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What is Mattress Zoning?

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What is Mattress Zoning?

If you’re serious about your sleep, then we’ve got what you’re looking for. If you imagine modern mattress technology as a brazen mountain climber trying to scale Everest, then think of a 5-Zone layout as the other guy who caught a helicopter to the top.

        Zoning, like that in the Macoda Mattress, is a simple solution to an issue that has pretty much been ignored since people stopped sleeping on cave floors. Mattresses and bedding have certainly come along way in that time, but those making progressions in the field have been looking in the wrong place...

Stop Thinking About the Bed, Start Think About Who's on it.

Remember your high school biology class? You might recall that the human body is not a uniform shape. We have curves, limbs, heavy bits here, light bits there and so on. Now, you might also note that your bed is something you spend a third of your life on. It seems logical, then, that your bed would take this non-uniformity into account. Well, chances are it doesn't. Even today, a majority of mattresses are still stuck with your whole body getting the same level of support across the board. Imagine a pair of twins picking up a giant hammer from opposite ends; whoever gets stuck with the hammering end is going to have a bad time. That's exactly what's happening when you lay on a generic mattress, you and your mattress are going to have a bad time. Thankfully, there is a solution.

Zoning.

        By creating a non-uniform mattress that matches the way the human body is shaped, different areas of your body get different amounts of support. If you again imagine the twins carrying a hammer, suppose instead that the twin with the heavy end was replaced by an Olympic Weightlifter - everyone wins. Simply, having different zones in the mattress means you get targeted support, which ultimately means a more therapeutic sleep that feels way more natural. Heavier spots like the hips would normally sink deeper into a mattress, and this can be unpleasant to say the least. When you employ the idea of zoning, however, this heavy area is cradled and aligns with the rest of your body. Not only does this make it more comfortable, but it helps to align your spine, and we don’t need to tell you why that’s a good thing. This idea is then carried throughout the mattress to provide the optimum ‘sleep setting’ for different areas of your body.

How Many Zones Do I Need?

There's a handful of options for zone layouts these days, with the most popular being 3, 5 and 7 zone.

  • 3 Zone: A mattress with 3 main zones is designed primarily to provide extra support for your lower back, while keeping a generic firmness across the rest of the bed. This can still be beneficial in aligning the shoulders and knees.
  • 5 Zone: A mattress with 5 main zones, offers variable support for the main areas of your body, providing superior alignment and pressure relief where you need it. Different zones are designated for the head, shoulders, lower back, thighs, and feet.
  • 7 Zone: A mattress with 7 zones, which offers similar alignment to a 5 zoned mattress. Where the zones are may vary, but generally it may come down to non-event areas like the lower leg, where the extra zone is not necessarily beneficial.

Targeted support is great for all types of sleepers, as wherever you put your weight, it’s going to be looked after. This is especially true for side sleepers, where there is a greater concentration of pressure on the different areas. Without zoning, the sink or float of different areas can be downright uncomfortable and the lack of support can have negative effects on your body.

Ultimately, zoning is another push forward in the search for perfect sleep. By adding to comfort and therapeutic support, without compromising either, zoning just makes sense.


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