A gel mattress overlay on your regular spring mattress or memory foam mattress could be the answer you’ve been looking for if you’ve suffered a back injury, have a sore tailbone or sore coccyx, had back surgery, tailbone surgery, coccyx removal surgery, a coccygectomy or other back ailments. A gel mattress overlay can potentially relieve many of the symptoms you are experiencing with your sore back and offer you a restful sleep – night after night. Traditional spring mattresses simply don’t offer the support and comfort a gel mattress overlay is able to provide.
What is a gel mattress overlay and who are they for? They are for those people who have a firm and uncomfortable mattress and also for anyone who has an innerspring, airbed or memory foam mattress. The mattress overlay is also for anyone who needs more back support, suffer back discomfort and for individuals who are looking for relief from pressure sores and tossing and turning that results in a restless sleep. They are especially useful and comfortable for those who suffer from coccyx pain or coccydynia, relieving the pressure on the coccyx as one lays in bed. Those needing additional pressure relief due to hip or shoulder discomfort would benefit from using a gel mattress overlay and anyone who simply wants state-of-the-art comfort, alignment and support would also benefit.
For a long time, memory foam mattresses were the leading product for material used for top comfort in a mattress for those needing support for their back ailments. There have been some deficiencies found in memory foam which has allowed the gel mattress overlay to gain ground on memory foam mattresses as an addition to your bed-time comfort. Some of these deficiencies in memory foam mattresses include:
- body heat retention which causes the person sleeping to overheat in the night, causing a restless sleep
- the memory foam is also susceptible to creating body impressions and thus causing the bed to become uncomfortable over time. Cheaper memory foam mattress models are especially suspect.
Even though these drawbacks are quite glaring, it seems that the memory foam mattress industry is diligently working through the problems to continually improve their product to regain their market share.
A gel mattress overlay offers optimal wound care protection and assistance to potentially stop the development of pressure ulcers caused by a mattress that doesn’t take care to relieve the pressure points as you sleep. The gel mattress overlay combines both the best of foam and gel in a one piece assembly for ease of use. The inner core of the mattresses are made up of a number of sectioned foam in gel bladders throughout. The sectional design prevent pooling of the gel in the lumbar area and the mattress topper consists of a soft, convoluted foam that is laminated to a durable foam shell.
As you can see, purchasing a quality gel mattress overlay for your current mattress can potentially increase your quality of life greatly. It is amazing what a simple addition can do to increase your comfort as you sleep or lay in your bed. There are a great number of hospitals and nursing homes that use gel mattress overlays for standard prevention and basic treatment of ducubitus ulcers. Gel overlay mattresses are designed to fit over an existing mattress or bed-frame, are simple to use and extend the life of your primary mattress.