It is a fact:
- Eight out of ten (80%) people experience back pain in their lives! It can be the once-in-a-while twinge of pain, constant debilitating chronic pain, or somewhere in between.
- We spend approximately one-third (33%) of our lives in bed! (based on eight hours of sleep per day) That is 26.4 years of an 80 year life span!
What you sleep on will have a huge impact on your physical well being.
Research has shown that simply getting a new mattress can help improve sleep quality and reduce back discomfort*. (*Jacobson BH, Boolani A, Smith DBChanges in back pain, sleep quality, and perceived stress after introduction of new bed systems. J Chiro Med 2009;8 (1):1-8). That’s why getting the right truck mattress information is crucial if you’re serious about your sleep and health.
So getting a new mattress helps. That’s easy, but what do I look for in a new mattress to relieve joint and back pain as a truck driver?
COMFORT and SUPPORT
Comfort is subjective — that is, what is comfortable for me may be different for you!
For example: One person might like sleeping on a firm cushioned mattress and another might like a soft cushioned instead. Both are comfortable. At USTRUCKMATTRESS we offer different comfort levels. I explain comfort in a mattress as the “wow” feeling when you first lie down. “WOW” It just feels good! It is the top layering of a mattress that gives you comfort.
Support is not subjective. It has to do with proper spinal alignment. We all need proper spinal alignment. If you don’t have proper spinal alignment you wake up feeling like you have been hit by a truck and your back generally aches. I explain support in a mattress as the feeling of when you wake up the next morning and you say “I feel refreshed and great” — no aches or pains, just good! It is the deep down support core inside of a mattress that gives you support.
So what is the best semitruck mattress for me and the support I need?
Here’s some information on truck mattresses that might help. We know weight is probably the number one factor in finding the perfect mattress support. That is why we have designed three different mattresses for different weight extremes, 0 to 350 lbs. The Restful, for weights from 0 to 180 lbs, the Serenity for weights 0 to 250 lbs and the Stellar for weights from 0 to 350lbs.
Now the subjective: comfort.
To help you find your perfect comfort, we have designed the Restful and Serenity with flip-able memory and latex foam comfort choices. The Stellar feels so good you don’t need to flip it to find comfort. The pocket coils and the memory foam in the Stellar quilt make the Stellar the most comfortable sleeper mattress made today.
So the choice is yours, depending on your weight and comfort needs. If you can afford the best, the Stellar is the hands down choice. And if you are looking for value and your weight is in the support range the Restful and Serenity are excellent choices. For details on the mattress specifications, check out our products.
Is Firmer Better?
You have always heard that Firmer mattresses are better. Well, it depends on what you are talking about.
When it comes to mattresses, support is a necessity, while comfort is a personal preference. Back pain accounts for almost as many doctor visits as a sore throat! The main reason for many of these visits is poor spinal support caused by poor mattress support, not firmness.
Good mattress support holds your spine in proper alignment allowing your back muscles to relax and will leave you feeling rested when you wake.
Comfort, which is a preference, is important and can’t be emphasized enough. Comfort is what helps relax your body and helps you fall asleep. The effects of quality support can be described as feeling great and rested when you get up in the morning, while comfort is that “WOW” feeling when you first lie down on your mattress. Other major back pain causes are driving and sitting for hours in poor posture positions, something all truckers are painfully aware off.
Number 1 cause of Fatigue
Lack of sleep causes fatigue and can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. Aim for seven or eight hours of sleep every day. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for a short period during sleep. Most people are not aware of the fact this is happening, but sleep apnea can be a major cause of fatigue. If you think you have sleep apnea see a doctor or your family physician.
Many people take caffeine to help them “perk up.” In moderation caffeine does improve alertness and energy. However, too much caffeine can cause
jitters, increased heart rate or palpitations, high blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia.
After caffeine wears off users can “crash” and feel fatigued. Sodas with caffeine carry the same effects as coffee. If you suffer from these effects, try drinking water instead of coffee or soda. Also, if you are constantly fatigued, you maybe diabetic — talk to your doctor.
Tips to Help you Fall Asleep Faster and Stay Asleep Longer
Insider information for utilizing truck mattress: Find a quiet spot to pull over! If possible, sleep during night hours and keep a consistent sleep routine and schedule. Block out ALL sources of light — consider using a sleeping mask to cover your eyes.
Trick out your sleeper berth! Invest in anything that will help you sleep better and more comfortably. This may include a higher quality mattress and pillow, a portable heater or cooler.
It’s worth it. Block out all sources of noise. Use good shooting range earplugs or a white noise machine. Turn off all noise makers such as phones, Qualcomm systems or computers. Call dispatch and let them know “you are sleeping 8 hrs.” Avoid heavy meals before sleeping, strenuous exercise, and caffeine for 6-8 hrs before sleeping. Talk to your doctor about any medications that might keep you awake. Last but not least, make signs and put on your doors:
“I call the police on those who knock on my door!”
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