The Dangers Of Flat Mattresses


It can be an unfortunately common experience. You go to bed early, exhausted from your day, but you wake up feeling groggy and uncomfortable. And that might be the best case scenario. Chronic back pain, poor circulation, and trouble breathing may also be common after a night of tossing and turning. So what is the cause?

If your physician is able to successfully rule out any underlying sleep disorders, they may recommend any one of several leading brands of adjustable beds as a possible solution. No matter how comfortable your conventional mattress may seem when you first lie down, any flat mattress can cause problems throughout the night. The thickest pillowtop on the market cannot change the simple physiological fact that the human spine cannot be adequately supported by a flat mattress.

Viewed from the side, your spine is shaped like an S. This means that when you lie on your back on a flat mattress, there will inevitably a few parts of your spine that are supported by the mattress, but other parts that are not supported at all. Your body compensates by engaging muscles for extra support, but that can create tension throughout the night. Most flat mattress sleepers will adjust their position several times a night to relieve the constant tension, only to have that tension taken up by other muscles in whatever new position they find.

Lying on your side is not much better. When viewed from the back, your spine is straight, but the edges of the sides of your body are different distances from your spine (think of how far the edge of your ribcage is from your spine, then think of you far the outside of your shoulders are). Lying on your side on a flat mattress creates the same uncomfortable variety of pressure points as lying on your back, but with the added complication of unnaturally compressing your internal organs in directions they are not used to, which can result in not only the same tension in your muscles, but also in difficulty breathing and even undue pressure on your heart.

For many people, the answer could be adjustable beds. Adjustable beds offer sleepers hundreds and hundreds of combinations of positions, any one of which may help to alleviate some or even all of their early morning problems. The many possible contours of adjustable beds can conform more easily to the natural curves of your spine, and may help to relax muscles that were otherwise engaged all night long on a conventional flat mattress, and may help sleepers spend less time tossing and turning, and more time getting the rest they need.