The mattress, regardless of its “design”, differs from the usual rigid bed in that it can bend under the weight of a person. Therefore, in principle, any mattress has an orthopedic effect to one degree or another. But the extent to which it has a beneficial effect on our rest and sleep depends on many factors.
Based on this, not all modern products that are sold in sleeping salons can be classified as “orthopedic”, although old mattresses, which are flat cloth bags stuffed with cotton wool, are practically nowhere to be found.
What’s the Difference? The “Best Orthopedic Mattress” does more than just squeeze under our weight, forming a “pit” in the center of the bed. It is characterized by a certain rigidity and elasticity, therefore, its deflection is insignificant, since the structure evenly distributes the acting load over the entire area. In addition, it completely follows the contours of the body, maintains the spine in a relaxed state, effectively relieves all of the fatigue accumulated during the day and promotes good rest.
Therefore, we will not figure out where to find such products, but which model among no less attractive analogues should be considered the best. For whom or what? Each of us has our own health problems and preferences for how to rest. Therefore, the choice of an orthopedic mattress requires an individual approach.
Consider the features of its device and the main characteristics, since only their knowledge will make it possible to determine the best option for a particular person.
There are 2 variants of execution, each of which will be evaluated from the point of view of ease of use.
A well-known construction, which is a cover with a filler inside.
Springless mattresses, in contrast to spring mattresses, are more rigid. The filler in them is the most diverse, and there are differences both in the number of its layers and in their thickness.
In fact, this is a prefabricated version, the structure of which is a multi-layer structure covered with a cover: a block of springs – a hard cover – a filler. There are two types of such mattresses – with interconnected springs and with independent ones. In the first case, their separate groups are intertwined with each other, in the second – not.
There is another difference between them. In models with “dependent” springs, they are less by 1 m2, but the diameter of each is larger (up to 10 cm). For manufacturing and the wire is thicker (with a cross section of 2 – 2.2 mm). It is worth considering that all such options have a lower orthopedic effect.
Designs of the “independent” type are characterized by a large number of springs, but they are smaller in diameter (no more than 5.5 cm), and thinner wire is used for them (about 1.8 mm). Each such group is placed in its own “case”, and all these “assemblies” are fastened together. What is the advantage? In point load distribution. Such a mattress follows all the contours of the body without changing its geometry in the rest of the surface.
There are also various designs of such prefabricated spring groups. For example, an option when a smaller one is placed in one spring. Or an increase in the number of groups by 1 m² with a simultaneous decrease in their diameters.
Sizes of orthopedic mattresses
The question is far from simple.
Firstly, there are typical sizes that are most common (in “cm”). Width 120 – 160, length from 180 to 200, thickness from 3 to 15. However, a number of models with excellent linear parameters are also available for sale. When buying, it is necessary to be guided by the size of the bed and take into account that the difference in its dimensions and the mattress should not exceed 2 mm (recommended value) on each side.
Secondly, not all countries use, like the Russian Federation, the metric measurement system. Therefore, looking at the price tag indicating the sizes, you need to pay attention to what they are expressed – in “cm” or “inches”.
The best option is if it is made from natural material (linen, cotton or otherwise). Such a cover is able to pass air and allows the filler to “breathe”. If it also contains synthetic fibers, then their share should not exceed ½ of the total mass. Experts do not recommend purchasing mattresses, the covering of which is made of only one artificial material. They negatively affect our health.
The best is a combination of synthetics (30%) and cotton (70%) – jacquard. But options like “flock” are unacceptable, if only because such a cover completely seals the entire assembly, and the filler material does not “breathe”.
Orthopedic mattresses of various manufacturers are presented on the Russian market. The assortment is so large that it makes no sense to list all the models – the “treatise” about them will turn out to be impressive. Therefore, we will note only the most affordable brands (middle price category) – “Mediflex”, “Askona”, “Ormatek”, “Atlas”.
The range of prices is also impressive. The most purchased are models costing from 3 to 10 thousand rubles, although there are also mattresses on sale, the price tags of which indicate both 25,000 and 40,000 rubles. But these are already products that are not designed for the mass consumer, since few of our compatriots will be flattered by such products.
There are many types of materials that are used in the manufacture of orthopedic mattresses. It makes no sense to list everything, especially since there are not so many of them for models of the budget price segment. These are mainly polyurethane foam, latex, coir coir, felt, batting, wool and a number of others.
When choosing one or another type of filler, you need to take into account the person’s predisposition to allergies. To what does his body react painfully? For example, some people are advised against sleeping on horsehair mattresses.
And if there are no problems with allergies, then the type of filler does not play a special role.
According to this parameter, all orthopedic mattresses are divided into 3 categories.
- Tough. As a rule, these are springless products. The filler is coir, sometimes with the addition of latex. But these mattresses should only be used on the recommendation of your doctor.
- Medium hardness. They can be with or without springs. Common options for filler are polyurethane foam, latex, spunbond.
- Soft. Only with springs; inside, most often natural materials (felt, wool or something else).
You also need to pay attention to the number of layers. Preference should be given to mattresses with several “hardness zones”.
- If a bed is also purchased, then experts recommend buying both it and the mattress from Manufacturers of the same country. Then there will be no problems with size mismatch.
- When choosing a mattress, you should focus on the age of the person who will sleep on it. Only a general recommendation can be given here. For a child and a young person, the “bed” should be tougher, but older people should choose a softer one. But this is provided that there are no health problems. Do not forget about physical data, first of all, about weight. A characteristic such as the ultimate load is also important. For some models, this is 90 kg, for others – 160 (for a berth).
- Among all the variety there are “special orthopedic mattresses”, that is, purchased not to improve the comfort of rest, but for medicinal purposes. It is not worth buying “the best of all options” without first consulting a doctor.
- Quite a common question is which option is better – 2 orthopedic mattresses for a double bed or 1 wide one? The answer suggests itself – it is more expedient to dwell on the first. If only because each spouse has his own body structure, his own weight, “dimensions”. Therefore, an individual approach to choosing a mattress is required. In addition, if one of the spouses has a restless sleep, he is constantly “tossing and turning”, then the other will not be able to fully rest.
But there is also a compromise here. After all, we said that there are models on sale in which the spring blocks are completely independent of each other. Deformation (pushing under the weight of a person) in one part of the bed does not affect the rest. Here we should dwell on this option.
It should be borne in mind that there are no standards for these products, so any Manufacturer, without any violation of the law, can safely position their mattresses as orthopedic. Which, by the way, all of them, and not without success, are doing. Therefore, you should not blindly trust brochures and explanatory inscriptions on price tags.
Which orthopedic mattress is better to buy?
There are no “good” or “bad” orthopedic mattresses. The latter are simply unprofitable to produce, since there will be no demand for them. The main thing is to choose exactly the model that suits a particular person the most. The main criterion is convenience, without feeling any discomfort. And what to consider when buying, we have already told.