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The right mattress for back pain, Part I

05.07.2018

Learn how to find the best mattress for back pain.

Are you trying to find a good mattress for back pain? Some of the worst medical conditions to treat are those associated with chronic back pain, and this is a problem that affects millions of people around the world every day.

You often find people looking for the best mattress for problems in the back, just to get some relief. Mainly because, along with the discussed chiropractic treatment, the comfortable place for healthy sleep seems to help most when it comes to reducing chronic back pain and even preventing it.

While the identification of the best or the perfect mattress remains a highly controversial topic, according to public opinion and sleep professionals there are some specific types of mattresses that are better than others, when it comes to relieving pain and stable support.

So, let's see what the facts are. In this article we will look at:

  • How the choice of a mattress can alleviate your discomfort or make the situation even worse.
  • The best types of mattresses for back pain
  • What anyone who has chronic back problems should know about memory foam.
  • How to find relief, even if you are not looking for a new mattress at the moment.

What does chronic back pain have to do with mattresses?

According to studies, most of the causes of back pain are due either to trauma, to professional tension, to the daily inconvenience of sleeping on a rigid or uneven surface, or to a combination of all of the above. This is a big problem as it is the most common cause of disability in people under the age of 45. Of course, young people can also be at risk. And by taking care of your back in your 20s and 30s, you can prevent most of the problems later on. While many prevention efforts focus on daytime habits, it is equally important to pay attention to the reduction of back pain during sleep. While a person is sleeping, many things happen in the body that is connected to the back. For example, as you sleep, the tension in the vertebrae is gradually released. This is because a person is lied down, rather than being seated. Therefore, the upper body does not exert pressure on the spine. Under these conditions, when a person initially wakes up, they may be up to 2.5 cm taller than their height at the end of the day. As they progress during the day, the pressure returns with gravity and with it, things like a bad posture that compresses the spine throughout the day.

Back Pain and Sleep: The Facts

How much impact can this problem have on sleep? The facts can surprise you.

  • Discomfort in the lower back is the leading cause of disability worldwide. This is one of the most common reasons for not going to work. And up to 80% of us will experience it at some point in our lives, according to surveys.
  • Pain is a key factor that stops many people from getting the quality sleep they need. In fact, sleep disturbance is the biggest complaint among patients who have a chronic problem with the back or joints.
  • Those with problems sleep about 42 minutes less per night, according to statistics.
  • People with pain have the feeling that they have less control over their sleep and are more likely to worry about being more irritable.

The good news is that you have control over the quality of your sleep. If back discomfort is a chronic problem, investing in the appropriate mattress is one step that can greatly improve your sleep quality as well as your general well-being during the day. 

Read more about the issue in part II of the article.

 

 

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