If you are a chronic back pain sufferer, you are likely all too familiar with how misalignment of your spine and lack of support can cause you a range of health issues.
The human spine is in fact, ‘S’ shaped in it’s normal and healthy state. But poor muscular fitness and tension can pull it out of alignment, and a poorly supporting bed can fail to offer the support that is required.
Orthopedic mattresses are designed to provide proper support to the entire musculoskeletal system. A comprehensive, holistic sleep system can help improve your quality of life remarkably.
There are many types of orthopedic mattresses on the market, ranging from traditional pocket spring mattresses which can be used on a standard single bed frame to modern foam mattresses sold online (like Leesa and Loom and Leaf), to orthopedic double mattress toppers that fit easily over an existing bed.
Orthopedic mattresses range in price a lot, so it’s worth doing some research before buying.
Different Orthopedic Mattress Types
As design and technology move on, the range of designs and construction components and materials used in the ortho mattress continues to grow. Memory foam, latex, and coil pocket springs all offer slightly different methods to help you obtain a good night sleep.
As long as you buy a quality mattress like the Sealy orthopedic mattress, and look at the manufacturer’s information before buying, you should get a high-quality bed mattress that will be free of problems for its lifetime.
Orthopedic Foam Mattresses
The orthopedic memory foam mattress is a relatively modern invention that provides comfort and the necessary firmness and support to those who need it. Available in varying sizes and as a mattress topper, you can find an orthopedic foam mattress in sizes to suit your existing bed, from a king size orthopedic mattress down to single orthopedic mattress sizes.
And the foam or latex mattresses offer excellent value for money, with free delivery on many items from online stores like Amazon, who regularly have an orthopedic mattress sale, proving discounts on a large range of products.
I Already Have An Orthopedic Mattress – Why Buy A New One?
Having an orthopedic mattress is great – it’s probably helping your back a lot.
But if it’s old, you should consider replacing it.
Like most mattresses, the manufacturers deem that a mattress should be replaced every 8-10 years. The springs start to lose their ability to recoil; the foam under-material starts to sag and break up. This is bad enough with a standard mattress, but if you are relying on one for your well-being and relief from pain, it’s just not sensible to ‘make do’ for another few years.
Getting the best orthopedic mattress within your budget will ensure years of comfortable and natural sleep. Although a cheap orthopedic mattress will be better than nothing, you do get what you pay for.
Orthopedic Mattress Buying Tips
When you decide to head out and buy a new orthopedic mattress, there are some important points to consider. Here are a few mattress buying pointers to help you choose the best mattress for your needs.
Always set a budget for the mattress purchase. Avoid going too cheap, as you get what you pay for regarding quality, functionality, comfort, and durability.
Decide what type of ortho mattress will suit you. Look at memory foam mattress reviews, our mattress topper page, latex mattresses, and consider the most traditional coil sprung models. This decision should be made early in the buying process.
Look at orthopedic mattress reviews online, speak to friends and relatives who may have made a similar purchase, and consider signing up to some online back pain forums where you can communicate with other buyers for recommendations.
In general, it is often good to consider one of the most well-known brands, who have gained a reputation for providing good quality mattresses, decent warranties, and a high level of after sales advice and service.
Shop around for the best price. Although you may find a great mattress at your local bedding store, check online to see if you can get a better deal elsewhere. Online is often the best way to shop, but supporting local business can be a great idea, and often useful if you get an issue after purchase.
Get a mattress that suits your body type and sleeping position. If you have a partner, you may be able to find a mattress that can allow each side to be personalized for the individual, but these are expensive. A mattress that allows independent movement is vital.
Get the best-sized bed you can fit into your room, the bigger the bed, the better you sleep, especially if there are two of you sharing it.
Be careful not to go for too firm bed. Balancing firmness and comfort when choosing an orthopedic mattress is important to ensure a good night sleep.
Ask for help when needed.
This is where the local bedding store is great, providing the staff know what they are talking about. If you go the online route, read online reviews, as mentioned further up in this tips section.