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How to Choose the Right Mattress
The History of the Mattress
The first mattress was invented thousands of years ago, and consisted mostly of leaves, grass and straw, and the bed was invented to lift the mattress off of the ground to avoid draft and dirt. Next, the first waterbed was invented (3600 BC), and mattresses were then stuffed with feathers. It wasn't until the 1800's that the box spring was invented to make the mattresses less lumpy, and then half way through the 20th century mattresses became highly developed with inner spring, artificial fillers, air, memory foam, and adjustability - all to increase support and comfort.
Sleep Loss and the Right Mattress
The major causes of sleep loss due to pain are back pain, headaches, facial pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, which is characterized by pain in and around the ears and soreness of the jaw muscles. Also, muscoloskeletal pain, which includes arthritis and fibromyalgia, can lead to poor sleep.
The right mattress will essentially relieve the pressure points that cause poor circulation - the main cause of stiffness, soreness and tossing and turning. Enhancing your blood circulation and subsequently delivering oxygen to your muscles and extremities is vital, so a mattress that allows you to do that with minimal movement will help you sleep more deeply and prevent any discomfort that may occur at night. 
Components of a Mattress
Mattresses are made with different components and materials of all kinds, but the standard mattresses have the following components:
  • Quilted Cover (with cotton/canvas)
  • Cotton Backing Fabric
  • Wool Fiber Padding
  • Inner Coils (pocket spring/open coil), foam, latex, or air 
What's Most Essential? 
The inner components of your mattress are most essential to your sleep experience. The core can be made up of different materials and technologies, such as innerspring coils, memory foam, latex foam or air chambers. There is a large range of how much support the core can provide, so it is important to do your research about the quality and durability of the core in order to get the right amount of support for your body.
  • Spring Coils: The coils can be found in varying thickness and come in different configurations, from standard coils to fabric pocketed coils, hinged and flexible offset coils, and continuous coils. Each configuration offers a different type of support, from incredibly firm to supple and contouring. 80% of consumers purchase spring coil mattresses. 
  • Memory Foam: This foam has a unique ability to mold to and support your body, and the ability to relieve more pressure than any previous type of foam. The high-density foam will provide more support, while lower density foams will allow you to sink more, and the thicker the foam, the deeper you can go. This mattress is great for sleepers that do not turn over much.
  • Natural Latex: Natural latex is entirely botanically derived from Hevea rubber plants and in its original form is a liquid that acts as a healing agent for plants that have been scratched and wounded. It contains qualities such as antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, as well as biodegradable. Benefits include relief or pressure points, anti-allergic material, and resistant to heat.
  • Air Chambers: Instead of the core of support being made of metal coils, the support comes from air that is contained in specially designed air chambers. Air beds can adjust to the sleeper's tastes. A remote control can add or release air through an electric pump, so the mattress can become as soft or firm as you like.
Did You Know?
Mattresses DO NOT cause back pain - It results from the individual and how they are built.
Coil counts DOES NOT mean more support - Different designs can achieve the same results. 
Your mattress can GAIN weight! - In approximately 10 years, your mattress can gain 20 pds due to oil, dead skins cells, dust mites, and debris.
We spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping! - Most of which is on a mattress. 
What Dr. Sullivan Recommends
Dr. Sullivan recommends that his patients use a firm mattress, and personally likes the Select Comfort mattress, and traditional coil spring mattress such Simmons Beauty Rest, or Sealy. He personally changes his mattress every five years because he believes it has such an important impact on your overall health and recovery from the daily stresses on the body. 
He also recommends spending as much as you can afford, because the investment in a higher-end model is worth the cost! 

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Note: The material provided in this newsletter is for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein may not always reflect the views of the NOVA Chiropractic, nor do they imply an endorsement. 
In This Issue
How to Choose the Right Mattress
What to Look for when Shopping for a Mattress
Sleeping Positions that Reduce Back Pain
Guide to Finding the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain
Laser Therapy
Ingredient of the Week
Stay Fit with Local Events
The Healthy Alternative
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K-Laser Therapy
 The Latest & Greatest at NOVA Chiropractic
The laser has proven to help dozens of patients at NOVA Chiropractic! Common conditions with current patients that laser therapy is helping to heal are:
  • Herniated discs
  • Knee arthritis
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis 
  • Neck and back pain
  • and much more!
For more information, call 703-912-7822 or email
Ingredient of the Week
According to agricultural research studies, cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body's internal clock to regulate sleep.

Researchers that have studied the melatonin content of cherries recommend eating them an hour before bedtime.
  • High in antioxidants 
  • Reduces body fat
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces inflammation and alleviates arthritis symptoms!
Buying Tip: Cherries are out of season approximately 10 months out of the year. The best time to buy then is between June and August. During the other months, dried cherries and cherry juice (especially tart cherry juice, which contains less sugar) are good substitutes. 

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The Healthy Alternative
The Healthy Alternative

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