We’ve all experienced the awful feeling which comes from spending a night tossing and turning in bed. The worst part of an uncomfortable bed is undoubtedly the lack of sleep resulting from lumpy mattresses or broken springs but the most dangerous aspect of a bed that’s seen better days is the damage it can cause to your back!
Life in Bed
We spend around a third of our lives in bed so it makes sense to invest some money in a decent bed frame and a good mattress to go with it! Although good quality beds might seem like a big outlay, they are worth their weight in gold when it comes to your health. If your bed has seen better days then assess its condition honestly…are you waking up in the morning feeling refreshed or are you stiff, full of aches and pains and grumpy?
If you know in your heart of hearts that it’s time to invest in a new bed then don’t delay! Quality oak beds with a new mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep and a good night’s sleep is more important to your health than you may realise.
Your back is designed to be strong as long as it is well supported and if your mattress and bed are not in good solid condition then the hours which you spend in it are hours in which your back is suffering the consequences. Check your bed over and if the mattress is visibly indented in any areas and if the frame is less than perfect then it’s probably time to go bed shopping!
What should you look for when choosing a new bed? In terms of style, many people are attracted to the fancier beds on offer and that’s fine…choose whatever sort of frame you like because what you’re really interested in is the mattress. A good mattress is what makes a bed comfy or not…it provides the all-important sleeping surface which could make or break your back…and there are many options out there. Some of the most popular options include spring interior mattresses and foam core mattresses. Memory foam is also an important aspect of more recent design technology in that it remembers the shape it was before it’s squashed out of shape and then recovers once you get up!
The only drawback with memory foam mattresses is that they do tend to retain heat which makes them a no-go area for those of us who are prone to overheating and not a good choice for small children to sleep on! They are however very, very comfortable because they mould themselves to the shape of the body which feels “right” to those who sleep on them.
If you’re not keen on the idea of memory foam, then look at spring interior mattresses. There are two styles available; coil springs and pocket springs. Pocket springs are considered the best because all of the springs are held within their own “pockets” which means that one spring can be depressed without affecting it’s neighbours’…this means that if you sleep with a partner, you each get your own springs and your partner’s weight won’t affect your comfort as “roll-together” is avoided.
Your back is one of the most important parts of your body and protecting it is of vital importance; don’t let it suffer on an old or worn mattress but give it the support it needs by investing in the best mattress you can afford. Common conditions such as lumbago, scoliosis, slipped discs and spondylosis can be helped along in the road to recovery by ensuring that your bed is as comfortable and supportive as possible.
Don’t leave your back to its own devices…look after it and invest in a good bed!
Cormac Reynolds is a lover of furniture and bedding and spend enough time there as it is. He has written for a number of sites in this area.