Choosing the right mattress not only contributes to your quality of sleep but how you feel during the day. However, finding the ideal mattress is easier said than done. Mattresses can be quite costly and the last thing you want to do is purchase a mattress only to find that it’s uncomfortable. Arya Shamie, MD, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery, recommends choosing a mattress that supports the curvature of your spine, buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head to keep proper alignment while laying in a neutral position.
Purchasing a New Mattress
You’ll know it’s time to purchase a new mattress when you’re no longer able to relieve lower back pain within 30 minutes of waking in the morning. When testing mattresses, don’t be in too big of hurry to make a purchase by buying the cheapest or first mattress you test. When on the hunt for a new mattress, it’s best to lay on each mattress you test for at least 15 minutes to ensure it’s comfortable.
Choosing a Mattress
You’ll need to decide on the type of mattress that will work well for you, such as an innerspring mattress. An innerspring mattress supports the body by coil springs, which offer a wide degree of firmness and fluffiness. However, there often isn’t enough support with innerspring mattresses, but the firmness may work well for those who are overweight or suffer from back pain. There are also Memory Foam, Latex, and adjustable mattresses available.
If you have complications with your spine, you may want to receive your doctor’s recommendation for a mattress that will best meet your needs as firm mattresses and pillow tops aren’t ideal for everyone. By shopping at a mattress specialty store, your better able to find a mattress that’s best for you as a sales associate will work to match you with the perfect mattress based on your comfort level.
A mattress in an investment in how you will feel for the next several years depending on the quality of sleep you receive. Therefore, take the time to find the ideal mattress.