Are you having problems with you your back or sleeping – The British Chiropractic Association has put together a document and video below that may have the answers that you are looking for……
Consumer research, carried out in March 2013 on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association, found that 30% of those suffering from back or neck pain put their problem down to their sleeping position/mattress/pillow.
Tim Hutchful, from the British Chiropractic Association, comments: “If you suspect that your mattress or sleeping style is causing you back pain or discomfort it is important to take immediate action. A common mistake that people make is thinking the firmer the bed the better – this is not always true.”
He continues: “To ensure you have a sound night’s sleep it is important to choose a bed that isn’t too hard or soft. It should be supportive and comfortable according to your weight and build and the best advice is to try before you buy – one bed does not suit all.”
The British Chiropractic Association has some great advice to help you make the right selection.
– The best mattress is a ’supportive one‘. A 16 stone person sleeping on a mattress may not get the same support as a 10 stone person sleeping on the same mattress.
– If you are lying on your side, your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your spine should not sag (bed too soft) or bow (bed too hard). The longer you can spend lying on a mattress before you buy it, the more accurate this feeling will be.
– Your pillow should be an extension of this i.e. your neck should be a continuation of the straight spine and not too high or too low.
– Always shop with your partner as your respective ideal mattress tensions could be very different. If this is the case, buy beds from a range that allow two single mattresses to be zipped together, so that you both get the support you need.