How to choose a good mattress for a healthy sleep. The orthopedist explains
Comfortable and soft does not mean useful – there are nuances.
The mattress supports our body for at least 7-7.5 hours a day. That is how much time an adult should rest at night. Due to an improperly selected mattress, the quality and depth of sleep deteriorate, pains appear in the back, neck and other parts of the body. In addition, in some cases, the wrong choice of mattress can contribute to the development of diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
How to Know You Need a New Mattress
Ask yourself some questions.
- Are the mattress uneven?
- Does the mattress sag?
- Does your bed seem too soft?
- Does the mattress creak?
- Do you roll into the middle of the mattress while you sleep?
- Do you get back or neck pain in the morning?
- Do you toss and turn for a long time before going to bed?
If you answered yes to most of the questions, it’s definitely time to change the mattress.
How soft should a mattress be?
You need to monitor your posture constantly, including at night. To do this, you need a good mattress that will keep your body in a physiologically correct position.
When choosing, it is important not to make a mistake with the rigidity of the product. When sleeping on a mattress that is too soft, the spine bends, as a result of which the muscles are constantly overstrained, pain in the back and neck occurs. Buying an overly hard mattress is also not worth it. In this case, you can forget about comfort. Due to sleeping on a hard mattress, there is a strong pressure on the spine, which also often causes pain.
It is better to purchase a mattress of medium hardness – the product will provide the necessary support to the spine. At the same time, you will be comfortable sleeping on it. Just keep in mind that convenience is a very individual parameter. Before buying, be sure to lie on the mattress for 5-10 minutes to determine if it is right for you.
What size mattress to choose
During the night, a person performs 50-60 different body movements and rolls over at least 10 times. Make sure the bed is the right size for this maneuver. It is desirable that the mattress be at least 15 centimeters longer than a person’s height. At the same time, it should be wide enough – then it will be convenient for you to roll over from side to side in your sleep.
What material is better to buy a mattress
In the manufacture of mattresses, manufacturers use different materials: latex, coir, wool, polyurethane foam, holofiber. The combination of the last two in one product is the best option. Polyurethane foam perfectly supports the spine, and holofiber gives the mattress elasticity and provides good air exchange. It is recommended to choose products with a memory effect, thanks to which the mattress follows the shape of the body, supports the spine and unloads the joints.
Is an extra mattress needed?
Any sleeping place can be turned into a comfortable, orthopedic one. To do this, it is enough to purchase an orthopedic topper mattress, which provides soft support to the spine, adapts to the shape of the body, relaxes muscles and relieves tension. Its optimal height makes it possible to use the product both on top of the main mattress or sofa, and separately on a hard surface. There are models with a memory effect and a massage effect.
What to look for when buying
If you buy an orthopedic mattress, be sure to check the registration certificate of Roszdravnadzor. The presence of such a document indicates that you have a medical device with proven effectiveness.