Sleep. We all do it (for between six and eight hours each night, hopefully!). Actually, for some of us, sleep is the most enjoyable part of our day!
But, what if you have lower back pain? Could sleeping actually be exacerbating the problem? Maybe. And it may have to do with your mattress.
The lack of support from a mattress can reinforce poor sleeping posture, strain muscles and keeps the spine out of alignment, all of which can contribute to low back pain.
But! And this is a big but:
There is no single mattress style or type that works for all people with low back pain. Any mattress that helps someone sleep without pain and stiffness is the best mattress for that indivi
dual. Patients with low back pain should choose the mattress that meets their standards for comfort and support and allows them to get a good night’s sleep.
So, what should you do?
The folks at Spine Health recommend the following.
- Understand and inquire about the physical components of the mattress. Choosing the number of coils, type of padding and mattress depth should be determined by individual preferences.
- Find a mattress with back support. A good mattress should provide support for the natural curves and alignment of the spine.
- Achieve a balance between back support and comfort. Overall comfort while sleeping on the mattress is equally important as sufficient back support.
- Know when it’s time to get a new mattress. If an old mattress sags visibly in the middle or is no longer comfortable, it is probably time to purchase a new one.