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Health tip: Get the right bed

Beds are one of the most important items you will use throughout your life. The right bed for you will support your body properly through the night to let your spine and surrounding muscles rest and recover from the previous day. Usually, the heavier you are, the firmer the mattress you need. If any of you have seen me, you can probably guess how firm my bed is.

Lately, I ventured into the task of buying a new bed for our bedroom. I went to my friend Jared at Lindsey’s Furniture Warehouse and ordered a new bed. After two nights of sleeping on the new bed, my back was sore each morning and took several hours in the morning to subside. Thinking it was just sore and would work out after a few more nights, we went to my In-Law’s house for Christmas and slept on a different bed. I had no back pain for five days while we there which made me begin to question my purchase. When, we returned home, the back pain resumed for two more days before I called Jared and asked him to order a firmer mattress for me.

It has been two nights now sleeping on the latest mattress and have had zero back pain. I can’t stress enough how important it is to spend the money on a quality bed that is right for you and that will let you rest comfortably through the night. At First Choice, we tell our patients to spend money on beds and shoes. The right bed and shoes will let you work and sleep comfortably and minimize injury to your entire body. Thanks to Jared at Lindsey’s Furniture Warehouse for helping me get the right bed for myself. Make sure when you buy a new bed that it’s the right one for you.

Stephen Peaden, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy