What to Look for in a Mattress

August 14th, 2018 | chiropractic care | Comments Off on What to Look for in a Mattress

What to Look for in a Mattress

Mattress A study that was carried out in 2011 by the BCA (British Chiropractic Association) reports that 36 % of men and 41 % of women claimed that a poor night’s sleep exacerbated their back pain. The pain can be attributed to the offered back support, size or firmness of the mattress.

If you have ever woken up in the morning with a sore back or neck, you may need to evaluate your mattress quality. Your mattress plays an important role when it comes to maintaining your musculoskeletal health. Here is what you should look for in a mattress:

Medium-Firm Mattresses

If you are suffering from chronic mechanical LBP (low back pain), a medium-firm mattress is the best option because it’s considered more comfortable than soft mattresses. A good mattress provides support for your natural curves and alignment of your spine. Also, the correct amount of back support helps you to avoid muscle soreness when you wake up. Medium-firm mattresses have been proved to improve the quality of sleep by 55 % and reduce back pain by 48 %.

Understand and Ask About the Mattress Physical Components

MattressThe inner springs or coil of mattresses provides the support. Generally, different mattresses differ in their arrangement and number of coils. Padding found on top of mattresses come in different thickness. A thicker padding tends to allow the shoulder & hip to recess into allowing the spine to stay straighter. Mattress depths usually range from 20cm to 45 cm deep. The mattress depth, type of padding and the number of coils should be determined by your individual preferences.

Custom Made Mattress

The standing posture of your spine should be the same as your sleeping posture. Standing posture varies from one person to the other, hence a custom-made mattress may be more beneficial in decreasing pain.

Firm Mattress

Soft mattresses reduce excessive compressive forces on the joints. However, a firmer mattress helps to maintain your proper sleep posture because it prevents sagging of your hips.

Mattresses Promoting Skin Warming

A mattress that promotes skin warming can improve the quality of your sleep by decreasing early morning awakening and increasing deep sleep.

Adjustable Beds

Using a bed that can be adjusted based on your preferences will increase your sleep quality.

Personal Preference Should Determine Which Mattress Is the Best

There’s no single mattress type or style that works for everyone with LBP. Any mattress that helps you sleep without stiffness and pain is the ideal mattress for you. If you are suffering from LBP, you should choose a mattress that meets your standards for comfort as well as support and allows you to get a good sleep at night.

Know When It Is Time to Purchase a New Mattress

If your old mattress is no longer comfortable, or it is sagging visibly in the middle, it’s probably time to buy a new one. Do not put boards under your mattress to prevent it from sagging or sleep on the floor this is a short-term solution, you still need a new mattress. Most mattresses have a lifespan of 8 to 12 years.


1) I don’t always think that the 5 minutes that you lay on the mattress is long enough to determine it’s the perfect mattress for you. I encourage patients to try to buy a mattress from a company that offers you a 3month return guarantee if you aren’t completely satisfied!

2) Don’t fall into the trap that the more money you spend will mean that it is a better mattress!

3)Be aware of false promotion, where a salesperson will say its ” Chiropedic ” inferring that it has been recommended by Chiropractors when that it is not the case.

Look for these genuine symbols such as if you require a product endorsement:

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If you need more advice please feel free to contact us at Chatfield Chiropractic in Roxburgh Park or Sunbury Chiropractic treatment could also help you to sleep better!

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