Sleep right to sleep tight
Oct 10 2013
Okay, the princess may have made much ado over a pea, but the fact is that a mattress has the power to make or mar your sleep
However, if sleeping on a bad mattress can give you a backache, buying a new one can be a headache. What brand to buy, how much to spend, whether to buy an inner spring mattress or try something new like latex, can leave you full of questions.
It is, therefore, important to choose a mattress that complements your body's physical needs and sleeping patterns. A good mattress maintains the same natural spinal alignment that you have when standing. When your body is allowed to rest in its natural position, muscles are relaxed and sleep is more refreshing.
A good mattress should support your body perfectly in the upmost comfort so that you wake refreshed and ready to face the day. If you believe your mattress is not currently offering you enough support for your back or joints, then perhaps you are in the market for an orthopedic mattress.
A good way to figure out whether you might benefit from a mattress that gives you better support is to stretch out in the morning and see if it relieves your back or joint pain. If loosening up right away improves your pain in around 30 minutes or less, there's a good chance that the pain is coming from a mattress that is not providing your body with the support it needs.
Orthopedic mattresses have many good factors to ensure a good night's sleep but the most important is comfort. The more comfortable your bed is, the easier it is for you to fall asleep, and investing in a mattress that seems to absorb all your worries is the best way to make sure you don't skimp on beauty sleep. A mattress should always be designed to give maximum comfort to your body and it should provide orthopedically correct support the body needs for a relaxed and comfortable night's sleep.
The benefits of technologically advanced mattress are many. People are not aware of the significant health benefit of ultra premium innerspring construction as compared to “all-foam“ mattresses. What's underneath is relevant to the comfort of the mattress is and how long it will last.
Mattresses nowadays come equipped with a superior technology in a `Sense & Respond' posture-tech coil which is designed to support and conform to the unique shape of human back and body as it moves through the night with exacting precision. This is the latest and the most advance innerspring technology that gives micro-conformance to the body's unique curves and contours for cradling support.
People often have pre-conceived ideas that these specialist mattresses are suited to those who suffer from a severe backache, but this is not strictly true. The classification of “orthopedic“ among mattress manufacturers typically has nothing to do with the materials used to make a specific model. Rather, it designates that the mattress design provides additional support for good musculoskeletal health. Therefore, orthopedic mattresses can be one of the following types: Coil spring Also known as an innerspring mattress, the coil spring model utilises a series of compression springs installed either individually or in groups. In terms of support the most important factors to know are the number of springs and the spring density. The more support you need, the higher the spring density you should be looking for.
Latex or memory foam Orthopedic mattresses made from latex or memory foam tend to be a bit denser then their standard counterparts. That said, even a standard foam mattress provides at least a minimal orthopedic benefit due to the nature of foam products.
Hybrid mattresses Due to the fact that coil spring mattresses tend to create pressure points over time, some manufacturers have created hybrid models that combine coil springs and foam blocks. The foam blocks are inserted in strategic locations throughout the spring box in order to relieve pressure points.
Adjustable air mattresses Adjustable air mattresses are typically not manufactured with specifically designated orthopedic models. This is primarily due to the fact that air mattresses are, by design, naturally orthopedic. By adjusting air pressure an individual user can get all the support he needs.
Clearly, a mattress that does not give enough comfort can ruin your sleep and make you feel tired and fatigued. A good sleep is essential to maintain sound physical and emotional health. So, the best type of mattress is one that gives you maximum comfort.
(The writer is GM of Sealy India)