The importance of quality sleep has been getting a lot of coverage in media lately. Among the many factors which contribute to its quality is your mattress.
Given the amount of time we spend on our mattress, its just makes sense to invest wisely in the right mattress- for you. As clinicians who listen to our patients as they tell us about the many things which are influencing their health and well-being, we get a variety of perspectives on many topics. When it comes to mattresses, one thing is clear: mattress preference is highly individual.
Did You Know… “Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Deep sleep triggers the body to release the hormone that promotes normal growth in children and teens. This hormone also boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults. Sleep also plays a role in puberty and fertility.” from the website www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Proper Mattress Can Improve Sleep Comfort, Reduce Pain, Says American Chiropractic Association
A good night’s sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle; however, an estimated 70 million Americans complain of sleeplessness. This October, during National Chiropractic Month, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is offering advice to help consumers select comfortable mattresses and pillows that can help limit unnecessary back and neck pain.
“Americans spend one-third of their lives sleeping, so it makes sense to invest in a sleep set that can improve your comfort and overall health,” says Scott Bautch, DC, DACBOH, spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. “Many people don’t realize the reason for their neck or back pain is literally right underneath them—it’s their mattress and pillow.”
A 2006 study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine showed that sleeping on a new mattress can significantly reduce stiffness and back pain. Researchers found that study participants reported immediate and sustained benefits after sleeping on a new mattress. This was especially true of participants who entered the study with back pain complaints, as they reported a 63 percent improvement in back discomfort with a new mattress.
When it comes time to purchase a new mattress, the ACA recommends the following:
Shop for Support
Shop for Comfort
Shop for Size
Generally, a mattress should be replaced every 5 to 8 years to ensure proper support and comfort. Be aware that life’s changes can signal the need for a new mattress as well. For example, people who have lost or gained a considerable amount of weight, those who have a medical condition which has changed the way they sleep, or even those who’ve changed partners may need to consider a new mattress.
The American Chiropractic Association is the nation’s leading chiropractic organization representing more than 16,000 doctors of chiropractic and their patients.
You may find this site quite helpful for many reasons including comparing one mattress to another: http://www.us-mattress.com
For a continuation of the discussion on getting good sleep and some tips for trouble-shooting any difficulties you may be having, see our page “SLEEP IMPROVEMENT” here.