- A good night’s sleep may be difficult to come by if you suffer from back pain
- A firm mattress with a softer pillow top can give your spine the right balance of support and cushioning
- Your personal preference matters
The quality of sleep you get at night can have a significant impact on your mood and your productivity at work the next day. Unfortunately, a good slumber may be difficult to come by if you suffer from back pain. Do you?
To improve the quality of your sleep, it is a good idea to invest on a good mattress. This does not necessarily mean buying a branded and expensive mattress. Evidence suggests that those expensive memory foam mattresses can help with back problems and improve sleep but their advantage over the regular and less pricey coil mattress is only slight. Go for one that your body is most comfortable with.
Consider a mattress that is neither too hard or soft. You see, good posture is important even when you sleep, because the muscles and ligaments in your back need to relax and recover while you rest at night. A mattress that is too firm or too squishy will not be able to correctly support your spine at your neck or lower back.
Experts say that a firm mattress with a softer pillow top can give your spine the right balance of support and cushioning.
“If you’re on too soft [of] a mattress, you’ll start to sink down to the bottom. But on too hard of a mattress you have too much pressure on the sacrum, and on the shoulders, and on the back of the head,” explained Howard Levy, an Emory University assistant professor of orthopaedics, physical medicine, and rehabilitation.
Remember though that your personal preference is what matters when it comes to choosing a mattress, and more so because there is no single type or style of mattress that works for people with back pain. Any mattress that can help you sleep without pain and stiffness will be good for you.