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What’s the best type of mattress?

Could you advise me on the best type of mattress to buy? I have a 12-year history of lower back pain, probably caused by osteoarthritis (awaiting MRI report)

2 responses to “What’s the best type of mattress?”

  1. Nick Sinfield | Physiotherapist | Spring Active says:

    Why not test some in the store and lay down in the position in which you normally sleep. Check the mattress to ensure it supports you properly, it should be firm enough to support your body while supporting the weight of your shoulders and buttocks, keeping your spine straight.

    Researchers studied people with long-term back pain and found that on a 10-point hard-to-soft scale people who slept on a medium-to-firm mattress (5.6 on the scale) had less back pain than those who slept on a softer mattress.

    Unfortunately there is no mattress guaranteed to provide a pain free night’s sleep.

  2. ‘One size does not fit all’ so it is advisable to try a mattress out with your partner. Have one of you lay on the bed upon you back and the other observe from the side. Do you sag in the middle? Does it feel as though you are having your various’lumps and bumps’ in contact with the mattress? Are there any areas that are bearing more weight? Next lay upon your side with a pillow and ask the same Qs. Swap and do it for the other partner. If choosing a memory foam mattress the come in various forms depending upon your body weight- it is possible to have two sides to the bed to accommodate different individuals weight. Remember to change your pillows regularly too. Sleep well!

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