Is your mattress causing you back pain?

September 10th, 2021 | Sleep & Customer Satisfaction

Are you waking up every morning with a sore back? Your mattress could be the reason why. 

Your mattress has a big role to play not only in the quality of your sleep, but how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If you’ve got the wrong mattress then you’ll likely be experiencing some aches and pains as a result of incorrect spinal alignment. If you’re not achieving a neutral position with your spine each night due to incorrect support, then your body is likely working overtime to compensate, this can cause serious discomfort and muscle strain. Even the highest quality mattresses can cause stiffness and pain if they do not offer the correct level of support for your needs. Mattresses are not one-size-fits-all. Your height, weight, health requirements and own individual comfort preferences all have an influence on the type of mattress you require. That is why TEMPUR® mattresses are available in a variety of different sizes and feels. 

So, how can you tell if your mattress is the issue? 

How to tell if your mattress is the problem

You wake up in pain

If you wake every morning with an achy back, then it’s probably your mattress, your sleeping position or both. A mattress that is too firm will not have enough ‘give’ for you to achieve proper spinal alignment and can leave your back and shoulders feeling sore, whilst a mattress that is too soft can cause your back to bow which can put unwanted strain on your spine. 

You toss and turn at night

If you’re struggling to fall asleep at night, and then tossing and turning when you do, it’s probably your mattress. A restless night’s sleep is usually a sign that you can’t find a comfortable sleeping position. 

You have an old mattress

It’s generally recommended by most mattress manufacturers that you replace your mattress every 8 years or so. Over time your mattress will begin to wear in and may not provide you with the optimal level of comfort and support that it once did. Not only that but our height, weight and health needs can change over time and a mattress that was perfect a few years previously may no longer be the right one! If you’ve had your mattress for a long time, then it’s probably the cause of your back pain. 

You wake up continually throughout the night

If you find that your sleep is being disturbed throughout the night, then it’s probably something in your environment. Sometimes this can be too much light filtering in, or a hot bedroom, but often it’s your mattress! If you’re not able to get into a comfortable sleeping position then you’ll probably find yourself suffering from broken sleep. 

Your mattress is sagging

One of the clearest signs that your mattress is the problem, is sagging or lumpiness. Sometimes the materials and spring supports in mattresses can break down through wear and tear. If you mattress is sagging, lumpy or broken, then it’s time to throw it out and get a replacement. 

Which mattresses are best for back pain? 

Foam mattresses are often regarded as one of the best options for addressing back pain. TEMPUR® mattresses are made from high quality pressure sensitive materials that will conform to the shape of your body, providing just the right amount of support for proper spinal alignment and taking pressure off of your joints. Better yet, they can be paired with an adjustable base for maximum comfort. 

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