Dear Dave: Best Mattress for Back Pain
Scranton, PA – Lots of people suffer from back pain. A common question we get is the about the best bed or mattress to relieve back pain. The answer is: it depends.
My back is killing me. I can’t get a good night’s rest. What’s the best mattress for a back pain sufferer?
Best Bed for Back Pain
Experts agree: there is no one mattress that is best for back pain.
That’s because everyone is different. Key factors:
- Where’s your back pain?
- How do you like to sleep?
- Do you prefer a firm or soft mattress?
Start with a List
We have more than 50 different beds and mattresses at The Better Sleep Store. No one can try them all.
If you suffer from back pain, start by making a list of what you do and don’t like in a bed.
Here are some questions to get you started:
1. Do you sleep on your side, stomach or back?
2. Are you most comfortable on a bed that is firm or soft?
3. Are you too hot or too cold in bed at night?
4. Does your partner like the same kind of bed that you do?
Try a Few Beds
Once you have your list, we can show you beds that will fit your ideal sleeping situation.
Relieve Pressure on the Spine
What we’re looking for is a mattress that straightens the spine and relieves pressure on the disks.
All our mattresses are top quality, but some will work better for you than others. That’s due, in part, because of your size and sleeping habits.
Firm or Not
For years, experts said that a firm mattress is best for back pain.
But recent research suggests that mattresses labeled “Medium-Firm” may offer the most relief, according to WebMD.
If you have a firm mattress that’s new or that you really like, a mattress-topper may help with back pain.
Mattress-toppers added 1 1/2 – 2″ of soft cushioning on top of the mattress.
Old Mattresses = More Back Pain
One thing that’s for sure is that older mattresses do nothing for chronic back pain.
If your mattress is 5 or 6 years old, you may need a new one. If your mattress is 10 years old, you definitely need a new one.
Old mattresses get compacted. They may even sag in the middle. That’s going to make your back pain worse.
Slipping a piece of plywood under a sagging mattress ( a common remedy) will not help much or provide a long-term solution.
Latex vs Innerspring
Another question we get is about the efficacy of innerspring mattresses versus latex for relief of back pain.
Both are good. But most people have a distinct preference one way or they other. Come in and try both.
1/3 of Your Life
Sleeping well is one of the true blessings of life. We spend a third of our lives in bed.
If you’re suffering from back pain, a new mattress can make a big difference.
As a back pain sufferer myself, I can tell you that regular exercise and stretching has made a world of difference for me.
Throw in a medium-firm mattress and I’m a happy guy.
Dave E. McCord
The Better Sleep Store