Find your new best-bad-back-mattress with us!
At Restonic, we believe your back deserves some tender loving care this season. After all, there are presents for your fingers to open, sugary sweets for your tastebuds and don’t even get us started on all the sparkly treats for your eyes – but nothing for your sore and aching back. If your back is barely surviving the holiday stress, we can help you find a retailer near you!
Why your back needs a new mattress
Chronic back pain is one the most challenging medical conditions to treat and/or cure – and yet it sends more people to the doctor than sore throats. Sleep can help heal the abuse we throw at our backs but most of us don’t sleep on a mattress that adequately supports our backs and joints. And when we don’t give our backs enough rest, mornings can be painful.
If you and your mattress have lost that loving feeling, let’s talk about the ways a mattress can hurt your back – and the types of mattresses that can help back pain management and support.
What does mattress support mean to your back?
Mattress support refers to how well a mattress can maintain an equally level surface for the lighter (head, hands and feet) and heavier (hips and torso) parts of your body. A very soft mattress may be supportive initially but may fail to maintain equilibrium across the mattress as time goes on. In extreme cases, a soft mattress that begins to sag (which often occurs in the center third of the mattress) can contribute to poor back health.
What does conformability have to do with your back – and mattress?
While a supportive mattress is important, pay attention to how it conforms to your shape as well. Conformability describes how a mattress molds to the unique curves of your body. A mattress with good conformability attends to heavier and lighter areas equally, which relieves pressure point pain and protects your back from pain.
A mattress that lacks conformability can result in lower back pain by forcing it into an unnaturally flat position. Your body is in alignment when your spine is (mostly) straight when lying on your side. When you lie on your back, your spine naturally forms an “S” shape. A supportive, conforming mattress allows your back muscles to relax, which improves healthy blood circulation and reduces tossing and turning.
How do you shop for a new mattress for your back?
So now that you’ve decided your back deserves some Christmas cheer of its own, how do you find the best mattress? Grab your partner (if you don’t sleep alone) and start mattress shopping. By shopping, we mean lying on a lot of mattresses.
Talk to lots of mattress sales people – this is their business after all – and be prepared to test mattresses for yourself. You know how your body feels on a bad mattress, so it makes sense that you’ll also know what feels good. Try these 3 simple rules when shopping:
1. You don’t sleep sitting up so lie down on the mattress in the store
2. Lie on the bed like you do at home – side, stomach or back
3. Compare mattresses at similar price points so you’re evaluating each one fairly
What’s the true cost of a good mattress? If you spent $2,000 on a new mattress and slept comfortably on that mattress for 7 years, the cost of healthy sleep would be $1.27 per night – less than the cost of Starbucks coffee in the morning…
If you’re ready for a new mattress, we’d love to help you find the right one for you. Visit our Find a Retailer page and we’ll locate a store close by where you can lie on our mattresses and talk to a trained sales professional.
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This blog was originally published on Restonic.com and does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on Restonic.com. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.