Do you have back pain? If so, finding the right mattress to relieve that pain can be overwhelming. There isn't one type of mattress that's best for everyone, including people with chronic back pain. Let personal preference guide you, and choose what feels most comfortable.
But making the right choice can be tricky. So many products are on the market and just because a mattress feels good when you lie down on it in a showroom, it doesn't mean you're going to be happy sleeping on it for the next several years. Explore a wide range of mattresses available at any of our Metro Mattress New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Connecticut locations.
Here are a few tips to guide you:
Your mattress should keep your spine aligned
Good posture is essential when you sleep. The muscles and ligaments in your back need to relax and recover while you sleep. If a mattress is too firm or too squishy it won’t support your spine at your neck or lower back the way it needs to.
Firmer is not always better
When in doubt go with a medium-firm mattress. Although research is limited, researchers assigned new mattresses to more than 300 people with low back pain. They used either medium-firm or firm mattresses for 90 days. Those in the medium-firm group reported the least amount of discomfort.
Buy a mattress with a comfort guarantee
Test out mattresses in the store, ask the salesperson questions, and select a mattress with the right support for your spine. Metro Mattress offers a 365-Night Comfort Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your mattress you can exchange it. Regardless to whether you are experiencing back pain and your mattress is older, it is best to upgrade and get a good quality mattress to assist in relieving your back pain while you rest.
How do I choose the right mattress for my back?
A medium-firm mattress is considered the most ideal for the general population. It provides the right body weight to the spine support ratio as most of us fall into the medium body weight category. It is highly recommended for the best spine alignment while sleeping.
Can a too hard mattress cause back and neck pain?
Firmer mattresses tend to push more into your spine, adding stress and compression during your sleep. This causes back pain and distressed sleep.
Does excess weight gain cause back pain?
Too much weight gain, especially around your waist and abdomen, puts excess forward pressure on your spine to support the body mass, putting unnecessary strain on your spinal curves, causing pain and distress and further spinal deterioration.
What is the best sleeping position to assist with back pain?
The best sleeping position is either on your side with the body elongated or on your back. It maintains the spinal alignment and relieves the stress the spine has faced all day.
Do pillows impact back pain?
The right mattress is not the only thing that matters when it comes to managing your back pain as you rest. If you are a back sleeper you will want a medium-thick pillow to keep the head, neck, and spine well-aligned. Side sleepers need a slightly thicker, firmer pillow for optimal alignment and stomach sleepers are more challenging because stomach sleeping itself puts strain on your lower back. A nearly flat pillow is best.
Could an old saggy mattress cause back pain?
A bad mattress can cause a host of issues including back and neck pain, and unsatisfying sleep that leaves you tired all day.
Is an adjustable base good for back pain?
The best foundation is one that can adapt to you. An adjustable base adjusts to your needs in ways that a traditional flat foundation cannot. It allows you to elevate your head and feet either slightly or when you want to sit up further, and it helps you find relief in the low-pressure zero gravity position.