In some of our other posts (see “Suffering neck pain when you wake up every morning” and “Can’t get a decent night’s sleep because your back is causing you grief?“) we shared some advice and tips for taking care of back pain and sleeping better.
Here at the Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic, North London, we are proud of our track record in helping people overcome back pain and help them sleep with a range of chiropractic treatments.
And not all of them are ‘hands-on’ since chiropractors are interested in the holistic approach to a client’s health and well being which is why we are more than happy to give advice.
In the previous posts we discussed sleeping positions, finding the right pillow and explained what a chiropractic treatment could do for you to help get a better night’s sleep.
This post is focused on how to choose the right mattress for you and your back.
Considering we spend around a third of our lives in bed (or, at least, we should do!) finding the right mattress is crucial. There’s a bewildering range of choice in beds on the market and everyone wants a ‘comfortable’ bed.
But what is comfortable for one person isn’t necessarily the same for the next person – it also explains why some manufacturers make double chamber beds which have different comfort levels for each sleeper.
According to the Sleep Council, Goldilocks had the right idea: the right bed is neither too soft nor too hard. You must look for a bed that gives you the correct support and comfort which is vital to prevent back pain.
The right bed is also not more than seven years old. After seven years a bed used regularly will have deteriorated by as much as 75% from its new condition.
There are many types of mattresses– and prices – to choose from with each offering their own features and benefits. Mattresses come with various types of internal spring units: open coil, pocket sprung or continuous springing, in ordinary foam, visco-elastic or latex foam, filled with cotton or other fibres (such as futons) – or even water beds.
Take your time, spending at least five minutes on each bed – lie down in your natural sleeping position and do this together if the bed is for two as it needs to be right for both of you.
Speaking as a chiropractor, the longer you can spend lying on a mattress before you buy it, the better it will be. If you are lying on your side, your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your spine should not sag (which means the bed is too soft) or bow (the bed is too hard).
Here at the Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic we are happy to offer advice to clients – if you can’t sleep because of back pain make an appointment to see us and discover what we can do to help.
Dylan Paydar at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic
Committed to improving the health and well-being of people in North London
Including Muswell Hill, Finchley, Highgate, Crouch End and Southgate