Finding The Best Mattress for Fibromyalgia . . .

Finding the Best Mattress for Fibromyalgia Can Be Like A Roller Coaster Ride

princess-and-the-peaDo you recall the story of “The Princess and the Pea”? A prince searched for his princess with no luck. A young woman showed up at the castle amidst a storm. To test her, the old queen put a pea on the bedstead and piled 20 mattresses, plus 20 feather beds on top. The princess was exhausted from lack of sleep and her entire body was ‘black and blue’ the next morning.

The young lady passed the old queen’s test! As only a princess could have such delicate skin.


Could it be, the little princess experienced a fibromyalgia flare?

Not Too Hard…Not Too Soft…Just Right

If your current mattress is lumpy and saggy, obviously, your body is not getting good support. A super hard mattress, puts excessive pressure on your joints, particularly if you are a side sleeper. It won’t support tender points on your body adequately.

An extremely soft mattress isn’t the answer. While it reduces pressure, a soft mattress does not deliver the stabilityyour body requires. It also fosters morning stiffness, because it’s hard to change positions and undue pressure is put on your joints and muscles.

The best mattress for fibromyalgia decreases contact pressure, offers musculoskeletal support, stability and comfort. Studies show sleeping on the correct mattress is equally as significant for pain management as correct meds.

A study conducted in Spain found people who slept on a soft mattress had 5.6 more pain than those who used a medium-to-firm mattress.

Types of Mattresses

Memory Foam is a popular type of mattress for persons with fibromyalgia, since it cocoons the body contour and supports it where needed. But, there are a couple of caveats – new memory foam emits an unpleasant smell of chemicals and the mattress changes shape during the night due to heat.

The Gel Memory Foam mattress is a good alternative. It will offer identical support of the original memory form, but its surface remains cool, which sustains the sleeper’s body temperature.

Next Page: Other Types of Mattresses

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