No one type of mattress is right for sleepers with back issues, including low back pressure. Each individual requires a unique solution when it comes to getting a sound – and pain-free – night’s sleep. That’s why the sleep specialists here at Oregon’s leading mattress retailer Mattress World Northwest highly recommend test driving a variety of floor models in one of our 11 area showrooms, including stores in Portland, Canby, Salem, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Beaverton, and Gresham. A combination of firm support for level spinal alignment and responsiveness to the body’s natural contours are key elements to achieving relief from back pressure.
Generally speaking, firmer beds appear to perform better for people with lower back pain, and research has shown that sleepers tend to report fewer back problems with a medium or higher level of firmness than with a softer mattress. However, the crucial element when it comes to relieving low back pressure is simply your own personal comfort. The mattress that helps you sleep comfortably and wake up in the morning without back aches or stiffness is the right mattress for you, no matter where it ranks for firmness.
To reduce back pain, our experienced sleep specialists will help you find a mattress that supports the natural curve and alignment of your spine. When the support structure of a mattress fails to conform with your natural spinal curvature, back, neck and hip pain can ensue. This is because your muscles, instead of relaxing through the night, must continually strain against the unnatural posture created when an unsuitable mattress type forces the body into an awkward sleeping position.
To eliminate these back and spine problems, you need to find a mattress that supports your body in a neutral posture, with your spine in a naturally curved position and your shoulders, neck and hips all aligned properly.
If the mattress is too resilient, it runs the risk of pinching the body’s pressure points, causing pain and discomfort. If the mattress has too much give, low back pain results from lack of adequate support.
There’s no one answer that’s right for everyone, but the less sagging and give to a mattress, the less likely sleepers are to report low back pain. The mattress’ ability to conform to your body shape, even as you shift positions during sleep, is also associated with reduced back pain.
For this reason, memory foam, gel foam and latex mattresses regularly get high customer marks for back pressure relief.
A critical issue when it comes relieving lower back pain is finding a mattress type that suits your preferred sleeping position. Side sleepers, for instance, have fewer pressure points than a stomach sleeper, and so generally prefer a more enveloping mattress. The majority of people who sleep on their backs gravitate towards firmer mattress surfaces, whereas people who tend to sleep on their stomachs often dislike overly soft mattresses, which can give them an unpleasant sensation of sinking torso-first.
Lower back pressure will be exacerbated if your mattress is not suited to your comfort preferences, so the first and foremost priority of our mattress experts will be to customize a sleep setup to match your body shape and sleeping tendencies. The more comfortable you are in your bed, the less bothered by low back pain you’ll be – and those morning aches and stiffness will be a thing of the past!
There is no simple formula for which mattress will work for you to relieve low back pressure and pain, and only by testing out a bed yourself will you be able to tell which solution is right for you. The good news is that back discomfort while sleeping does not have to be a permanent condition. So stop by any of our convenient Portland-area mattress stores in Beaverton, Salem, Wilsonville, Canby, Happy Valley, Glisan, Gresham, or Clackamas and experience the dedicated customer service that our Oregon-owned and operated showrooms are known for. Let us help you finally get relief from low back pain and experience the restorative night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming about!