Suffer from lower back pain? You may need to switch to an orthopaedic mattress...
In this short guide we'll give you everything you need to know about finding the best orthopaedic mattress to help ease-away aches and pains, so you wake up with a spring in your step (rather than a pain in your back).
What is an orthopaedic mattress?
An orthopaedic mattress is designed to offer optimal support around the joints, back and overall body.
Older mattresses can lead to mattress sagging and compromised support around your mid-section, placing further pressure on your muscles to support your body.
If you suffer discomfort throughout the night, then an orthopaedic mattress may be just what you need to banish those sleepless nights.
Quality sleep - as well as being linked to mental performance - is imperative to physical performance. Your spine comes under a lot of pressure through the day, and recovers and recuperates through the night, which is why sleep is so important to spinal health.
How does a bad mattress cause back pain?
While it's always best to consult a doctor on chronic back pain, the cause of your discomfort might be closer to home: in your mattress.
If your mattress is too soft to support your weight it can sag in the middle, which will distort your spine in a way that prevents it from naturally aligning through the night - the repercussions of which will be felt the next day.
As a mattress ages it also starts to lose its ability to effectively support you. This is one of the reasons it's recommended you replace your mattress every 8 years.
It's important to find a mattress that supports you effectively throughout the night. Inadequate support means more pressure is placed on your muscles to support your body, which is why people wake up in the morning with those oh-so familiar aches and pains.
Tips for finding the best mattress for your back
Here are some key things to look out for when finding the best orthopaedic mattress for your back:
- Firmness rating: while it has been suggested that people with a bad back should get an 'extra-firm' mattress, this is not always the case. For example, petite people may need a softer mattress to suit their needs.
- Try it out: it can take a little time to settle-in with a new mattress. At Silentnight we offer a 60 day comfort trialto give you more than enough time to get well-acquainted with your new mattress.
- Zoned support: zoned and targeted support in the areas you need it most, such as the shoulders and hips, are vital to healthy spinal alignment and reducing lower back pain.
Get in the zone: why zoning is important for perfect posture
A third of adults suffer from lower back pain. To combat this all of our mattresses are zoned to add extra support to the hips and shoulders, which promotes healthy spinal alignment and back posture.
We teamed up with the University of Central Lancashire to put our zoned mattresses to the test. Studies revealed that our zoned mattresses beat non-zoned mattresses hands-down to scientifically prove they're better at supporting your spine in key areas around the lower back and pelvis.