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Orthopaedic Mattresses: Health Benefits

How relaxed and refreshed do you feel after a night's sleep? Do you feel rested and rejuvenated or tired and stiff with backaches and pains? If you, like millions of others, suffer from back problems, then an orthopaedic mattress may be just the answer. As more and more people suffer from back pains, orthopaedic mattresses are becoming increasingly popular and sleeping on one can act as a positive step towards maintaining the health of your spine and back.

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How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress?

Many people continue to sleep on the same mattress long after it has shown visible signs of wear in the form of failing springs and lumps and bumps.

An unsuitable mattress can cause several health problems, which may initially show as aches and pains or minor discomforts. However, as time goes on these initial irritations can become more severe: to the point where they can begin to impact on everyday life. If the source of these problems is not corrected, this can persist and the problem may even become permanent.

When the first noticeable signs of mattress induced back problems appear it is advisable to take preventative action. This is the time to invest in a new orthopaedic mattress.

Whatever the age of your mattress, a comfortable mattress is vital to a good night's sleep and if your mattress leaves you feeling achy and tense when you wake up in the morning, it is time to replace it.

Why An Orthopaedic Mattress?

Sleeping on an orthopaedic mattress can act as a lifeline when it comes to the health of your spine and back.

Millions of people suffer from back pain and discomfort and this can often be prevented. In most cases, these problems can be traced back to poor sleeping habits and poor quality beds and mattresses. An orthopaedic mattress can ease or even alleviate these problems.

Our bodies need relaxing sleep to rejuvenate and recover from the day's activities. So when our sleep is disturbed by aches and discomfort, not only does the back suffer, but the body as a whole suffers. To make things worse, this cycle escalates as one bad night leads to another and the initial problem worsens.

Sleeping on an orthopaedic mattress is one of the most effective means of providing a good nights sleep and avoiding stiffness, aches, back pain and muscular discomfort. It is designed to protect your back by allowing it to retain its natural profile without the build up of unnecessary tensions or pressures.

An orthopaedic mattress supports the spine in correct alignment and avoids the development of pressure points. It is comfortable, restful and supportive which leads to a good night's sleep.

Orthopaedic mattresses are constructed in a variety of different ways. Current thinking is that a good mattress should contour and mould, rather than be very hard or firm. The reason being is that a mattress, which contours around the sleeper, can mould to fill the gap under the lower back. This means the mattress can support the double "S" shape of the spine at the point where it needs it most.

Orthopaedic mattresses can be made using traditional springs and coils, memory foam, latex foam and a mixture of all three compositions. They vary in price and when you add water and air mattresses to the available products the choice is huge.

How an Orthopaedic Mattress Supports the Back and Spine

The human spine is shaped in an elongated double "S", so that it goes in and out twice. It is important to maintain this shape for a healthy back and spine. An orthopaedic mattress will support this shape, preventing back problems.

An "S" shaped spine is a poor design for a body that stands on two feet and undertakes many activities that involve bending and twisting. But with the right mattress the spine rests and recovers during sleep. This is where an orthopaedic mattress pays dividends as it supports this natural double "S" shape.

Orthopaedic mattresses are designed with the spine, skeletal structure and muscular support systems in mind and this is why orthopaedic beds and mattresses are so effective at maintaining a healthy back.