Orthopedic mattresses have recently gained popularity. Now domestic and foreign manufacturers offer products with all kinds of filling and various spring systems.
What it is?
Orthopedic means comfortable for our body. Of course, a mattress is not capable of treating diseases of the spine, but it will improve the quality of sleep, relieve irritation, and relax muscles.
The mattress will follow the contours of the body, keep the back in the anatomically correct position. An overly rigid model will put excessive pressure on the spine, and an overly soft model will make it sag.
Many people still believe in the claim that sleeping on a firm is good for the back. As it turned out, this is only half true. Sleeping on a hard surface is indicated only if there are some diseases, but if they are not there, sleeping on a hard mattress can bend the spine. Those who like to sleep on their backs will suffer from curvature of the thoracic spine, which can be fraught with displacement and inflammation of the intervertebral discs, and those who sleep on their side run the risk of earning a distortion in the lumbar region. Problems also occur when resting on too soft featherbeds, which sag in the middle. A position that seems comfortable does not provide quality rest, as the spine flexes.
The purpose of orthopedic mattresses is to evenly distribute the load on the entire spine by copying the contours of the body and creating the necessary level of rigidity so that the spine does not sag even with a lot of weight. This is possible due to the use of materials of various properties and characteristics.
Signs of an improperly fitted mattress:
- Restless sleep;
- Increased fatigue;
- Back and lower back pain.
People with spinal diseases should be especially serious about choosing a model.ka. In addition, quality sleep, high spirits and energy will make your overall well-being more pleasant. German scientists have found that the unnatural position of the spine in a horizontal position has a negative effect on internal organs, even if there is no pain. This is due to the fact that the organs are suffering from improper circulation.
I am glad that almost all modern mattresses are made of hypoallergenic materials that do not accumulate an electrostatic charge, do not collect dust and prevent the development of microbes. They are durable and easy to maintain.
Modern medicine recommends products with an orthopedic base. They are useful in preventing back illnesses from infancy to old age.
What is the difference?
Many consumers believe that the orthopedic effect is nothing more than just an advertisement that one wants to fall for. But still the situation is different. What distinguishes an orthopedic mattress from a simple one is its ability to maintain the natural position of the spine without disturbing its natural curves. This has a beneficial effect on the condition of blood vessels, ligaments, muscles and vertebrae.
People with back and lower back problems will feel a colossal difference … Those who do not bother with the back will receive good prevention by trusting their spine to an orthopedic product.
In the minds of many buyers, the main indicator of the quality of a mattress is its softness. We all remember the feather beds that mothers and grandmothers lovingly whipped for us. They crumple quickly and are a breeding ground for germs and bed mites, and are also a nightmare for allergy sufferers. Their foam-rubber friends, who do not provide support for the spine, do their job poorly.
To date, nothing has been invented better than a high-quality orthopedic mattress. It is quite simple to choose a model that is suitable in terms of quality and price for both a child and an adult or elderly person. Mattresses made using different technologies have different properties.
The most affordable price have spring options, but they have some disadvantages. For example, due to the fact that the springs are intertwined inside each other, when pressure is applied to one block, the neighboring one is compressed as well. If possible, it is better to opt for a product with independent springs, where layers of springs alternate with layers of filler. This design does not allow a depression to form in the place where the person lies, in addition, it does not squeak and is well ventilated.
However, the best in this regard will be mattresses with multipocket blocks. Their advantage lies in the fact that about a thousand springs are located on one square meter, which creates high orthopedic properties that remain unchanged even when used by people with heavy weight.
Springless are not inferior to them monolithic mattresses made of high quality materials. Connoisseurs of everything natural will certainly be interested in products filled with natural coconut coir. It is the most rigid filler that is suitable for people with back pain.
An interesting alternative are silicone products, which can repeat the shape of the sleeper's body. There are also models with the addition of polymer balls, which provide an additional relaxation effect. An orthopedic mattress in a bed for daily use is a profitable investment in your health and the health of your loved ones, which will ensure a healthy and pleasant sleep.
The most important difference between all mattresses is the presence or absence of springs.
Spring products, according to the recommendations of orthopedists, are well suited for people with back pain and buyers who lead a predominantly sedentary lifestyle. The mattress with the most springs is the most comfortable to use. Mattresses with an independent spring block are more resistant to rust and have a longer service life.
