Health Benefits of Using Orthopedic Mattresses

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Do you wake up most mornings feeling like you haven't slept at all; your back and all your muscles ache and all you want is to go right back to sleep? If this is how you feel every morning or most mornings, perhaps it's time to take a look at your mattress. The wrong mattress or a mattress that is worn out is the most common cause of aches and pains that seem to plague us for no apparent reason. Fortunately, the remedy for this is simple. Replacing your old mattress with a special orthopedic mattress will help you get rid of all those aches and pains and give your body the restful sleep it craves.

What are Orthopedic Mattresses?

Orthopedic mattresses are mattresses that are specially designed to provide even support to the whole body, more specifically the lumbar region. These mattresses contour to the shape of the body thus preventing any localized pressure points, which can cause back aches and are the primary cause of pressure ulcers in people whose mobility is limited.

What are the Benefits of Using These Special Mattresses?

Conventional, non-orthopedic mattresses can cause you to be uncomfortable and can disrupt your sleep. When this happens, your muscles and bones do not get a chance to rest and recover. This causes the aches, pains and tiredness that you feel when you wake up in the morning.

Changing over to a special orthopedic mattress will offer you a host of benefits. One of the most important benefits is that it will improve the quality and restfulness of your sleep and cause you to feel refreshed and invigorated when you wake up in the morning. Some of these mattresses also have higher air circulatory properties that help you stay cool while you sleep.

For persons with restricted mobility, these mattresses prevent the formation of pressure sores by providing even body support.

What are the Different Types of Special Mattresses Available?

The three best types of orthopedic mattresses are memory foam mattresses, gel mattresses and low air mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses are designed to provide optimum support to the lumbar region of the back by forming to the body shape of the person resting on it. They are usually also hypoallergenic and anti bacterial and not susceptible to mold or moisture build up.

Gel mattresses feature a special gel cushioning layer at the top of the mattress. This gel layer has a box like construction, which provides a soft contour to the body. Additionally, the high air circulatory properties of the gel cause it to be cooler than normal, leaving you rested and pain-free when you wake up in the morning.

Low air mattresses are ideal for the aged and for people who have limited mobility who are more prone to suffering from pressure ulcers caused by not being able to change their position for long periods of time.

Source by Susan Solo

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