There is no question that the mattress that you’re sleeping on can be either an advantage or a disadvantage if you are suffering from back pain. Different mattresses provide different levels and types of support, and though mattress comfort is a matter of personal preference, it is also something that can be guided by research and real data. There is a great deal of information available on selecting the right type of mattress for your specific type of pain, as well as on sleep positions that may be helping or hurting.
It is also important to keep in mind that your ability to sleep comfortably may be impacted by factors other than your mattress, including any medications that you may be taking, any personal habits such as napping or the use of electronic devices that may be interrupting your ability to sleep, the use of caffeine, alcohol or tobacco, stress, and a variety of sleep disorders. If you are considering purchasing a new mattress, be sure that you have addressed all of these issues before you make a big investment that you think a new mattress will solve. Though the purchase of the right kind of new mattress can provide tremendous relief of pain you may be experiencing, it is also important to seek medical attention to determine whether you have a physical problem that needs treatment from a physician. Switching mattresses may provide more comfort and an alleviation of pain, but it is not a cure. Continue reading