Latex mattress for a healthy back
Published on November 6, 2017
Suffering from back pain? Sleep it off with a latex mattress!
We are living in the 21st century with advanced technology, yet thousands of people in Singapore and millions of people worldwide are suffering from chronic back or neck pain and the numbers are still increasing. If you have experienced it before, you will agree that back pain is almost a disease – affecting your general well-being and performance at work. If your backache problem doesn’t go away even after you feel like you’ve had nights of proper sleep, it is a cue for you to switch your mattress to a natural latex mattress.
Does mattress firmness matter?
For decades, people have been told that a hard mattress is better for your back. However, a trial study published in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health has overturned the long-held belief that having firm support is good for you.
While choosing the firmness of a mattress is a personal preference, it is important to consider your body weight, body shape, and sleeping pattern when deciding on your mattress. Get a mattress that is able to support the constant tosses and turns while you sleep; with less energy expended for your movements, you get to enjoy a deeper and a more reenergizing sleep.
Sleeping on a super firm mattress is no different from sleeping on the floor. The hips and shoulders will not be able to sink into the mattress. This is not ideal as it creates pressure points that inhibits blood circulation and may create intense pressure on your lower back. Over time, it can lead to aches, numbness, and injury.
Too soft or sagging:
This is certainly not ideal as well; such a mattress does not give you any support. It is like lying in a hammock. This is often the case with low quality mattresses or very old mattresses, where the springs or the foam have sagged and no longer provide the support you need. The middle of your body, which is the heaviest part, will sink in too deep, because there is little to no resistance that pushes your body weight upwards.
Just right- Latex mattress is the right mattress for backache.
Keeping your spine in its natural alignment
The natural elasticity of latex makes a latex mattress the perfect solution for people suffering from backache. It conforms nicely to your body contours, providing support to the body and back and prevents the spine from curving beyond its natural state which can lead to backaches. Latex has an open cell structure made up of millions of tiny interconnecting microscopic cells that makes it highly resilient, maintaining its shape and consistency for many years.
A latex mattress offers outstanding pressure distribution far more superior than other types of mattresses. Data2 from a research states that natural latex mattresses reduce peak body pressure and distribute pressure more evenly in comparison to memory foam mattresses across various sleeping postures.
Sleeping on a Sofzsleep® mattress is like being supported by millions of little microscopic springs – for every part of your body. Due to the absence of interconnected springs, latex mattresses has great motion isolation characteristics, reducing the likelihoodof being distrubed by your partner. Movement on one side of the mattress does not transfer to the other, so you are not disturbed by any external motion.
Pressure point relief
Another important attribute that makes natural latex mattresses better for people with backache is its ability to relieve pressure points. A study3 has shown natural latex mattresses are in fact equally as effective as memory foam mattresses in relieving pressure points in addition to having better spine support and pressure distribution.
Choose Sofzsleep for better back and sleep
It is worth noting that Sofzsleep is the only mattress brand that has commissioned a study with the National University of Health Sciences to analyse the effects on mattress materials on sleep quality, with a conclusion showing that latex mattresses are superior in pain relief and pressure distribution. You can read the study here2.
To ensure that you get healthy and good quality sleep, Sofzsleep‘s latex components and mattress fabrics are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. This is the strictest certification that ensures our mattresses comply with health standards and are safe, even for babies. Sofzsleep also guarantees that our mattresses comply with the European Eco-label Standard for latex mattresses as described by the EC-Directive 2002/740/EC of September 3, 2002.
1. Changes in back pain, sleep quality, and perceived stress after introduction of new bedding systems. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2009) 8, 1–8.
2. Effects of Mattress Material on Body Pressure Profiles in Different Sleeping Postures. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5310954/
3. Biomechanical effects of a lumbar support in a mattress. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 2005 Jun; 49(2):96-101