What mattress or futon is the best if I have back problems?
Picking the right mattress or futon is a hard enough with all the options today, but if you have chronic back pain it makes it even harder. If you choose the wrong mattress your pain could increase, especially in the lower back. Also a new mattress takes about 3 weeks for your body to adjust, so be prepared to have a few nights of restless sleep on your new mattress or futon.
Most back pain when lying on a mattress or futon is caused by an unnatural curvature of the spine, creating pressure on your lower back. A mattress or futon that is too soft can cause this issue immediate upon lying on mattress. So how to choose the right mattress? Let’s limit some options?
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? If so you want to purchase a medium firm to firm mattress or futon mattress, if you are of average build. If you are on the heavier side firm to extra firm mattresses or futons are your best option. 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. IF you are a side sleeper it can work.
There is no such thing as one mattress for all, especially if you have chronic lower back pain. Comfort layers of wool (not just a think wool liner in the top of the mattress or futon can help cure many issues. Although you need support and firmness that cushy soft yet supportive crimp in the wool and the muscle relaxing benefits of wool mattresses can help relieve all sorts of lower back and muscle pain.
Many mattresses today are sewn closed so you cannot see what is inside. Make sure you understand all the ingredients inside a mattress and what effect they will have on your body. You can purchase latex mattress that you can swap out latex layers to make the mattress or futon more or less firm. All coil springs are not equal; some have more coil count making them firmer. Coconut coir adds a layer of extra-firm support to any mattress or futon. Bottom line is the best mattresses or futons for back pain provide natural support and alignment of the spine while in any position on the mattress or futon.
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