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Mattress care for a good night's sleep

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Nov 19 2015 09:00AM

West Norwood Therapies' osteopath, Yinka Fabusuyi, explores the importance of looking after your mattress in combatting back and neck pain.

If you have had niggling back or neck pain, have you considered that your mattress may be the culprit? A mattress should support your spine and joints without sagging. If you are thinking about a new mattress take your time looking at different types. Evidence points towards a medium firm mattress although it will vary from person to person. If you feel that the sales person is not well informed, vote with your feet.


Here are some hints and tips about mattress care.


1. Use a washable mattress (and pillow) covers to protect your mattress from stains. Buy them in a purpose-made ‘barrier’ fabric if you have a dust allergy.


2. Throw back bedclothes in the morning and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate.


3. Turn your mattress over and end to end every three or four months. For new mat-tresses do this every week for the first three months, to help upholstery fillings settle down more evenly. Mind your back when doing this and don't do it on your own.


4. To keep your mattress at its best, do not let children bounce on it.


5. Do not sit on the edge of the mattress.


6. Try to avoid your mattress getting wet. If it does air-dry it. If necessary use gentle detergent and water to spot clean. Do not use solvent based cleaners on visco-elastic foam mattresses.


7. A good quality mattress that is used regularly will last about 8-10 years. Poorly cared for mattresses will not last as long. High quality mattresses may last longer


For an osteopathic treatment for low back, thoracic or neck pain call Yinka on 07951437402 or make an appointment through the West Norwood Therapies website.





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