Posture can relate to sitting, standing or lying.  Today we are going horizontal (laying) and talking about BEDS!

A startling fact is that we spend up to a third of our lives lying in bed, far more than driving our cars.  Yet we will spend good money on a reliable car rather than on a quality bed.  Why? Because we know that a reliable car is important to get us to work and play. Guess what, a quality mattress is even more important for your health and well being.  Yes, I know you can’t drive your mattress to work but if you don’t have your health then you can’t drive your car and sleeping in one is no fun.

There is no single mattress style or type that works for all people with back pain.  Any mattress that helps someone sleep without pain and stiffness is the best mattress for that individual.

A good mattress should provide support for the natural curves and alignment of the spine.  The right amount of back support also helps the patient avoid muscle soreness in the morning.

Mattresses with more coils and thicker padding tend to be higher quality and also more expensive: however, a higher price does not guarantee that the mattress is going to be more comfortable or more supportive.

When is it time to get a new mattress?  If an old mattress sags visibly in the middle or is no longer comfortable.  If you go to bed without pain and wake up stiff and sore then it may be time to change.  They say that the average life expectancy of a mattress is around 8-10 yrs.

Now, how do you accommodate for 2 people in the same bed seeing how we all have different support needs?  The best suggestion I have is a mattress system by Select Comfort, Sleep Number.  Each side of the mattress can be adjusted to the person and to their needs for that night.

To help preserve the quality of a new mattress, it should be repositioned every six months to ensure that the mattress is evenly worn.  This includes rotating it 180 degrees and flipping the mattress lengthwise on a regular basis.

With all that said and done, it’s time to take a test drive. How do I go about test “driving” a mattress?  1. Make sure you have allotted ample time so you are not rushing.  2. Get on some loose comfy clothing, but not lounge wear, wearing your PJ’s might get a tad awkward. 3.  Pick a mattress store that has a lot of options to choose from.  4. Lie on the mattress in your different sleep positions and see how you feel.  Remember this, if it feels good to you go with it. Don’t focus on the brand or what the salesperson is saying.

 

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