Choosing the right mattress for a good nights sleep
Have you struggled to find the perfect mattress that is both comfortable and provides adequate support? How many times have you woken tired and stiff from a poor night’s sleep?
Many people are needlessly suffering from disrupted sleep due to their mattress. Continuing to sleep on a bed that doesn’t support your body properly is a common cause of neck and back problems and can have a significant impact on both the quality and duration of sleep, leading to chronic tiredness and other health problems.
Fortunately, there are a number of things that can be done to ensure your bed is not going to get in the way of you getting a healthy night’s sleep.
Chiropractors advocate finding a mattress that’s designed to conform to the spine’s natural curve and distribute pressure evenly across the body. Everyone’s spines are different so you must find the best option for you!
Remember Goldilocks and the three bears? Not too hard, not too soft….but just right!
Lie on the mattress in your normal sleeping position and have someone observe whether your spine remains fairly neutral. If your spine is obviously sagging or curved exaggeratedly in any given direction, then keep searching for a mattress that helps maintain neutral spine alignment. While researchers are challenging the idea that a firm mattress is absolute for anyone with back pain, most experts still agree that a saggy mattress is not a good choice.
Mattresses need to be replaced.
One of the other common mistakes people make is that they keep the same mattress for too many years. Mattresses wear out and need to be replaced eventually, ensuring that your body stays adequately supported.
As a general rule, a mattress should last around eight years but if you are starting to have difficulties sleeping then look to upgrade sooner. The choices of mattresses today are vast. Newer designs and materials may offer an advantage for some people giving greater support. However, they can be a significant initial investment so take your time in selecting the correct mattress for you and ask your Chiropractor if you need further advice.