Getting to your early 30s or 40s means experiencing lots of pains. Although not for everyone, most people become prone to different types of pains such as muscle pains, back pains, arthritis pains or shoulder pains as they age. When you visit your physician, you’ll be recommended to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and above all, sleep on an orthopedic mattress.
Now, according to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, over 90% of sleepers confessed that they felt more comfortable when sleeping on an orthopedic mattress. But, what exactly is an orthopedic mattress and how can it promote a healthy sleep?
What is an orthopedic mattress?
Just as the name suggests, an orthopedic mattress is a firm bedding that’s made with a grooved surface to provide additional cushioning enough to support your aching joints, bones, and muscles. These mattresses are usually designed with springs and special foam that make them firm enough to resist unnecessary bends when pressure is applied.
How do these mattresses work?
Orthopedic mattresses lie somewhere between memory foam and latex mattresses. On one side, they conform to your body shape when sleeping and on the other; they’re firmer thus offering immense support to your body.
When sleeping on a normal memory foam mattress, your body is likely to sink/curve leading to more pain. But with an orthopedic mattress, the hardness of the surface will prevent your spine from sinking thus preventing you from feeling any pain.
So, since orthopedic mattresses have that distinctive characteristic of being firm, doctors have continually been advising their patients to rest on orthopedic mattresses after surgeries or when hospitalized for a long time due to fractured bones.
So, what are some critical health benefits of orthopedic mattresses?
With an attitude of positivity, let’s now discuss several benefits of orthopedic mattresses and how they can potentially change our lives.
Advanced sleep support
The first and obvious benefit of orthopedic mattresses is the high level of orthopedic support they offer to your body. Unlike ordinary mattresses, orthopedic mattresses are designed with supportive foam that supports the contours of your body to support your spine when sleeping.
To make the mattress much firmer, most manufacturers have moved on to combine the high-density memory foam technology with a multi-zone topper made of Orthofirm. With such a combination, your orthopedic mattress will help to maintain spinal alignment reducing the sinking feeling you usually experience when sleeping on an ordinary mattress.
Relieves body pains
If you sleep on an ordinary mattress for 8 hours a night, chances are that you’ll generally experience some pains on your spine and lower back due to undue strain. Sleeping on an orthopedic mattress is the best bet as these beddings are designed with firm surfaces that help to alleviate such pains.
Patients who have undergone surgeries, joint fractures, arthritis, muscle pains, and spinal injuries caused by accidents will most likely benefit from orthopedic beds. These mattresses are firm meaning your body will not sink or bulge inside.
Due to this major advantage, patients with fractures can heal much faster without feeling any pain. In addition to that, patients with spinal injuries (who can’t easily change sleeping positions by themselves) will be able to sleep in one position for long without experiencing any misalignments.
Promotes a refreshing sleep
A night of uninterrupted sleep is one way of kick-starting your mornings with enthusiasm. When sleeping on an old or traditional mattress, you will be bound to turn or shift several times throughout the night to find a perfect sleeping posture. This frequent shifting will cause unrest which as result will prevent you from enjoying a restful night’s sleep.
With an orthopedic mattress, this issue has totally been taken care of as these mattresses are designed with a combination of firm and elastic properties that allow you to achieve positional comfort for a more satisfying sleep.
In addition to that, orthopedic mattresses reduce restlessness which, according to most physicians, is the main cause of spinal and muscle pains due to undue stress.
Apart from relieving pains and promoting healthy sleep, orthopedic mattresses are an excellent choice for couples who experience disturbing roll-overs. You see, when a couple is sharing a regular mattress, the depressions caused by your body’s weight are likely to cause your significant other to roll unconsciously making you totally uncomfortable at night.
Thankfully, with an orthopedic mattress, such chaos is handled with extreme professionalism as these mattresses are firm enough to prevent the sinking effect. Like it’s not enough, these mattresses distribute weight evenly across the mattress meaning couples will enjoy a sound sleep without experiencing any roll-over effects.
Although this is not a direct health benefit, orthopedic mattresses are long-lasting meaning you won’t have to spend extra bucks purchasing additional orthopedic bedding such as mattress covers and pads. Due to their supportive nature, these mattresses save you a lot of money that would otherwise have been used to cater to your medication bills.
These mattresses are engineered with high-resilient foam that’s designed to serve specific medical needs. The foam material used is also designed with an open-cell structure that enhances proper air circulation keeping you comfortable and supported at the same time.
In conclusion, an orthopedic mattress is a worthwhile expense especially to patients suffering from joint problems, spinal pains and arthritis. Now, the mattress industry has hundreds of needs and preferences that need to be considered before making the next move.
We all have our different opinions and in many cases, what works for you doesn’t work for the other. For that reason, some people might opt to go for memory foam mattresses while others might prefer latex or spring mattresses to cater for their orthopedic needs.
However, if you choose to take the orthopedic route, always go for a mattress that will support your posture and still offer immense pain relief. Always check the density and quality of the mattress to ensure that you don’t get overcharged for purchasing a low-quality product.
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