After so many years since the introduction of mattresses, there is still an ongoing debate on the best type of mattress to use. Manufacturers of soft mattresses focus on their ability to provide comfort while those who develop hard mattresses boast on their ability to provide more back support. But what is the real score between these two that will make your local Lutz chiropractor’s job easier?
The type of mattress you use can actually be an indicator of overall health. Your mattress can affect the way you sleep, your sleep position, how long you sleep and your overall comfort upon waking up. Poor choice of mattress can make you feel fatigued after a full nigh sleep and some may just prevent you from getting a full night sleep in the first place.
Sleep is one of the physiological needs of people and we spend almost 3,000 hours a year in bed. Getting adequate and high quality sleep has positive benefits for the physical as well as the emotional health and your mattress is a major factor in achieving all these benefits of sleep.
Although there are ongoing opposing ideas on the type of mattress to use, there is really no absolute rule as to what you should be using. It generally boils down to the presence of any back condition and your overall comfort.
If you are fearful that you may hurt your back on a hard mattress, this type is not that hard after all. They are considered hard since they have medium to firm characteristics to provide adequate back support. According to various studies, hard or firm mattresses provide better spinal support; thereby, alleviating back pain that may become worse when using soft mattresses. With firm mattresses, the back can assume its most normal curves since the underlying foam can assume the shape of the back and fill in gaps between the bed and the spine.
While soft mattresses aren’t as supportive as firmer ones, they can be good for young people who enjoy the soft and cuddly feature of these types of foams. Younger people with no back problems can actually enjoy the comfort they get with soft mattresses. However, for those with back problems, soft mattresses can actually worsen the pain since these types don’t evenly distribute the weight making some of the body parts sag. The most concerning part is the lumbar area and the buttocks may sag causing lower back pain. The shoulder area may also sag making you feel shoulder pain in the morning with associated neck discomfort.
Soft mattresses aren’t the best mattresses that you can get; nevertheless, if you don’t have back pains and spinal problems, you may still enjoy the soft sleeping area. However, if you want to prevent back problems and other sleeping issues, getting a firm mattress can be a good investment for your home and health.
Aside from considering the type of mattress to get, you should also evaluate your existing mattress as to whether it needs a replacement or not. If you feel morning aches, fatigue and lack of sleep, then maybe you should get a new mattress instead. Also, if you hear noises on your bed as you move or turn, the coils or springs may have been worn out limiting its ability to support you while you lie down.