From the sounds of it, an orthopaedic mattress seems like something a person with problems would want.
It has that medical ring to it, an almost subconscious connection to poor health and treatment.
But it is that and so much more.
An orthopaedic mattress can benefit us all in achieving that thing we all need and enjoy, a good night’s sleep.
The design of these mattresses has, according to Wikipedia, ‘been influenced by the medical study of orthopaedics which focuses on disorders or deformities of the spine and joints’.
However, it doesn’t matter if you have joint or back problems.
This is a mattress that is designed with comfort and sleep in mind.
It is designed to provide you with the correct balance of support and softness.
To ease the pressures on your body and let you have a good night’s sleep.
That is the type of design we all can benefit from.
Benefits of Orthopaedic Mattresses
There are many benefits to having an orthopaedic mattress.
A quick Google search will show you.
From full-body support to relieving pressure points, to promoting blood circulation to discouraging dust mites.
This type of mattress definitely ranks high in terms of sleep quality and duration.
Amongst the claims you will find are that orthopaedic mattresses will help promote the correct spinal alignment (lumbar support), help with uninterrupted sleep, provide ‘advanced sleep support’, and can even help with decreasing disturbance from someone else if you share your bed with another.
Some also claim an orthopaedic mattress can reduce the amount of tossing and turning you do in a night by up to 80%.
Because these types of mattress have been around for a while you would expect any flaws or issues with them to have been well exposed by now.
There are plenty of review sites and plenty of people who have had years of first-hand experience with using these types of mattress.
So are there any negatives? And if so, what are they?
Negatives of Orthopaedic Mattresses
It seems strange that whilst I’m saying an orthopaedic Mattress can benefit us all on one hand I’m now going to say there are negatives on the other.
That’s because the negatives are not really related to how well the mattress may help you sleep.
The common drawbacks to getting or having an orthopaedic mattress are to do with cost and weight.
Because they are mattresses designed with speciality in mind, and because of the materials needed in their construction to address that speciality, orthopaedic mattresses can be quite expensive.
Weight of a mattress can be an issue for some people.
If you are maybe elderly, or have a physical difficulty, having to move such a weighty item can be quite difficult.
Thankfully, as we tend to leave a mattress where it is after we put it into position, this may only be a possible issue on the day of instalment.
Another issue that some people may have is that in some countries there are no specific standards set out for what constitutes an ‘orthopaedic mattress’.
It is because of this you would be advised to buy of a reputable supplier and avoid the pitfalls of an unscrupulous retailer.
“When you buy an orthopaedic mattress from a reliable manufacturer, you are guaranteed advanced sleep support keeping in mind the physiology of the human body, which cannot be assured with regular mattresses”, advises one health website. And they are right.
There’s no doubting an orthopaedic mattress could benefit us all, whether we technically need one or not.
And why wouldn’t it?
It is designed with sleep in mind and sleep is what we want it for. If you have trouble sleeping it may be the answer for you.