Millions of people around the world suffer from chronic back pain. Many of the victims are parents and their long painful days can seem like torture. If you are a parent who is looking to relieve some of this chronic back pain, the solution may be as simple as purchasing a new mattress. While previous common knowledge led parents to believe that purchasing the firmest mattress available on the market would relieve back pain, there has never been any research to prove the theory. However, sleep professionals have identified specific mattress traits and features that are better when it comes to managing pain and support.
Choose a Mattress that Helps Align your Spine
Alignment and posture have a lot to do with back pain and are important when sleeping. The muscles and tissues that protect your joints need to relax while you are sleeping. There are many exercises available to you to help keep your spine aligned within the comfort of your home. One bit of advice you should take advantage of is buying a mattress with the proper firmness to keep you and your spine comfortable. You will never get the support your neck and back need if you’re sleeping on a mattress that is too soft or too firm. There is not a one size fits all when it comes to mattresses but there is a general guideline you can follow. Go with a softer mattress if you have wider hips as you will need more give to keep your spine aligned. If you have narrow hips, you may want to look into purchasing a more firm mattress.
There are many things to consider when purchasing a new bed, especially if you are looking to purchase one that will relieve some back pain and discomfort. Though there is not much research, one study suggests that people who sleep on medium-firm mattresses report the least amount of back pain. If you are not completely sure and do not have the luxury of testing mattresses before purchasing, this may be the best route to take.
Quality is More Important than Price
Sleep studies have shown that a good mattress can help a bad back. Quality mattresses tend to have more coils for support and thicker padding. Though these mattresses are expensive, they are better for your back and are more comfortable. A peaceful nights sleep without pain will be well worth the money spent. Mattress stores regularly hold sales and promotions so it would be a good idea to shop around and compare prices before making a purchase.
Balance Comfort with Support
Comfort is just as important as support. A firm mattress has several faults including the extra pressure they put on your joints while sleeping. Soft mattresses may seem more comfortable but ultimately, they give you no back support. Medium firm mattresses tend to be the best option as they offer because they offer support and comfort by allowing your shoulders and hips sink in slightly.
Determining Factor – Personal Preference
There is no mattress that is perfectly suitable to everyone with back pain. If a mattress helps you sleep with little to no pain then that is the right one for you. Choose the mattress that meets your standards for support and comfort and allows you to get a peaceful nights sleep.
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