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10 Best Ways To Buy The Wrong Mattress

10 Best Ways To Buy The Wrong Mattress

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While I never much cared about where or how I slept (any port in a storm), after viewing the staggering figures for back-related injuries (4 out of every 5 people develop severe back problems during their lives- kinda makes all you ladies feel just a little worse about sending him down to the couch the other night, huh?), I began to take the matter a little more seriously.

Day to day activity, stress, and poor work habits can all contribute to major back problems. While improving your diet, daily exercise, reducing negative work habits and stressors, and eliminating certain activities from your routine entirely is the ideal way to treat or prevent back issues, few people are disciplined enough to maintain such a schedule. One simple solution that can have tremendous gain is switching your mattress. With a good orthopedic mattress you are basically taking that long stretch of off time, and turning it into the most productive hours of your day. The average adult sleeps 8 hours a night. That's eight hours of healing and recovering your body is doing from the day's strain.

This research has been supported by orthopedics and physical therapists from the US to Spain to Europe. So it's pretty convincing stuff. Start sleeping better tonight with the 10 best ways to buy the wrong mattress.

10 best ways to buy the wrong mattress

#10 . . .forgetting about the key elements you are looking for (most of these points will be elaborated below, so don't worry if you don't understand why these things are important just yet)

What you want in a mattress, especially an expensive orthopedic one is the following: make sure it conforms to the shape of your back, supports your lower back and shoulders, has good elasticity, is a good combination of soft and firm, and is made from aerated materials because this allows the mattress to breathe ensuring that humidity will not settle in (HR foam is said to be more aerated because of its cold press production).

#9 . . .ignoring quality brand names

You want something good, go with a good company that is trusted and reliable. Gumotex, Tempa, Sealy, and Simmons are all known names in the industry for quality products. These mattresses will run you in the twelve hundred to three thousand dollar range depending on size, brand, and features. For many people, this is a worthwhile investment that could mean an entirely different living experience.

#8 . . .expecting the best from coil mattresses

Here is the tiniest crash course in mattresses. Bonnel springs are not recommended for any healing properties, and their only real benefit is their price. Multi-pocket springs are the most accurate and reliable, spreading your body weight evenly and supporting your spine the most comfortably. The more springs the better. Coil mattresses are the worst kind because there is very little support. The heaviest part of your body will push down on the coils and, because they are all attached, the surrounding coils will be pulled down too. This leaves no support to the lighter areas of your body.

#7 . . .ignoring the stuffing materials

The stuffing of a mattress will also determine its quality and productivity. Foam rubber and synthetic stuffing is cheap and is basically an example of you getting what you pay for; not too much. Stuffing made from horsehair, sheep wool, coconut fiber, and latex is natural, and going to do a much better job.

#6 . . going with the old adage of "firmer is better"

Researchers across the globe have conclusively determined that a medium-firm mattress is more suitable than a firm one. This median density allows for more even pressure distribution and better adapts to the curvature of the spine, making sleep more productive and regenerative. On the other hand, a mattress that is very soft can also do damage through a blatant lack of support to the spinal region and other areas.

It is hard to give a number to the perfect firmness rating for two reasons. One is that each body type will need a slight variation in the density of the mattress. Some people are more comfortable on a softer mattress and some on a harder one. Neither is better or worse, the question is just which is right for you. The second problem is that different companies use different scales to gauge their products. In fact, some manufacturers use the higher numbers to represent firm and some use the lower numbers. For these reasons, there is no way to say a #_ is good or bad. Your best bet would be to go to a store and lay down on the mattress for a significant amount of time (ten minutes or so would be ideal).

Stay tuned next week for some the second half of this informative (and highly entertaining) article.

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