31 Jul Is Your Bed Causing You Back Pain: How to Know?
Do you wake up in the morning with back pain? Do you feel tight in your neck and back throughout the day?
Certainly, there are many reasons why a person may be experiencing back pain, especially if you lead an active life or if you have experienced chronic back pain for an extended period of time. 31 million Americans report having low back pain at some point in their lives, and the place you spend the majority of your time could be the cause.
An average person at the age of 75 has spent approximately 25 years sleeping! Where you sleep and what you sleep on for 25 years matters. Many men and women who experience chronic back pain do so because of the bed they are sleeping on. So, what makes a good mattress and how can you tell if your bed is causing back pain? Read on to find out if your mattress is the problem and what to do about it.
How to know if your bed is the problem
Chronic back pain doesn’t necessarily have one source, but an unsupportive bed that is too soft or too hard can cause or irritate symptoms of chronic pain. If you ‘ve asked yourself how to tell if your bed is causing back pain, glance at the list below to see if any of these points resonate with you.
- Your back pain is less severe throughout the day vs when you first wake up
- You sink into your bed without feeling supported
- You frequently wake up throughout the night
- The natural curves of your body are unsupported (too hard or too soft)
- Your pain is consistent and isolated in the same spot after a night’s sleep
- You feel groggy and tired, even when you first wake up in the morning
Tips for finding the perfect mattress
There is not one specific brand of mattress that is the cure for back pain, but there are qualities to look for when shopping for a mattress that ensures high quality and reduces chronic, long-term pain.
- Find a mattress that is a blend of firm and soft. A bed that is too firm will cause excessive pressure on your neck and spine, causing the pressure points to be under stress and result in pain. A bed that is too soft will not support your spine and pressure points, allowing too much free motion and potentially spine curvature.
- Look for a mattress that will balance and support your body while laying down. This looks like the natural ebb and flow of the curves of a mattress supporting your hips, back and neck.
- Read the reviews! There is a lot to say about reading reviews from people who have already purchased a mattress and used it for a certain time period.
- Buy a new mattress– Although upcycling is in, make sure you are purchasing a mattress that is either new or has been certified by the owner to be relatively new. You will have no idea what kind of stress a used mattress has been through, so it is better to buy a mattress with new springs to support your body the way it is intended to.
If you are experiencing chronic back or neck pain, your mattress might be to blame! Luckily your pain can be alleviated whether you change your mattress or not with regular visits and adjustments with a chiropractor.
Luxxey chiropractors will be able to quickly let you know where your pain is potentially stemming from while giving your body relief from the chronic pain you are experiencing. Call us today at (602)566-9642 or contact us to schedule your appointment.