Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain

What’s the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain?

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at any given time, to the point that it’s the single leading cause of disability.

Anyone who has battled chronic back problems knows that sleeping on a quality mattress can make all the difference in terms getting a productive start to your day. After all, waking up with a stiff back can have a limiting impact on everything from your morning jog to that afternoon round of golf.

What Factors Determine the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain?

Despite what many online mattress vendors will claim, Mark’s Mattress Outlet understands that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all mattress. Since every person is an individual with unique height, weight, age, and health conditions, every mattress decision must also be customized and in consideration of those unique factors.

Factor #1: Mattress Support

Mattress support refers to a mattress’ ability to keep your body in proper alignment, which usually means keeping your body in as flat a plane as possible from head to toe. Back pain issues tend to develop when there is a lack of support that prevents your spine from getting the proper alignment it needs throughout the night.

A lack of mattress support can come from one of two main causes. First, any mattress that sags in a particular spot will take your back out of proper alignment, and 20 percent of all mattress owners report sagging to be a problem. The other possibility is that the mattress you own doesn’t necessarily sag, but it’s just too soft for your particular body type. A mattress that’s too soft for your height and weight will “give” in the same way that a sagging mattress does, which is why the ACA recommends “sleep[ing] on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.”

Factor #2: Mattress Conformability

Another main factor that affects back pain is your mattress’ conformability, or its ability to adapt to the specific curvature of your body as you sleep. Even a mattress that has good support may not be comfortable on your back if your body weight isn’t equally distributed across the entire surface of the mattress. Memory foam mattresses, for example, have become extremely popular in the past decade as a result of their ability to conform to the body’s curvature and distribute weight more evenly.

The past few years, adjustable bases have become another emerging trend that people with back pain are finding particularly helpful. If you’ve ever known someone who preferred to sleep in a reclining chair because it was better on their back than sleeping on a bed, then you can easily see the appeal in an adjustable base bed as a “best of both worlds” solution. For some people, having to lie flat on a mattress for several hours at a time simply isn’t the optimal position for their back’s particular ailment, and being able to raise their legs or slightly incline their back can make a big difference toward getting that perfect night’s sleep.

Find the Best Mattress Selection at Mark’s Mattress

Mark’s Mattress Outlet is both the leading provider of brand name spring mattresses at closeout prices, as well as locally manufactured eco-friendly memory foam mattresses that many of our customers prefer over Tempur-Pedic. But regardless of which type of bed your back tells you is better, what matters most is that Mark’s has the best mattress for lower back pain. Visit a Mark’s Mattress store near you today, and see for yourself how a top quality mattress with an adjustable base can make all the difference for your bad back.

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