The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists insufficient sleep as a public health epidemic. A lack of restful and restorative sleep has been cited as the cause of accidents in vehicles, industrial settings and the medical field. Wakefulness disorders have been recognized as a serious problem, with up to 70 million adults being affected.
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 firmest mattress isn’t always the best solution and there’s no industry wide standard for firm or soft. Couples should always choose a mattress together or consider an adjustable bed that accommodates the needs of each sleeper. Pillows should support the head and neck in the same position as if the person was standing upright. A poor pillow will cause neck, back and shoulder pain as easily as a bad mattress.
A Prescription for Sleep
The therapist will provide information on sleep positions that are conducive to restful sleep and maintain proper positioning of the spine and neck. Consumers must factor in their height, weight, the mattress dimensions and how their weight will be distributed. Our therapist will also teach individuals how to recognize when a pillow or mattress requires replacing.
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.
Dr. A Mathew MPT, DPT
We strongly believe that everyone should have a clear understanding of what's going on with their body rather that relying on medical professionals for every little thing.
1605 Hillside Ave,
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm