Mattress Recommendations – From A Chiropractor's Perspective
Several years ago people believed that a firm mattress is the best if you are suffering from back, but this is just a myth. There was a study made in Spain on people that had back pain who had to sleep on both a medium or soft mattress and on a firm one. The study revealed how the ones sleeping on a softer mattress got rid of the pain faster and in a higher percent than the ones sleeping on the firm mattress.
People have different sleeping habits and no advice works the same for everybody, so let’s go through the main three aspects you should look into your mattress if you experience back pain:
- Support- a great mattress keeps the sleeper’s body on a flat plane, not allowing parts of the body to be lower or higher than the rest. Support can be undermined by extreme softness and sagging (compression of some mattress’ areas that causes painful positions)
Conformability- refers to how well a mattress conforms to the contours of a body and supports equally all of a person’s body, with no gaps in the support. The lack of conformability results in at least one part of the body placed in an unsupported position, feeling more pressure than the other parts, which can be the source of significant discomfort and pain.
Firmness- plays an important part in your sleep when it comes to preventing back pain. Too soft and too firm are two limits that you should avoid.
Memory Foam Mattress
Memory foam mattresses tend to be effective in preventing or reducing pain. While the beds can develop problems (sagging, excessive softness, and loss of support) these problems tend to not be as common or serious as they can be with most other mattress types. Memory foam also tends to provide good to excellent conformability, especially memory foam of higher density.
Pros: foam mattresses provide comfort and releases pressure from the key zones of your body and also reduce the motion transfer during your sleep so you don’t disturb your partner.
Cons: it is true that this type of material tends to overheat, having poor thermal regulation but this can be solved with the right pad or protector.
Memory foam mattresses are the most recommended for persons who suffer from back pain and simply can’t find the right position during their sleep.
Latex Foam Mattress
Latex mattresses can be effective in reducing and preventing pain. Latex often conforms moderately to the body. Firmness tends to be medium to firm (but soft varieties are available), and excessive firmness is a top owner complaint.
Pros: this mattress provides a great balance between comfort and support and is suited very well with people that experience back pain during their sleep. Dust and allergens resistant and highly durable, this type of mattress is a great investment in health.
Cons: if you are used to something really soft, this material might come as firm but you will appreciate the fact that is more elastic than foam and offers great support.
Firmer, but as efficient as memory foam, latex mattresses are a great pick to reduce back pain and wake up more with more energy than ever.
Air beds tend to be effective in preventing and reducing pain, especially back pain. Sagging and loss of support is usually less of a problem with airbeds compared to most other bed types. The air chambers inside an airbed provide fair or better conformability as well as allow for adjustable firmness to suit personal preference and sleeping position. Airbed models, however, with little or no comfort layer are often too firm for most sleepers.