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Choosing the right mattress to ease your back pain

If you’re waking up during the night due to pain, or feeling stiff and sore first thing in the morning - this could be a sign that your mattress is not suitable to your specific needs. Mattress designers have spent decades perfecting their art. Which is why, there are a range of mattresses on the market, each specifically tailored to suit different needs. Having so much choice can make mattress shopping a little tricky, but that’s where we come in. 

What causes back pain?

One of the most common causes of back pain is poor posture. More and more, we're living sedentary lives, and spending our days sat at our desks. Whilst office furniture has advanced marginally, it's still not great to be sitting down for extended periods of time.

Whether it's our sedentary lives, or an ongoing medical issue, back pain can cause a number of problems and can be tricky to live with.  The NHS have built a guide to back pain, looking into exactly what can cause it and how you can prevent it. If you're experiencing minor pain in your back, it could develop into a much more serious problem if you ignore the problem.

Do I need a new mattress?

When you are considering the purchase of a new mattress, taking in to account your personal needs, is one of the most important things to do. Although getting a new mattress will not miraculously cure your back problems. It will certainly help to ease any ongoing issues, helping you to get a restful nights sleep.

The Sleep Council  has recently found that 30% of people sleep 'poorly' most nights, finding that the numbers correlate closely to those who say they have an old mattress. If you're finding yourself waking up feeling un-rested and tired for the day, and with an aching back consistently, then there is an obvious issue somewhere.

We'd recommend changing your mattress every 8 years, but it's always worth remembering that your mattress alone will never completely solve your back pain issues. Living a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and eating the right foods throughout the day are all necessary to ensure you're staying healthy.

Choosing a mattress to ease your back pain

In reality, everyone is slightly different and therefore people will have different opinions on what they find comfortable. That is the reason that there is so much choice when it comes to buying a new mattress - it’s not to try and confuse you, it’s genuinely because there is no such thing as the ‘perfect’ mattress that will result in a good night’s sleep for everyone. 

When you are trying mattresses, a useful method to use to try to decide whether a mattress is supporting your spine is to lie on your back and slide your hand under the small of your back. Your hand should slide under with minimal resistance. If your hand slides in without any resistance, the mattress is possibly too firm for you. If it is very difficult to slide in, then the mattress is likely to be too soft. This method can be useful, but it is best used to help guide your choice. The overall feel and comfort of the mattress is paramount - remember this a personal decision.  

Try before you buy

Try as many different mattresses as possible before making your decision. Although you may be limited to testing each mattress for a few minutes, remember that ‘first impressions’ are often very powerful, and the more you try, the more you will be able to get a sense of what feels right for you. Aim to lie down in the position you would normally sleep in and pay close attention to how your back feels.

An experienced salesperson in our showrooms will be able to help guide your choice; give them plenty of information and feedback whilst you are in the showroom to facilitate this. Ask about split tension mattresses or ‘zip & link’ sets if necessary. These allow two sleeping partners with slightly different needs to ensure their spines are supported appropriately.

There really is so much to think about when choosing the right mattress, speak to a sleep expert at Beds Are Uzzz today.

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