There are a lot of factors that can lead to some back problems like back pain. Some of the back problems are entirely out of your control. For example, if you have a car accident or a fall that can injure your back. However, most of the back problems can be completely avoided if you make the right preparations. One of the causes of the back pain you’re facing is your posture; the way you walk, stand, sit, and lie down.
On average, people spend approximately eight hours in bed; that means they spend a third of the whole day lying down. This period is too long for you to remain glued to one position. To ensure that your spine remains healthy, your choice of mattress is imperative. You have to select a bed that supports your body properly. A bed that is too soft would move your spine out of its normal positioning, causing strain and pressure on your ligaments and back muscles.
If your mattress has suddenly gone soft and you noticed a stiff and sore neck and back when you wake up in the morning, then it’s evident that you need to buy another one. You shouldn’t see buying a new bed as investing in new furniture, but in buying of a health helping resources that would save you a lot of back pain in the future.
You should first know that the life expectancy of a good mattress is between seven to ten years. However, some factors can still affect this expectancy period such as the quality of the construction and materials. And, most especially, your weight.
When you purchase a new bed, it is expedient for you to take proper care of it. Within the first few weeks of your new mattress usage, you need to turn it from end-to-end as often as possible. This would make the mattress adjust to your body shape and weight.
Just like I pointed out initially, you purchasing a mattress is a massive investment you may not know- an investment saving you from a lot of pain and discomfort. So, make sure you try as much as possible to go for a quality one to prevent the same discomfort you’re presently experiencing with your current bed. Don’t be shy to lie on the bed in the showroom. Roll from one end to the other to make sure you’ll be totally comfortable on your new bed. Some stores also allow a free trial, meaning you can take your bed home and use it for a period. You can do yourself a great help by asking around for such stores and buying from them. Remember, you’ll be spending an extended period of your life using the bed- close to a third in some instance. So, check carefully. And invest wisely.
Make sure you try as much as possible to avoid buying too hard or too soft mattress. For a quick test, push your lower back together with your flat palm of your hand on your new bed. If you’re able to press it with little resistance; then, you might have just gotten yourself a good mattress that would align your position appropriately and prevent any further pain to your back.
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This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.