2, 2017

Do you know why you have been told that sleeping on a firm bed is good for you? Historically mattresses were made of materials that would compress. This caused mattresses to sag in the middle forcing people to sleep in a hammock position. Not surprisingly people complained about back and neck pain. As a remedy they were told to put a board under the mattress for support. Thus, the myth of the hard bed was born.

As a result, a major misconception people have when choosing a mattress today is that they confuse the word firm with supportive. Unfortunately a bed that is too firm forces your body to conform to it when it should be the reverse. A firm bed therfore not only creates pressure points that inhibit circulation but also makes it virtually impossible to align your spine.

 

Graphic of a Hard bed and a Soft bed

A mattress that is too firm does not allow your shoulders and hips to sink in. A firm mattress will work against your body, causing your shoulders and hips to buckle inward, forcing your spine into an unnatural position. The pressure from this inhibits circulation and can create intense pressure on your lower back.


Conversely, a mattress that is too soft does not provide adequate support. Your body ends up in a hammock position causing your shoulders and hips to pinch in, resulting in a curved spine. As with the firm bed, this curvature puts pressure on your lower back and can cause your muscles to stay tense all night trying to protect your spine.

 

Graphic of The DUX bed

 

 

Enter the DUX bed from Sweden.  The goal of every DUX bed is to align your spine to help alleviate back pain and to distribute your weight evenly to maximize circulation. Every component is designed to deliver correct sleep posture. This position is only possible if your body is supported along its entire length in a way that allows your spine to rest in a natural position while loosely perpendicular to your hips and shoulders. The only way your back can completely relax is when your spine is supported in this position. 

Additionally, The DUX bed has multiple features that enable you to customize the level of support at your shoulders, back and legs based on your body type, need and preferences.

 

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