How can you tell if your mattress is causing your back pain? If you have back pain, a bad mattress can make the problem worse. It might even be the cause of it! Waking up with a pain in your back that disappear after about thirty minutes, or after you stretch, is a good sign that your mattress is the cause of your back pain. A mattress that's too firm can stress your joints and muscles, and a mattress that's too soft doesn't support you. So how can you decide what mattress is the right fit for you? Here are a few mattresses for your consideration:
Remember that the best mattress (with the help of a good pillow) aligns your body and supports you to relieve pressure points. Is your current mattress giving you the
- Innerspring - Innerspring mattresses have been around longer than any other type of mattress on this list! They're the old tried-and-true mattress. Many people prefer innerspring mattresses because they're firmer. However, an innerspring mattress loses it's shape as the coiled springs underneath you adjust to your body weight and lose a lot of their...well...springiness. It causes a concave shape in your mattress and it means that your body isn't getting the support it deserves at night!
- Memory foam - The popularity of memory foam is on the rise. A memory foam mattress contours to your body to ease pain, but unlike an innerspring coil it regains it's shape when you get up. Most memory foam mattresses come with multiple layers so you can choose your preferred amount of firmness or softness.
- Gel - Gel mattresses ease back pain by relieving pressure points while you sleep, much like a memory foam mattress. It conforms to your body shape and keeps your back and neck aligned while you sleep, taking care of back, hip, shoulder, and neck pain.