Your bed is probably the most important piece of furniture in the entire home-after all it is where you spend a third of your day. So when you are shopping for a mattress it is essential that you find one that suits your needs.
If, for example, you are a person who suffers from back, neck or shoulder pain, you need a mattress that will not exasperate your condition.
What kind of mattress should you choose?
A number of recent studies have shown that back pain can be the result of sleeping on the wrong kind of mattress.
This occurs because the bed is either too soft or too firm and therefore causes improper spinal alignment.
And when a bed does not offer you the proper support it contributes to poor blood circulation and poor pressure relief on vulnerable parts of the body like the back, neck and shoulders.
This can actually cause a person who has never suffered from body pains to start to feel the pinch.
The good news, however, is that the right mattress with the proper amount of firmness has been shown to reduce pain by providing proper support to the vulnerable areas.
If you already suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain; from a pinched nerve, scoliosis, muscle strains or arthritis of the neck, then finding the right mattress is easy.
To begin with, you want to stay away from soft mattresses. Soft mattresses will not provide you with the proper support and with undoubtedly exasperate your condition.
But that doesn't mean you have to sleep on a slab of concrete. In fact, studies have shown that a medium-firm mattress provide people with back, neck and shoulder injuries just the right amount of support to help them get a good nights sleep and also reduce injury pain.
When asked if mattresses play a part in pain management, both chiropractors and orthopedic doctors overwhelmingly agree that they do.
Since over thirty million Americans suffer from some sort of back pain and million more suffer from neck and shoulder pain, finding the right mattress is more important than it has ever been.
In case you believe that we are unfairly belittling soft mattresses, we aren't. A soft mattress may be appropriate for people who do not suffer from any of the conditions previously stated.
They are also often the choice of many young people who likely have decades before they have to worry about back pains. But for people with these conditions, a firm mattress has been proven to be the best choice.
As we mentioned, people who suffer from back pain benefit from sleeping on a firm mattress, but it shouldn't be too firm.
In a recent study sleep experts found that people with body pains got a better nights sleep when they slept on a medium-firm mattress rather than a firm mattress.
From these results researches concluded that these mattresses provide the proper amount of support for people with back problems.
In the end, however, finding the right mattress is all about you. It is a personal decision that people would be wise to take far more seriously.