Sleeping Correctly on a Good Mattress

Most people need at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  Are you getting a good night’s sleep?  Are you tossing and turning, and counting sheep all night?  It may be time to get a NEW mattress.  Comfort and feeling rested in the morning when you wake up are keys to a good mattress.

With so many options out there, how do you know which mattress is right for you?

There’s the memory foam, the pillow top, futons, and the sleep number bed.  Everybody has their own preference, some people prefer more firm beds, some prefer a softer one.  So you need to go into the mattress store and try them out.  When you think you may have found what you like, try it out for at least 15 minutes.  Take advantage of trial periods that some stores offer.  Some shops even offer up to a 90-day trial period that allows you to exchange for another one if you don’t like the mattress you initially bought.

Keep in mind that the most expensive mattress may not equate to the best mattress.  Another good resource are your friends and family-ask them if they like the mattress they have.

Types of Mattresses:

Coil mattresses are the most common type of mattress. The more coils in the mattress, the more firm. Mattresses with coils of 680 or more are recommended.  Most coil mattresses have a lifespan of about 10 years (Unless you tend to jump on the bed!).  An easy fix to firm up a sagging mattress is placing a piece of plywood in between the mattress and boxspring, or even under the boxspring if the bed frame slats are sagging.  Don’t forget to rotate or flip your mattress every 6 months to extend the life of your mattress.

Memory foam mattresses have some firmness, yet enough give to contour the body.

Sleep number beds are like luxury air mattresses where you can automatically increase the firmness with a press of a button.  This is ideal if you and your partner have different firmness preferences.

What to Look For in a Mattress?

You want a mattress that is firm enough to distribute your weight: not too firm that it is hard as a board and not too soft that you sag into the mattress.  Just like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears trying out beds:  Not too hard, not too soft, ahhhh just right!  When lying on your back, you want a mattress firm enough to support the natural S-curve in your spine but allow enough softness to allow your pelvis to sink in a little.  If lying on your side, your shoulder and pelvis should sink in a little so that your spine is in a straight alignment from head to tail.

Sleep Positioning:

Positioning is just as important as the mattress itself.  It’s kind of like getting a nice ergonomic chair and you end up slouching in it.  You want a good posture when you are lying down.

When lying on your back (supine), place a couple pillows under your knees to relieve pressure off your low back.  Place a countoured pillow or use a towel roll to support your neck curve.  You could get a leg pillow if you tend to stay on your back all night.

When lying on your side, place a pillow between your legs to avoid twisting your back.  Make sure the pillow you use keeps your head aligned with the rest of your spine.

Sleeping on the stomach is usually not recommended due to the increase stress on the neck, but try the quarter turn prone position: a body pillow works well with this position.

Have a good night!

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References:

Mattress info

Sleep Risks

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