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·          Mattresses

·          Sleep on Your Back

·          Sleeping with a Curved Spine

·          Things to Avoid



·          "Select a firm mattress and box spring set that does not sag.

·          If necessary, place a board under your mattress.

·          You can also place the mattress on the floor temporarily if necessary.

·          If you've always slept on a soft surface, it may be more painful to change to a hard surface. Try to do what is most comfortable for you.

·          Try using a back support (lumbar support) at night to make you more comfortable. A rolled sheet or towel tied around your waist may be helpful."

Mayfield Clinic: Posture for a Healthy Back


"A well-designed innerspring mattress will give good support for 10 - 15 years. You need one which is firm enough that your spine does not sag in a U shape, but not so firm that your weight is supported only at shoulder and hip, with the spine between unsupported and sagging. I use a King Koil Spinal Guard [mattress], and have for the past 12 years."

Dr. Craig Benson: Sleeping


· FAQ - About Mattresses

·          The Granary: Purchasing a New Mattress


"She may have sensory issues and the deep pressure of sleeping on the floor feels better. Try putting a piece of plywood under her mattress to make her bed harder."

BabyCenter, L.L.C: The Girl Who Can only Sleep on the Floor


Sleeping with a Curved Spine

"A good night’s sleep starts with what you put your spine on. Your spine’s worst sleep thief is a squishy, lumpy mattress. Use a firm mattress. A three-quarter inch piece of plywood under your mattress will make it even firmer.

·          The best position for sleeping is to lie on your side with your hips and knees bent toward your chest and your head on a small, firm pillow. A small pillow between your knees maintains leg circulation and proper spinal alignment.

·          If you must sleep on your back, support your knees with a pillow and keep your neck elongated (not crunched forward on a big pillow)."

Health Resources EAP: Sitting, Standing or Lying Down (PDF/Adobe Acrobat)


Things to Avoid

·          "Waterbeds keep the body in a 'hammock' position which is hard on the spine. They often feel great at first, partially because they're soft, partially because they're heated. Get the same effect (and better sleep) with a good innerspring mattress, a topper if you like the softness, and an electric mattress pad if you like the warmth.

·          Futons are hopeless, and provide lousy support. Avoid them if you can.

·          If your foam mattress is more than 3 years old, or your innerspring is more than 15 years old, it needs to be replaced."

Dr. Craig Benson: Sleeping



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