As it’s National Bed Month, our chiropractor in Newcastle under Lyme thinks it’s a great time to remind everyone of the importance of having a bed/mattress that supports them.
It is not uncommon for patients to be surprised to find that their bed/mattress could be contributing to their back pain. In research undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) it was found that a large proportion of people who get back pain said it could be brought on by a night’s sleep.
As we spend a third of our life in bed it makes sense that we ensure that we have the best possible bed/mattress that adequately supports our bodies.
A common question that patients ask our chiropractor is “How do I know if my mattress is a problem?”. If you are unsure yourself how to check this, here are three questions that will help you work it out:
- Do you and your partner experience a good night’s sleep? If the answer is no, then your bed/mattress could be to blame.
- Can you feel the springs through the mattress? If the answer is yes, then it’s definitely time to invest in a new one.
- How old is your bed/mattress? If it is older than 10 years then the time has come to start looking for a new one.
If your next step is to invest in a new mattress, you want to choose wisely.
Here is our chiropractor’s advice for choosing a new bed/mattress:
Choosing the right bed for you is an important purchase so you want to allow yourself enough time to find the one that’s right for you. You will want to search out a store that you can visit and try out the beds yourself. Make sure the store has a great range of beds and mattress that you can try.
Choose a bed that’s as big as possible but make sure it’s not too big for your bedroom. You want to make sure you can move around the bed comfortably in your bedroom without the risk of injuring yourself.
You are looking for a mattress that provides you with the most support. As a guide, when you are lying on your side on the mattress your spine should be parallel to the mattress. You will need to ask someone to check this for you whilst you are lying on the mattress. You should also try a pillow with the mattress. You must ensure that when you head rests on the pillow your neck is a continuation of your spine, all being straight and parallel to the mattress.
Choosing a mattress is a highly individual matter , therefore, if you have a partner then it’s really important that they join you to choose a mattress that’s right for both of you. If you find that you both have very different support needs you may want to buy two single mattresses that can be zipped together.
Choosing the right bed for yourself can help your back and your overall health, so choose carefully.
Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic are here to help you if you are suffering with back pain. Why not give us a call today to arrange an appointment.