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Get BACK to a Better Sleep With The Right Mattress

On average we spend 7 hours in bed at night. In one year, that is nearly 2,555 hours! It is no wonder that sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or increase back pain. Mattress shopping can be a daunting and fairly pricey endeavor. Read on for tips on how to select the right mattress for you:

  • Out with the old in with the new: have you had your mattress for longer than you can remember? If it has visible sagging and/or is no longer providing support and comfort, it is probably time for a new one.
  • Choose a mattress with back support: lack of support can cause muscle strain which can contribute to waking up stiff and in pain. A good mattress will support the spine and promote a proper sleeping posture
  • 50/50 back support and comfort: you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for support; this will rely mostly on personal preference. Too firm can cause pressure points, medium-firm will allow for some flexibility, if you want firm, pick a mattress with thicker padding for added comfort (usually recommended to give enough lumbar support).
  • Be wary of medical claims: there is not much in the way of research on mattresses for the most spine friendly product.
  • More expensive doesn’t always mean better: be sure to focus on quality when shopping for your new mattress, do your research and do price comparisons to get the best value.
  • Purchase from a reputable store: your new mattress will be an investment, make sure the store you are purchasing from has a return policy. You should be able to return the product if it proves to be uncomfortable or lacking in quality. Be sure to ask about any additional fees associated in returning the mattress.

So remember, when shopping for a new mattress you want to look for comfort, support and quality to help ensure a good night’s sleep and avoid creating or exacerbating existing back pain. The bottom line is that a comfortable mattress is dependent on the individual.