How important is a right mattress really

How important is a high quality mattress really?

During my work as a sleep consultant, I have dealt with many different people. Many of them came to me to finally find relief for various problems. Often these are: shoulder pain, back pain at night, arms / legs falling asleep, difficulty sleeping through the night, neck tension and much more. But is the cause of these complaints really to be found in the mattress?

The mattress is one of those personal items that we spend more time with than any other item around us. According to Statistics Austria, Austrians sleep an average of 8.5 hours during the week and 9 hours at the weekend. This means that a good 1/3 of the day is spent in the sleeping area. The answer to whether the mattress has any health effects can therefore be clearly answered with YES.

The sleep research institute Proschlaf, of the Salzburg Medical Center (AZS), has carried out a study to investigate the connections between problems in the neck and shoulder area and the back and hip zone with the properties of the sleeping pad. The results impressively show how important the mattress is for symptom-free sleep. Lying too hard often results in neck and shoulder tension, as well as back or hip pain.

Despite this knowledge, of course not all complaints can automatically be traced back to the mattress. Diet, exercise, work and personal susceptibility to stress are essential for a healthy life and together make up the four pillars of symptom-free everyday life (see illustration). The individual pillars are all the same in one property. They are essentially determined by our daily activities. But as in any building, these pillars must also be built on a solid foundation. Genetics is a factor that we cannot influence at all or only little, which is why it can be described as part of the foundation for a symptom-free everyday life.

In this context, the extraordinary importance of the right sleeping place design becomes apparent. The mattress is the basis for those areas that we influence during the day to develop their full effect. A good night is a prerequisite for a good day. For example, a poor sleeping position can lead to physical complaints and subsequently to failure in the sub-areas of the four pillars, since a lack of recovery at night directly affects the performance of the individual. A symptom-free everyday life is therefore not possible.

The place to sleep is therefore part of the foundation for a healthy, symptom-free life and must therefore be taken into account when it comes to alleviating health impairments.

categoryby Ilyas Merl

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