Preference for bedding and type of mattress differs from one person to the next. An old mattress can be uncomfortable, lose its support and contribute to back pain or sleeping problems. However, certain Parkinson’s related problems will influence what type is best for you. The following considerations can help you chose your mattress/bedding
- Avoid high bed frames/mattress sets as these may be harder to get in and out of bed
- A firmer mattress will make it easier to turn in bed. ‘Memory foam’ that molds to your body can make it harder to roll over and turn in bed.
- An adjustable bed that allows the head of bed to be elevated can help with getting out of bed, finding a comfortable position
- An adjustable bed that allows the foot of bed to be elevated can reduce leg swelling by elevating your feet
- Try silk or sateen sheets or bed-clothes to help reduce friction and improve movement such as the ease of turning over
- Ask for a referral to occupational therapy if you are having trouble getting in and out of bed or moving and turning in bed to see if there are aids that can make this easier for you
Let us know what type of mattress has worked for you.