The spine is vital in helping to support the body and its
many functions. Sleeping on a poor mattress can lead to spinal issues and
muscle fatigue, whilst using a
good mattress will help to maintain the natural
alignment of your spine, relax your muscles and let you wake up the next
morning well rested. Choosing the right mattress is therefore very important.
There are many different kinds but it is essential you choose one that can
support your size and weight and also the different positions you may sleep in
during the night.
One of the worst sleeping positions for those that have
spinal issues is the free-fall position (sleeping on your front). This creates
a bridging effect and means that instead of resting your spine you are putting
pressure on it while you are asleep. This is why you might wake up with back
pain. A better position for sleeping is to lie on your side with a pillow
between your knees. This stops your top leg twisting your pelvis and putting
pressure on your lower back. Another recommended sleeping position is on your
back, again with a pillow between your knees to support the back and with
another pillow under your head to keep your spine properly aligned.
If your mattress is not helping to support your spine you
have a higher chance of suffering from a sleeping disorder such as insomnia.
This can lead to a situation in which the pain not only disrupts your sleep but
also prevents you from falling asleep in the first place. This leads to
tiredness and other symptoms it can affect
your mood and have an impact on your work life and even your relationships with
family and friends.
The average person will spend one third of their life
sleeping. To avoid spinal problems you need to make sure that you have the
right kind of mattress. There are many different types available and it's a
good idea to try them out before buying.
The firmness of the mattress is of major importance. Many
people think that the firmer the mattress is, the better it will be for your
back. This is not entirely correct because if it is too firm it will only
support your body's heaviest parts while not aligning your spine correctly.
Another thing to watch out for is the durability of the mattress as its
firmness could eventually deteriorate and end up contributing to a poor night's
Taking all these factors into consideration when choosing
your mattress might seem complicated but in reality it is a case of trying
before you buy and learning which type of mattress is comfortable and has the
right level of firmness for you. Finding the right mattress and learning which
positions to adopt when sleeping can help you to avoid spinal problems and
ensure that you get a good night's sleep.
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