You sleep on your mattress every night, so it’s no surprise that it could be the cause of your back problems. If you can’t find any other cause or haven’t had an injury, you might look at how you’ve been sleeping. The bed we sleep on plays a role in our health in several ways. Here’s everything you need to know about your mattress to prevent back pain and problems to your overall health.
The Importance of Your Mattress
Not all mattresses are created equally. However, every person is different in the type of mattress they need that their backs will tolerate. Here are three standard tips from Sleep Advisor to keep in mind when choosing a mattress:
- The bed needs to be supportive of the entire body when it’s in a neutral state with proper spinal alignment
- It can’t be too firm, causing unwanted pressure on the spine
- Alternatively, it can’t be too soft to not provide enough support
How Your Bed Can Cause Back Pain
Your mattress has the ability to relieve or worsen back pain. If you aren’t getting enough support from your mattress, you can be sleeping with bad posture. Sleep with bad posture can cause strained muscles, as well as misalignment. Ideally, a mattress needs to provide comfort and ample support to help relieve pain in the lower back. When the lower back can rest properly, it can allow the spine to recoup throughout the night.
SPINE-health explains the importance of understanding how to find the right mattress for you and your needs. They explain:
- The focus should be on personal preference. You know your body better than anyone else does. Due to this, you know what your body can tolerate versus what it won’t react well to.
- Understand what the mattress is made up of. The coils and inner springs provide the support in mattresses. Each mattress is different in how they’re made up, but the number of coils and types of padding affect mattress depth and should be chosen by you as to what would work best for your spinal health.
- Find one with back support. A good mattress will provide you support for the natural alignment of your spine. The right amount of support will help prevent muscle pain in the morning.
- Find balance. When choosing a mattress, try to find the perfect balance between back support and comfort. Your mattress should allow your shoulder and hips to slightly sink in for optimal comfort.
How Else Can Your Bed Affect Your Health?
The mattress isn’t the only thing that plays into your overall health. Oftentimes people don’t consider just how filthy bed sheets can become if sheets and blankets are not washed regularly. We wash our clothes after we wear them out, we wash dishes after we cook, but we don’t think about our sheets in the same kind of manner. Sheets can accumulate many things that you can’t see with your bare eyes, like dead skin cells, dirt, and dust. If you want optimal health, you should consider washing your bed sheets frequently.
If you’re suffering from back pain caused by sleeping – or anything else – you have treatment options. We offer spinal decompression, scoliosis care, regenerative therapy, spinal rehabilitation, chiropractic care and more. Everyone’s pain is different. We will work with you one-on-one to develop a treatment plan that will best help your back pain.
Align the Spine with Spine Correction Center
Lower back pain is the #2 reason why Americans see the doctor. Back pain in most people has been manifesting for months without you feeling any pain. If you think your mattress is causing your back pain, schedule a free consultation to come learn how Spine Correction Center of the Rockies can help realign your spine.