Even though sleeping position and sleeping in general can have a profound (negative or positive) effect on your back, many people rarely give it much thought. You can often hear them say “Oh, just give me the firm one, I heard it`s good for my back,” but choosing the right mattress is not that simple.
Of course, I am not saying that firm mattress is bad for the back, on the contrary, it will provide you with a good back support, but you must take into consideration your current condition and preferences before making the final decision.
Lower And Upper Back Support
As I`ve said before, there is no one type which will suite everyone. In fact, probably the best advice I can give you about buying a mattress for yourself is to not take any advice :)
Especially if someone is telling you to “get this one, it did wonders for my back,” `cause just because it worked for them it doesn`t mean it will work for you.
So, before you actually take my previous advice and stop reading this article, allow me to just give you some general tips and pinpoint some things you should pay attention to:
Features To Look For
Digging deeper into the physical components of your mattress is a must if you are interested in buying it. You need to pay attention to:
- Number, size and arrangement of coils
- Thickness and type of the padding etc.
Or, if you don`t like reading, you can take a look at this short video: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rya5_jNFiEA
Make Sure It Supports Your Back Properly
A proper mattress will follow the natural curves of your spine and allow it to remain in the best position while you sleep. Proper support will ensure your muscles are actually resting while you are sleeping, rather than working on compensating the “faulty wiring” in your old one.
Only Buy It If It`s Comfortable
Even though comfort and proper back support sometimes may not go hand in hand, you need to make sure you find the perfect balance between these two if you want to get a good night sleep.
Some time ago Lancet did a study where the goal was to determine the effect of the firmness of the mattress on people suffering from chronic, non-specific lower back pain.
The total of 313 adults that were selected had non-specific back pain and were mainly complaining about back pain when they were lying down or getting up.
The complete study lasted for 90 days and the winner was a medium-firm one. Participants with medium-firm mattress experienced:
- Pain relief during the day
- Pain relief when lying in bed and
- Pain relief when getting up
So the study showed a conclusive evidence that medium-firm mattress is the way to go.