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Working and studying can be a pain, but if you want to have the perfect (and slightly unlikely) work station ever invented, you may want to try the memory foam mattress. Generally, working in one position for hours can give you stiffness or pain in your joints. However, a memory foam mattress can help support you whilst you work, ensuring a relaxing and pain-free place to work.

Whether it is homework, revision or writing emails that you need to do, a memory foam mattress can support your body whether you are:

  • Lying on your stomach
  • Sitting on the edge of the bed
  • Leaning against the headboard

Lying on your stomach

This is what I call the standard “revision position”; books spread out in a crescent shape in front of you as you prop yourself up on your elbows. If you have ever attempted this position on a pocket sprung mattress, you will know that it isn’t long till your elbows start to hurt. Springs are good support if you are lying flat on your back, but for any other position, the springs can offer an uncomfortable amount of firmness.

A memory foam mattress has a certain amount of give; when you lean on certain pressure points, the foam adjusts so that less strain is put on these points. Memory foam can adjust to the amount of weight you are putting on its surface and changes so that your weight is evenly balanced out, therefore straightening out your spine and reducing the weight load on your elbows. Ultimately, this means that you can stay in this position for longer without feeling uncomfortable.

Sitting on the edge of the bed

If you want to work at your desk but your office chair is uncomfortable, then get a small desk which is a suitable height to work at from the comfort of your bed. All you need to do is perch on the edge of the memory foam mattress and ensure your feet are flat on the floor. Your wrist, elbow and forearm also need to be parallel with the floor so that extra strain isn’t being put on these areas of your body.

The edge of the mattress will easily mould to your buttocks as you sit at the bed’s edge and will mould around your upper thigh and rear to give you the right support. This additional support will also help you keep your back straight too, ensuring a good posture.

Leaning against the headboard

With your laptop in your lap, or your book in front of you, this is a great position for getting on with some work. The headboard of the bed ensures that you keep a straight back whilst the memory foam again works its magic to adjust itself to your body by utilising your weight and heat. Memory foam is pressure responsive, so when you are sitting, it cradles your bottom for extra comfort, but when you get up, the foam returns back to its original form every time.


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