Helping overweight children to get a good night’s sleep

The in-house medical mattress team at the Memory Foam Warehouse are well aware of the issue of childhood obesity, and have created a new range of super supportive bariatric mattresses designed to help heavier children get comfortable and sleep more easily.


The in-house medical mattress team at the Memory Foam Warehouse are well aware of the issue of childhood obesity, and have created a new range of super supportive bariatric mattresses designed to help heavier children get comfortable and sleep more easily.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for all children, but is particularly crucial to youngsters who are overweight.

It is well known that weight problems are a factor in the development of sleep disorders, most notably sleep apnoea, but researchers have also established that a lack of sleep contributes to weight gain by stimulating the types of brain activity associated with the desire to eat.

Children who are already classed as obese - some 13.9% of 2-10 year olds and 20.2% of 11-15 year olds, according to official statistics - are also likely to find it more difficult to sleep, as conventional beds and mattresses do not provide the right level of support.

The mattresses from the Memory Foam Warehouse, which can take a weight of up to 55 stone (349 kg), provide maximum support without compromising on pressure relief. Any child who falls into the definitions of ‘clinically obese’ (sometimes called ‘very overweight’ by doctors) or ‘extremely obese’ will find these mattresses are much more comfortable than standard products, as they provide the correct support for the whole body.

The bariatric mattresses all feature a base made from medical grade reflex foam, which is designed for improved weight bearing and durability.

The orthopaedic mattresses also have high-density memory foam upper layers that create a comfortable surface, which offers maximum pressure relief for a restful night’s sleep. They can also help to improve blood circulation and can reduce the need to toss and turn during the night by up to 70%.

In addition, all the mattresses come with Outlast® mattress covers, which feature advanced microclimate technology that helps prevent disturbances in sleep by controlling fluctuations in skin temperature. This is an especially important feature for overweight children as they can be more likely to overheat and perspire during the night, putting them at risk of the development of pressure sores.

The super support bariatric mattress range is available in two options - Ortho Support Bariatric Memory Foam and Ortho Support Plus Bariatric Memory Foam.

The bariatric mattresses are available in both Single and Small Double options (larger versions are also available for adults), and are hypoallergenic and antibacterial, so are suitable for children who suffer with allergies or asthma.

For more information visit the Memory Foam Warehouse .

For media information please contact Charlotte Howarth  at GNG Group on 01924 950300 or email charlotte.howarth@gng-group.co.uk .

- The GNG Group has been established for more than 35 years and is an international brand leader in the healthcare, sports, safety and lifestyle industries.

- The company has two manufacturing facilities based in Wakefield and Liversedge with a combined area of 60,000 square feet.

- Memory Foam Warehouse is a division of GNG and a leading UK manufacturer and retailer of memory foam mattresses and beds.

- GNG is a member of the British Contract Furnishing Association, the British Healthcare Trades Association and support the Sleep Council.

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Over the last 35 years GNG has established themselves as an international brand leader in the healthcare, sports, safety, and lifestyle industries. The company manufactures all its products in the UK, and has 2 manufacturing facilities based in Wakefield and Liversedge with a combined area of 60,000 square feet. With over 100 employees, and the latest foam conversion equipment they are able to produce high volumes of quality foam products, with an efficient turnaround. They currently produce over 75,000 mattresses per year, and supply foam products both nationally and internationally. The product development team carries out all product design and testing in-house, and GNG’s experience and skill has ensured continued growth and investment in design and foam conversion technology. GNG supplies to a number of key industries requiring foam based solutions, and within each industry they are a valued and trusted supplier of a number of specialist products. Through everything they do, GNG strives to ensure that environmentally friendly solutions are offered wherever possible. This means that they make sure foam off cuts are recycled, as well as all recyclable products within the business. The company also look to purchase recycled goods whenever the opportunity is available.

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