Do you wake up feeling tired or sore, despite having no major health issues or injuries? If so, your mattress may be to blame. In this blog post, I share some observations as one of Nebraska’s top chiropractors about the importance of choosing the right mattress to support your spinal health. Read on to learn why your mattress matters, then get in touch with the Chiropractic FIRST team today to book your first chiropractic adjustment for just $97. 

Maximum Support for Maximum Health

The average American spends 36 years of their life in bed — that’s 13,140 days, or 315,360 hours! An investment in a high-quality mattress is not only an investment in improving your sleep hygiene, but also in improving your overall physical and mental wellbeing. Sleep, or a lack thereof, impacts all dimensions of how you feel, as well as your productivity at your work and your enjoyment of your leisure time. With mattress design becoming more and more innovative and cost-effective by the day, there’s no reason not to invest in a mattress that will support your health.

5 Signs It’s Time for a New Mattress

If you find yourself experiencing any of the following, it’s probably time for a new mattress:

  • Frequent waking
  • Inability to get comfortable
  • Tossing and turning
  • Increased pressure on certain body parts
  • Pain and/or soreness upon waking

What to Look for in Your New Mattress

When it comes to choosing the right mattress, there are several things to keep in mind. 

  • Support: The first, and arguably most important, consideration is support. A supportive mattress is one that gives your lumbar spine (lower back) the assistance it needs to relax and de-stress throughout the night. This is especially important for people who sleep on their back or those who suffer from middle or lower back pain. Although you may be tempted to get a mattress that allows you to “sink in,” this will not give your body the support it needs, leaving your muscles tired upon waking. Your ideal mattress will contour to the heaviest pressure points on your body while at the same time keeping your spine in the same “straight line” configuration as you would have in a good standing posture. 
  • Comfort: Comfort and support are inseparable partners in achieving ideal sleeping conditions. While it’s important that you choose a mattress that is firm enough to support your spine and back without being so firm that it puts pressure on the heavier parts of your body, you also want to ensure that you are comfortable! The best way to do this is to choose a mattress made from breathable cushioning materials, such as wool, organic latex, or other natural fibers. 
  • Construction: The final technical element to be aware of is construction, particularly coil count. Metal coils are what make a mattress supportive and responsive to your body weight, and the higher the coil count in relation to the surface area, the greater the strength and durability of the mattress. As a basic guideline, a standard twin mattress should have a coil count of 300 or more, while a queen mattress should have a coil count of 375 or more, and a king should tally in at 450 coils or more. 
  • Warranty: Mattress manufacturers who stand by the quality of their product won’t be hesitant to offer a long-term warranty. You will want to look for a mattress with a minimum warranty of 10 years, with anything more being a sign of extra quality and anything less being a major red flag.

Chiropractor Recommendations

With so many new types of mattresses to choose from, it can be intimidating to know where to start. As a chiropractor, some of the most common types of mattress I recommend are memory foam, organic latex foam, and hybrid mattresses.

Memory foam mattresses contour and conform to your body while offering superior support. By uniformly distributing your weight and keeping your spine aligned in virtually every position, they can significantly help decrease back pain and relieve pressure points. 

In recent years, organic latex mattresses have become the best-selling type of mattress, particularly for their hypoallergenic properties. All-natural latex is ideal for cushioning your lumbar religion and cradling strained muscles. 

Hybrid mattresses combine support coils with several different kinds of materials, such as  memory foam, latex, or polyfoam.

How to Test a Mattress

Although many mattresses can now be purchased online, we recommend buying your new mattress in person so that you can try it out. To do this, lie down on the mattress and move about as you would during a normal night’s sleep. Test every pressure point (hips, shoulders, knees, etc.), especially your natural sleep position. Be sure to sit on the edge to test edge support, and make sure that your partner (should you have one) tests the mattress as well. Does the mattress move when they shake, shift, or roll over? This could be a sign of poor support.

Make Your Health a Priority in 2021 With Chiropractic FIRST

There’s no time like the beginning of a new year to start making your resolution of better sleep and health a reality. At Chiropractic FIRST in Lincoln, Nebraska, we use holistic chiropractic techniques to help our patients enjoy better sleep and better overall physical and mental health. Get in touch with the Chiropractic FIRST team today to take advantage of our new patient special for only $97. We look forward to helping you achieve your best health yet!