Picking the Right Mattress for Back Pain

Back pain is a serious problem and affects about 80 percent of adults at least once in their lifetime. What if you were told that you can help relieve your back pain overnight? Sound too good to be true? The truth is, you can significantly decrease your back pain all by switching out your mattress. With the right mattress, you may be able to say “Goodnight” to back pain once and for all.

When it comes to purchasing a mattress, many people go the cheap route. While we are not suggesting you go into debt over a new mattress, it is crucial to invest in a good one. Think about it. You spend (or should be spending) eight hours a night on your mattress. That’s one-third of your day!

The right mattress can help with sleep problems as well as back problems too. Investing in the right mattress will lead to better sleep, better work performance, and less pain. The best mattress to look for is one that supports and aligns the vertebrae and spine.

How Can I Tell If My Mattress is Giving Me Back Pain?

There are a few signs to look for to see if your back pain is really caused by your mattress. If you wake up with stiffness or soreness then chances are, it is your mattress. Also, you should replace your mattress, even if you don’t have back pain, after 5-7 years and if you can see large indentations or springs. These major mattress no-nos can lead to back pain later in life. Another big giveaway you need a new mattress is if you sleep like a baby in a hotel bed but have trouble drifting off in your own bed.

Which Mattress is Best for Back Pain?

There are so many different types of mattresses available, it can be hard to decide which is best for you and your back pain. One study showed that medium-firm beds were more beneficial in relieving back pain than firm mattresses. Soft mattresses are a no-go because they allow your body to sink into the bed instead of supporting it.

There are some mattress brands available right now that actually measure your body and provide you with the right support for your weight and build. These mattresses are pricier, but can be worth it if they help. Other mattresses to look into are those made of memory foam or gel foam since they distribute your weight evenly and conform to your body. If you are heavier or bigger in build, consider buying a thicker mattress to give you more support while you sleep.

Sleeping is the most important part of your day and can even be the culprit of your back pain. Remember when you do purchase a new mattress, it may take a few days to adjust. Give your new bed a week or so before deciding if it is the right mattress for you.

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