I’m not getting older. I just need a new mattress. That’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking to it as I wait and wait, for the mattress I ordered several weeks ago to land in my bedroom and transform my cranky back into the one I took for granted as a teenager.
I’ve been looking for some hard evidence to support my impetuous act, based solely on a recent two-night stay in a nice hotel (read about that experience here),
I grilled some experts and looked at a couple studies to try to get some solid facts in a notoriously squishy business.
If you can believe the few small studies, which are dubiously sponsored by groups like the International Sleep Products Association and the Sleep to Live Institute, a new mattress can do a lot to relieve back pain and provide a better night’s sleep.
One study out of the University of Oklahoma had 59 healthy men and women with “minor musculoskeletal sleep-related pain and compromised sleep” record their sleep quality after spending 28 nights on their old mattresses (average mattress age was 9.5 years) and 28 nights on a new medium-firm mattress.
The new bedding system reduced back pain 48 percent and improved sleep quality 55 percent, according to the study. However, the promise of getting to keep the mattress set might have caused participants to overstate the benefits, researchers noted.
In another study, researchers at Duke University had folks sleep test seven mattresses of varying firmness. They used sensors to measure how much sleepers tossed and turned, a sign of sleep quality. (Less movement is better.) They concluded that different mattresses suited different people better, and that when folks found the one that best fit them, they woke up with less pain and said they slept better.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle