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Updated: November 4, 2011 11:43 IST

Wake up to this important factor in feeling fresh

Ramya Kannan
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Don’t take the question of choosing a bed lightly. It makes a big difference to the quality of your life. Photo: B. Velankanni Raj
Don’t take the question of choosing a bed lightly. It makes a big difference to the quality of your life. Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

How well you sleep at night determines how well you are. And that, believe it or not, depends a whole load on the kind of bed/pillows you use at night.

“The spine is not a straight frame,” C.S. Dhillon, MIOT Centre for Spine Surgery, explains, setting the scientific basis for why orthopaedicians think that the choice of bed is important. There are certain normal curves, forward at the neck, backward at the upper back region, and forward again at the lower back. “The extent of curve varies from person to person and that determines what sort of bedding is required for that individual,” he goes on to explain.

How do you know if you have the right kind of bed? Simple. Do you wake up in the morning feeling aches and pains? If yes, then it is a clear case of bad bed. It probably is not fair to expect a layman to know the shape of his spine, but the easiest test is to see how he feels when he wakes up, Dr. Dhillon explains. “If you wake up fresh, what you have is the right bed for you,” he says.

There is no undervaluing the importance of waking up fresh, he goes on to say. “Waking up fresh in the morning gives you a whole new approach to life, more positive. Working and living with aches and pains has a definite impact on quality of life,” he adds. Waking up tired will erode a person's efficiency for sure, explains S.H.Jaheer Hussain, consultant, Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, Kilpauk. A minimum of seven hours of sleep is essential for that is when the body rests and regenerates itself. To allow the bed or pillow to get in the way of that would be quite foolish.

“We get a lot of people coming in with back and neck aches, and investigations usually reveal bad posture and bad bedding as the reasons behind the problem. Added to this is the factor that people are driving or riding for long distances, these days. So, people who come into the clinic usually ask us what type of bed they can use,” Dr. Dhillon says. Doctors make a recommendation based on the patient's anatomy, and usually the problems resolve themselves, once the proper mattresses and pillows are used.

Spending on a good bed, appropriate for your comfort is key, Dr. Hussain says. While a range of mattress materials are available in the market, including foam, coir, and cotton, and a huge variety of brands too, people are actually spoilt for choice. “Spending on a bed is important, but spending on the right type of bed/pillow is absolutely essential,” he adds.

Again, depending on the shape of your spine, some one with a flatter spine will be comfortable with a thin pillow and a bed that is not very soft. A thicker pillow and softer bed works for people with more curvature of the spine, Dr. Dhillon explains.

Also, within two years of regular use, the material used for the bedding tends to sink, and even if it started off being the right kind of bed, that sinking would cease to support the back properly, and would lead to back aches, Dr. Hussain added.

Our family prefers to use the simple mat. We all wake up fresh and have no neck or body pains. But thanks for the info. It will serve good for the senior citizens

from:  hariharan
Posted on: Nov 7, 2011 at 11:09 IST

nowadays people are not concerned about their health.calm and comfortable sleep improve our quality of life.thanks for discussing about comfortable bed and pillow to give good sleep

from:  sathyananthi.B
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 10:56 IST

i am reminded of my hospitalisation and throughout the fortnight during which i stayed it was unforgetable and i could not see the waxing or waning moon and twinkling stars or cloudy sky and sky with constellated stars in clear sky before myself taken off to a slumber on the open terrace and when i got up in the morning hearing koils songs naturally before sunlight beam fell on my body a warm one all i miss in the aprtment system of life except to make artificial interior decoration and under the fan noise and fluctuating voltage and temparature on the first floor. Graam devatha bless me to have inclination to adopt simple way of life once again thanking you

from:  Rajasekaran.S
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 09:14 IST

As the opinion is substantiated by a health professional makes it even more compelling. Thanks for reminding people the importance of the very essentials of bed/pillow.

from:  VijayK
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 02:15 IST

Very true after I started using a mattresses by name SPINE CARE from
Kurlon I am relived of my back pain, it has doe wonders which no tablets
could do.

from:  ravi
Posted on: Nov 4, 2011 at 18:48 IST

Thank u for helping me know that comfortable bed would make life
comfortable.

from:  indira
Posted on: Nov 4, 2011 at 18:47 IST

The diagnosis by the doctor about the sleep and the type of bed suggested is very true. Many choose the right size of the bed room,the cot size,the spread type,the pillows,blankets etc. The women folk do all these things and the menfolk sleep well. They rarely take interest and they do not even choose to appreciate the home makers.If the guests arrive the ladies in the homes first plan for the comfortable and clean beds for them.The guests when they leave are normally very satisfied with the good food and rest they had.But all these efforts spent on bedding and allied things, however comfortable they are, would not guarantee a good sleep at all times and all persons if they are physically sick, mentally disturbed and intellectually confused.The senior citizens have these problems in addition to their age related problems,every day (And night) and every where have complaints of sleeplessness irrespective of their beds.

from:  doodu
Posted on: Nov 4, 2011 at 16:40 IST
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