Sleeping on the Enemy

October 11, 2017

Over the past decade, a growing trend has emerged for people to choose healthier lifestyles with a steady focus on exercise, nutrition and even emotional wellbeing. However, there is one key area in our contemporary lives that is often overlooked – food for thought, actually, when one takes into consideration that we easily spend up to one third of our lives curled up under the covers, and yet, we often make poor decisions when it comes to our sleeping habits.

Think Twice

Extensive research has placed sleeping and mattresses as one of the prime reasons for back pain, with over 25% of sufferers blaming their beds. So, the next time you contemplate your exercise regime or eating habits for improved health, perhaps consider your sleeping patterns and in particular, the condition of your mattress as part of your journey towards wellbeing. If your mattress has reached the end of its lifespan, perhaps it is the right time to invest in a new bed to meet your body’s unique needs. It is easy to understand how your bed can be the cause of back pain and lack of sleep but people find it hard to let go of that old faithful mattress even though it is well beyond its useful life span. Looking for a new bed can be quite a daunting experience as there are a number of things to consider when purchasing a new bed and mattress. Here is an outline of key concepts to think about before you make this significant and worthwhile investment.

Test it out

Do not buy a bed in haste. On the contrary, take your time and do not be shy to try before you buy. A bed is a significant health and financial investment, so test out many different varieties before you make your choice. Lay down on different mattresses to assess the amount of comfort and support you require. Ideally you should spend at least 10 minutes trying out a mattress in your favourite sleep positions – so curl up, lay on your side, or even sit upright, in order to get a proper feel for it – remember this is an important decision.

Comfort

The best bed for your body is one that provides the right amount of comfort for optimal sleep. This may differ according to each individual and may be dependent upon your height, weight and other factors. Speak to a mattress specialist about the different options and specifications for your distinct physique.

Support

In order to get a good night’s rest, your body must feel well-supported. If your mattress is too soft or too hard, this may cause unnecessary strain on your back, neck and limbs. Look for a mattress that is firm but supportive. You may also want to consider a mattress pad or topper for maximum support, but remember that a mattress topper may not work for everyone. Similarly invest in a pillow that adequately supports your neck.

Bigger is better

If you have the available space and budget, always choose the biggest bed possible. This will give you maximum space to move around and sleep comfortably. Many varieties are available with an ‘extra length’ feature for taller individuals. This often provides more leg room and the convenience of being able to stretch out without any limitations.

Consider your partner

Do you share a bed? It is advisable to bed shop with your significant other and consider both of your needs in selecting the perfect mattress. Avoid mattresses that have a tendency to sag in the middle because of unevenly distributed weight.

Speak to your medical practitioner

As people from around the world come together on 11 October 2017, in recognition of World Spine Day, raising awareness about spinal disorders, we trust that each and every one of us will be inspired to take charge of our health. If you have a pre-existing back concern, you are encouraged to speak to your chiropractor or physiotherapist about your unique needs and a possible mattress alternative. Do not compromise on your spinal health. Make the right choice and invest in a quality bed and mattress for improved sleep and a healthier lifestyle.