3 Ways To Tell If Your Bed Is Causing Back Pain (& Why You Need A Sleep Natural Bed)19 Sep
Are you wondering how to tell if your bed is causing back pain? You’re not alone! Many people go through life trying to figure out why they’re waking up in pain, but never do anything about it. The good news is there’s enough research that can tell you what to look for so you can tell if a new mattress would help. Keep reading for helpful tips!
How to Tell if Your Bed is Causing Back Pain
While it’s hard to know exactly what the reason for your pain is, here are some signs you may need a new mattress:
The pain is there first thing in the morning. If you go to bed feeling great and wake up miserable, it’s a good sign your mattress is causing back pain. A mattress that’s too soft will cause your spine to fall out of alignment all night long, and a mattress that’s too firm will cause joint pressure in your hips that leads to pain in your lower back. You’re certain to feel this pain as soon as you try to get out of bed.
You’re tossing and turning all night. It’s hard to get comfortable when you’re, well, uncomfortable. If your spine isn’t neutral on your bed, you’ll try all night to find a better sleep position when the problem is actually your mattress.
Your mattress is at least eight years old. As mattresses age, they lose their shape. A memory foam mattress will stop being able to cradle your shoulders and hips as it should, and an innerspring mattress will start to sag. An old mattress and back pain go hand in hand.
How the Right Mattress Can Cure Your Back Pain
Now that we’ve discussed how to tell if your mattress is causing back pain, we’ve found some advice on how to choose a bed that will relieve AND prevent back pain. Researchers in Spain recently studied people with long-term back pain and found that people who slept on a medium-to-firm mattress (5.6 on a firmness scale) had less pain than those who prefer a soft or firm mattress. In an interview with NBC News, Gerard Varlotta, director of sports rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center, explained why the findings make sense.
“There needs to be an equal distribution of pressure,” he said. “Too firm of a mattress is not good. It doesn’t provide enough contour to our bodies. Too soft is going to bend and cause problems as well.”
But of all the medium-to-firm beds out there, it’s hard to tell which brands and models are best. One thing to look for is a material that’s been proven to help back-pain sufferers sleep.
Sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, says latex is a great choice. In WebMD’s article “How to Pick Your Perfect Mattress”, he says, “Quite frankly, I think one of the best materials is latex.” Breus goes on to say that latex is firm and supportive, yet provides comfort similar to memory foam. But latex pushes back whereas memory foam doesn’t, ultimately providing more support.
If Your Mattress is Causing Back Pain, Sleep Natural Has Just What You Need
If you see all the signs you need a new mattress, you owe it to yourself to check out Sleep Natural’s Latex Collection. Not only are Sleep Natural mattresses better for your back, but they’re also better for your overall health. We only use plant-based eco-friendly materials like wild-harvested bamboo and natural latex tapped from local rubber trees, and foams that are CertiPUR-US certified so they help you breathe better and are toxin free. Each of our latex mattresses eliminates pressure points, promotes proper spinal alignment, and evens body weight distribution — a perfect recipe for pain-free sleep.
The Sleep Natural™ Integrity Plush Eurotop Hybrid. With over 2300 5-Zoned pocketcoils, 2.4” flexible micro coils, and layers of supportive latex, this mattress is made to keep your spine neutral. Add Kooling Gel Swirl Memory Foam and Outlast quilting with gel foam, and you’ll sleep cool and comfortable all night.
The Sleep Natural™ Dream Weaver Plush. Designed to provide comfort for both stomach and back sleepers, it has multiple layers of natural latex and plush foam to make this bed comfy, cozy, and supportive.
The Sleep Natural™ Starlight ET. A Tempur-Pedic alternative perfect for eliminating back pain in any sleeping position, side sleepers will notice their shoulders are cradled by the Supersoft and Plush latex, stomach sleepers will notice their hips don’t sag forward, and back sleepers will enjoy the pressure relief on the spine.
Sleep Natural™ Starlight Plush. A deep layer of Gel-Infused Kool Core combined with foam and latex will make you forget about your old mattress problems. Stomach and back sleepers will love the plush to cushion firm feel that keeps their spine in correct alignment to eliminate back pain.
Now That You Know How to Tell if Your Bed is Causing Back Pain, Try a Sleep Natural Bed Today!
Instead of dealing with your bad mattress symptoms, buy a new bed that’s made to make you feel good! Shop our buying guide online or come to a Mark’s Mattress Store near you to try a Sleep Natural bed in person. We can’t wait for you to feel the difference!