One of the main questions I often get asked in the clinic is what kind of bed should I buy. Should I buy a firm bed a medium bed or a soft bed? Before I answer that question, I’m going to discuss with you some of the things you may feel when your bed is actually contributing to your aches and pains.
- The first one is if you’re waking up in the morning, with aches, pains and stiffness, and you’re otherwise generally healthy, you have a generally healthy spine, that may be an indication that your bed is contributing to those aches and pains.
- The second one, is if you can’t find a comfortable position to sleep in if you’re constantly tossing and turning. And there’s physical discomfort – doesn’t have to be a huge amount of pain – just discomfort, that may also be an indication that your bed is contributing to your aches and pains.
- The third, one and the dead giveaway, is if you go to bed and you start to feel yourself sinking into the bed within about 20 minutes. It’s probably time to get your bed replaced.
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Now when you combine this information with the age of the bed and we generally recommend 5-7 years, it will give you an indication if you need to replace your bed or not. Most mattresses come with 10-year warranties, but that just means they’re not going to fall apart in 10 years. It does not mean that it will do its job of contributing to good spinal health.
Okay, now you’ve decided to buy a new mattress, what kind of mattress should you buy? Well let’s get one point clear first. Don’t fall for all that memory foam tempura, bamboo foam, gimmicky nonsense that they’ve got out there. They don’t help and they don’t offer anything that is worth the extra money you spend on them. One more thing they don’t do is they don’t offer any kind of recovery for your spine at night. They just conform to all the compression that you’ve built up through the day.
Traditional spring-loaded mattresses will actually offer some kind of relief because they will help change your spine at night as you’re sleeping, in a good way.
And this is why a traditional spring-loaded FIRM mattress is generally better for you. This can be applied to roughly 80% of the population based on the feedback and results we see in the clinic. The reason why a firm spring-loaded mattress is better for you, is because it offers traction at night when you’re laying down.
When you’re laying down at night, your spine is like a flattened out S curve. with gravity acting down on that S curve, it’ll pull the ends apart and cause traction on all those little ligaments, discs and muscles throughout your spine. We want that because that’s good for recovery when you’re sleeping at night. Most of you through the day, when you’re sitting or standing, gravity is acting on your spine in a compressive way, there’s compression squeezing all those spinal structures together. When you’re sleeping at night, you want traction. Traction tends to somewhat reverse or help recover some of that compressive load that’s happened throughout the day. So again, the main point to take away, look for a traditional spring-loaded mattress that’s firm. That’ the recommendation that we have given to our clients when they ask us, and it has served them well over the years.
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