An orthopaedic mattress is a mattress that’s especially firm and has extra support. You will typically find orthopaedic mattresses to be made with a pocket sprung system or as a memory foam mattress. That’s because both of these mattress types give your body extra support as you rest.
You might want to know why the firmness of an orthopaedic mattress is so important. It’s important because that extra support and firmness means your body can rest in a more natural position which will minimise stress and strain on your body. Softer mattresses can result in the weight of your body causing an exaggerated “dip” in the mattress which causes your body to curve as you sleep. This unnatural position puts extra pressure on your body and can mean extra aches and pains in the morning.
You can keep your orthopaedic mattress in tip top condition by caring for it well. Pull back the covers on your bed each morning before making your bed to let it air. Rotate your orthopaedic mattress regularly. Unless you’re Hercules, this is a two-person job, so get an extra pair of hands to help you do this. Lastly (but perhaps most importantly) invest in a mattress protector to keep your orthopaedic mattress safe from spills and stains; you can wash your protector with the rest of your bed linen. Doing this will help extend the life of your orthopaedic mattress.