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Can Changing Your Mattress Reduce Back Pain?

August 18, 2015


Can Changing Your Mattress Reduce Back Pain?

It might just be that I am getting older that the discussions with friends around the dinner table or around the braai are starting to become less about the exciting things that we are up to but rather more about aches and pains that we have discovered, and one of the most common gripes is that of back pain.

It is of course at this point I want to tell the evening’s complainer that they should lose a little weight, exercise more and give serious thought to getting a decent mattress. Of the three options, getting a great mattress is probably the only one that will actually happen, but fortunately it is also one of the most effective ways to help reduce back pain.

Considering that you will spend almost a third of your life on your back sleeping, having the right mattress to support you makes sense. Think about it, if your chair at work was giving you pain you would throw it away and get a new one – the same goes for a mattress.

So how do you get the right bed for you back?

  • Get a firm mattress. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing more luxurious than a soft bed that envelops you when you fall into it, but in the long term the lack of support is going to give you serious pain. Take a look at firm mattresses.
  • Memory foam is your friend. Thanks to its moulding ability, memory foam mattresses will conform and support your back. This can help to prevent the uneven spread of pressure on your body while you sleep and reduce back and joint pain.
  • Keep your mattress in shape. When was the last time that you flipped and turned your mattress? Not only will this help to extend the life of your mattress, but it will also ensure that it doesn’t develop sleeping grooves created by your favourite sleeping positions.

What else should you do if you have back pain?

  • Get the right pillow. You’ll want a pillow that is not only comfortable, but also supports your neck. This can help to prevent pressure on your higher vertebrae. In extreme cases a pillow between the knees while you sleep can also help to straighten the back
  • Sleep right. If you have back pain the last position you should be sleeping in is on your stomach.
  • Consult a doctor. While a great mattress can help to prevent and treat back pain, if you are in serious pain despite the new mattress, you should consult a doctor.

Looking for a firm mattress to help prevent back pain? Take a look at our range of mattresses or pop into your local BedKing and chat with one of our consultants.


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