Getting a good night’s rest is important for physical and mental health. Sleep heals and repairs the body and reduces the effects of stress. However, it’s tough to sleep through the night when you have aches and pains and wake up feeling tired. In fact, one of the key culprits of body ache is a bad mattress. You may not realize it, but if you’ve been waking up with pain that you know isn’t caused by an injury or a medical condition, it’s very likely because of your mattress.
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How exactly does a bad mattress cause pain? Let’s consider the fact that we spend about a third (hopefully!!) of our lives sleeping. During this time, our bodies are supported by a mattress that provides a surface to sleep on. Ideally, it should be a supportive yet comfortable surface that helps your muscles relax and recover, no pressure points, and properly designed to keep your spine naturally aligned. This way, each part of our bodies is properly supported. Most importantly, our spines are kept aligned with its natural curvature. A bad mattress does the opposite of all this. The longer you use it, the likelier you are to develop pain, especially in your back, neck, and hips.
Which Areas Of Your Body Does A Bad Mattress Affect?
- Back: The back is one of the main areas that develop pain from a bad mattress. Your spine should be kept in a neutral position when sleeping. However, a bad mattress fails to do this, and you develop pain over time. Mattress issues like sinkage due to poor support causes your spine to bend abnormally. When you sleep in such a position for hours, it’s only natural that you get pain. Whether you’re a side sleeper or a back-sleeper, you want your spine to be aligned. Around 31 million Americans have lower back pain at any given time and you want to make sure that you prevent it as much as possible.
- Neck: The neck has a natural curve that should be maintained when sleeping. However, a bad mattress can’t provide the support your neck needs. It causes it to angle awkwardly instead of keeping it in a neutral position. This strain causes pain that’s uncomfortable and prevents you from getting good sleep. A pillow that’s too high or too low can also cause neck pain as it doesn’t provide the right support. Side-sleepers should use one that’s higher under the neck than the head. Back-sleepers, on the other hand, should use a thinner pillow to prevent the head from angling forward.
- Hip: Your hips are another area that requires proper support when sleeping, especially if you’re a side-sleeper. Around 22.6 million Americans have chronic hip pain and if you’re among the statistic, it’s even more important that you use a good mattress. If your mattress sags, it won’t be able to support the weight, and if it’s too hard, it will apply pressure. Either way, it’s only a matter of time before you develop pain in your hips.
It’s important to keep in mind that a bad mattress can also cause allergies. It acts as a hotbed for dust mites and other allergens that can trigger attacks. Allergy symptoms can be mild such as a headache and sneezing or may be more severe like joint, back, and neck pain. If you have asthma, it can exacerbate symptoms. Your chest may feel tight, and you may have difficulty breathing and trouble sleeping.
How A Good Mattress Can Alleviate Body Aches
A good mattress is both comfortable and supportive. It has just the right amount of ‘give’ so that pressure points are properly cushioned. At the same time, it supports individual parts of your body and prevents you from sinking into it – which can throw your spine out of alignment and lead to body ache.
Nuvanna is an innovative mattress that’s designed by an industry expert with over 20 years’ experience. It features a multi-layered construction with three layers that combine to align the spine and support various parts of your body. The top most layer utilizes phase-changing gel particles that work to disperse body heat and keep you cool. This is important as a lower body temperature induces sleep. The middle layer isolates motion so that you and your partner aren’t disturbed by each other’s movements. The last layer uses a Progressive Support System to prevent the sinking sensation that’s common in many foam mattresses. To top it all off, the mattress uses a TENCEL cover that’s breathable, hypoallergenic, and wicks away moisture.
Good sleep can depend on a number of factors including what you eat before bed and how stressed you are. Body ache, however, is usually the result of using a bad mattress (unless your pain is related to injury or illness). Give yourself the gift of pain-free sleep by investing in a mattress that knows what your body needs. You’ll sleep better and will awake feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
When I had neck and back problems I slept on our guest bedroom mattress and loved it so much we replaced our sleepnumber bed with a Nuvanna mattress. They are amazing! I recommend them to everyone!
Published on Friday, May 4, 2018
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