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What to Look For in a Mattress for Back Pain?

When you choose a mattress for back pain, there are a few things to consider:

  • Remember, no mattress is a medical device. If you have serious medical issues causing your back pain, no mattress will cure the problem. But by making the correct choice your mattress can help eliminate pain caused by a mattress that is not comfortable or supportive.
  • If you are a back-sleeper is the mattress firm enough to support your lower back, while being soft enough to contour to your body? A mattress that is too-stiff tends to push against the spine while too-soft mattresses do not offer enough support. A medium firm mattress is best for this type of sleeper.
  • A side sleeper needs a mattress with more softness to cushion the shoulder and hip areas. If the mattress cushion is not enough the side sleeper will toss and turn frequently all night which will cause poor quality of sleep.
  • Stomach sleepers need a firmer supportive mattress with minimal cushion to prevent stress on lower back.

When looking for support, you need to consider what is right for your body weight. A heavier person will require a more supportive mattress regardless of the preference in sleep positon.

What is the Best Mattress Type to Relieve Chronic Lumbar Discomfort?

Good quality memory foam has been seen by the experts as ideal for ergonomic mattresses for most sleepers to avoid and provide relief for back pain.

Memory foam can come in a range of density, providing anything from a soft mattress to a medium firm mattress, depending on your needs.

It cradles the body’s curves while being firm enough to support the back’s muscular and bony structures. It is important to maintain the alignment of the curves of the spinal cord when you are lying in bed – otherwise, you’re asking for chronic back pain.

Memory foam mattresses, like the Thomasville® Momentum, Broyhill® Sensura and Tempur-Pedic® are the best in keeping the spine in alignment preventing back pain and discomfort in general by providing the necessary lumbar support. This is why more and more sleep experts and spinal cord specialists recommend memory foam mattresses for good sleeping posture.

However, today there are hybrid mattresses, like the Broyhill® Natural Spring that focus on pain relief which memory foam with the well-tested, traditional comfort provided by coil springs. These conform to the body (i.e. are soft enough) while still offering a firm surface not prone to sagging.

At The Bedroom Store, your mattress purchase comes with a 90 Day Comfort Guarantee. This means that you have 90 nights to sleep on the mattress you purchase and should you find that you are not getting the comfort and support you need, you can request a one-time comfort exchange. Just sleep at least 30 nights, to get use to your new sleep environment and if you need to exchange, simply go back into The Bedroom Store and re-select a mattress better suited to your needs.