What To Look For In A Mattress For Arthritis?
Choosing a mattress for arthritis doesn’t have to be difficult, you just have to know what to look for. So here are some pointers to remember when choosing the best bed for arthritis.
1. Pressure Relief
You must be thinking “how can a soft mattress hurt my joints?” Valid question, but know that a mattress that offers good pressure relief and a mattress that bows or sags is not the same thing. When you sleep, your heavier body parts that stick out (hips and shoulder) apply more force to a mattress. A quality mattress will offer these areas pressure relief without sacrificing support in other areas (spine). A quality mattress will spread this force and reduce the pressure just at these points.
A Supportive mattress is important for the neck and spine and should push up into you. It should feel like you are laying ON a cloud, not laying IN a cloud. If there isn’t enough support, the mattress will sag and poorly disperse body pressure. It will do more damage than good to arthritis sufferers.
3. Perfect Temperature
No matter why you’re purchasing a mattress, the temperature is critical to consider. Most mattresses retain heat because they are built from certain types of foam. With dense memory foam or latex, the airflow is weakened. This traps in heat and causes the mattress to become hot. A hot mattress will leave you waking up in the middle of the night in a puddle of sweat! The moisture can also damage the mattress over time, causing the materials to lose their resilience. To improve airflow and avoid heat retention in a mattress, the memory foam or latex must be “open-celled”.
4. Quality Materials
Good quality materials are expensive, no doubt! But they are inevitable for great performance and durability in a mattress. A high-quality mattress will not sag, will last over time and ensure comfort for arthritis patients. Check with the mattress provider on where they source their materials.
5. Allows For Shifting
People with arthritis are prone to move a lot during the night because of the discomfort and pain. When you go to buy a mattress, keep this in mind. A mattress needs to be medium-firm rather than soft – plush to offer support in any position you sleep. Choosing a softer mattress will make it challenging for you to move during the night and get comfortable. And if you stay in one position, you will continue to sink into the mattress further, giving your body less support. This will cause you more pain, resulting in you having to switch positions more often.
Arthritis and Insomnia
Most people who suffer from arthritis also suffer from insomnia. According to research lack of sleep can lead to worsening of arthritis symptoms. The solution to this problem is quite simple, a good mattress. Having a mattress with a nice balance of support, pressure relief, temperature regulated, and made of good materials will keep you from experiencing pain, and in turn, waking up at night to switch positions.