For many people, getting a good night’s sleep could be as easy as changing their pillow and mattress. Anyone who spends the night tossing, turning and wakes with aches and pains would benefit from a consultation with a physical therapist. What many individuals don’t know is that sleeping on the wrong mattress or pillow can result in muscle spasms, strains and ligament damage - even while they sleep.
The wrong mattress and pillow can be the impetus that transforms a minor joint, muscle or ligament problem into a chronic condition. Those with a deficit of restorative sleep show the effects physically and mentally. They’re more prone to chronic diseases that include obesity and high blood pressure.
Insufficient sleep support has a variety of emotional and psychological impacts. People that don’t obtain restful sleep have difficulty with memory and concentration, are less productive at work, and have lower grades in educational pursuits. Each individual is different in the number of hours they need to sleep, but everyone needs a supportive sleep and a physical therapist can help.
The primary function of a pillow or mattress is to provide support for the resting body. Choosing a mattress or pillow is a confusing and frustrating experience for most people. They don’t know what qualities to seek in their mattress and typically choose one based on price or laying on it for less than 60 seconds. Pillows present another dilemma. With dozens from which to choose, many buy whatever is trendy at the moment.
A Prescription for Sleep
The most important decision you can make before purchasing a mattress or pillow is to consult with one of Healing Touch physical therapists. Pillows should reflect the preferred sleep position of the individual and our therapists can show people what to look for that accommodates their height, weight and sleep positions.
Our therapist can also assist with sleep aids for individuals with special slumber needs, the biomechanics of sleeping well, and ergonomic devices and usage, along with information on mitigating poor sleep habits. There’s no one pillow or mattress that’s perfect for everyone, but with the assistance of our physical therapists, anyone can obtain the restful, pain free sleep they need. Call us today at 516-616-0942 to Schedule an appointment.