Back pain is a chronic health condition bothering many people.
If you have back pain and haven’t thought about how your mattress may be contributing to it, it might be time to start.
Research has shown that a mattress with too much wear and tear can wreak havoc on your body because they cannot support your spine and keep it aligned throughout the night.
This can lead to back pain and other joint issues.
Here experts from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) provide several tips for recognizing if you need a new mattress.
According to them, a mattress may lead to back pain. If you are waking up every morning feeling sore and stiff, you feel you can sleep better in a hotel bed than you do at home, or your mattress is older than seven years, then you should consider buying a new one.
To find out if your mattress still works well, you can try two tests.
In the first test, you lay a rigid object, like a meter stick, across your bed. If you can fit your hand in the gap between the object and your mattress, this indicates your mattress is sagging.
In the second test, you place a marble in various places on your bed. If it rolls toward the center of your mattress every time, it is an indication of sagging.
If your mattress doesn’t work perfectly, you can reinforce it by placing plywood underneath it.
When you shop for a new mattress, you should make sure the mattress is made of dense memory foam or a good-quality spring mattress with a pillow topper.
The mattress should be firm enough to support you, but soft enough that you are truly comfortable.
It can support your body in its neutral position. For example, your shoulders and hips should sink into the mattress a little while keeping your spine properly aligned.
Try to test the mattress before you buy it. Just remember that more expensive does not always mean better.
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