Have you noticed that sitting in your work chair for long hours makes you sit hunched over? If you struggle with lower back pain, sit with your shoulders bowed over, and wake up stiff every morning, you may feel that there’s nothing you can do to change it. If you don’t have time for Pilates or Yoga, or simply don’t like them, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a simpler way to solve your back pain and keep your back straighter. It’s as easy as a new bed! Your bed needs to keep your back aligned while you sleep to help you sleep well and keep your back healthy.
When we sleep we go through several phases of sleep, all of them requiring all of our muscles to be relaxed, but especially during the stage of REM sleep. During this stage, your body’s muscles are all in sleep paralysis, which means you can’t move them. This is to prevent you from acting out your dreams. This is also when you get stiff while sleeping if you are lying in an uncomfortable position or a bed that’s too firm. For a bed to give your back rest, it needs to be the right firmness, the right length and not be sagging anywhere. So how do you know what’s the right bed for you?
If you like to sleep on your stomach, a firmer mattress is best for back support. Generally a firm mattress that will be comfortable for a stomach sleeper is a foam mattress made with firm foams. This is because the foams don’t give too much, don’t bounce like springs, and uphold the back in a straight line. They also keep the hips well supported, rather than sinking in under the weight the way a spring mattress would do. The best firm foam mattresses are Cloud Nine, who use strong cores in the mattresses, with softer foams on top for comfort layers.
If you like to sleep on your side, you need something that keeps you straight by allowing for your body’s natural curves. This includes your hips, which are heavier, and the curve of your lower back before your shoulders which then protrude downwards again. The mattress needs to be able support the curves inwards and absorb the hips and shoulders. Both men and women of all ages will have the natural inward curve, and this needs to be kept in line with the hips, not sagging downwards, as that causes back pain. A good mattress for this is either something that has memory foam, or pocket coil springs. Mattresses with memory foam and springs for that classic mattress feel: Silentnight and Rest Assured. Just memory foam: Genessi. Pocket coils: Edblo or Simmons, and just normal foams that also work quite well: Universe Bedding.
If you are a back sleeper, once again, your back’s natural s-curve upwards needs to be supported. Even when sitting, something should support your lower back, so even more when lying down. Memory foam and pocket coils work very well for this too. Pocket coils are also great for couples who sleep together and might find that they bother each other, they the coils transfer no movement. Again, pocket coil beds would be Edblo and Simmons, and Rest Assured also has a very nice pocket coil range.
Your bed should also be about 20-30 cm longer than your height, to give enough room for a pillow and spare room around your feet, to prevent your feet hanging off, also not conducive to a good night’s sleep. At The Mattress Warehouse we sell all these beds and more, and we want to help you get a good night’s rest every night. Call us on 0861 007 000 or order online on our website.