What can you do when the pain in your lower back becomes your constant companion? The minute you lie down at night on your mattress it feels like the pain has subsided, but the very next morning it is still just as bad. Besides cursing your fate, there seems to be very few options, right?
The key lies in your mattress! Yes, the 7-8 hours in a day that you sleep is the time for your back to heal and for this to be possible your spine has to be properly supported throughout the night.
Remember, sleeping on an old mattress or one that does not suit you will actually aggravate your lower back pain! So now let’s look at some basics on how to go about when investing in a new mattress…
When to get a new Mattress?
You need to get a new mattress when
- Your spine starts sinking into your mattress.
- It’s more than 5-7 years old (that’s the average life of any mattress)
- You start waking up with aches and pains.
- Your mattress starts to sag.
- You hear creaks when lying down.
In fact it is actually better if you start checking out new mattresses once yours is about 4 years old.
So when you actually go to buy keep these points in mind:
1. Size: When you sleep you tend to shift around and this is perfectly normal. And therefore, a mattress that is too small will make you cramp up and worsen the back pain.
2. Mattress Type: There are 4 different types here:
- Inner-Spring, which will vary in firmness;
- Memory Foam will conform to your body and offer fairly firm support to your back.
- Air core mattresses are an expensive option that are remote controlled and can be adjusted according to individual needs.
- Solid Foam is very hard and wears out more easily. They are not recommended.
3. Firmness: For people suffering from Lower Back Pain a mattress of medium firmness is recommended. Anything too firm or too soft will aggravate the lower back pain further. However, after the age of 40 a slightly softer mattress might work better.
4. Comfort Guarantee: Certain retailers give you the option to use any mattress for anytime between 2 weeks or a few months before you decide if you want to exchange it for another one. This is actually a good option, as mattress comfort differs from person to person.
How to care for a mattress so that it lasts longer?
A mattress is an extremely important thing for a person suffering from lower back pain. And it is essential you care for it properly:
- Flip it at least twice a year.
- Keep it clean.
- Use devices like zipper bags to protect it from bed bugs.
- Alternately you can get an exterminator if you find any bugs.
What’s the best position to lie in?
Even with a good mattress, your reclining position accounts for some of the back pain. So keep in mind:
- Lie on the back with knees slightly bent to lessen pressure on your back.
- If your doctor prescribes lying on your stomach, go for a firmer mattress.
And now, for all those people who don’t think their mattress have yet run their full course and don’t want to replace them just yet, but are still looking for a fix for their back pain, we recommend a highly rated Mattress topper that has proven to be a God-send for many people suffering from Back Pain. It is the Comfort Rx 2″ Orthopedic Gel Foam Mattress Topper.
Here are a few features of the topper to look out for:
- Comes with a cover made of 100% Egyptian cotton.
- When you sleep your body heat is captured by infused gel beads so that you don’t feel warm.
- It has Patented gel formulation and premium Lucid memory foam that makes sure you toss and turn less.
- Available in 5 sizes – California King; Full; King; Queen; Twin.
- The size of the topper is as follows:
California King: 72 inches wide x 84 inches long x 2 inches deep
Full: 54 inches wide x 75 inches long x 2 inches deep
King: 76 inches wide x 80 inches long x 2 inches deep
Queen: 60 inches wide x 80 inches long x 2 inches deep
Twin: 39 inches wide x 75 inches long x 2 inches deep
- Also can include (at additional cost) a washable and removable stretch-to-fit cover made of 100% Egyptian cotton that increases breathability and softness.
- It is perfect for people with hip or back pain, helping to give relief.
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