Suffering from chronic back pain can be a real nightmare at nighttime when you are trying to get comfortable and do your best to enjoy a restful sleep.
Having the wrong mattress can actually contribute to your back pain issues. This is why you need to think carefully about the type of mattress you need in order to have the best chance of getting comfortable when you go to bed.
Here is a look at some of the main points to consider when choosing a mattress and some misconceptions that could see you make the wrong choice, plus tips on how to narrow down your choice of mattresses in order to arrive at the one most suited to your requirements.
One size fits all
The perceived wisdom when it comes to buying a mattress that will help combat your back pain problems is that a firmer mattress will provide you with the level of support that you need to ease your discomfort.
There is actually very little solid evidence to suggest that one particular style of mattress is better suited to dealing with back pain than any other so don’t blindly assume that a firmer mattress is what you need to help ease your chronic back pain.
The better approach would be to let personal experience and preferences be your guide and to find a mattress that manages to tick as many of your required boxes as possible.
Looking after your spine
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A primary consideration would be to find a mattress that is capable of keeping your spine nicely aligned throughout the night.
Good posture is just as important when you are sleeping as it is when you are awake so you want a mattress that can do some of that work for you and assist the ligaments and muscles in your back to relax.
One way of looking at your mattress requirement would be to use a “Goldilocks” analogy and make it your mission to find a mattress that is not too firm and not too soft, but somewhere in between as far as you are concerned.
There are some other aspects you need to consider, such as having narrower hips, which can often mean you might benefit from a firmer surface, but as there is no set formula for finding the right mattress, you should aim to find one that manages to keep your spine aligned, rather than simply assuming that a firmer mattress is what you want.
If you want a general pointer here, the conventional wisdom would be to try a mattress that is billed as medium-firm and then start from there if you are still experiencing too much discomfort.
Get to know your mattress
It is always a good idea to have an understanding of the physical components of the mattress you are considering buying, as this can make a big difference to the level of support it is going to give you.
It is the coils or inner springs that are going to be doing all the work in providing you with the right support and making you comfortable which is why the configuration and volume of those coils matter.
The depth of the mattress also contributes to your comfort level so ask about the padding thickness when you inquire about the number of coils being used.
Finding a happy medium
It should always be remembered that your main requirements from a mattress are back support and comfort.
The perfect combination is a mattress that manages to deliver a decent level of comfort while also achieving to give your back the support it needs.
This means that you sometimes have to compromise to a certain extent and find a mattress that manages to give you what could be described as an acceptable balance between back support and comfort.
A mattress that is too firm can give you aches and pains but one that is not supportive enough is also not going to help deliver the restful sleep you are after. Again, a medium-firm mattress might turn out to be the right compromise and if you do prefer a firmer mattress, you could try and compensate by choosing thicker padding to increase the comfort level.
You spend a lot of your life asleep so give you and your back the best chance of enjoying rather than enduring the nights.
Demi Harrison suffered for years with poor sleep due to a medical condition. She shares her tips and experiences with others who might not be getting a good nights sleep due to pain and discomfort.