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If youíve ever suffered with lower back pain, then you will know how it can make even the simplest of tasks a real problem. A recent study published on the NHS website found that back pain affects around one in ten people globally. Despite the fact that back pain is very common, it seems that we are still having issues with treating the condition successfully.
But thereís an increasing amount of research that suggests that our sleeping environment could play a large role in how we overcome back pain. So here is a look at what kinds of mattress could be used to treat the problems associated with lower back pain.
Mattresses that can help alleviate lower back pain
As you spend one third of your life in bed, itís important to pick a mattress that gives you plenty of support. If you donít do this, then you might find that poor sleeping posture can mean that your spine isnít correctly aligned which is one of the main contributors to lower back pain.
Whilst personal preference should always govern your choice of mattress, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that firm mattresses can give you support you if you sleep on your back or front. You can get a firm open coil spring mattress from as little as £119, but if you sleep on your side then you might want to pick a medium firm mattress.
You can get a medium firm mattress from as little as £79, but if you are willing to spend a little extra then you can see how a reflex base foam could give you an extra level of support.
Some people find that softer mattresses with pocket springs are able to cater to their needs. Whilst these can be more expensive at around £415, itís always essential to check that they are able to keep your spine perfectly aligned as you sleep.
Why so many people pick firm mattresses
Many people with back pain tend to pick firmer mattresses as there is a widespread belief that they are able to provide you with an additional level of support. Despite this, itís also a good idea to think about how much Ďgiveí the mattress provides.
This is because if a mattress is too firm, then it has the possibility of pushing against your spine. As always, be sure to shop around from a wide variety of mattresses to see what works for you and seek specialist advice from your doctor if your lower back pain is persisting.
Picking a suitable pillow
There are also many brands who have created pillows that are thought to help alleviate problems associated with lower back pain. Many people have found that memory foam pillows have worked well in keeping the spine aligned, but itís also true that you will need to think about what kind of sleeper you are before you rush to buy these specialist pillows.
Better sleeping position
Many people suffering with back pain will find that they tend to sleep on their backs. This has the benefit of keeping your spine in perfect alignment, but it can become uncomfortable for some. Above all, try and find a sleeping position where your body is relaxed and free from obstructions.
Do you need to change mattress or buy a new bed?
Itís thought that we should change our mattresses every five to seven years. But if youíve done this recently and still canít get comfortable, then it might be time to consider getting a new bed. After all, anything that makes bedtime more comfortable is sure to help you in overcoming the problems associated with lower back pain.