Your Guide to Pressure Relief Mattresses, Pads and Toppers

Last Updated on February 16, 2024

by Marc Werner, Founder - GhostBed

Do you have trouble sleeping? If you struggle with limited mobility or chronic pain, you may already know the importance of sleeping on a high-quality mattress.

A mattress with the right pressure-relieving materials can make a world of difference.

Not sure where to start? Keep reading and we'll explore your options, what to look for and how pressure relief at bedtime can encourage deeper, healing rest.

A woman relaxes on her queen size GhostBed Memory Foam Topper.

Who Can Benefit From Pressure Relief at Bedtime?

Everyone can benefit from pressure relief at bedtime. It's especially important if you have limited mobility. If you're experiencing bedsores, this is a sign that you should upgrade your mattress.

Pressure relief is also helpful for those who suffer from chronic aches and pains, including conditions like fibromyalgia. Outstanding pressure relief can make any bed more comfortable and help you get the restorative sleep you need.

Pressure Relief Toppers

A woman places the GhostBed 3” Memory Foam Topper on her mattress for extra pressure relief.

A topper can provide extra comfort and cushioning by adding a bonus layer of memory foam, latex or quilted material between you and the mattress.

Whether you decide to opt for just a topper or both a topper and pad is entirely up to you; however, it's worth remembering that investing in a mattress pad and/or topper might be more cost-efficent than buying a brand-new pressure relief mattress

"My favorite pressure relief topper is the GhostBed 3” Memory Foam Topper. I designed this topper to provide luxurious cushioning where you need it most: along your head, feet and legs. Meanwhile, a supportive middle gives even weight distribution."

Marc Werner, Founder & CEO of GhostBed

Pressure Relief Pads

Generally, mattress pads (also known as mattress protectors) are used to protect your mattress from liquids, dust, bacteria, sweat and other contaminants. But there's another option to consider for those who need extra pressure relief: alternating pressure mattress pads.

This type of pad uses a split cell design which shifts the weight between the “bubble-like” cells every 6-10 minutes. The best part? It's designed for placement on top of an existing bed or hospital/medical bed and is ideal when frequent repositioning isn't possible.

Pressure Relief Mattresses

A simple search will bring you to tons of mattresses, all promoting pressure relief. But if you dig a bit further, you'll notice there are a variety of types of pressure-relieving mattresses to choose from.

Memory Foam Pressure Relief Mattresses

Another option if you're looking for a pressure-reducing mattress? Memory foam! Not all memory foam beds are created equal, however; you want to make sure it's constructed deliberately with pressure relief in mind.

Our GhostBed Luxe is a great example of a memory foam bed that combines varying types of foams to create a balanced, medium-plush feel.

Hybrid Mattresses For Pressure Relief

You may also find the perfect pressure relief in a hybrid mattress. Hybrid mattresses like the GhostBed Flex feature a combination of supportive coils and cradling memory foam, which offers a more balanced feel from head to toe.

If you're used to sleeping on a traditional innerspring bed, a hybrid mattress is a great option. You'll feel the added pressure relief without losing the “bounce” you're used to.

Massage Mattresses

If you're ready to invest in effective pressure relief that also soothes and removes tension from your body, we recommend investing in a massage mattress.

The GhostBed Massage uses multi-zoned air cells that target key areas of the body like the upper back, lower back, thighs and more for the ultimate relief.

Each partner gets individual adjustable massage units on each side so you can create a tailored experience each night.

The GhostBed Massage runs extremely quietly with air-pressure massage technology by Cozzia, the cutting-edge leader in the massage industry.

Relieve Pressure and Sleep Better

With this guide, you should now have a better understanding of pressure relief mattresses, pads and toppers and which might be the best fit for you.

If you're still struggling to decide or have any other questions, reach out to our team of Sleep Experts today for help.

We understand that everyone's sleep needs are different and we're here to assist you in finding the perfect pressure-relief bedding solution so you can get the best night's sleep possible.


Marc Werner - Founder, GhostBed

Marc Werner

Founder - GhostBed

Twitter LinkedIn

Marc has spent the last two decades designing & manufacturing mattresses and other sleep products, drawing on a lifetime of experience working with the material sciences. With several patents to his name, he works closely with the GhostBed team to create products with the perfect balance of comfort & support. Learn More

Affirm Financing

Flex Payment

36-Month Flex Pay Option

Most Orders Ship Within 24 Hours

Shop Mattresses
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • Shop Pay
  • Amazon Pay

One-Time Payment

Pay Once. Rest Easy.

Most Orders Ship Within 24 Hours

Shop Mattresses