Feeling Sore When You Wake Up? It’s Not You, It may be Your Flat Bed!

Have you ever woken up in the morning to find that your low back was hurting? Maybe you feel a dull ache in your lower back that never seems to go away. Maybe you just wake up during the night, seemingly without reason, and you can’t get back to sleep. The fact is, if you’ve got a normal flat bed that most people sleep on, it isn’t surprising that many Americans wake up during the night.

Considering that the average person spends about 3,000 hours per year lying in bed, which (ideally) equates to around seven to nine hours of sleep per night, your body can really be hurting if you aren’t sleeping on a good mattress.

The human spine is naturally formed in an “S” shape, and for those who prefer to sleep on their back, a flat mattress leaves empty space where the neck, lower back, and legs (around the knees) aren’t supported. This results in muscle tension after a while because your body has to support itself during sleep. This is actually the reason why you sleep on a pillow, because without that informal method of contouring your neck would be completely unsupported. It wouldn’t just be difficult to fall asleep without the contoured support; it could also be pretty painful upon waking up.

The average person adjusts their body while sleeping in order to accommodate for this lack of support, but if you’re very tired and/or you don’t move much while you sleep, you could end up spending the whole night sleeping on your back (thereby causing tension in the muscles for hours).

Sleeping on your side or on your stomach may provide relief, but it doesn’t come without a host of problems too. These positions often cut off circulation in the limbs, and there’s the notorious problem of discomfort around your knees and lower back (which some people try to fix with a pillow to separate the knees).

For this very reason, adjustable beds and adjustable mattresses are becoming more popular. Adjustable electric beds provide a solution where flat beds simply fail, because the adjustable mattress can be contoured to fit your body. And because everyone’s body is shaped differently and needs different levels of support, the adjustable mattresses can be made from a variety of materials depending on what you need.

Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.

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