The standard advice for a long time for anyone suffering from a bad back was the buy the firmest, hardest mattress they could find. The idea was that only a hard surface could support the back.
But attitudes towards bad backs and the like have changed. And so, if you suffer from a few niggling aches and pains in the lumbar region, then you need this guide to finding the best mattress to alleviate back pain.
Buying the Best Mattress: What You MUST Know
Buying the best mattress means understanding what each mattress type will offer you but before you start looking at mattresses you need to understand the best way of supporting your spine.
The spine is made of interconnecting small bones, and has three gentle curves in it – one at the top by the neck, the cervical, the middle region and then the lower region, called the lumbar. The most common areas for niggling aches and pains from poor mattress support is the neck or cervical area, and the lower back.
A mattress that doesn’t support you forces the spine straight, hence niggling aches and pains. You need a mattress that supports you back but allows it to fall it into natural shape of three soft curves. Forcing your back to lie completely flat and straight at night is, contrary to popular belief, causing you more problems than you think.
The Types of Mattress
Now you understand how your spine needs support, you will no doubt start looking for a mattress but type it into any search engine, and you will come across a myriad of mattress types, from single memory foam mattresses to open coil spring systems.
Which is best? Should you be guided by price alone? There are many different types, but two of the most popular are memory foam and pocket sprung mattresses.
- Memory Foam Mattress
The history of memory foam begins in the 1970s with the creation of foam for use in space by NASA scientists. Realising that domestic users could gain advantages from the products, it wasn’t until the 1990s that memory foam caught on in the domestic market. As well as domestic uses, memory foam has many medical applications too.
Memory foam mattresses are one of the best choices for people with back and/or aching joints and other medical issues. It moulds itself to the contours of your body, providing unapparelled comfort and support. This means one thing: a great night’s sleep.
- Pocket Sprung Mattress
Another great choice for anyone suffering from a bad back is a coil spring mattress. There are two systems: an open coil mattress – lift the top layer of upholstery on the mattress and you will see a bed of coiled springs – or a pocket coil spring mattress.
A pocket sprung mattress is when each coil is sewn into its own pocket. This ensures each spring stays exactly where you need it, making for a comfortable night’s sleep.
But there are differences in quality from one mattress to another. In effect the more coils or springs in a mattress, the more support it will offer. And more support means a higher level of comfort.
Mattress process range from a few hundred pounds to thousands. Price depends on the amount of time it takes to make the mattress, as well as the materials and fabrics used.
But it doesn’t mean that the more you spend, the better night’s sleep you will have. Mattresses are individual choices. What suits you will not suit someone else, even though your aching back symptoms are similar.
However, a good quality, mid-range pocket sprung or memory foam mattress will offer fantastic support for aching joints, a bad back and neck pain.
What About the Bed Frame and Base?
As well as buying the most comfortable and supportive mattress, you also need to bear in mind that the support and sturdiness of the bed frame will also contribute to how well a mattress performs.
A divan base bed is a solid base and can offer firmness if this is what you are looking for. A bed frame can offer sturdy support and some people want to be able to access more of the space underneath the bed too. But the important thing to remember is this: buy the mattress before the bed frame if you are investing in a completely new bed.
Pillows and Bedding
Now you have your new mattress, to ensure a wonderful night’s sleep, night after night, you need to make sure you have the right pillow and bedding!
Sloane & Sons have been supplying comfortable and supportive mattresses to customers across the UK for nearly two decades. Thanks to them, people waved goodbye to back pain and hello to a great night’s sleep. Guest Post