Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Orthopedic mattresses have been around for a while now and this sleep apparatus has been aggressively marketed and widely touted as a scientific and ergonomic physiological support during the 8 hours we spend sleeping. Yes, orthopedic mattresses do have multiple benefits, but it has its disadvantages too. Through this article; we will take an impartial look at the orthopedic mattress and explore both; its benefits and disadvantages. Read further to know more.

What are the Benefits of Orthopedic Mattresses?

With an attitude of positivity; let’s explore the benefits of orthopedic mattresses before we move on to the cons. The benefits of orthopedic mattresses are as listed below:

Advanced Sleep Support

Manufacturers of orthopedic mattresses take into consideration various factors while designing an orthopedic mattress. Primary among these is an ergonomic design that supports the contours of the body, body weight and the spine. When you buy an orthopedic mattress from a reliable manufacturer, you are guaranteed advanced sleep support keeping in mind the physiology of the human body, which cannot be assured with regular mattresses.

Eliminates the Roll-Together Effect of Regular Mattresses

If you share your bed with another individual, you are bound to notice the roll-together effect of regular mattresses. Regular mattresses sink under your body weight creating a depression. The person sharing your bed and mattress automatically rolls in to this depression that leaves little room between two people. While you may consciously attempt to keep space between yourself and the individual you share your bed with, for the sake of comfort, as soon as you are asleep and have little control over your body; the roll-together effect is bound to repeat itself. During warmer months; this can be of great inconvenience and discomfort, no matter how familiar the person sleeping next to you is. Orthopedic mattresses eliminate this source of discomfort for the person(s) sleeping.

Lumbar Support

As mentioned before; the orthopedic mattress promises better lumbar or spinal support. This is because manufacturers strive to create firm memory foam mattresses that do not sink under your weight causing your spine to curve. 8 hours of sleep with your spine in a curved position can do serious damage to your back over a prolonged period of time. Spinal support is one the primary benefits of orthopedic mattresses and this quality is adequately advertised by manufacturers and mattress brands.

Uninterrupted Sleep

Uninterrupted sleep is a much sought after benefit of orthopedic mattresses. With a regular mattress; you are bound to shift or turn over multiple times to find the best spot on your mattress. Wherever you shift; a depression is created and your body ultimately responds to the pressure on your spine forcing you to unconsciously shift to a different spot. This repeats itself over the course of the night and definitely causes disturbance in the sleep. A particularly poor quality regular mattress may have the direct effect of restlessness and cause undue stress to your spine and muscles. Overall, eliminating any restlessness with a firm orthopedic mattress is bound to result in a restful slumber.

Prevents and Reduces Body Aches

A regular mattress might cause aching joints and muscles due to inadequate support during 8 hours of sleep or aggravate pain that is already there. An orthopedic or memory foam mattress on the other hand will prevent pain by preventing undue stress on the spine and back and even reduce pain by providing a firm support for the aching areas during the many hours of sleep.

Recommended by Doctors for Certain Orthopedic Conditions

Orthopedic mattresses are often recommended by doctors for certain orthopedic conditions that involve joint pains and back pain. Patients are said to benefit from firm physiological support during many hours of sleep with the use of orthopedic mattresses.

What are the Disadvantages of Orthopedic Mattresses?

As mentioned before there are various cons or disadvantages of orthopedic mattresses and in keeping with our aim to explore both the benefits and disadvantages of orthopedic mattresses; let’s read further to discover the cons of orthopedic mattresses.

High Cost: One of the biggest disadvantages of orthopedic mattresses is its cost. On an average; an orthopedic mattress can cost up to 50% more than a regular mattress. Paying such a high cost is just not viable for a lot of people.

Increased Weight: Orthopedic mattresses also tend to be thick and bulky and extremely heavy to lug around. Shifting an orthopedic mattress from one room to the next after purchase can be a challenge even though most retailers will facilitate delivery to your home.

Not Easily Differentiated: There is also the issue of reliability when it comes to orthopedic mattresses. Most countries do not have a set of specific standards that differentiate between a regular mattress and an orthopedic mattress and in such circumstances numerous manufacturers get away with selling regular mattresses that claim to be orthopedic mattresses minus any orthopedic benefits. It’s easy to see that you might be end up paying more for a product that claims to be what it is not.

Conclusion

In conclusion; orthopedic mattresses have both benefits and disadvantages; however, you could possibly benefit from the purchase of one if you opt for a reliable brand of orthopedic mattress.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: February 20, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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