Can a Memory Foam Mattress Provide Total Orthopedic Support?

Memory foam mattresses and mattress toppers are being heralded as the best thing since sliced bread. But do they really deserve the barrage of praise and accolades? Well, it seems that almost everyone knows someone who had back or neck problems that simply faded away once they made the memory foam mattress switch. Can such a mattress truly provide such orthopedic support and relief? Let's examine the evidence.

Studies have proven that the typical person keeps their mattress three - five years too long. We get comfortable with our beds and know just how to position ourselves in order to fall asleep. So what if we have to take a sleeping pill or melatonin to finally relax? Could your sleeplessness actually be caused by the item you trust and rely on to help you fall asleep? You Betcha'!

After all, we spend 1/3 of our entire lives sleeping. Isn't it worth the time to find the perfect mattress or topper to help soothe our aching backs and relax our stiff necks? There are countless studies about the dismal results of lack of sleep. One huge reason people cannot fall asleep or stay asleep is body aches and pains. Thankfully, memory foam has arrived on the scene to lend a giant hand.

Memory foam is special in that it molds to the shape of any body, regardless of size. You can't ask a spring coil to please "scoot over; you're digging in my side." As the body's temperature is transferred to the mattress, the mattress "gives" and molds to your shape. If you change position in the middle of the night, the mattress adjusts to you, and once again molds to your body. This action allows sore muscles and aching joints to fully relax and receive the proper rest needed to rejuvenate.

Not only does memory foam allow the body to relax, but it actually offers orthopedic support. By molding to the contours of the body, the foam mattress shapes itself as support around the profile. This is why back pain sufferers, especially those with Lumbar pain, experience such dramatic results. The natural curve in the spine is supported rather than agitated by mattress pressure points.

Maybe a new memory foam mattress isn't exactly in the budget right now. Not a problem. You can still get the amazing memory foam benefits, but for a fraction of the price. If you mattress is firm and still flat and not sagging, a memory foam mattress topper can be just as beneficial as an entire memory foam mattress.

The most common size for a mattress topper is 2, 3, or 4 inches. These are standard sizes; however, it is possible to get a foam topper in a larger size. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the thicker the memory foam topper, the softer your bed will feel. The 3" topper is the most popular size. It feels comfortable for most people of average size. However, if the thought of making your bed "too soft" is a concern, try out the 2" topper, it may be just the cushion you need to make all the difference in the world.

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