Experts say there are multiple factors that can make quality sleep possible
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/26/2012 -- The average person spends 7.6 hours per day sleeping, according to the American Time Use Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That is nearly one-third of one’s life spent sleeping, and that may give some insight into why back health may be affected by the type of mattress one chooses to sleep on.
There have yet to be across-the-board answers as to what is good for persons who want to improve their back health, or want to curb back ailments. It is important to know what works for each person and to stick with it, according to Dr. Rich Kettering of Kettering Chiropractic in Lancaster.
"It's a personal choice," Kettering says. "But it's also a major investment because you spend so much time in bed."
Dr. Lawrence Withum of Wenger Chiropractic on Litiz Pike, there are important factors to consider when one is purchasing a new mattress. These factors include the need of each person who is utilizing the mattress as well as how the person feels when they wake.
"I don't know how people can tell if a mattress is for them after just laying on it for 15 minutes in a showroom," says Withum, president of the Lancaster County Chiropractic Association. "But it is important that they take the time to choose the right one for their needs.”
Withum continues, "An unsupportive mattress can cause a host of problems — from sciatica to lower back pain."
Gardenr’s Mattresses & More owner Ben McClure agrees that customers must take time in deciding on the investment of a mattress. The prices can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
According to Kettering, investing in a quality mattress and boxspring is worth every penny and more when it comes to back health.
According to Darcy Novello, who is the manager of the Lancaster Arts Hotel, foreign travelers are a fan of the Sando bed from Carpe Diem, made in Sweden. Such beds are worth upwards of $18,000. One visitor even purchased a bed after traveling to try it out, says Novello.
Kettering noted that he has found the mattress industry has been innovative with its addressing needs of customers. There are now more types of mattresses than ever.
"This is an investment that will also help with your health," Dawn Cox, owner of Prana Functional Manual Therapy in Lancaster, says. "The time you spend in bed is the time that your body uses to refuel, heal and rest. You should be maximizing that time by getting the proper support."
Withum imparts his positive impression of Sleep Number beds, that allow him one to choose the firmness of a bed on any given sleep or nap session.
“When it comes down to it, you need different support on different occasions,” says Withum. “If you spend a day chopping wood, then you are going to feel like you may need a different kind of support that night.”
Withium also points out that aches and pains from sleep might not simply be the type of mattress one is sleeping on. Those who continually suffer from aches and pain when waking from sleep should try to isolate the issue.
"If there is a pattern that you go to bed feeling better than when you wake up, it's one of two things — the mattress you are sleeping on or your sleep positioning," Withum says. By working on your best sleep position and arrangements, you can rule that out as causing the problem," Cox says.
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