If you are like 80% of Americans, you will experience back pain at some point in your life. And to make matters worse, chronic back pain can prevent you from sleeping and getting the rest you need. That’s why the sleep experts at Sleep USA have put together some tips for purchasing the right mattress to help reduce back pain and help you sleep through the night!
To find the solution to your back pain, it’s important to understand that the human spine is not straight like a stick. In fact, your spine curves in three separate ways to support your head and torso throughout the day. So when it’s time for bed, you want a mattress that is able to support your body in a way that gives your spine a break and reduces tension on your hip, neck and shoulder joints.
Unfortunately, the mattress that completely cures one person may not work at all for another. However, Spine Health suggests that most people with chronic back pain will benefit from a firm or medium-firm mattress because it provides enough support for the natural curves and alignment of the spine. Memory foam is recommended, especially for side sleepers, because it allows the hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress instead of collapsing the spine into itself. Hybrid mattresses are also a good option because they combine the trusted spring support with the benefits of memory foam.
The biggest things to watch out for in old mattresses are springs that stick out or dig into your back and collapsed or uneven sides. These things will cause discomfort and may even be causing your chronic back pain (although only a doctor can confirm this). So if you are using a mattress between 8-10 years old or one with visible signs of damage, it’s time to invest in a new mattress.
Remember, the best way to find the perfect mattress is to try out several different options and figure out which one feels the best for you. Call or come visit Sleep USA and explain your concerns to our sleep specialists so they can guide you to the best mattress to meet your comfort and support needs.