24 Aug

The Ideal Mattress Size For You

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A chart comparing the different mattress sizes

Back pain is a real issue these days especially since it interferes with our everyday activities on a constant basis. Not many people realize however that a simple and highly probabilistic solution is readily available and it’s actually staring them right in the face every night before they head to bed. The size of the mattress matters a lot, whether single, double, queen or king. If you can afford it, try to get a mattress that’s bigger relative to your size. This king mattress, for example, has a certain firmness according to the ILD scale that is particularly suitable for back pain sufferers.

The mattress that you lie on every night for hours and hours before the start of the next day is the most crucial factor that often causes back pain, and many studies have shown this to be true.

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A chart showing how size and thickness affects the firmness of a mattress

It’s all about finding the ideal support, size, pressure point relief and alignment of your spine, all of which may sound complicated but they aren’t at all. The secret to finding the right mattress is to try them all out in person and test their firmness. Before we go on any further though, it is important that we dispel a very popular notion that many people seem to be very confident in. A firm mattress does NOT help you with your back pain. That’s right. A firmer mattress doesn’t mean that it’s giving you the much needed support. In fact, a mattress that’s only semi-firm but feels comfortable as you lie on it is the ideal one for you.

Most orthopedic specialists have this idea that a firm mattress usually helps with back pain and they have since preached it to every single one of their clients without doing any further tests. The majority of back pain sufferers might find it slightly helpful in their quest for this cure since sleeping on a mattress that’s too soft is inevitably one of the main causes of back pain. However, as they have found, this doesn’t completely eliminate the problem, because they still hadn’t found a mattress that has the ideal amount of support for their back. If a particular mattress is too firm, it doesn’t matter what brand or company stamp is on it. An excessive amount of pressure will still be felt on the back, which means that the problem hasn’t been fixed.

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A memory foam mattress manufactured by Sleep Innovations

Plus, if it’s optimal comfort you’re looking for in a mattress, don’t be fooled by thinking that a higher priced mattress will equate to better sleep and health. Again, the main factor that leads to better sleep is the overall comfort that you experience while asleep. If a mattress doesn’t feel right to you, it can cost thousands and still not be suitable for you. Also, depending on your weight, the ideal mattress for you will differ as well. Memory foam mattresses, in general, will feel firmer than other types so make sure you take that into account. A 10-inch inner spring mattress might feel firm if you weigh under 70kg but a 10-inch memory foam mattress will feel significantly firmer. For the more modern mattress types such as air and water, the firmness level varies even more, but they can be adjusted easily be pumping more air or water into it. Better yet, you should try out a mattress by lying down on it for at least a couple of minutes before deciding whether it’s the right one for you.