Doctors have been prescribing a hard mattress for years to patients suffering from back pain. However, this is constantly being argued. Poor body alignment and an improper mattress may prevent you from enjoying deep, restorative sleep. Sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality, in turn, can impact your physical and psychological health. Some say a hard mattress is better than a soft mattress, some say a soft mattress is better, and some say whichever type of mattress you are comfortable with is the right one for you.
When you lay down on a bed which has a thin, hard mattress, your bones bear the most, if not all the pressure. This helps free your muscles, which allows the arteries and veins to relax. As a result, the blood circulation in the body improves, and that helps you sleep much better. Another benefit of a hard mattress is that it prevents your lower back from collapsing when you lay on it. This ensures that your airways are not constricted, permitting you to inhale more oxygen.
Switching to a hard mattress after sleeping for many years on a soft mattress may not be easy. You may feel a bit uncomfortable during the first few nights. With that said, people with health issues like back pain, arthritis or weak capillaries, should not go for a hard mattress. If you have any of these conditions and want to use a relatively hard surface, it is recommended that you use props.
Proper body alignment during sleep is necessary as it allows you to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Your mattress can affect your body alignment and quality of sleep. Healthy people may benefit from sleeping on a hard mattress, while a medium-firm mattress may be beneficial for people with back pain. If you go to sleep and wake up feeling fine with no pain, everything is ok. We need to trust our bodies.