What mattress or futon is the best if I have back problems?
Picking The Right Mattress
Picking the right mattress or futon is a difficult enough with all the options today. But if you have chronic back pain, it makes it even more difficult. Choosing the wrong mattress can negatively impact your sleep and your health. What makes matters even more tricky, is that new mattresses take about 1-2 weeks for your body to adjust to. It is not uncommon for the first few nights to wake up sore or have an uncomfortable sleep. Be prepared to have a few nights of restless sleep on your new mattress or futon.
Why Is My Lower Back Sore When I Wake Up
There are many causes for lower back pain, but having more lower back pain when you first wake up could be a sign that your mattress is not supporting you while you sleep. This will eventually happen with every mattress on the market, granted it may take some decades to become non-supportive. The lack of support caused an unnatural curvature of the spine, creating pressure on your lower back, hips, and shoulders. It is not uncommon to have both a sore lower back and stiff neck at the same time. A mattress or futon that is too soft can cause this issue immediately. So how to choose the right mattress? Let’s limit some options?
Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Looking For A New Mattress
- Are you interested in organic or chemical free?
- Is it for you alone or are you co-sleeping with a partner or child?
- What have you been sleeping on up to now?
- Are you an average build, heavy build, or light build? Average build is typically 140 -150lbs.
- Do you primarily sleep on your back, stomach, or side?
Each of these questions helps to narrow down the type of mattress that is perfect for your sleep. The two most important factors are your sleeping position and your build. A heavier built person will not benefit from a restful night's sleep on a soft or plush mattress as it does not support their back. For heavier individuals, a medium firm to a firm mattress is recommended. As for sleeping positions, a back or stomach sleeper will benefit more from a firm mattress, while a side sleeper will find a medium to medium firm mattress more comfortable. Lighter builds may find that a soft to medium firmness may be the most comfortable.
There is no such thing as one mattress for all, especially if you have chronic lower back pain. Comfort layers of wool on the top of the mattress or futon can help cure many issues. These comfort layers are not to be confused with dense felted wool pads. Wool has many health benefits that make it an ideal ingredient, one of which is its muscle relaxing properties.
Know What Is Inside Your Mattress
Many mattresses today are sewn closed so you cannot see what is inside. Make sure you understand all of the ingredients inside a mattress and what effect they will have on your body.
- Latex - You can purchase latex mattresses that you can swap out latex layers to make the mattress or futon more or less firm.
- Springs - Innerspring mattresses are the standard component in most mattresses. Not all springs are created equal. They have different styles, bonnell coil or pocket coil for example. Be sure to know the coil count and coil gauge
- Coconut Coir - Coconut coir adds a layer of extra-firm support to any mattress or futon.
- Memory Foam - Memory foam has a tendency to make your body sink in, and if you are a back or stomach sleeper, this is not a good choice for you.
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