Springless models with a variety of fillers cost less, and their orthopedic properties are somewhat lower.
The shape of the mattress, in addition to the usual rectangular shape, can also be round, which is a very stylish and unusual interior solution. A round mattress is not inferior in its orthopedic properties to rectangular models.
Memory - mattresses with the so-called "shape memory" … The memory effect consists in the use of a heat-sensitive material, which, under the influence of heat, assumes the position of the body, as if keeping it in memory. This helps you get into a comfortable posture and less spinning while you sleep. The material is also used in the manufacture of pillows.
Water mattresses can be single-chamber or double-chamber. They are comfortable enough if you sleep alone, but when you sleep together, it is impossible to achieve a water balance between the two halves of the mattress. In addition, they require regular water changes and can weigh up to a ton.
Air mattress hold and distribute body weight well. They usually have 2 chambers so that each can inflate their half to the desired level according to the preference of stiffness.
Another subtype of orthopedic products will be roll-up mattress … It will be an excellent option for a convenient location for guests, but it is also suitable for a permanent bed. Such a folding option is easy to compactly fold, which is good for people who often change rental housing.
Materials and fillers
The most important component of a mattress is its "filling" … The filler determines the rigidity of the model, and the convenience and service life directly depends on its characteristics and quality. The raw materials for fillers are very diverse, but the main ones will be natural latex, coconut coir, processed felt, wool, cotton, memory foam.
- Latex Is a natural material extracted from the Hevea rubber tree. In the production of this type of mattress, the environment does not suffer, it is considered environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, latex models have a drawback - they "don't breathe", absorb moisture well and don't dry well, so sometimes the mattress seems damp.
- Artificial latexon the contrary, it is well ventilated. Such products are easy to maintain and have a long service life. The degree of elasticity and firmness of a mattress depends on the density of the foam, the number and size of the holes. Such models have the maximum orthopedic effect. There are also highly elastic options that closely follow the contours of the body.
Latex can be used as a base in the form of blocks in a springless mattress, and in the form of an overlay (roll layer of latex). If it is used as a base, it has hardness zones, the quantity of which determines the price of the product.
Latex is an elite material in the manufacture of orthopedic products, so mattresses made of it will be the most expensive. These mattresses have an average level of firmness. If you need a harder mattress, then you should choose a combined version of latex and coconut coir.
- Coconut coir - a natural material that does not cause allergies, made from coconut fibers. The production technology consists in impregnating the coir with natural latex, which makes the resulting material elastic and durable. Coconut is used to stiffen the product.
- Felt, heat-pressed, is used as a rigid flooring made of various textile materials. It serves to separate the soft part of the mattress from the springs.
- Wool It is used inside double-sided mattresses, one side of which is made of cotton for summer and the other side with woolen mattress for winter.
Obviously, the size of the mattress must match the selected bed. When choosing a bed, consider the parameters of the bed, not the bed as a whole. If the bed has already been purchased, measure where the mattress will be. As a rule, both beds and mattresses are produced in standard sizes, so it is very easy to look after the appropriate option. Many factories are ready to make a product according to personal measurements with a surcharge of 5-10%.
The standard length of the mattress is 2 meters, but if the height of the sleeping person is not more than 175 cm, then it will be convenient for a model with a length of 190 cm. The main thing is to follow the rule: the product must be at least 15 cm longer than the person.
In stores there are:
- Double mattresses (standard 140x190-200, 160x190-200);
- One and a half (120x190, 120x200);
- One-bed (80x190-200, 90x190-200).
The optimal size of the product for a married couple is 160 by 200 cm. There will also be no problems finding a suitable bed. The family version will also include products 180x190, 180x200, 200x200. Large models are bought by families with babies who do not like to sleep alone.
Round models have the same classification:
- One-bed (with a diameter of 200-210 cm);
- One and a half (220 cm);
- Double (230-240 cm).
Variations in the height and thickness of the product are quite diverse. It is important to understand that the mattress cannot be thinner than the niche of the bed reserved for it. Overweight people are better off taking a thicker model. For a springless mattress, the typical height is 15-24 cm, and for spring mattresses - 20-22. In principle, heights range from 18 to 50 cm. Slim models from 2 to 10 cm are considered mattress toppers or sofa options.
