Sleep Science: How to Choose the Right Mattress and Pillows

Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 15-Jul-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly sucked the life right out of us, hasn’t it? With our children not in school and millions of Canadians working from home, we’ve all had to make some big adjustments in our day-to-day lives. That’s why getting a good night’s sleep is now more important than ever before. 

But when it comes to choosing the right mattress and pillows, most people would agree this isn’t such an easy task. From latex to memory foam, there are so many options out there — all promising the best sleep you’ve had in years.

That’s why we’ve broken down everything you need to consider when choosing these two important sleep accessories!


Finding the right mattress

Determine your budget

There used to be a time when you could expect to drop at least $2,000 for a good mattress. But now you can find much cheaper options online, without having to sacrifice on quality. The general thinking is that the more you pay, the better the product. But more money doesn’t necessarily equal better quality. Many mattress stores tend to inflate their prices, so check what’s available online first. With a bit of research, you’ll see it’s possible to find a great mattress without breaking the bank. 

Choose your material

Memory foam, latex and innerspring mattresses are the most popular options out there. Each one has its own benefits, so it really comes down to personal preference. Here’s a quick breakdown of each:

Memory foam: If good support is your top priority, then memory foam is your best bet. This material conforms to every inch of the body that’s pressed into it. The mattress will slowly return to its original state once you get up, making it suitable for every body type. 

Latex: Known for its fantastic cooling capabilities, latex has a comfortable bounce and good responsiveness, too. Authentic latex is directly harvested from a tree, so you won’t get the gas-like odours as with memory foam products.

Innerspring: More popularly known as coiled, this type of mattress is the most traditional. Not only is it one of the more affordable options on the market, spring beds are also very durable. There won’t be any surprises either. You’ll recognize and understand exactly what you’re getting with an innerspring mattress.

Consider your sleeping position

Whether you like lying on your stomach or snoozing on your back, all of us have a unique way of sleeping. Think about your favourite position because that will determine your ideal firmness.

Back sleepers should go for a mattress that’s on the harder side. Memory foam is often said to provide the best support for back sleepers. Side sleepers, on the other hand, should go with a softer alternative. A softer mattress can help distribute pressure more evenly. Unless you’re purchasing online, test out a few different models at the store before committing. 


Finding the right pillow

Choosing the perfect pillow isn’t nearly as difficult as finding the right mattress. But there are still a few broad guidelines to keep in mind.

If you have allergies, look for a model that shuts out dust and mites. And be sure to purchase a cover at the same time. Meanwhile, snorers should consider a pillow that positions their head in a way that prevents the airways from becoming compressed. 

When it comes to sleep position, size snoozers should look for a firmer pillow. Look for one that’s as thick as the distance between your ear and outside shoulder. Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, should opt for a softer version. Consider putting another pillow under your pelvis to prevent back pain.


The Physiomed Difference

Although good sleep can improve many health conditions, sometimes a great mattress and pillow just aren’t enough. If you continue to experience fatigue and chronic pain, Physiomed can help.

From massage therapy to chiropractic care, ask our team how we can get your health back on track. This COVID-19 pandemic may be temporary, but our services are here to stay!

For more information on healthy eating or to book an assessment, contact us here.

Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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