A good night’s sleep prepares you for life’s rigors. Work, family, chores and keeping all the balls in the air you’re responsible for takes energy. Sleeping well helps you juggle it all without dropping a single ball.
The truth is, there’s no “right mattress” that works for everyone. As I’m always saying – one size does not fit all. That’s the basis for the multi-disciplinarian approach we take at Back & Body, so it makes sense that it’s also true when it comes to choosing the right mattress for lower back pain.
How did you sleep?
Here’s the thing – if you think you may be sleeping on the wrong mattress, chances are it’s true. If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep on your existing mattress, it’s time to make a change.
The most important factor in choosing the right mattress for lower back pain is your comfort. If you’re sleeping well and not waking up with unexplained aches and pains, then you’re good to go. You’re sleeping on the right mattress.
If the converse is true, ask yourself what’s making you uncomfortable? Too hard? Too soft? These are clues as to why you’re sleeping on the wrong mattress. (But then again, it may be time to kick the dog off the bed).
Support for your back.
When you’re waking up with back pain (or back pain is interrupting your sleep), your mattress doesn’t provide sufficient support.
Check out what’s available, with an eye to mattress manufacturers who stress back support. Many people need it and the industry has responded with a dizzying array of alternatives.
But all those alternatives won’t be right for you. For that reason, it’s important that you “try on” mattresses, to see what fits. If it feels good, you may have found the right model to support your back.
Don’t be shy! Get in that mattress showroom and test the merchandise. To be honest, this is the only way to know if you’re choosing the right mattress for lower back pain. It’s important, so ask the showroom staff to tell you more about the mattresses that interest you. What’s the spring configuration? What is that pillow top made of?
Know what you’re buying and you’ll be much more likely to be satisfied with your choice.
Little Red Riding Hood said it best.
When the heroine of the popular fairy tale was choosing the mattress she’d sleep on at Grandma’s, she was looking for one that was “just right”. That’s what you’re doing too. People say the firmer mattresses offer better lower back support, but that’s not necessarily true for all people.
If the mattress feels like a concrete slab in a super max to you, it’s the wrong choice. Sometimes, firmness means sacrificing your personal comfort level. Support must be balanced with comfort and what provides you with a good sleep that advances back health.
When it comes to choosing the right mattress for lower back pain, it’s a highly personal matter. Struggling with back pain? Contact us. We can help.