If you suffer from lower back pain, you might have heard that investing in a firmer mattress will help alleviate your symptoms. Until recently, this claim was even supported by doctors, but more recent research suggests that firmness is not always beneficial. In fact, some research suggests that hard beds can make your back problems worse and contribute to poor sleep quality.
Firm mattresses may not always be the best choice, but that doesn’t mean you should go for the softest bed available. Very soft beds won’t provide the support your body needs to maintain a healthy alignment, which you’ll feel in the morning. So what is the best type of mattress for back pain sufferers?
The ideal bed for you depends on how you sleep and where your back tends to hurt the most. For instance, if you generally sleep on your back, you should find a bed firm enough to support your lower back, but soft enough to contour around your shoulders. Sleeping on your back on a bed that’s too hard can exacerbate lower back issues, and may cause problems in your upper back as well.
If you tend to sleep on your side, you may need a somewhat softer bed that leaves room for your shoulders and hips but still supports your waist. Otherwise, your spine will be out of alignment all night, causing pain that worsens over time. Having the right bed can solve many persistent pain problems seemingly overnight.