Why a good mattress is so important to your sleep
A good mattress is crucial in achieving good back health. Finding the right mattress that will give you a great night’s sleep involves getting both the right support as well as the right comfort level. There are many factors that affect back pain and how you sleep, but a good mattress is proven to make a positive difference – and if you have the wrong mattress for you (or your once-suitable mattress is now old and tired) – you may be aggravating your pain.
Beware of the wrong mattress
If your mattress doesn’t provide you with the right support for your body by reinforcing poor sleeping posture, then it is the wrong mattress for you. If a mattress doesn’t meet your personal preferences then your comfort is compromised, resulting in interrupted sleep that can leave you feeling tired and sore in the morning. All mattresses will eventually decline in their support, so you should consider replacing your mattress every 8 to 10 years.
Honour your personal preferences
There’s no one miracle mattress that will be suitable for every single person with back pain. Any mattress that will help you sleep without pain, discomfort or interruption will be the best mattress for you. Choose a mattress that meets your personal criteria for comfort and support and start getting a good night’s sleep.
Get the correct support
A good mattress will gently support your whole body and keep your spine in a neutral position – no matter if you’re lying on your back, front or side. Pay attention to your pressure points when choosing a new bed (these will be the heaviest parts of your body).
Try before you buy
Make sure you try several mattresses before you buy. Lie down in your preferred sleeping position and rest for 10 minutes. This will give a good guide to the comfort and support the mattress gives you.
Get what you pay for
When it comes to good back health – don’t cut corners! No bed will last forever, but when you invest in one that is made of high quality materials and can offer you the back support you need, you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth. A $2,000 dollar mattress will cost 55c per night over 10 years or 28c each if with a partner.
Avoid partner disturbance
No matter how similar we are to another person, our sleeping patterns will never be exactly the same. Interrupted sleep from a partner’s movements is the biggest problem for couples who share a bed. Find a mattress and bed foundation that minimises partner disturbance.