Following on from my experience of arthritis, I visited an Osteopath for help with the associated pain in my back and shoulders. After three sessions he was concerned because my pain was not improving.
He asked what type of mattress I was sleeping on. I explained that it is a fairly new memory foam one. He suggested that I try a pocket spring one instead. We have one in the spare room so we switched the mattresses. After just one night my pain was much less. After a week I was convinced that the Osteopath had been right.
The type of mattress you use is completely personal, but it had never crossed my mind that this would be a problem.
There are many types of mattress available. The main ones are pocket spring or memory foam, but they can also be made in a combination of these materials. They can range from soft to extra firm and the cost can also vary considerably. If you are thinking of changing your mattress, my best advice would be to visit at least three showrooms, ask for advice and definitely lie on them before you spend any money.
Here are some extra tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
- Try to go to bed at the same time every night. This will help to regulate your sleep pattern. Most people need between seven and nine hours sleep per night.
- Don’t go to bed hungry but try to eat your last meal before 8pm. A full stomach will interrupt your sleep.
- Avoid stimulants before bed. This includes nicotine, coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks and alcohol.
- If you like a hot drink before bed, why not try a decaffeinated tea or coffee. Herbal teas can be very calming.
- A hot bath can be very relaxing, try some aromatherapy oils such as lavender.
- Being active is important, but try not to exercise too late in the evening. The rush of the “feel-good” hormones that are produced will keep you awake.
- Have some relaxing time before bed to clear your mind. Finish off any work or chores early in the evening and turn off social media.
- If you are having trouble sleeping don’t try to fight it, read a book instead.
- Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. Try duvets with different tog ratings depending on the time of year. Avoid tight fitting bed clothes and cotton is the best.
- Ensure that your type of mattress is appropriate for you. The bedroom should be dark enough and not too noisy.
I hope these tips help you and your family sleep well.