At Mattress Mart, we often hear our customers complain about a sore back. There are lots of reasons why you may be experiencing back pain, but one factor may be your mattress. On average, most mattresses need to be replaced every 8 years. Here are some ways to tell if your mattress is causing you back pain and what to look for in a new mattress.
Waking up sore
When does your back pain occur? If it’s there when you first wake up but it goes away after some stretching, then that is a major sign that it’s your mattress. Another indicator is if you’re waking up more often or you’re tossing and turning while trying to get to sleep.
How to pick the right mattress for your back
Look for a mattress that is not too firm or too soft. The right mattress should make you feel like you are floating on a cloud but have the support you need to properly align your spine. A firm mattress will help to tone the back over time.
You also will want to make sure the mattress conforms to your entire body, so that you experience equal amounts of pressure on all of your joints and body parts such as shoulders and hips.
At Mattress Mart feel free to try out all of our products and take a nap if you need to (we’ll wake you up). Bring your own pillow and spend 10 to 15 minutes on each mattress. This is a good way to figure out which mattress is right for you. We also have a 30-day guarantee so if you’re not satisfied with your purchase you can return the mattress for a credit towards the purchase of another one.
Do your research
Find out what type of mattress best suits your needs before you set foot inside a mattress store. You’ll want to know your options, like what is the difference between an innerspring and a memory foam mattress? What’s a hybrid? What mattress is best for avoiding sagging?
And whatever you do, don’t buy a waterbed – unless you have the back of a 10-year-old.
Buy a new pillow
While buying a supportive mattress is crucial to help prevent or relieve back pain, you’ll also want to consider your pillow. If your pillow is not compatible with your mattress, the neck, upper spine, head and shoulder could be affected. Test its firmness level and consider purchasing a pillow that alleviates back and neck pain.
We hope these tips help you find the perfect mattress for your personal needs. Please contact us with questions – our inventory changes daily so if there’s a particular product you are looking for, please let us know.