One of the most common queries we get asked by patients suffering with back or neck pain is how important is their mattress?
Do they need a soft, medium or firm mattress? A sprung, latex or memory foam mattress? Or are all of these things just gimmicks?
Choosing the right mattress is important. But it has become more complicated with so many different options available!
To avoid an uncomfortable nights sleep – or miserable back pain or neck pain in the morning, we recommend to go back to basics and consider the following points.
If you are broad shouldered, have broad hips or are more on the curvy side, it may be best to avoid firm mattresses, as you would need something with more give to support your body shape.
Softer mattresses are better for these body types as they allow your hips and shoulders to sink in a little, providing extra support.
The flip side of this therefore is if you have a particularly straight body shape, with little variation in hip and shoulder width. Go for a firmer mattress to better fit your figure.
Memory foam mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are great for giving extra support, but can be expensive. Tempur has been the leading brand but there are comparable alternatives that are cheaper – we suggest to look online and compare reviews.
A memory foam “topper” (which is a thin mattress, around 5cm which goes on top of your usual mattress) is excellent for providing additional support and comfort, and is a cost saving way to having a better mattress.
Latex mattresses are also very supportive but can be hot as they do not breathe as much as sprung mattresses. So if you do not like being hot when you are in bed, we would recommend against this type of mattress.
They are however very comfortable, and can also be bought as “toppers”
What to look out for
The more springs in the mattress, the more even the support provided, so always go for one with a higher spring count if possible.
If you do have a particularly firm mattress and want it softened, this can be achieved by placing a duvet between the mattress and your bedlinen, to cushion you slightly and support your back.
Always try to sleep on your back or on your side, with enough pillows to ensure your neck is in line with your spine and not bending to the side.
If you experience pain in bed, or often wake up in pain, you should consult one of our team who will assess your back and neck for injuries.
Telephone 020 8943 2424 for an appointment
Good Luck & Sweet Dreams!
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