Oakville Physiotherapy: How to choose the right mattress for your back!
As Goldilocks would say “This mattress is too hard… This mattress is too soft… This mattress is just right!”Goldilocks knew what she was talking about when she stumbled upon the three bears’ cottage.
Nothing feels better than getting a good night’s sleep. We feel well rested and ready to take on the world! Not only does a good mattress improves our sleep but it also improves our work and our whole demeanour. Everyday our Oakville Physiotherapists encounter patients with chronic back pain that is partially coming from their mattress and sleeping habits.
Physiotherapist Approved Mattress:
The perfect mattress will guarantee a good night’s sleep. Therefore, the pillow and mattresses we use every night can have a huge impact on our sleep and ultimately our overall health. Our physiotherapists say a poor night’s sleep can lead to poor work performance, a generally bad mood, and greater susceptibility to illness. It can also wreak havoc on our bodies, leading to pain in our back, shoulder, neck, and legs. Our physiotherapists has treated everything from headaches to low back pain caused by a bad mattress. When choosing a mattress, take the time to understand your own sleep patterns and behaviour. Don’t necessarily assume that a cheap mattress will provide the same kind of sleep as any other mattress.
How Do You Sleep? Our Physiotherapist Wants to Know!
Are you a back sleeper or side sleeper? Maybe perhaps a Stomach sleeper? Each of these types of sleep habits requires its own kind of mattress and pillow. A back sleeper needs a thinner pillow and extra support at the bottom to better support the neck. A side sleeper needs a firm pillow to fill the distance between the ear and shoulders. A stomach sleeper needs a flatter pillow to avoid creating kinks in the neck. Medical professionals recommend stomach sleepers also use a pillow under their stomach to prevent lower back pain. Want some advice from our medical professionals on how to sleep? Check out how to fix your pain while you sleep from our physiotherapists and chiropractors perspective at our Oakville clinic.
What is Your Dream Mattress?
How you sleep will determine what mattress is best suited for you. Side sleepers need something that doesn’t put a lot of stress on the upper body. A soft, yet solid mattress that lets the body sink into it is the best choice to accommodate the natural curvature of the spine. Back sleepers need support on the lower back. A medium-firm mattress is the best choice as it allows for both comfort and support of the lower back throughout the night. Stomach sleepers need firmness and solid support. Don’t go with a soft mattress that allows the body to sink too deeply. Instead chose something that will be firm, but comfortable for optimum sleep.
Two Canadian Mattresses our Physiotherapists recommend are:
Endy — Firm yet softer then Douglass.
Douglass — The most firm mattress our physiotherapist and chiropractor have found from a mail order resource.
Swedish Mattresses are becoming a favourite at the clinic too: Morgedal Mattress
Get Help from our Oakville Physiotherapy Team
If you have suffered aches and pains as a result of poor sleep, take the time to see a physiotherapist to ensure you can enjoy a restful sleep in the future. Minor adjustments to the alignment of the spine and bones can mean a good night and a good morning.