Mattresses for children also have their own parameters (60x120, 70x140). However, many firms offer children's options with sizes 60 x 80 and 120-160 cm. The completeness of mattresses for children usually ranges from 6 to 18 cm. Spring models are usually thicker.
Dealing with the question of which mattress to give preference to - domestic or imported, it is worth noting that the price is a serious argument. It is created taking into account such factors as:
- Material costs;
- Assembly costs;
- Cheat intermediaries.
By purchasing domestic products, buyers save on several points, respectively, imported models with similar characteristics will be much more expensive.
In favor imported mattresses proven quality, the latest technologies in production and new items. We are talking about expensive elite models. For example, we do not produce mattresses with gel filler yet.
Mattresses made in Europe are considered to be of guaranteed quality. This is especially true for German and Italian brands. A very popular Swedish company Ikea, which makes it possible to return the product within 3 months and the product warranty for 25 years. American mattresses Serta are a premium product delivered to the world's best hotel chains. However, if it is necessary to make a model according to individual parameters, then you will have to wait a long time, while a Russian mattress will be made in 7-10 days.
The question often arises as to what is better to buy - a simple imported mattress or a Russian mattress, but with better characteristics. Below are some common examples:
- If there is a dilemma between a foreign ordinary spring mattress and a domestic on independent springs, then the second option will be definitely better;
- If when choosing springless product the budget allows you to purchase imported only from artificial latex, then it would be smarter to take Russian from natural material.
The best way to decide on a purchase is to lie on different mattresses and, in practice, choose an option for yourself.
How to choose?
The opinion that an orthopedic mattress is by definition effective is considered to be erroneous and one should not get too hung up on its choice. Orthopedic models undoubtedly have excellent characteristics, in contrast to conventional products. The nuance is that people are different, so the mattress must be chosen individually for yourself - which is good for one, can harm another.
People with musculoskeletal disorders should talk to their doctor about choosing a suitable model. Before making a purchase, you should heed the advice of experts, because a mattress is a thing that will last for many years. Below are the most important criteria, based on which it will be easier to make the right choice:
If the mattress is suitable for a child, the hard, monolithic option is the best choice. Since the posture is still in the process of formation, it is important to prevent curvature of the spine. Elderly people are also better off abandoning springs, as they create vibrations that are detrimental to the aging organism. For children 7-10 years old, it is better to take a springless mattress of medium hardness. For teenagers and adults, mattresses of moderate firmness are suitable, which optimally support the back.
It is better to choose soft mattresses for thin people. If the weight is more than 100 kg, it is worth stopping at models with a block system. These mattresses are an excellent choice for couples whose weight difference exceeds 30 kg. Usually mattresses are marked with the maximum allowable weight.
A good economy option for a summer residence or guests would be a springless mattress. Such models have low orthopedic properties, but with periodic use it will not be very noticeable.
The posture that the sleeping person takes is of great importance. Those who sleep on their stomachs should prefer the harsher options than those who sleep on their side or back. If the surface of the mattress does not support the spine, it does not receive proper rest and relaxation.
So, choosing a mattress turned out to be not so easy. Individual characteristics, attention to detail and medical advice are important here.
Each mattress model has its own pros and cons. In addition to the filler, you need to be interested in the company that made the mattress. Objective criticism can be obtained from buyers who have experienced this or that product. Below is a rating of the most famous domestic manufacturers according to consumer reviews.
Askona - a huge Russian factory that produces more than one thousand mattresses a day. It is part of the Swedish Hilding Anders, which links about two dozen European factories. The brand produces brands such as Ikea, Serta, Bicoflex and others on its premises. Along with positive, negative reviews about the quality of products are also quite common.
Ormatek - the second largest Russian manufacturer. Plant for the production of spring blocks as part of the Ormatek group of companies. Their springs are used in many products from small manufacturers. The reviews on the product of this company are quite positive, especially when it comes to latex products. The prices and quality of mattresses are estimated better than those of their closest competitor.
Consul and Toris produce volumes smaller than those of the first two, but have fairly good reviews. The main focus of Toris is the production of beech furniture.
Among foreign brands, the world's largest manufacturers will be Sily, Serta and Simmons. Serta is sold in Russia and produced by the Askona factory, while Simmons French mattresses are sold under the name Sleepezee.
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