Finding the mattress or bed when you have arthritis pain
By July 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm 1,440 7 4
A Johns Hopkins University Medical School study finds that achieving restful sleep when you suffer from arthritis is near impossible. In fact, arthritis pain is further exacerbated by sleeping on the wrong type of mattress.
Here are some things to consider when finding the right mattress for you.
• You need maximum support and stability. The ideal mattress will contour under your hips and shoulders while providing you extra support at the waist, knees, and legs.
• As an arthritis sufferer, you generally shift your position several times during the night. Therefore, the best mattress for this is a firm to allow you to change positions easily, without waking, and to trigger a natural position change. Soft mattresses cause infrequent position changes and difficulty moving. So, staying in one position for too long causes morning stiffness. Further, an overly soft mattress, no matter how supportive, can make it difficult to move when you change positions.
• Last, your inflamed joints need extra support. The ideal mattress should have softness that cradles your inflamed joints so there is less pressure on those areas. A rigid mattress may not give you the support you need and only rests the body on top of the mattress causing your joints to become more tender and sore.
Finding the right mattress is like an exact science - your mattress cannot be too soft or too hard. Just like Goldilocks, it has to be just right.
I recently purchased a mattress set from a local company (The Original Mattress Factory) that makes their mattresses in their factory and sells direct to the customer. The set I purchased is part of an orthopedic line and I picked their extra firm model in that line. From the first night’s sleep, I knew I had made a good choice and the money spent - well it was worth it to wake up with less pain and to be more fully rested in the morning.
Have you been successful in finding a bed (like the Sleep Number series) or mattress that has made getting a good night’s sleep easier for you? How much of a difference has this made in your life? If you have not have not been successful in finding the right bed or mattress, which ones have you purchased that have not helped so others can avoid buying those?