When I moved into my first apartment as an adult, I had no idea how to find good furniture that wasn't expensive. We had a local budget furniture store and a high-end luxury store, and while I didn't like the feel of the items from the budget store, I couldn't afford the prices of the luxury store! Although I was eager to prove my independence, I called my mom and asked for help. She told me that I was looking in the wrong place and led me to another store just outside my city that had quality furniture and great prices. She found great furniture for me that was high-quality and in my budget. She has since given me many tips about furniture to help me when I make new purchases in the future. I plan to share them here!
When you have chronic pain, your mattress can be a source of refuge or make matters worse. Selecting the right mattress set-up could give you years of reductions in musculoskeletal pain.
Firm mattresses can seem counterproductive when you want to cushion your body. A firmer mattress can serve two benefits. First, these mattresses tend to be more supportive, which can be critical for people with any degree of low back pain. Additionally, when your mattress is firmer, it will likely last longer before it begins to sag or create new pressure points. Since it is easy to make your mattress more comfortable with a mattress pad, there is little point to invest in a soft mattress. Using a mattress pad also allows you an opportunity to try different materials without the commitment, such as memory foam.
Going into a mattress store will give you the best opportunity to try mattresses, box springs, and bed frames of varying heights. Chronic pain, especially if it affects your lower-body, and joint swelling, can make it harder to sit or stand. To compensate for these limitations, you will want a mattress set-up that is high enough so you do not need to bend your knees significantly to sit on the bed and not so low that you have a hard time standing back up. The easiest way to compensate for shorter mattresses and bed frames is to try different box springs. Some box springs are available in high-profile variations, which can add a couple of inches to the overall height of your bed.
If you can make the investment, there are several specialty features available in beds that can make you more comfortable. Adjustable beds can allow you to raise the top and/or bottom of the mattress so you can sit up, which can be more comfortable on your back, or raise your feet and legs, which can reduce swelling. Having an adjustable bed can be easier to use and more comfortable than relying on wedge pillows or other specialty pillows that can move around and rarely stay in place as you sleep. Another feature you probably want is temperature control. Since temperature therapy is frequently used for chronic pain, you can keep the bed cooler to help with swelling, or warmer for most types of muscle or arthritic pain.
One of the best investments you can make to reduce chronic pain is to buy a comfortable bed. Trying out various beds at a mattress store will make it easier to find the right combination for your body.Share