Backpain Chiropractic Care
What kind of mattress/bed should I use? A licensed chiropractor weighs in
So one of the more frequently asked questions that I get in my office is what kind of bed should I be sleeping on? Same with the pillow question I get that a lot. And the reality is what kind of bed you get is a very important decision that you can make in fact you spend more time generally speaking sleeping on your bed or being in that position than really anywhere else in your normal daily life.
So having a good bed to support your spine is critical. Unfortunately from a standpoint of science or how that has been a ton of different studies done to find out what kind of bed is superior. So we have to go off of basically experience and me just having worked with thousands of different patients who’ve tried different beds and me myself having tried approximately ten different mattresses here in the last few years.
So with that being said, the mattress that I tend to recommend the most tend to be memory foam mattresses. I really at this point discourage all my patients from utilizing a spring mattress. The springs and the coils get smashed down on the bed becoming lumpy, as all sorts of just because it’s an uneven surface is really the big thing, versus memory foam. Memory foam has come a long way. Memory foam now tends to retain its shape, it doesn’t have big valleys in the bed, doesn’t tend to sag as much as like a spring mattress would.
So I tend to recommend that you get a memory foam mattress, again, because it’s more so up to preference and what you can sleep on. The best is really what I would recommend is that you get a mattress that you like, and so I would encourage you to try out several different mattresses. A lot of these mattress companies now let you try their mattresses for somewhere between 30 and 100 days. It’s awesome, risk free, so turn out several mattresses. But generally speaking, you want a memory foam mattress and you want to kind of air on the side of the mattress being on the firm end as opposed to one that’s too soft or that would sag when your spine begins to sag is really when you can start getting a lot of additional joint or disk pressure that can really just cause things to be waking up achy and tender.
So the take-home message is get a memory foam mattress and get one that tends to be more firm than saggy. All right, Have a great day.