If you suffer from joint or lower back pain it might be time to switch your current mattresses to an orthopaedic mattress.
In this short guide we’ll give you everything you need to know about finding the best orthopaedic mattress to help ease-away aches and pains, so you wake up with a spring in your step (rather than a pain in your back).
What is an orthopaedic mattress?
An orthopaedic mattress is designed to offer optimal support around the joints, back and overall body.
This is to help alleviate back and joint pain by aligning your spine in a natural and healthy way, while distributing your body-weight evenly to ease-away stress.
Older mattresses can lead to mattress sagging and compromised support around your mid-section, placing further pressure on your muscles to support your body.
If you suffer discomfort throughout the night,then an orthopaedic mattress may be just what you need to banish those sleepless nights.
Quality sleep – as well as being linked to mental performance – is imperative to physical performance. Your spine comes under a lot of pressure through the day, and recovers and recuperates through the night, which is whysleep is so important to spinal health.
How does a bad mattress cause back pain?
While it’s always best to consult a doctor on chronic back pain, the cause of your discomfort might be closer to home:in your mattress.
If your mattress is too soft to support your weight it can sag in the middle, which will distort your spine in a way that prevents it from naturally aligning through the night – the repercussions of which will be felt the next day.
As a mattress ages it also starts to lose its ability to effectively support you. This is one of the reasons it’s recommended you replace your mattress every 8 years.
It’s important to find a mattress that supports you effectively throughout the night. Inadequate support means more pressure is placed on your muscles to support your body, which is why people wake up in the morning with those oh-so familiar aches and pains.
Tips for finding the best mattress for your back
Here are some key things to look out for when finding the best orthopaedic mattress for your back:
- Firmness rating: while it has been suggested that people with a bad back should get an ‘extra-firm’ mattress, this is not always the case. For example, petite people may need a softer mattress to suit their needs.
- Try it out: it can take a little time to settle-in with a new mattress. At Silentnight we offer a 60 day comfort trialto give you more than enough time to get well-acquainted with your new mattress.
- Zoned support: zoned and targeted support in the areas you need it most, such as the shoulders and hips, are vital to healthy spinal alignment and reducing lower back pain.
Get in the zone: why zoning is important for perfect posture
A third of adults suffer from lower back pain. To combat this all of our mattresses are zonedto add extra support to the hips and shoulders, which promotes healthy spinal alignment and back posture.
The moment you discover you’re expecting a baby is one you won’t want to forget. A mixture of happiness, shock and fear will dawn over you. If you’re a first time mum, there isn’t much that can prepare you for what is to come – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Stepping into parenthood means one very important thing – sleep sort of becomes a word you used to know the meaning of and slowly starts turns to the ‘s’ word. Which obviously you should never say.
Sleeping when pregnant can be really tough, especially during your first trimester which runs for the first 12 weeks. It is common to feel tired, possibly even exhausted, as your hormones begin to change.
It is a must that you keep yourself as healthy as possible during pregnancy, which means although sleeping can be difficult, it is worth trying your best to rest as much as possible. This might not mean solid deep sleep, so don’t be feeling pressured to soak up all the hours in the day, but do take time to put your feet up and relax as much as possible.
What helps you sleep when pregnant
Now is the perfect time to invest in a mattress or mattress topper that will adapt to your changing body over the coming months. Pocket-sprung mattresses are designed to not only shape to the contours of your body, but also to absorb changes in weight distribution.
Best sleeping position when pregnant
Towards the end of the 12 weeks your jump may make sleeping more difficult. Lying on your back can mean that your womb presses on your main blood vessels, this may make you feel faint. Support your bump with pillows underneath your back and possibly between your knees.
You’re in the prime of your life, you work hard and play hard – why wouldn’t you? We’re forever being told to make the most of life. However, research has found this could result in being miserable as we grow older.
A study by Ohio University, has found that a lack of sleep during our working lives leads to “lower life satisfaction” in old age. In particular, problems occur when we’re not getting enough sleep during our “mid lives”. Although it may not hit immediately, a lack of sleep – in terms of both quality and quantity – can come back to haunt later down the line.
Quantity is the amount of sleep and how regular, but quality includes whether or not you have an undisturbed night’s sleep or the time it takes to fall asleep, studies have shown.
The findings, to be presented this week at an international conference of sleep experts in Washington, claim a lack of sleep is often down to worry and anxiety.
And a study of 3,950 adults aged from 17 to 74 found a clear link between sleep problems during their mid-life years and lower satisfaction in the later stages of life.