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Orthopedic Mattresses: Three Mattress Types To Suit Your Comfort Needs

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If you suffer from back pain, you are definitely not alone. About thirty-one million Americans report experiencing some back pain every year. Of those, many seek relief through changes in their mattresses. Some doctors will even prescribe orthopedic mattresses, and send their patients to places like a Tempur-Pedic mattress outlet to find a specific mattress type. There are three types of mattresses that your doctor may prescribe (or at least recommend) to help alleviate your chronic back pain.

Contour Mattresses

Contour mattresses are designed to provide firm support. They are constructed with special coils that fit the contours of your body, supporting the heavier areas like your hips and shoulders. Your waist, which has a tendency to drop and align with your hips and shoulders when you sleep on your side, finds greater resistance within a contour mattress. This forces your spine to remain in proper alignment because your waist stays where it normally would be (and should be) if you were not laying down in bed.

Flex Mattresses

The word "flex" here refers to this mattress type's ability to heat, cool and adapt to two levels of support for people who share a bed. For an optimum night's sleep, sleep experts recommend a cool bedroom environment, a temperate mattress and not too many blankets or heavy comforters on the bed at night. Getting a good sleep means that your body wakes refreshed and not tight, tense or still stressed from the previous day, all of which are contributing factors to back pain. A flex mattress is perfect for people who experience consistent changes in body temperature at night and are frequently awakened by these temperature changes, thereby suffering from a lack of decent and restorative sleep.

"Cloud" Mattresses

This mattress type is the softest mattress you can buy that still provides therapeutic and orthopedic support for your back. Since other really soft mattresses lack support, your back suffers. Wanting to sleep on something that feels so comforting and comfortable when you crawl into it is understandable, but if you feel like you have been twisted into a pretzel when you climb out of bed in the morning, your soft mattress does not provide your back with enough support. Your preference for cushiony comfort does not have to take a back seat when you have a "cloud" mattress because they are super-soft for the first few inches on top, but then have plenty of orthopedic support underneath your "cloud" mattress's comfort zone.


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