Thinking Outside Of The Box Spring: The Importance Of A Good Mattress

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What do a mattress and pillow have to do with getting clean from drugs and alcohol?

When you are making the transition from active drug use to a new life of recovery, you are going to want every advantage possible to ensure your success. There are many factors to consider, including finding a doctor, therapist, pharmacist, and peer support meetings. Yet, it is important to also remember that good quality sleep is a key factor in recovering from addiction. To support getting to sleep and staying asleep, you are going to want to consider what kind of mattress and pillow you are sleeping on.

What is the best kind of mattress?

There are a variety of mattress types to consider. There is the traditional extra firm mattress with box springs. And, there are also memory foam mattresses, including the well-known Tempur-Pedic. You may also note that there are ultra-plush options as well. When it comes to mattresses for your bed, you should realize that, just like addiction treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

How do I go about mattress selection if I have chronic pain?

If you decide to start fresh with a new mattress and you are looking to get the perfect mattress for you, consider issues that you may be dealing with that interfere with your sleep. Do you have chronic pain issues? How is your lower back and neck? What about your hips and shoulders? Do you get aches and pains throughout the night that keep you awake? Many people who are addicted to opioids also have chronic pain. If you have spinal pain, extremity pain, or joint pain, you may want to consider a more firm mattress. While foam mattresses are very comfortable when you try them out at the mattress store, they may exacerbate your aches and pains when you get the mattress home. Fortunately, foam mattresses are often available with firm options, where the memory foam layer is thinner than the less firm varieties. There are also hybrid mattress systems that combine memory foam with traditional mattress materials. 

Are in-store trials enough to decide?

If you go into a mattress store and try out various brands, such as Serta, Beautyrest, Sealy, iComfort, Posturepedic, Stearns, and others, you may believe that you have found the perfect plush new mattress. You may believe that you are ready for shipping right away. The faster you get your bed updated for comfort, the better. And, they may entice you with deals while you are shopping. Same day delivery, free delivery, low price guarantee, financing, these offers may make you feel rushed to make a decision. Do not rush into a mattress buying decision. I recommend that you visit multiple locations. Visit as many stores as you can. Try out all of the brands and variations. Consider additional accessories, such as adjustable bases. Ask about a comfort guarantee. Does the store allow you to try out the mattress in your own home for an extended time period? Will they promise a price guarantee so you can shop around and come back without feeling pressured? When you are in a store, do not let the sales staff push you into making a rushed decision. Also, don’t forget to ask about customer service. Will the store support you after the sale if you have any issues in the future?

How do I find mattress stores near me?

If you are looking for a particular brand or feature, a special type of innerspring for example, or a particular type of memory foam, such as cool gel, you may be able to use a manufacturer’s website to locate stores that carry what you are looking for. Many brand websites have a locator feature to help you find a nearby retailer. Otherwise, the best way may be to use Google to search for stores in your area. If you are in Florida, we may be able to recommend an excellent mattress store near you. Use our contact form or phone number if you would like more information.

So, what does all of this have to do with getting clean from drugs again?

As I stated at the beginning of this article, getting clean is not easy, so you need every advantage you can get. It is important to think outside the box, or box spring in this case! Good quality sleep is critical to your success and it is best to get sleep naturally, not depending on medications for sleep if possible. While there are many issues involved in getting good quality sleep, a good mattress and pillow can make all the difference.

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