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The answer is YES! Mattress matters. The wrong mattress may make your life miserable – tiredness, aches and pains. It can turn your night into the Night of Horrors by tossing and turning in an effort to get comfortable. When your body is under stress, a signal is sent to your brain instructing you to change positions and it goes on and on. You wake in the morning feeling more tired than when you retired the night before in anticipation of a euphoric night of slumber and sweet dreams. The only and absolute way to overcome this condition is the perfect mattress for YOU. There is no perfect mattress without YOU. We are all uniquely and wonderfully different.
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Looking for a new mattress may seem like a very complicated task with all the choices offered on the market. Where to start? What brand is better? What mattress type shall I get?
First – none of these matter. Brand doesn’t matter. Mattress type- innerspring, foam or an air mattress- does not matter. Even the price at the beginning of your journey doesn’t matter.
Second – Mattress choice is an individual process with 3 requirements – Comfort, Support and Temperature management.
There is a prescription for the perfect mattress. It is attained by you, the individual, determining what makes you feel good, what is comfortable. The catalyst for this is the appropriate mattress.
What is Comfort:
This is what feels good and puts you to sleep. Sleep is your escape, your retreat, your refuge, physically, your aching bones and muscle can rest and rejuvenate. Your mind relaxes.
What is Support:
This is what keeps you sleeping. The mattress should conform to the body, and not vice versa. Support should provide perfect spinal alignment when lying on your side, back and stomach. The center of the body – the hips – should not sink down into the mattress. The most important aspect is that you need to be physically comfortable.
What is Temperature Management :
This is what keeps you sleeping without feeling hot. Temperature Management is the ability of mattress to dissipate heat. This will keep the body on an even temperature to give an uninterrupted sleep.
Be sure you have the right mattress!
Mattress is very important for a good body posture while you are sleeping. It will help to prevent Aches and Pains or to reduce and even eliminate them if you have some medical condition (in this situation follow your doctor’s recommendations first).
So, if you start to wake up in the morning with a pain in your lower back, neck or hips it means something is wrong with your mattress. The mattress should do its job: to support the body properly in any position you sleep and take away the pressure from shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.
To help you to determine if the mattress is right, please, follow the technique. Just check each position you sleep accordingly.
Not always. The myth that firmer mattresses offer better support are long gone. More people recognize that body alignment needs a mixture of softness and firmness and is interconnected with how well a mattress conforms to the body and relieves pressure. The main idea is the mattress should conform to your body, not vice versa. If it doesn’t happen, you will put strain on the supporting muscles and ligaments. It means the mattress is too firm.
How to determine if the mattress is too firm:
- When lying down on the back there is a gap between your lumbar region and mattress. The hollow of the back is not filled, and you can slide your hand easily.
- When lying on the side you can feel pressure building up on your shoulder and hips.
- When lying on the stomach your rib cage hurts when you breathe.
Pillow choice is key, as it makes up 25% of our lying surface. The pillow thickness corresponds to the sleeping position, with the goal of keeping the spine properly aligned, from the base of the skull to the tailbone.
- The thinnest pillow is required for a stomach sleeper, as the head should not be pushed back.
- A medium high pillow is best for a back sleeper, supporting the neck and keeping the airway opened.
- The side sleeper requires the most individual height pillow, as this corresponds to a person’s shoulder width, and should fill the gap from the neck to end of shoulder.
Better quality pillows are flexible and can be molded to different heights for those who change positions during the sleep cycle.
Heavier person requires stronger support. You can select any mattress type staying on the firmer side. Anything from cushion firm to firm, whatever is comfortable. Three things you crucial for a heavy person in a mattress: Support for Proper Alignment, Edge Support, Temperature Management.
Support for Proper Alignment.
Heavier person requires stronger support. When trying mattress, you want to be sure that your body is straight. There should be no gap under the three major areas that require support – the lumbar, between the shoulder blades, and behind the knees. The mattress should be snug against and conform to the body, providing proper “pushback” in the negative areas mentioned. The stomach should be flat, and the hips and torso should not sink down lower than the feet, which would indicate a too soft mattress. The spine is not flat, and the perfect should conform to each individual silhouette, resulting in symmetry between body weight and shape.
When lying close to the edge of the mattress, you shouldn’t feel like you are sliding off it. It should feel the same as the center of the mattress.
Heavier people tend to perspire more. That is why, it is important to have temperature regulation technology and air circulation design in a mattress to minimize or even eliminate chances of sleeping hot.