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For those of us in Ireland who suffer with a bad back, getting a restful nights sleep can be challenging and this is where the right mattress can help to improve sleep quality and overall wellness.
When it comes to back pains and aches a mattress won’t solve all your problems but it can certainly help to relieve the pain and offer more comfort for a better night’s sleep.
There is no one-size fits all when it comes to a sleep solution for those who suffer with a bad back, however as an extension to our Mattress Buying Guide we have rounded up some of the best mattress types that can offer relief for lower and upper back pain, taking a closer look at their features and how they can help to ease discomfort.
There are many different types of back pain, with different causes. Identifying the type of back ache you suffer from will help you to work out what mattress type is best for you.
If your mattress is old, its ability to support your body comfortably will deteriorate over time, with pocket springs losing their strength and memory foam or latex layers losing their ability to ‘spring back’ into shape when you’ve gotten out of bed.
Without these supports in place, your body may not be evenly supported, leading to a change in your spinal alignment, which can result in a bad back. In order to ensure sufficient support and pressure relief, it’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 7-8 years.
Trying to find the perfect mattress can be challenging at the best of times, but if you also suffer from a bad back, it can become more difficult, with an overwhelming amount of information and conflicting recommendations about how best to relieve your aches and pains.
We’ve taken the pain out of the process 😉 by compiling a list of mattress types that are considered to be best for those with a bad back.
It has long been thought that orthopaedic mattresses are the best solution for a bad back as they are specifically designed to support the joints, back and overall body.
Orthopaedic mattresses are very much on the firmer side of the scale, these mattresses aim to ease the discomfort experienced by those who suffer from a bad back or aching joints by providing a firm, but comfortable mattress which provides targeted support. Based on this we believe the best mattress for those with a bad back is the Sanctuary 1200 Orthopaedic Mattress.
We believe an orthopaedic mattress is the best mattress type for the majority of those who suffer from back pain.
The pocket sprung mattress contains hundreds, often thousands of individual springs, each sewn into its own pocket of fabric. The Hotel Platinum 1400 is, in our view, the best pocket sprung mattress for back pain.
The advantage of this is that the springs within a pocket sprung mattress operate independently of one another, respond to your weight, shape, movement and sleeping position and providing effective weight distribution, which is especially good for those who are taller or heavier. The ability of the individual springs to adjust to the contours of your body can help to provide relief and support for those with a bad back. As a rule of thumb, the higher the spring count the better.
Why is a pocket sprung mattress good for back pain?
In a memory foam mattress, the material reacts to pressure and heat, changing shape to fit the sleeper’s body and ‘remembering’ or holding it – creating the ‘hug’ effect which many customers appreciate.
Memory foam mattresses are believed to offer relief from back pain thanks to the contouring properties which allow the material to fit around your body, providing firm support to the natural curvature of your spine and easing pressure points and aching joints. We believe that the Pearl Memory Foam 1200 is the best memory foam mattress for a bad back.
A hybrid mattress provides the support system of a pocket sprung mattress system with the comfort and pressure relief of a memory foam topping layer, keeping the users spine aligned, while evenly supporting the weight of the body, making it a great option for those who suffer from back pain.