It’s been a fun but busy week at the office! We’ve had a great time getting to know all our new patients, including a patient who was concerned because his back pain had gotten worse in recent months. He couldn’t figure out what the cause was. His routine had stayed fairly consistent, and he hadn’t suffered an injury.
As it turned out, the problem was his 7-year-old mattress. Mattresses are such a vital part of our sleeping—and healing—process, and yet, it’s so easy to overlook.
It is important to monitor your mattress and know when it might be time for a switch. This is especially true if you suffer from back pain or back-specific conditions.
It is usually best to switch out a mattress once it is over 5-6 years old or if another mattress is more comfortable. Research has shown that switching from an old mattress to a new one reduces back pain and increases the quality of sleep.
If you are planning on getting a new mattress, but aren’t sure what to look for, here are some things to consider when choosing a mattress:
We already talked briefly about Pillow-tops, but here are a few more common types of mattresses for you to look into during your next mattress shopping adventure:
It is also important to note that coils and padding are the most vital aspects of a mattress, as they are in charge of providing spine support. Generally, the more coils and the thicker the padding, the higher the quality (and price) of the mattress. But the mattress with the most coils and padding may not necessarily be the right choice for you. Mattress preference varies by individual and that individual’s back condition.
Sleep is so important, especially if you are trying to heal from an injury or have a back condition that demands a high quality of sleep. I hope this article was able to help you choose a better, more comfortable mattress for your sleep needs. If you are suffering from a back condition or pain related to an uncomfortable mattress, give our office a call! We’d love to talk with you about different treatment options to get you back to the good night’s sleep you deserve!
P.S. If you would like more tips on how to ease back pain, you can download my free report that shows you ways to ease back pain naturally. Go here to get your copy and take it with you: www.restoreptllc.com/back-pain.
Oliver Patalinghug is the trusted health expert and founder of the Metro Detroit's Leading Specialist Private Practice Physical Therapy for people in their 40's, 50's and 60's who want to keep healthy and active.