Did you know that people with asthma, headaches, diabetes, and depression are at greater risk to experience back pain? In fact, lower back pain is now the leading cause of disability in the world, and some eight out of 10 adults experience pain anywhere in the back during their lifetime.
If you’re one of them, you have likely tried a number of lifestyle changes to get relief. Have you thought about looking into mattresses for back pain? It’s worth your while, especially if you have exhausted other, simpler solutions but haven’t been able to crack the code of pain relief. Read on for a primer on choosing the best mattress for your aching back.
Spinal Alignment Matters
Correct posture is essential for spinal health and for your overall well-being. Believe it or not, this applies even when you are asleep! During the day, the muscles and ligaments in your back work hard. The time you spend sleeping helps them rest and recover so that they can do it all over again the next day.
A good mattress should provide plenty of support, particularly for the cervical spine and the lower back. One that fails to do this won’t help you reap the restorative effects of sleep. On the contrary, it might even exacerbate the discomfort and mobility issues you’re experiencing.
How To “Test-Drive” Mattresses for Back Pain
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to sleep on a mattress for a few nights, to figure out if it’s the right choice for you? Turns out, there is. Many retailers allow returns of mattresses even when they’ve been used.
Some allow 30 days’ worth of snoozes; others give you 100 nights to play Goldilocks. IKEA will let you exchange your mattress for a different one or request a refund up to 365 days after your purchase.
In many cases, you won’t even have to worry about packing up and transporting this notoriously large and unwieldy item. The store will send a team right to your house to do all the heavy lifting for you.
What Type of Mattress Is Right for You?
Compounding the difficulty of finding the best mattress for your needs is the fact that there are several different types of sleeping surfaces. Let’s take a closer look.
- Innerspring mattresses contain steel coils to provide support and bounce
- Memory foam mattresses contour to your body, so they are very supportive and relieve pressure on your body
- Latex foam mattresses are responsive rather than contouring. They also tend to be cooler than memory foam
- Hybrid mattresses can combine two or more traditional bedding materials to provide the best of all worlds.
- Pillowtop mattresses can be made of any material, but have an extra layer of cushioning on top to support the sleeper.
To determine which is best for your needs, consider what qualities in a mattress are most important to you. If you can try out different types, it will help you to narrow down your search.
Getting Sleepy Yet?
When it comes to alleviating back pain, your mattress may play a bigger role than you’d think. Take some time to research the different types of mattresses for back pain. Choose a company with a generous return policy, so you can truly evaluate how comfortable and supportive the mattress really is.
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