A mind boggling 80% of UK adults experience back pain. Around 4 in 5 adults (80 per cent) of adults experience some form of lower back pain at some point in their lifetime
Nobody likes having a bad back or back pain of any sort and the thought of getting a good night’s sleep is nothing but that, a thought. But with the advancement in mattress production to cater and support those with such ailments we provide you with some tips for you to choose the best mattress for you (and your back)
A Mattress Should Support The Back
According to the British Chiropractic Association and the Sleep Council amongst a host of others a supportive mattress is what you need if you have a bad back or back complaint. The old saying of a hard mattress for a bad back is no longer the case. You need a mattress that gives your back a good alignment.
It’s All About Size
As a general rule of thumb the lighter a person, the softer the mattress should be and the heavier the person, the firmer the mattress should be. And for people who sleep mostly on their sides they will require a softer mattress, more so than people who sleep on their front as a harder mattress will put too much pressure on the shoulders and the hip and may cause issues.
Try Before You Buy
Easier said than done in today’s current climate granted but if you can try out the mattress before you buy or simply just try a few out before you buy then it may make your decision that much easier.
Is An Orthopaedic Mattress The Answer?
Yes and no. Many makes of mattress claim that their mattresses are orthopaedic but it’s a slight stretch on the truth as they are mainly hard mattresses masquerading as an orthopaedic mattress. We here at Home Furnishings UK have a wide range of approved orthopaedic mattresses
So Are Memory Foam or Pocket Spring Mattresses Good For A Bad Back?
According to independent research conducted by independent sleep website Sleep Like the Dead, these are probably the some of the best mattresses for people who live with constant back, hip and shoulder pain, because they give the support needed and are less likely to sag.
Memory foam as an example is very comfortable indeed as it moulds itself to the shape of your body. This can be a particular benefit for people suffering from pain in their lower backs.
The more traditional pocket sprung mattresses provide a very effective weight distribution which is brilliant for taller or heavier individuals.
In many cases the right mattress can help to alleviate your back pain. A good mattress will distribute your weight evenly, supporting the spine and allowing your muscles to relax, which in turn will help to relieve back pain and help you get a great night's sleep.
So what we suggest is the following to find a better nights sleep;
- Choose a mattress that allows you to sleep comfortably
- Replace a mattress every 6-8 years.
- A sagging mattress is not providing the right support
- Consider memory foam mattresses especially if you have lower back pain