Debunking the Myth of the Hard Mattress

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Regardless of what type of bed you have, it becomes imperative to buy a suitable mattress to sleep well. However, buying an apt mattress for your bed can prove to be rather tedious for most people. It’s not only owing to the abundance of mattress brands and models available in the market, but thanks to the prevalent myths and misconceptions about mattresses also, which add to the difficulty of the task. You may have heard a lot about the benefits of using a hard mattress for sleeping. However, it is time you learn to differentiate the myths from the facts.

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The root of the firm mattress myth 

Majority of people who believe in the concept of firm mattress being beneficial for sleep and spine health refer to the theory that orthopedicians recommend it. However, a little analysis reveals that it is more of folklore than a scientifically proven fact. On the web, you can find posts and blogs on the topic that support and contradict this theory, in equal measure.

Historically, a majority of mattresses were made with soft materials that would compress easily under pressure. This led to users sleeping in a hammock-like position, which in turn led to the development of pain in the back and shoulder, and eventually gave birth to the hard bed myth. Nowadays, most people confuse a firm mattress with a supportive one.

Learning the fact about hardened mattress

The truth is, there are several variations in both hard and soft mattresses available in the market, and not all hard types can fit the requirement of users. While sleeping on a mattress with firmer support gives you a sense of comfort, using such mattresses may not always be good for your body. The fact is that the mattress should conform to the shape of your body, not the other way around. Beds that are too hard create pressure points and inhibit the free flow of blood. Such a mattress just does not let your hips and shoulders to sink in naturally. Using it can ultimately lead to improper sleeping positions and you may develop chronic back pain, in all likelihood. You will wake up with a stiff neck or muscle spasms.

Too soft is not good either!

While buying a very hard mattress will not actually be suitable, the same is true about the opposite – a very soft mattress as well. Buying a very soft mattress can be equally harmful for your spine. Using such a mattress makes you sleep in a position that tenses up your muscles. You become vulnerable to developing orthopedic issues quickly by using soft mattresses.

So, what is the solution?

Now that you know choosing a very hard or soft mattress can be bad for your spine and overall health, what will you do differently? The solution lies in buying a mattress that offers a balance between the two! There are semi-hard mattresses available that are better suited to allow your body to align with the base. Manufacturers use different names to sell such mattresses though. You need to however, consider and carefully select the mattress type such as – memory foam, foam, or coir spring. Pure foam mattresses can be very soft, and so manufacturers use composite materials inside the mattresses to get the right firmness. If you think you are unsure about the right mattress, you can discuss the matter with an orthopedic specialist to make an informed decision.

You can also find mattresses specifically meant for use by people with spinal and orthopedic issues. These will cost you a bit more than the regular mattresses. However, buying a mattress that allows your body to align properly in an ergonomic position is better than saving money by buying a bad mattress that leads to health problems in the long run.