WHAT TYPE OF MATTRESS IS BEST FOR BACK PAIN?
Sore back? It’s a common complaint. 8 in 10 of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. If you suffer with a bad back, you might be wondering - what mattress is good for back pain? Given that there are many causes of back pain, there’s no one-cure-fits-all.
Sleep can become much more difficult when pain isn’t managed, and sleeping in one position for too long can cause stiffness. A newer mattress is going to be better for you versus an older mattress, given that older mattresses from 7 years+ may have obvious sagging or dips at the edges, protruding springs, or a permanent depression from where you lay, and as a result, giving insufficient support to maintain proper spinal alignment.
HOW TO SLEEP WITH BACK PAIN?
- The best sleep position for back pain is the one that feels the most comfortable
- When the pain is worse, use extra pillows to add more support where necessary
- The best mattress for back pain is a responsive mattress that can adjust to your position and provide support where needed
BEST SLEEPING POSITIONS FOR BACK PAIN?
ON YOUR SIDE:
Sleeping on your side might be the best position for you, so lie on your side with your knees partially bent towards you. Slide a pillow under your neck and one between your knees (this is also good for pregnant sleepers). If you have a herniated disk, you may feel more comfortable in the foetal position, with your knees tucked up into your chest.
ON YOUR BACK:
Prefer to sleep on your back? Put two pillows behind your knees, and one under your lower back to give it extra support.
ON YOUR FRONT:
Sleeping on your front can add stress to your neck. However, if this is still comfortable for you, tuck a pillow under your hips for added support.
SHOULD I HAVE A FIRM OR SOFT MATTRESS FOR BACK PAIN?
Ever wondered if a firm or soft mattress is better for back pain? A survey of 268 people with lower back pain found that those who slept on very firm mattresses reported poorer sleep quality. Whereas, soft mattresses that allow the body to sink won’t maintain your alignment. Therefore, the best mattress for back pain is responsive, supportive, and in the medium firm range.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATTRESS FOR BACK PAIN?
It’s important to choose the right mattress for bad backs. A firm mattress that refuses to contour to the body will not provide support for the natural curvature of your spine. Simba mattresses are engineered with both soft cushioning layers for even weight distribution, and firm layers for edge-to-edge and multi zone support.
Simba’s unique, patented Aerocoil® springs are made of lighter, alloy and finer than traditional chunky bedsprings, so you won't get that poking-in feeling. And they're made to a patented, cone-shaped design which hugs every point of the body and pivots and flexes to distribute your weight fully for pressure relief. When choosing the right mattress for back pain, take into consideration your bed base and the amount of support it gives.