Choosing a new mattress is an important decision that determines how comfortable and correct you will spend a significant part of your life. For a full, healthy existence, a person needs to spend a third of his time on sleep. This is how nature created us, and this is a fact that cannot be avoided. With back pain, this choice becomes even more responsible. A position in which you will remain at rest for a long time can both aggravate and alleviate your temporary or chronic ailment.
On paper, it is not possible to make an accurate diagnosis and give an unequivocal recommendation: “Buy an orthopedic mattress of such and such a manufacturer and such and such a brand will remove your pains as if by hand.” On the contrary, such advice should be alarming. Only a professional doctor can determine your disease. And even with an accurate diagnosis, there is no one hundred percent guarantee that a particular mattress toppers model is exactly what you need. Everything is very individual, you need to try and check with time. This article summarizes the research experience and put together a list of recommendations on body position during sleep for people suffering from various diseases of the back and spine.
Osteoarthritis (Osteoarthritis) Of the Spine
In the presence of this disease, it is recommended to fall asleep on your side, tucking your knees to your chest, in the so-called “fetal position”. This arrangement helps open the joints of the spine and reduces pressure on the areas affected by arthritis. It is better to have a bed with an adjustable base , as this allows you to choose the most comfortable angle for raising your head and legs. Soft mattresses are contraindicated, and this must be taken into account, even if you are a fan of feather beds. It is quite possible to find a comfortable position for falling asleep on a soft mattress, but when you turn over in a dream, you run the risk of touching the sore area, which will lead to pain.
With this disease, the Japanese are very often cited as an example, since the statistics of diseases speak in their favor. The inhabitants of this country suffer from osteochondrosis much less often than other inhabitants of the planet. Research has shown that the Japanese have used two thin rice straw mattresses for centuries. It is clear that these data are already outdated, and Japanese manufacturers of sleep equipment, as well as consumers, are successfully using modern materials and technologies. But the trend is clear.
With osteochondrosis, both soft and too hard mattresses are contraindicated. It is necessary to choose mattresses of medium firmness. The most comfortable positions for falling asleep are on the back, since the bends of the vertebrae in this direction are more natural for our body than the lateral ones. It is not forbidden to sleep on your stomach, and so that the lower back does not bend, you can use special rollers to evenly distribute body weight.
A perfectly mattress allows you to sleep without pain on both the back and the stomach, but often the geometry of the damaged areas, or the next aggravation, exclude this possibility. This is especially true if you are used to sleeping on your side, since in this case the load is distributed less evenly. It is important that it should be comfortable not only in the middle lumbar zone, but also in the area of the legs, neck and head.
Intervertebral (Intervertebral) Hernia
Most often, an intervertebral hernia is a consequence of the development of osteochondrosis, but the mechanism of pain in this case is much more complex, since the nerve endings located in the spinal ganglia are involved, and later the centers of the spinal cord located above. Therefore, methods of treating osteochondrosis can often turn out to be even harmful for an intervertebral hernia.
There are many tips and tricks on how to sleep properly to prevent this disease, but there is no definite answer on how to do this when a hernia already exists. This is understandable. Too difficult a task, which depends on the age of the person, the location of the hernia, the stage of development of the disease, the treatment you choose and many more factors. None of the mattresses, neither completely natural latex nor hardcoconut , and even the most expensive orthopedic mattress, cannot guarantee the absence of another painful exacerbation. Therefore, only the attending physician and your own experience can help here.
Another disease that is much easier to prevent with preventive measures than to cure. Several decades ago there was a popular opinion that sleeping on a hard surface was the best remedy for back diseases, including sciatica. Similar statements are still found in various reference books and articles. But nature itself, having given a curved shape to our spine, refutes such a statement.
Prolonged, motionless stay on a hard, straight surface makes the spine take the shape of a straight rod. In addition, a hard bed causes stagnation in blood circulation, pinching the vessels at the point where the body touches the surface of the bed. During such a dream, the body begins to grow numb and a feeling of “goose bumps” arises.
The properties of modern orthopedic mattresses are such that they are able to adapt to the natural curves of our body and skeleton. And the choice here also needs to be made from models of medium hardness. And do not forget that with radiculitis it is very important to provide warmth to the diseased parts of the body. Pay attention to this when choosing a blanket. It is important that the blanket is not only warm, but also lightweight. For a healthy person, an extra kilogram of load is absolutely not important, evenly distributed over the surface of his body. But in the presence of back diseases, this has to be reckoned with.
It’s a very common disease. Researchers claim that every third inhabitant of the planet has experienced symptoms of this disease. The disease manifests itself in acute attacks, is treatable and is one-off. Therefore, having received such a diagnosis, there is no need to run to the store and ask the sellers: “What kind of mattress or bed do I need to buy for the disease to go away.” You need to bring the bed you already have in accordance with the recommendations. And the recommendations are as follows: the patient’s bed should be medium-hard and even to ensure rest for the muscles of the spine. Sleep better on your back. Sometimes the legs slightly bent at the knees and a roller of a blanket or pillow placed under them help reduce pain. To do this, you can buy not a mattress, but a mattress topper, which will solve the problem at the lowest cost.
Summing up the above, we draw the reader’s attention to the fact that having discovered a back disease in yourself, you get a problem in solving which an orthopedic mattress will be just one item from a numerous list of therapeutic and preventive measures. It is much easier and more beneficial to prevent illness by taking care of a comfortable and healthy sleep in advance. Think about what you sleep on today, and tomorrow you won’t have to treat a sore spine.