Since we have started PRS Medical to develop products to prevent and treat bed sores, we have learned a lot about beds and we would like to share our thoughts if you are in search for a new mattress, whether or not if you have bed sores.
Price: Many of us try out mattresses for a few minutes at the showrooms, but those few minutes cannot simulate a full night’s use. I believe that many of us assume that higher priced mattresses must be better and choose the highest priced mattress that we can afford.
Comfort: Comfort can be subjective (look & feel) and objective (actual pressure & body support). It’s too difficult to make multiple types of mattress to “fit” all body types. As a result, similarly made mattresses are sold more for their “look and feel”. If you are not convinced, why do the mattresses come in so many colors and patterns when sheets almost always cover them during use?
Body Temperature: This issue should be discussed more. Emerging scientific research at places like Harvard University show that most of us need our core body temperatures lowered by a couple of degrees for good sleep. To achieve this optimal sleep, a mattress has to allow our bodies to sufficiently “breathe” to regulate our temperature. Many people at internet sites report that certain memory foam mattresses run “hot” so if you are one of those people who sweat in bed, you may want to steer clear of them. Conversely, if you are constantly cold, you may want to get them.
Immersion: Whether you believe that stiffer mattresses are better for those with bad backs or soft mattresses are more plush and comfortable, you need a proper balance of immersion and pillow height to align your head and spine. For the elderly, one needs to consider the increased potential of bed sores if one is too deeply immersed in the mattress and unable to turn easily during sleep.
We believe that each of us needs to find the mattress that best fits us within our budget. If you do not have a budget, ignore the price because the most expensive mattress may not be the one that “fits” you the best. The mattress should comfortably support you (test out the support on your side if you are a side sleeper) while allowing you to easily turn. Finally, consider your body temperature and pick a mattress that will allow you to stay warmer or become cooler during sleep.
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