There are so many causes of back pain, including aging, certain health conditions such as osteoporosis, and even anxiety. Most pregnant women suffer from back pain and those who are overweight as well. People who have strenuous physical jobs and those who work out vigorously also have back pains. While most of us would look for a health concern, we fail to look at our mattress whose form and suitability to our situation can affect our bodies.
The British Chiropractic Association studied the effects of mattresses and the researchers discovered that about eight percent of people experience back and neck pain just because their mattress is not right for them. The same study found that one in 10 people who have a problem with their mattress has a difficulty in going back to sleep. This means the wrong mattress can contribute to sleep problems, which is an issue of at least 48% of the population.
If you think that your mattress is causing discomfort, it is important that you act immediately. Most people believe that a firmer mattress is the answer to their needs, but this is not always the case. To stop the neck and back pain, here are some things to apply to your sleeping habits:
- Switch your position if you’re a side sleeper or you sleep on your stomach. Many experts agree sleeping on the back creates less stress on the body.
- You don’t have to sleep on your back all the time. If you keep moving, you will help your joints and muscles relax better.
- Drinking water often can keep your muscles hydrated, which can help alleviate pain.
- If your mattress is too firm and you don’t want to buy a new one, you can simply buy a mattress topper. An overlay will also work, which can make your bed comfier.
- Meanwhile, if your bed is too soft, add a sheet of plywood beneath your mattress. The softness will still be there, but your mattress will provide you with more support.
- Flip your mattress if it is not one-sided. This will help avoid lumps, making you feel more comfortable while sleeping. Plus, it can increase your mattress’ life.
Your mattress should be durable and comfortable with enough support for your build and weight. It shouldn’t be too hard unless you have back pain and your doctor recommends it. Too soft mattresses can also cause your body to slump into it, which can make you uncomfortable and hot all night.