Author: Katie Kelly
Sleep Health and Your Mattress
A recent survey conducted by ChiroUp, asked 200 chiropractors and 1000+ customers for their feedback on what they believe to be the best mattress on the market. Their findings were based on a combination of reported customer satisfaction, evidence-based research, and expert opinion.
The types of mattresses considered in this study were adjustable air, memory foam, coil, latex, hybrid/other, and waterbeds. While the data did not confirm any one mattress being the right pick for everyone, it did create a great baseline to consider before making your next purchase1.
The survey concluded that what is paramount when making your choice, is mattress firmness2. While customer preferences varied from soft to firm, research and experts alike suggest that too soft of a mattress can increase chances of cervical lordosis and disc loading, while too hard of a mattress can be too rigid for certain musculoskeletal conditions and do not support adequate postural alignment3,4. One important thing they suggested to keep in mind too, is that you can always soften up a firm mattress with toppers, but you can’t harden up a soft mattress. You should avoid going too soft even if you prefer it, as it may create more harm over time5. With that said, the most recommended mattress types were determined by taking an average of pros and cons of available models on the market. Adjustable air, memory foam, and coil mattresses came out on top. The lowest performer was waterbeds, with 100% of participating chiropractors and research concluding that not only are they not recommended, they are highly discouraged for everyone.