An orthopaedic mattress is a great choice if you suffer from back or joint pain or if you simply want to ensure you get the most comfortable night’s sleep. Find out if an orthopaedic mattress is for you by reading this handy guide, covering all you need to know, including:

1. What is an orthopaedic mattress?

2. Types of orthopaedic mattresses

3. Do you need an otheropaedic mattress?

4. What to look for in an orthopaedic mattress

5. Standard mattress dimensions

6. How to care for an orthopaedic mattress

7. Safety advice

1. What is an orthopaedic mattress?

Softer mattresses don’t tend to place the body in the best possible sleeping position, which means that a soft or saggy mattress can lead to an uncomfortable night’s sleep.

Whether they’re made from memory foam, pocket springs or open coils, all orthopaedic mattresses are designed to offer the maximum possible comfort and support, making them ideal if you suffer from aches and pains.

Are orthopaedic mattresses firm?

Yes. Orthopaedic mattresses are the firmest type of mattress available to provide the best possible support for the spine, neck and joints.

 2. Types of orthopaedic mattresses

Open coil orthopaedic mattress

Open coil mattresses are made of single springs fixed together by one wire. The springs move as one unit, making a partner’s night-time movements more noticeable. An orthopaedic open coil mattress will have sturdier springs to offer greater support than a normal open coil mattress. To find out more about open coil mattresses, take a look at our Open Coil Spring Mattress Buying Guide.

Pocket spring orthopaedic mattress

Pocket spring mattresses are made of separate springs fixed together by one wire but each spring is held in an individual fabric pocket to give added support and helps distribute the weight of each sleeper evenly. An orthopaedic mattress will be more densely packed with springs and more generously stuffed. If you’d like know more about the benefits of this type of mattress, check out our Pocket Spring Mattress Buying Guide.

Memory foam orthopaedic mattress

Memory foam mattresses mould to the contours of your body as you sleep so that less pressure is placed on the joints and spine. An orthopaedic version will have denser foam to offer firmer support. If you’d like help deciding if this is the mattress type for you, then have a look at our handy Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide.

3. Do I need an orthopaedic mattress?

Sufferers of neck, back and joint pain can benefit from an orthopaedic mattress, but a good quality mattress makes for a comfortable night’s sleep for anyone. If there’s a large weight or size difference between you and your partner then an orthopaedic mattress can be the best choice for distributing your weight evenly.

Which mattress is best for bad backs?

A high quality orthopaedic memory foam or pocket sprung mattress can be equally effective for people who suffer from bad backs. Or you can combine the 2 by choosing a pocket sprung orthopaedic mattress with a memory foam topper. You can buy one separately or find a mattress that comes with a topper already attached.

How bad is a soft mattress for your back?

In order to get a good night’s rest and ensure you don’t wake up with an achy back or make an existing back problem worse, it’s essential that your neck and spine are properly supported as you sleep.

The mattress you choose should offer firm support and mould to the contours of your body so that your spine, neck and joints aren’t put under pressure. When you lie on your side in bed your spine should be straight but a softer mattress will sag at the centre of your body, causing your hip to tilt forward and your spine to bend.

4. What to look for in an orthopaedic mattress

How can I tell to see how firm a mattress is?

Firstly, sit on the edge of the mattress to see how much it dips. Then lie down on the mattress in the position you usually sleep in. Try to remain lying down for a good few minutes to get a realistic idea of how comfy it will be to sleep on.

Mattress support ratings

  • Soft mattresses – When lying on your side, a soft mattress will mould into your body, relieving the pressure from your hips and shoulders.
  • Medium mattresses – Medium tension mattresses allow for support in a variety of sleeping positions.
  • Firm mattresses – For those who sleep on their front or back, a firm mattress should provide sufficient support for keeping the spine in appropriate alignment.

5. What are standard mattress dimensions?

UK mattresses come in standard sizes to make it easier to find mattresses and bed frames that fit eachother exactly.

  • Small single W75 x L190 (cm)
  • Single W90 x L190 (cm)
  • Small double W120 x L190 (cm)
  • Double W135 x L190 (cm)
  • King-size W150 x L200 (cm)
  • Super king-size W180 x L200 (cm)

6. How do you care for an orthopaedic mattress?

Looking after your mattress will ensure it lasts longer and stays in great condition. Why not try investing in a washable mattress protector will help to keep it stain free and fresh?

How do you clean an orthopaedic mattress?

Vacuuming your mattress from time to time will help to keep it clean. If it becomes dirty, never soak it in an attempt to remove stains. Instead use a clean, colourless cloth with cold or warm water and a mild detergent to gently clean the affected area.

How often should an orthopaedic mattress be turned?

Many memory foam mattresses feature only one sleeping surface so they can’t be turned over but they can be rotated length-ways.

It’s advised that a new mattress is turned every week for the first 3 months to allow upholstery fillings to settle down evenly, and then once every 3 to 4 months to keep your mattress in perfect condition.

7. Safety advice

If you suffer from decreased mobility and find getting in and out of bed a struggle then you’ll find it easier to get up from a firm orthopaedic mattress.

When choosing a mattress, consider whether you’ll need a hypoallergenic variety and think carefully about where you place your bed, especially where mobility is an issue.

What is a hypoallergenic mattress?

Hypoallergenic mattresses are designed for people who suffer from allergies that are aggravated by dust mite droppings. Dust mites are present in every home and their droppings are known to aggravate allergies like eczema, asthma and hay-fever.

Hypoallergenic mattresses are designed to be harder for dust mites to penetrate so there are less droppings in the atmosphere when you sleep.

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