Orthopaedic Mattress: Best Mattress or Not?

Orthopaedic Mattress: Best Mattress or Not?

Here’s the thing.

An orthopaedic mattress is very often purchased by someone who suffers from back problems.

But this is incorrect.

As you will discover in this article, this mattress is just a term used to create hype around the mattress.

Let’s remove our heads from under the covers and get into it.

What is an orthopaedic mattress?

An orthopaedic mattress is a term used for mattresses that are supposed to be the result of the study of orthopaedics, to provide support of joints, bones and the overall body.

However, the term “orthopaedic mattress” can be used by any manufacturer to sell their mattresses, so it’s really not a term that should convince you of the worth of any mattress.

Additional research on the mattress before purchasing is vital (by the way, you can get 100 days free trial of the Genie mattress, so you can test it out good and proper).

This mattress helps align the spine and alleviate pain caused from pressure, but having said this, you must understand that mattresses that are not promoted as orthopaedic can be more orthopaedic than the ones marketed as orthopaedic. We know. Crazy.

bed base

This is a mattress with a good support system.

What materials are used in them?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a list of prescribed materials that needed to be used in order to classify a mattress as orthopaedic?

Alas, that is not the case.

In fact, the Genie mattress is classified as a “hybrid” bed, provides superior support to people’s bodies, but we have not called it “orthopaedic” because well, any good bed aims to do the exact same thing, which is to provide support and comfort for a good night’s rest.

Orthopaedic mattress myths

When a manufacturer attaches the term, “orthopaedic” to their mattress, that does not mean it is. In addition, any high-quality mattress is already orthopaedic, even if it does not say it is.

What are other myths around this mattress?

  • This mattress means firm or extra firm. This is not the case. A genuine ortho mattress can be soft, medium or firm. But. A cheap mattress marketed as “orthopaedic” may very well be hard, without support.
  • This mattress is good for your back. The truth is that any mattress will only be good for your back if it’s chosen to accommodate your sleeping position and weight.

Orthopaedic mattress vs. hybrid mattress?

An orthopaedic mattress can be any of these types of beds (and more):

  • Coil springs
  • Pocket springs
  • Memory foam
  • Latex
  • Hybrid

Genie’s hybrid mattress is also orthopaedic, but we do not use the term, because, well it’s silly. In fact, it’s really lost its meaning. Any high-quality mattress is orthopaedic.

For example, the Genie mattress consists of a number of support systems and comfort materials, so your body gets both support and comfort.

Genie Cutaway bed

The Genie hybrid beds are a combination of various support systems and comfort materials.

The Genie mattress consists of various levels:

  • At its core, are individually pocketed coils which act as the support system. Because they’re individually pocketed, your partner won’t be disturbed when you move, and vice versa.
  • The natural latex provides air circulation to maintain your body temperature.
  • All the other layers work not to provide comfort, but to keep your body temperature stable (or you’ll wake up with the sweats), and to ensure the bed stays free of dust mites and mould.

You may be interested in this blog post comparing different types of mattresses

Elements of a good mattress

A good bed system  is made up of three components:

  1. Support system
  2. Comfort materials
  3. The base as the foundation of the whole bed system

A good mattress and base will accomplish a few things:

  • Alleviate aches and pains
  • Eliminate health conditions caused by a poor mattress
  • Provide support but still feel sleepy-comfortable
  • Accommodate your partner’s needs in addition to your own
  • Will not disturb your partner or you when the one turns or gets up
  • Helps make you feel more rested in the morning
  • It will help keep your temperature consistent
  • It will be the right fit for your sleeping position (even if the bed is the most expensive on the market, if it’s not right for the way you sleep, it’s not the right bed for you)
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