How Level Sleep Products Fight Pain and Improve Sleep Quality
Level Sleep was founded on the belief that how we sleep has a direct effect on how we live. Our sleep is closely tied to the products we sleep on—a poorly designed mattress or pillow can actually lead to or exacerbate pain, while a product “designed for the human form” can reduce pain and enhance our ability to achieve Level Sleep—pain-free, uninterrupted, deeply refreshing sleep.
Fighting Back Pain
Causes of Back Pain when Back Sleeping
When sleeping on your back, your weight is absorbed primarily by your hips and shoulder blades, leaving your lower spine—the lumbar region—unsupported. This causes your spine to sag just above the pelvis, stressing the soft tissues in your lumbar region and resulting in pain or discomfort. This then leads to shifting during sleep that interferes with your ability to experience the restorative deeper stages of sleep.
Causes of Back Pain when Side Sleeping
Because your torso is lighter than your hips, traditional mattresses force your spine toward the mattress, stressing your back and causing pain.
How We Reduce Back Pain
A study published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association showed that lumbar support enables a more even distribution of pressure across the pelvic, lumbar and thoracic areas, while limiting compressive and shearing forces on the spine. TriSupport’s three-zone design features lumbar support, complemented by two softer zones that allow your shoulder and hips to sink into the mattress, providing support to your lower back regardless of your sleeping position.
That is why participants in our clinical trial reported a 54% reduction in morning stiffness.
Fighting Shoulder Pain
Causes of Shoulder Pain
When sleeping, your body weight is disproportionately focused on the parts that protrude—your shoulders and hips. When side sleeping, pressure on your shoulder is even more concentrated, specifically on the golf ball-sized protrusion called the tubercle. The tubercule is covered by the bursa, which lubricates the shoulder’s muscles and tendons and extends roughly an inch beyond the adjacent bone structure. Compression of your shoulder’s soft tissues between the bone structure and the mattress surface restricts blood flow and causes tingling, numbness, and pain. Your body naturally responds to this discomfort by tossing and turning. As we age, this occurs more frequently.
How We Solve Shoulder Pain
The TriSupport mattress and topper feature a soft shoulder zone that absorbs your shoulder’s weight while the complementary lumbar and hip zones keep your body aligned. That is why participants in our clinical trial reported a 56% reduction in morning pain. Dissipating pressure also keeps blood flow normal, reducing pain and enabling your body to stay in one position for much longer—leading to deeper and more refreshing sleep.
Fighting Tossing & Turning
Causes of Tossing and Turning
Compression of the soft tissues between the bone structure of your hips and shoulders and the mattress surface restricts blood flow. When the blood supply to the tissues ceases, you’ve reached the Ischemic Threshold.
The result is a burning sensation, which is a major cause of tossing and turning. As we age, this occurs more frequently.
This pressure buildup is especially pronounced in your hips where thetrochanter, the top part of the femur, protrudes about an inch beyond the pelvis and bears a very large share of body weight. Often over time the bursa covering the trochanter can become chronically inflamed, leading to Trochanteric Bursitis, a condition that impedes mobility and frequently requires surgery.
How TriSupport Limits Tossing and Turning
TriSupport’s three zones work together to prevent pressure buildup. Less pressure and pain directly translates to less tossing and turning and better sleep.
- The firmer lumbar zone supports your back and spine, maintaining alignment and reducing stress on soft tissues
- The soft shoulder zone absorbs and comforts your shoulder’s bone structure and tissues
- The medium zone supports your hips and works with the lumbar zone to naturally align your hips and back
This is why our clinical trial participants experienced 34% less tossing and turning and woke up with 43% less fatigue and 63% less daytime dysfunction due to sleepiness.
Fighting Neck Pain
Causes of Neck Pain
Your pillow directly affects your sleep quality. Too much or too little support puts pressure on your soft tissues, neck muscles, and your cervical spine. As a result, you are likely to suffer from both shoulder pain and neck pain.
Side-sleepers also can experience discomfort when the pinna—the visible part of the ear—is compressed between the head and the pillow surface, leading to tossing and turning.
How the Restore Pillow Fights Pain
Level Sleep has designed height-adjustable Restore pillows with holes or ear wells in the pillow surfaces that allow side-sleepers ears to float pressure-free. The pillow also features an Ergonomic Comfort Center that allows your head to tilt back, naturally maintaining the curve of the cervical spine, while also opening up your airways to reduce snoring.
Washable and odorless, Restore pillows also help prevent wrinkling cause by pressure on your skin while side sleeping.
Our pillows, when used together with our Level Sleep mattresses with TriSupport Technology, enable you to sleep more soundly and awaken rested, restored and ready to take on the day.