02 Apr Is Your Mattress Causing You Back Pain?
You spend about a third of your life sleeping on your mattress. That is a large portion of time spent in the same space! You should make sure that your mattress is doing you and your back more good than harm. If a mattress is too firm, it will put pressure on your pressure points and can lead to misalignment.
However, if a mattress is too soft, it will not provide enough support and cause bad posture. Both of these situations will lead to back trouble. Finding the right mattress for your body can be tricky. If you are waking up sore and feeling back pain first thing in the morning, that’s not a good sign.
You may also find that you are tossing and turning all night, unable to find a comfortable position to get some quality sleep. It may be that you need a different kind of mattress or it could just mean that your mattress needs replacing. Whether you’ve had trouble with your mattress or not, it should be replaced about every 8-10 years.
How to Pick a Good Mattress for Your Back
Every body is different and every body will react to mattresses differently. That said, the real trick to finding a good mattress is to find one that is not too soft and not too firm. You want to provide needed support without too much pressure.
When picking a mattress, there are a few things to take into consideration. Mainly—budget, your sleeping position, the sleeper’s weight, and the lifespan you want your mattress to have. For example, if you are a side sleeper, you may want to invest in a softer mattress Your side is more vulnerable to pressure points. If you are a back sleeper, a firmer mattress will provide you with the support you need to maintain good posture during your sleep. You weight also factors in. A heavier person will likely do better with a firmer option because they will sink in easier.
When going mattress shopping, take a pillow with you and try out each mattress. You should lay on it for about 10-15 minutes to get a real feel for what it would be like to sleep on and how it would impact you back and neck. The firmness of your pillow could also be causing neck ot back pain.
What Can You Do for Back Pain?
After changing out your mattress, you may still be experiencing back pain from the lingering effects of sleeping on an ill-suited mattress. If that’s the case, a chiropractic adjustment can help with that! Sleeping on a poor mattress will misalign your back. Going to get your back adjusted before mattress shopping may be a good idea as your chiropractor could suggest mattresses that would fit well for you. Getting an adjustment can do wonders for your back. You could also discuss your sleeping position with your chiropractor and how it impacts your back.