How to choose the mattress that's right for you?
A Mattress is the most important piece of furniture in your home. The quality of your sleep at night will determine your health and productivity during the day. It is therefore essential that your Mattress provides the necessary support and comfort for a good night's rest. Considering you spend approximately one third of your life in your bed, ensure that you invest enough time and effort in selecting a Mattress that is suitable for your body weight and sleeping position.
The backbone is shaped like a soft "S" – you must get adequate support in all areas of your back so that you don't "sink-in" on a mattress that is too soft or stay "suspended" on a mattress that is too firm.
Many people wake up with a backache in the mornings. If this is a rare occurrence, it may simply be a result of incorrect posture or sleeping position that has strained either the spine or the back muscles. However, if this is a persistent problem then it can be due to an inappropriate sleeping surface. A very soft or a very hard mattress with respect to your sleeping position and body weight can cause backaches.
If you intend to purchase a double mattress, make sure that it meets with the requirements of your partner as well. If your needs are very different then consider a "zip and link" option to meet individual tastes and still give you a double bed that looks no different than if you choose a one piece Mattress. Consult with the Sales Assistant further details on this option as there are some limitations.
We often do not realize the importance of a healthy Sleeping Position. This is one of the most difficult habits to change because our bodies are "programmed" to sleep in a certain position over an extended period of time. Since our sleeping position is determined early in life, it is strongly recommended that Parents "programme" their children to sleep in a healthy position in their early years.
Sleeping flat on the back
This is a healthy sleeping position which puts least pressure on your spine and the back muscles. People who sleep on their back are generally comfortable on a firm to medium mattress although those who have a lower body weight may prefer the softer mattresses. Ensure the entire backbone is supported by the Mattress and there is no hollow area between your body and the mattress.
Sleeping on the side (left or right)
Majority of the people sleep either on their left or right side. Those who often wake up with backaches and sleep in this position should try and keep their knees together while sleeping. Some side-sleepers may find it uncomfortable to keep their knees together as their kneecaps rub against one another, but slipping a small pillow or a cushion in between the knees may alleviate this concern. Keeping knees together will put less strain on the back-bone and prevent aches and pains. Depending on the body weight and height, side-sleepers generally prefer the medium to soft mattresses. A thicker pillow that covers the gap between the shoulder and the top of the spine will also help in ensuring that the head remains aligned with the spine while sleeping.
Sleeping on the stomach
This position is the un-healthiest position and must be avoided if possible. People who sleep on their stomach are more prone to aches in their neck and spine because this position will force them to turn their head either to the extreme right or the extreme left causing undue strain to the muscles and bones. Since the spine is an interconnected series of bones, the pain can appear anywhere in the spine though it often emerges at the bottom or top of the spine as the strain is "passed on". However, those who cannot give up this habit are generally comfortable on the softer mattresses although body weight and personal preferences must be given due consideration. Another factor that a stomach-sleeper should consider is the use of a flat pillow that may cause less stress on the muscles and the backbone.
Can I change to a healthier Sleeping Position?
You sure can! It takes a bit of effort and a few nights of re-programming. If you are a stomach sleeper, try using extra pillows under one side of your body to force your body weight onto your shoulder and hips. Keep your knees together by slipping something soft in between your knees to avoid the discomfort of bones rubbing against one another. Try this for a few nights and be conscious not to throw away the pillows in the middle of the night to return to your original position! After a few nights you'll be happy you made the effort…
This is only a general selection guide based on our selling experience and in no way assumes to be a medically professional opinion. No responsibility is assumed, directly or
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