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Q: How Do I know if my mattress and pillow are good for me?

Posted January 14, 2015 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: Useful Mattress Facts

• A mattress should provide uniform support from head to toe. If there are gaps between your body and your mattress (such as at the waist), you’re not getting the full support that you need.

• If you do have back pain, place a board underneath your mattress. But do this just until the pain goes away; such firmness is not good for “routine” sleeping.

• Every few months, turn your mattress clockwise so that body indentations are kept to a minimum. 

• If you’re waking up uncomfortable, it may be time for a new mattress.

• Be aware that changes in your life can signal the need for a new mattress. For example, if you’ve lost or gained a lot of weight, if a medical condition has changed the way you sleep, or even if you have changed partners.

Pillow Talk

• Your head and neck should remain level with your mid and lower spine. When lying on your back, your head and neck should remain level with your upper back and spine.

• Choose firm foam and materials that press back and support the head.

• If you find yourself sleeping on your side with one hand propped under your pillow, that’s a clue that you’re not getting the support you need from that pillow.

• There is no such thing as a universal fit when it comes to pillows. Find one that is consistent with the shape and size of your body.

Information provided by Williamson Chiropractic, 206 S. Main St., 986-9189.

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