The Importance of Mattress Ergonomics
Do you experience pain while you're trying to sleep or upon awakening?
Have you considered how much of that is due to the bed you're using every night?
Ergonomics doesn't just refer to your computer desk chair - it's also an essential consideration for high-quality sleep.
If you've been sleeping better than usual when you're away from home - in a hotel or at a friend's - it might be a clue that your old, worn-out mattress is to blame for your insomnia or chronic neck cricks.
The ergonomics of your mattress are vital to finding comfort, getting good sleep, waking up well-rested, and preventing back and joint pain or other sleep-related injuries and symptoms.
September is Pain Awareness Month - an ideal time to figure out why your body hurts and find a solution that supports your physical well-being.
Learning how to reduce discomfort by sleeping in an ergonomically correct way can help.
Your mattress matters!
More specifically, the materials your mattress is built with make all the difference in your body's ability to get a pain-free rest.
Too soft, and your body sinks inward. Too hard, and your body is constantly readjusting to relieve the pressure. Both scenarios put your spine in an awkward position.
No one wants to wake up achy and carry a sore body through the rest of the day. Finding a comfortable and supportive position to sleep in is crucial, considering many of us stay in that same sleeping position for hours at a time - sometimes the entire night.
A well-designed mattress has the following qualities to allow this level of comfort:
- Supports a neutral positioning of your spinal curvature, head, neck, hips, legs, and knees.
- Distributes pressure evenly across your body to promote healthy blood circulation.
- Minimizes unnecessary body movement and position changes.
- Minimizes disruption from the movements of a sleeping partner.
- Provides physical comfort and relief.
Lastly, your bed's height also has an effect on sleep ergonomics. It is important to find a bed that is easy for you to get in and out of without straining.
Age Isn't Just a NumberTop quality mattresses can last longer than bargain models, of course, but all mattress materials break down over time.
According to the Sleep Foundation, a regularly-used mattress has an average lifespan of six to eight years. But if you feel springs, bumps, or dips under your bed's surface before then, it's time to hunt for a new one as soon as possible.
Remember: we spend one third of our lives sleeping.
Your bed should be a place where you can relax, rest, and recover at the end of a long day. Take this time to evaluate your mattress ergonomics and examine how they're impacting your life.
Are your neck and back pain-free when you wake up? Are you feeling well-rested most days? If you answered no, it may be time to invest in a more ergonomically supportive mattress.
We have been developing therapeutic mattresses and beds that promote restorative sleep for almost 30 years. Check them out here.
Our Sleep Experts at Majestic Beds are ready to assist you in finding the sleep systems that will improve your sleep, health, and quality of life.
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Learning more about sleeping better and check out our other blog posts to enrich your sleep knowledge:
- How our Beds Help Scoliosis
- Why You Should Sleep on a Zero-Gravity Bed
- How to Choose the Right Mattress for Children | Featuring Team Abri
Our goals are always to provide you with the best bed products and to use our expertise to improve your quality of life through the power of sleep.