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There isn't one mattress to eliminate all back pain and to make everyone comfortable when they sleep. Our backs are all too different and quite complex. In this video I will go over the main problem in shopping a mattress, how to select a mattress, my recommendations on where to start, warnings on what to look out for, and cheap tips to modify your current mattress.
The biggest problem with picking out a bed is that you are never actually asleep when you are trying a bed out. Let me explain. Mattress retailers tell you to lay on a bed for 15 minutes to see how the bed really feels on your back when sleeping. But this isn't true. When you sleep all your muscles relax in a way that is impossible to recreate when you are awake.
No matter how long you lay on a bed. To further my point for this reason people snore when they sleep and not when they are awake. This is because All your muscles relax that includes your throat and your back. Now! when all your muscles are relaxed the main support for your spine transfers to the ligaments and capsules that hold the spine into place. If those are kept in an unfavorable position every night They begin to stretch and pinch, then become inflamed, bruised, and painful and will stiffen and degenerate in time.
No trial of a bed while awake can recreate that condition no matter how long you lie or how comfortable it feels while you are trying it out. It all changes as you sleep, even the comfort level. Therefore the most important thing you can do to select a mattress has nothing to do with the mattress itself.
The most important thing you need to look for in a bed is their return policy. You need multiple nights to use the mattress before you decide if it is right for you or if it needs to go back. What makes your back feel good even for a few nights can lead to other problems in the future. When purchasing and trying out a bed be conscious of soreness that you feel in the morning and throughout the day. What is slightly sore now will be really painful in a year using the same mattress. When I was purchasing one I returned 3 beds before I got to a mattress that worked for both my wife and myself.
Now where to start purchasing a mattress? I recommend an Adjustable number bed, Like a sleep number. I will link to site that I prefer in the description below. Its most important feature is it's Return policy. You have a pretty long trial period in which you are able to return the bed if it does not work out for you. The second biggest reason to purchase from that link is its Consumer Rating. Consumer Reports found that amongst everyone that tried out their beds it kept your spine in line better than all other beds for both side sleepers and back sleepers. Both their basic and their best model rated better than all the other mattresses.
Another reason I love adjustable number beds is that often times pain will not develop for months or even years after sleeping on a bed or mattress. So Simply change the number if it isn't working out for you. Now the beauty from purchasing specifically from the link below is that you know going into a store isn't going to help you out that much. You have to try it over a period of time.
So if you are curious I provided a link below where you can purchase one. That link below will help you out too so if you go to a different device or computer to purchase a mattress come back to this video and click on that link below. I have a few warnings and also things to try Sleeping with your back propped up slightly can relieve a lot of stretching that goes on in those spinal ligaments. You don't need an expensive mechanical bed either to prop your back up either. I learned to sleep with a pillow wedge. It took a few weeks but my back felt a thousand times better. This one specifically is adjustable.
I will link this great wedge below. Be aware of bed toppers. While a small one will help your back feel better, a thick one can really hurt your back. Especially your lower back because your butt will sink in too far into the foam and cause stress in your lumbar region. This is why they say a bed that is too soft tends to cause pain in your lower back.
I recommend a one inch topper I will link to in the description below along with everything else I recommend. In fact, butt position could be a problem even without using a foam topper. It is hard to detect because the angle of your buttocks only has to vary a little bit for it to cause pain at night.
Having a favorable buttocks to spinal angle will help relieve the stress on those spinal ligaments. Putting some sort of pillow under the crest of you butt or your knees will help change this to a more favorable angle. Also be aware of memory foam pillows. They can feel really good but they tend to be a little too firm for our light heads and can push our heads forward causing stretching in your neck and cervical spine. Once again those stretched ligaments over time cause pain. If you are a side sleeper the biggest problem you may encounter at night is from your body collapsing and the best way I can explain this is like a taco. This will cause random pain in parts of your back. Sleeping with a body pillow between your legs and your arms will thwart this collapse and help things to feel a little bit better and stay aligned.
Studies have shown if we don't have enough vitamin D in our system our muscles actually relax too much at night causing a lot of pressure on our spine. In fact this interesting study shows that having vitamin d blood levels within a certain range will minimize most sleep disorders. Pretty crazy, huh? Losing weight will also take pressure off of the spine.
Extra weight during the day is compensated for by your postural muscles in your back but during the night your ligaments can't handle the extra weight and your postural muscles are relaxing. Jogging or Using a Stairmaster without the side rails will help to not only lose weight but strengthen the postural muscles of your back All mattresses and products I mentioned are linked to in the description below. Like and Subscribe.
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