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The Ten Best Ways To Buy The Wrong Mattress Part II

The Ten Best Ways To Buy The Wrong Mattress Part II

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Studies have shown a profound connection between chronic back pain and previously unexplained bouts of depression. Many doctors believe that the lack of proper regenerative sleep and the constant pain can lead to these unfortunate periods of sadness. Improving the quality of your mattress can make a difference throughout your entire day. Here's our continuation of the ten best ways to buy the wrong mattress. And if you missed our first half, read it here.

Ten best ways to buy the wrong mattress part II

#5 . . .staying away from memory foam (visco-elactic)

The basic definition for an "orthopedic mattress" is one that conforms to your unique body shape. The latest in scientific development is vital foam or memory foam. This stuff was invented for NASA, so it has to be good. This wonder foam molds to your body's shape, is hypoallergenic, antibacterial, antifungal, non-hygroscopic, dust mite repellent, dye-free, fire-retardant, and ozone resistant (and I believe they are working on a model that will mow your lawn, as well). Memory foam mattresses are said to alleviate pressure to your spine and improve circulation. They also increase motion separation. According to Dr. Hedge, a professor at Cornell University, motion separation can enhance sleep quality since you will not be disturbed or awoken by someone else's starts or stirs. The density of foam orthopedic mattresses buffers each person's movements, so your sleep won't be disturbed.

While there are many other benefits to the various types of orthopedic mattresses, the one feature that is stressed by orthopedics, physical therapists, and alternative healers alike is the capability to conform to your exact body shape. What this is effectively doing is giving you a totally personalized orthopedic treatment to fit your individual needs. It's like going to the manufacturers and having a custom made mattress to suit your needs. Memory foam is the closest companies have come to mass-production on an individual level, and the results have been resoundingly positive.

#4 . . .forgetting about additional hardware

While many orthopedic mattresses can do the job fine without any help, you are only increasing the benefits by investing in additional hardware. An orthopedic mattress is an expensive investment, and one well worth protecting. Wooden orthopedic gratings can provide further support to the backbone, and add years to your orthopedic mattress' life.

#3 . . .overlooking the obvious

Here are a few pointers that can help you have a more restful night. Regardless of what type, your mattress should be at least 6" longer than your full height. Flipping your mattress every six months or so can also improve its usefulness and extend its lifetime. It is recommended to change mattresses every five to seven years for best results, and every ten years regardless.

#2 . . .relying solely on padding

If you feel that your mattress is too hard, an economical alternative to purchasing a new one is a mattress pad. This soft padding acts as an additional layer between your body and the firm mattress, allowing more give and flexibility. This does not, however, mean that you can get away with just using foam padding while you continue using a poor quality mattress. Well, you can, but don't expect any improvement in your back condition.

#1 . . .not knowing how to compromise

While we'd all love to be able to afford the top of the line in everything, that is simply not the case. The best compromise in this situation would be an independent spring block mattress with artificial stuffing. The independent springs gives you the phenomenal support, and the artificial stuff brings the price down into Normalville.

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