Sleep like eating, it is an indispensable part of our life which refurbishes our body while imparting health benefits. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the contribution of mattresses towards healthy sleeping. Many among us don’t even know how important a mattress can be. While our sleep does depend upon extraneous factors like your health, room temperature (and your partner’s snoring!) etc, it is not insulated from the M-word. In fact, medical experts opine that choosing an appropriate mattress can reduce back stiffness by nearly 60%.
However, scouting for a suitable mattress isn’t easy because most manufacturers omit several important details about their products and even sell them under different brands to prevent comparison shopping. So what do you do if you’re suffering from back pain and want to know how to choose a mattress? Read on further.
Before shopping for a good mattress, ask yourself a few questions.
- What kind of sleeper are you: back; side; or stomach?
- Do you experience lower back pain immediately after waking up?
- Is your pain related to age or a specific medical ailment?
Depending upon your answers, you will know how to choose the right mattress.
As a thumb rule, side sleepers require softer mattresses that distribute their body weight evenly. Meanwhile stomach and back sleepers are advised to buy a firmer mattress that supports their back gently. Similarly, those who are vulnerable to pressure points could explore soft woollen mattresses.
Ascertaining your vulnerability to allergy is also a great idea. Explore hypoallergenic options like dust mite resistant latex mattresses if allergies are a concern.
Whenever in doubt, check immediately with a medical professional. Not doing so is an egregious mistake that can literally ‘back’-fire at you.
Considerations for Back Pain Patients:
1.) Evaluate your health condition first before thinking about how to choose a mattress. The requirement of upper/lower back pain patients usually differ from neck pain or arthritis sufferers, hence seeking the opinion of a doctor/therapist is highly beneficial.
2.) If you’re a chronic back pain sufferer, consider buying gel mattresses which are strongly advised by physical therapists and chiropractors.
3.) Don’t get allured by the duration of warranty offered by the manufacturer. You never know, it could be used as a marketing strategy to create a psychological impact on potential buyers to sell sub-standard mattresses. This happens a lot these days, so do watch out!
4.) Plush mattresses are preferred over firmer ones. Plush mattresses are as good as their firmer counterparts, if not better. These thick mattresses offer exceptional support to your back without putting to much pressure on the body.
5.) The concept of organic mattress has never been more relevant than today. The sheer magnitude of physical and mental problems caused by chemically loaded mattresses should get us concerned, if not alarmed. To that end, choosing an organic mattress would take care of most of the aforementioned issues.
There are various kinds of organic mattresses available these days (latex, rubber, woollen, etc) which can be used to support your back adequately. Do ensure though, that the mattress is made of natural ingredients with no pesticides, dyes, or chemicals. One way of ascertaining their green-quotient is to look for a Green Guard certification.
Nothing is more important than health. If buying a good mattress maintains your health by helping you sleep better, there’s nothing like it. Making informed decisions about the quality of mattresses could go a long way in safeguarding your back.