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Most of us will experience neck pain at some time in our lives. The causes of neck pain can vary from bad posture and muscle strain to nerve damage or injuries induced by an accident or fall.
Regardless of the cause, when you’re suffering from neck pain, trying to get comfortable can be an issue, particularly when trying to sleep at night. Finding a comfortable position to get some rest and relief from your pain is essential for recovery and there are a number of things you can do to help improve your sleep.
Neck pain is connected to the support of your back, so the best type of mattress for neck pain also offer excellent support and pressure point relief for those who suffer from back pain.
As a detailed extension to our Mattress Buying Guide, we take a look at some of the best types of mattresses for those suffering with neck pain.
Mattress firmness for neck pain
If you suffer from neck pain, you will need a mattress that is able to support you, so firmness is key. While you may have a personal preference on your preferred level of firmness when it comes to a mattress, ultimately, a firmer option can often help when it comes to relieving neck and back pain. If you usually prefer a softer sleep surface, mattress toppers or hybrid mattresses can offer a comfort layer, while you still get firm support from the mattress beneath.
If you suffer from neck pain (or back pain for that matter), a mattress that offers support for the body’s key pressure points is essential. While you don’t want a mattress that is so soft that you sink down into it, you may want a softer layer for additional comfort. A hybrid mattress is the ideal solution – the pocket sprung base offers strong support, providing even distribution of weight, alleviating strain on pressure points, while a soft memory foam or gel layer provides a comfort layer, providing enough softness that allows you to sink in to make contact with the supportive mattress beneath.
Orthopaedic mattresses are well known as good solutions for those who suffer with back pain, this is what also makes orthopaedic mattresses a great option for those who suffer with neck pain as back and neck pain are connected and may have an impact on one another.
Orthopaedic mattresses are specifically designed to support the pressure points of the body including the neck, back, joints and overall body. They tend to be on the firm side and it’s this firmness that offers the strong base of support that helps to evenly distribute the weight of the body and keep the spine in neutral alignment, while relieving pressure on the neck, back and joints.
Pocket Sprung Mattresses offer a comfortable option for those suffering with neck pain and are available in a variety of firmness levels. The individually pocketed springs that make up the core of a pocket sprung mattress react individually to the movement of your body, supporting and distributing the weight of the body evenly, which prevents key areas like the neck, back and joints absorbing additional pressure which may result in pain.