Lower Back Pain: Considerations When Choosing a Mattress
December 13, 20212 min read
The wrong mattress can cause or worsen your lower back pain. When your mattress fails to support your lower back, it results in a poor sleeping posture, your spine gets out of alignment, and your surrounding muscles become enflamed as they strain to pull the spine back into position. A comfortable good night’s sleep is essential to your back’s healing process. During deep and relaxing sleep the muscles, ligaments, and other spinal structures can completely relax.
Sleeping comfort and support go hand in hand, your personal sleep quality is most likely be determined by how comfortable you are and how well you sleep. Most likely this will be on a mattress that properly supports your lower back. Research indicates that a firmer mattress significantly reduces chronic lower back pain and improves sleep quality. The firmness of your mattress remains largely a personal preference, however, as the research is not extensive. What has been shown is that mattresses that are over 5 to 7 years old often are worn out and need replacing. A new mattress is likely to reduce back pain and improve sleep quality.
Knowing more about the cause of your back pain, and what your body requires for a restful night’s sleep, is the best way to choose the right mattress.
Personal preference rules: Ultimately, personal preference still trumps other considerations when choosing which mattress is best for you. Not all people with lower back pain receive relief from the same mattress. A mattress that delivers you a good night’s sleep without pain, is the right mattress.
Ask about and understand the components of the mattress: You will learn that the mattress’ support is provided by the inner springs, some contain a larger number than others, and they are all arranged differently. You will also find that the padding over those springs comes in a variety of thicknesses.
Mattresses with back support: A good mattress should provide support for the natural curves and alignment of the spine, alleviating muscle soreness in the morning. Studies are revealing that a medium-firm mattress provides more back pain relief than a firm mattress.
The balance of back support and Comfort: One begets the other? In a way, yes. However, a mattress that is too firm can cause pressure point aches and pains, disallowing shoulders, and hips to sink in a bit, which would allow a straighter spine and a more restful sleep.
Time for a new mattress: If your mattress sags in the middle, is no longer comfortable, causes you to be sore and stiff when you awaken or prevents you from sleeping soundly, start looking for a new mattress.
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