Choosing the Correct Bed could be the Best Decision you make this year

Choosing the Correct Bed could be the Best Decision you make this year

14 November 2016

Buying the correct bed for you is one of the most important decisions you will make. Over 16 million people in the UK will suffer from back pain over the next 12 months. The type, state and age of your bed could be a major contributory factor causing the pain. A good bed should provide you with good support for your spine as well as comfort. But whilst the type bed is a major choice do not forget to choose good pillows as these will give your neck the support it needs.

Below are some good initial tips from the Sleep Council on how to buy the right bed for you.

  •         Dont just buy a bed because it says it?s good for your back. A bed that?s supportive and comfortable is key. But it is important to remember that people?s requirement for support will differ depending on their weight and build.
  •        The term orthopaedic generally just means an extra firm bed; it is not based on any medical or other common standard. Firmness is not determined by price, although comfort, luxury and durability and added features such as adjustability come with higher price tags.
  •        There is no single right bed to ease a back problem and each different back problem also may require a different solution. The best approach is to research the options carefully, take time to try them out and choose what you personally find supportive and comfortable, regardless of labels or even price tags.
  •        Narrow your choice down to two or three and then spend plenty of time researching these keeping in mind your normal sleeping positions.
  •         Look for a supportive rather than a hard bed. Do not assume that orthopaedic or firmer beds are the best option. Often a medium firm bed with proper cushioning is better.
  •         A bigger bed will be of benefit both for the back pain sufferer and for their partners with less partner disturbance.
  •        Think also about the height of the bed: can you get in and out of it with relative ease? An adjustable bed might be an option if this is an area of particular concern as it also offers variable sleeping positions.
  •        Many mattresses need to be turned regularly to ensure even wear and tear. If this is likely to prove difficult (and good quality mattresses are heavy!) then look for a mattress which does not need regular turning. There are a number of options of all types of construction now on the market
  •         Pay attention also to choosing the correct pillow which must support the neck in alignment with the rest of the spine. Too many pillows thrust the head forward or sideways (depending on your sleeping position); too few allow the head to tip backwards: both create a crick in the neck.
  •        Try and adopt a sleeping position which creates less physical stress on the back (e.g. lying on your side is better than lying on your front with your neck twisted to one side!).