Definition of Pressure Points

Meaning of the Term as it Pertains to Mattresses

What are Pressure Points?

Locations on the body where an individual feels discomfort while lying down, pressure points are commonly found in the hips, shoulders, and knees. Pressure points occur when soft tissues get pinched between the mattress and bone, which restricts blood flow. As a result, individuals toss and turn throughout the night and experience poor quality of sleep.

Pressure points result from poor cushioning support. Proper support allows pressure points, which are the heaviest areas of the body when lying down, to sink deeper into the mattress than lighter areas. This creates balanced weight distribution across the body. Popular support types that relieve pressure points are memory foam, latex foam, and independent coil.