Just like any item that you own, a mattress has its own lifespan. In general, 10 years should be the maximum time before you call it quits and visit your local mattress stores for a new one. The foam and other materials on your mattress may already be deteriorated, compromising its ability to provide a good support for your body.
Your Body and Your Mattress
The only real time that you and your body—joints, muscles and vital organs—get to really rest is during sleep. This is one reason why you have to keep your sleeping pattern in check.
While you lay on any part of your body, the weight of it reduces the flow of blood, this will then signal your brain to send a message for you to roll over. This will restore blood flow to the area but will briefly interrupt your sleep. Ideally, a mattress should be able to reduce the pressure points on your body to give you a good night’s sleep.
Choosing a New Mattress
Shopping for a new mattress is a personal choice. Just because a mattress is sold at a high price doesn’t mean it’s the best one out there. Instead of focusing on the tag or brand, know what you are looking for in a mattress and hunt for it.
There are no crucial studies or links that connect a good type of mattress to your sleep pattern but for some who have medical conditions, they agree that it is easier to rest on a certain mattress style. Lack of support from a mattress, due to old age, strains muscles and does not improve spine alignment that leads to low back pain.
Just because you can get a good deal from a mattress sale doesn’t mean it’s the right bed for you. You should understand and inquire about the physical components of the mattress. Coils and inner springs of a mattress provide support. Mattresses vary the number of coils and in their arrangement, the depth can also be anywhere from 7 to 18 inches deep. Padding on tops comes in variety of thicknesses.
You don’t want too soft or too hard of a bed. Too soft will cause you to sink down to the bottom and too hard will put pressure on your sacrum, shoulders and on the back of your head.
Organic mattress, a type of non-toxic mattress, has a good height to support your back. In the end, it all boils down to personal preferences on the bed and if you have medical conditions. Remember, support and pressure points are to be considered when buying a new mattress.
Choosing the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain, www.spine-health.com
The Best Mattress for a Good Night’s Sleep, www.webmd.com