As humans, we spent one third of our lives sleeping, and if you have back pain, that can interfere with your rest, which in turn interferes with daily activities. I slept for years on an old mattress that I thought was comfortable because it was ” broken in”. I didn’t realize it was doing more harm than good.
Our spine health is important and it needs the right support, and to be aligned and held the correct position while we are sleeping. I did have a pretty bad injury that needed 2 surgeries, but I didn’t put two and two together that I needed a new mattress.
A mattress is a significant purchase and you want it to last for years. I wanted to make sure I was getting the right one and so I researched for days and tried out many beds at some stores. Here is what you need to know about the best mattress for back pain in 2019.
Firm Or Soft?-What About In Between?
If your mattress is too firm, it pushes on all your pressure points, and if those points are painful, that wouldn’t be good. On the other hand a mattress that is too soft might be comfortable at first, but your body will sink down into it and mess up your posture. You ultimately want a bed that feels like you’re floating on a cloud, and it is possible to find the right one. It just takes a bit of research.
For those not experiencing pain in their back, and stomach sleepers, firm might be better. What I found from reading reviews on the best bed for back pain, was that people found comfort on a medium-firm bed. That makes sense as you want it to be in between firm and soft.
In the 1970s NASA discovered this material and called it memory foam, which was originally supposed to be for seats in an airplane. It was so comfortable, they started to use it in mattresses and mattress toppers. Memory foam remembers your body structure so after using it a couple times to sleep, it conforms to the shape of your body, and eases painful joints and pressure.
It distributes your body weight evenly and that means more comfort and less tossing and turning. Memory foam is also hypoallergenic, meaning it resists almost all allergens, so you don’t have to be concerned about dust mites as well. Regular mattresses contain millions of allergens so we don’t want that.
One complaint I do have is it retains body heat, so I woke up sweating. Now they have memory foam mattresses with a cooling gel, so that’s a better choice in my opinion. Certain memory foam mattresses may make you feel like you’re sinking into the bed, so that’s another thing to remember.
If you’re on a budget and cant afford such a big investment as a new mattress, another idea is a mattress topper. This goes on top of the mattress you already have. This is what I did before I bought my mattress, it helped. There are different ones you can buy like cooling gel, as well as different depths. The average price is reasonable so this might be an option for you. ( links lead to Amazon so you can check them out)
- Puffy Brand- 4.5 out of 5*- Memory foam with cooling layer. Medium firmness. Free delivery and returns.
- IDLE Sleep– 4 out 5*- Hybrid Memory foam and coil. Memory and Luxury Firm. Free shipping and returns.
- Nectar Sleep– 5 out of 5*- Memory foam with cooling cover. Medium firmness. Free shipping and returns.
- Zen Haven- 4 out of 5*- 100% Natural latex. Luxury plush and natural firm. Eco friendly. 20 Year warranty.
When you have back and leg pain, sleep can be elusive. The type of mattress you have can make all the difference here. Another pointer is to have your bed frame at the correct height for your body so you aren’t sitting on it too low or needing to strain yourself to get up. Pillow types and placement are just as important.
Remember you want to keep your whole spine in alignment. Choose a pillow that has a curve for the natural curve in your neck. Placing a pillow under the small of your back while sleeping can also help you keep the spine in line. I have problems with my hip, I have bursitis in that area, and I cannot lay on either side, but I did read that sleeping with a pillow between your knees helps a bit.
Finding the correct mattress is a bit easier these days, especially when ordering online. Most companies I have researched have free delivery and returns, plus a trial period to make sure it is the right fit for you.
You want medium-firm, and if it is memory foam, make sure it has a cooling cover, or cooling gel. Mattress toppers are an affordable option and they can be very comfortable. I hope you found this article informative. I appreciate any comments or questions as always, so don’t hesitate to leave them down below.