How to choose the right mattress
Good health and sleep are closely linked. Just as we improve our eating habits for better health, we should also improve our sleep habits for better health. Sleep debt is a costly problem in our society, both fiscally and physically.
Four out of every five people suffer from back pain and studies show we are not as productive or safe when we do not get enough rest. Back pain comes as a close second to the common cold as the most frequent cause of lost work time.
Sleep should be a priority and not just a negotiable need that is determined by our busy schedules. Good sleep not only lessens costly back problems but helps to prepare us for a more productive, alert and safe day ahead. Poor sleep and back problems are like the chicken and the egg theory. Which came first?
Are backaches the cause of lack of sleep or does lack of sleep cause back problems? Both may be helped with the right mattress.
The lower back or lumbar region is the most common area for back pain because it bears the wear and tear of bending, stooping, sitting and lifting. A good mattress supports the back and allows the muscles to rests and rejuvenate during sleep. Poor sleep does not allow this to happen, nor does a poor sleep surface.
Experts recommend mattresses that offer superior support without being too hard. The bottom line is: The right mattress is very important to our overall health.
THE BIGGEST MATTRESS MYTH
The old adage “hard is better” is truly a myth. No single sleep surface is right for everyone. Therefore a store that carries a varied selection of comfort levels is a good place to start. Such variables as body temperature, sleep position, and lighting should be taken into account.
Mattresses come in plush, pillow-top, ultra plush, ultra plush pillow-top, firm and cushion firm. And all these comfort levels are just that — comfort levels. It’s different from support level. Support level has to do with the coil count and coil construction. The proper support may be achieved in all of the different comfort levels.
Depending on whether you are a stomach, side or back sleeper (or a combination) will determine the comfort level that provides the best sleep. And that is the goal. Although there are some exceptions to the rule, a good coil count number to keep in mind for proper support is as follows: Twin, 420 or higher; full, 600 or higher; queen, 736 or higher; king, 930 or higher.
The quality of fabric and different foams used should also be taken into consideration. It is important to find a mattress with edgeguard because it gives you more mattress surface to actually sleep on.
Everyone has natural curves in their back. Usually the harder the surface the more the back has to drop out of alignment to meet the mattress. The optimal mattress has enough padding to support your back without allowing it to drop out of its natural alignment. A plush mattress with good support will do just that.
Most people sleep about one-third of their live. What else do you do for that amount of time that affects the other two-thirds of your life? We think nothing of spending $300 to $400 on a DVD player that comes with a one-year warranty and will last – if you’re lucky – five years. But many people think it is appalling to spend $600 to $700 on a new queen mattress that comes with a 10-year nonprorated warranty and will easily last 10 years.
This same mattress, if picked properly, will give you many nights of great sleep and ultimately better productive days, too.
Many will pay up to 40 percent more for a new car than they did a decade ago, yet the same person expects to pay the $299.99 prices of a decade ago when it comes to buying a new mattress.
Value is relative, but when you think of using an item everyday, 365 days a year for 10 years, a good quality mattress for say $700 is costing you a little less than 22 cents per day. Shopping for the best value doesn’t mean finding the lowest price. Bargain bedding is no bargain when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Are you the type of person who will spend $150 on running shoes that you wear three or four times a week but is only willing to spend $330 on a mattress that you sleep on eight hours a night for 10 years?
There have been many advancements in mattress manufacturing. Many are designed by orthopedic doctors with the proper support and great comfort levels to keep you properly aligned all night. Mattresses have many price points to meet everyone’s pocket book. Bottom line: If you aren’t satisfied with your current sleep comfort, there is a proper support mattress out there for you in your price range. And remember: How you sleep at night generally determines how you will feel for the rest of the day.