What’s the Best Mattress?
Due to our profession as Chiropractors, we are frequently asked questions regarding mattresses. Questions can start like this: “Do you recommend any particular mattress for me?”, “What do you think about the memory foam mattress?”, or, “Do you like the bed that you can dial in the firmness?”, just to name a few. These are all pertinent questions, and the importance of having the right mattress in order to maximize a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. When you think about it, we spend roughly 1/3 of our entire lives sleeping! It would make good sense then, that we choose wisely the type of bed we sleep on, as no two beds are created equal.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, we must take many factors into account when answering such a question. There is no one “cookie cutter” answer to it. Patients have a variety of current conditions, as well as preexisting conditions that can play a part in our decision as to what the right bed would be for YOU. In addition, other factors such as your conditioning of your muscles that support your spine play a role as well.
I can give you an example of how one bed would be perfect for one person, and yet have not enough support for another person, causing frequent waking up throughout the night, tossing and turning, and more stiffness upon arising in the morning. We had a patient, which we will call him Mr. Jones, who had a severe arthritic condition that caused his entire spine from the base of his skull all the way to his lower back, to become fused with calcium deposits to the point that his ligaments that ran down his spine literally turned to bone. This created severe chronic pain, especially when trying to sleep at night. It was recommended that he had a mattress that had sufficient support at the base of the mattress, while at the top of the mattress, it should be softer. This mattress, called a “pillow top”, which helped tremendously for this person to sleep better at night. Now, his wife did not have that same kind of condition. Therefore, that particular mattress provided too little support for her, and she could not get comfortable at all, causing lack of sleep.
There are different types of mattresses out there that might possibly find a middle ground that could help both people maximize a better night’s sleep. However, we would need to carefully analyze the medical histories of both people in order to do that. We would be more than happy to recommend the right mattress in our office, after carefully taking into account all the necessary factors in the patient’s (and significant other’s) conditions. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have!