YOUR HEALTH & YOUR MATTRESS
USEFUL MATTRESS FACTS
From Dr. Diane Guerriere, Wolfeboro Chiropractic
A mattress should provide uniform support from
head to toe.
If there are any gaps between your body and your mattress (such
as at the waist), you're not getting the full support that you
If you do have back pain, you might want to firm
up the support of your mattress by placing a board underneath it.
But do this just until the pain goes away: such firmness is not good
for "routine" sleeping and it may even damage your mattress.
Every few months, turn your mattress clockwise, or
upside down, so that body indentations are kept to a minimum. It's
also good to rotate the mattress frame every so often to reduce wear and
If you're waking up uncomfortable, it may be time for a new mattress.
There is no standard life span for a mattress; it all depends on the kind of
usage it gets.
Be aware that changes in your life can signal the need for a new
mattress. For example, if you've lost or gained a lot of weight, if a
medical condition has changed the way you sleep, or even if you have changed
partners, it could mean that it's time to find a new mattress that will
accommodate those changes and help you sleep more soundly.
Creating a comfortable place to sleep, by choosing the correct mattress and
pillow, is also essential to getting the quality sleep that your body needs to
function at its best.
mattress should, for instance, support the body's weight evenly and allow the
spine to stay in its natural alignment. Choosing the right one is a
personal matter. There are a wide variety of comfort preferences.
It's very subjective. Regardless of whether you like your mattress firm or
soft, give it a good trial run before you buy. We recommend lying down on
a mattress for a minimum of three to five minutes to get a good feel.
Sitting on it simply won't do.
Wolfeboro Chiropractic Office recommends a firm mattress for spinal support with
a soft density foam topper (thin cushion outer layer) to alleviate pressure points.
"Sunset Mattress Factory provides an excellent mattress
Dr. Diane Guerriere, Wolfeboro Chiropractic Office (603) 569-8444