If you are suffering from back pain, you may be wondering how you can determine if your mattress is at fault. Here are a few factors to take into consideration.
Back pain and lower back pain
The back pain caused by a mattress is of a muscular nature. If your body feels stiff and sore when you get up but you feel better as the day progresses, then your mattress may be at fault and is likely causing your back pain. The parts of your back most likely to be affected include the middle of your back and the lower back.
You may also be experiencing neck pain if you’re sleeping on a worn or poor quality pillow. Check out our guide on the best pillows in the UK.
When changing your mattress, you need to consider factors such as your height, weight, preferred sleeping position, and level of firmness. Be aware that a firm mattress is not necessarily a good mattress for back pain. A mattress that’s too firm, of poor quality, or not adapted to your needs may even be causing your back pain.
The age of your mattress
A mattress ages. Over the years, a mattress will wear out and not adapt well to your body any longer. An old, worn-out mattress is more likely to cause back pain. It is, therefore, necessary to change your mattress every 8-10 years.
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A sagging mattress
Is your mattress sagging or does it have dents or worn-out areas? Then your back pain is likely to be caused by your mattress. A sagging mattress causes your spine to become misaligned. Unable to support your body and keep your spine in a healthy position, your spine is likely to bend up or down, which is not healthy for your muscles. This, in turn, causes back pain.
Even if your mattress does not have any visible lumps, it is important to pay attention to how your body feels. Your body will feel if the mattress isn’t supporting it well.
Another way of determining whether your mattress is causing your back pain is to not sleep on it for several days. Consider, for example, that you always immediately notice a sagging or lumpy mattress if you’re staying in a hotel. But since we sleep in our own beds every day, we become more accustomed to it and are unlikely to notice these issues. We get used to sleeping on a bad mattress even if it’s not ideal for your body and spine.
If you sleep elsewhere for a few nights, you’re more likely to notice faults with your mattress.