At this time of year we see a lot of bed related back problems in clinic. The summer season can highlight if either your bed when you were on holiday was unsuitable for you and you body, or if in fact your bed at home needs changing.
Goldilocks really was onto something with the just right theory. So take a leaf out of her book and think about a mattress & bed that’s not too hard, not too soft but just right.
We are great at being ‘terribly British’ when it comes to trying a mattress in a store. This is why people often end up with the wrong mattress. When you are making a relatively large purchase that you will spend a third of your life in is not the time to be shy – go on give it a try! The more time that you spend on selecting the correct bed, the more likely you are to make the right choice. The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) produced a great video on how to select the best mattress for you and how to avoid sleep related injuries. Please don’t go to the store without watching it:
So what does a chiropractor sleep on I hear you ask? My personal opinion is that a firm sprung mattress with a memory foam topper is best and that is what I use at home :0)
Believe it or not I take my memory foam topper away with me when I’m camping and yes I do get laughed at when I’m unpacking my car, but guess who gets a supportive & comfortable nights sleep ;0) Another top top is to take your own pillow away with you too, I find that I don’t get any neck aches when I do.
Happy & pain free sleeping folks :0) Until next time, mind your posture (I know you’re probably slouching at your PC) & keep up with your exercises….