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How Your Old Mattress Can Aggravate Back Pain

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 92% of Americans say a good mattress is important to a good night’s sleep. This is especially true for those experiencing back pain, which can be caused by little to no mattress support. If you are experiencing back pain at night or you suspect that you have back pain from sleeping, your mattress may be the culprit.

The Huffington Post reminds us that we spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping, so having the right mattress should be a top priority.

Did you know that mattresses should be replaced every 8 years? A mattress that is more than 8-years-old has a lot of wear and tear that can impact the support you get while you sleep. Think about the back pain you experience: is it keeping you up at night? Do you have back pain in the morning from a restless night of sleep? Your worn out mattress could be to blame. According to CNN, “over time, the foams and coils compress, making [your mattress] less comfortable.” Without proper mattress support while you sleep, you may be forced into a sleeping position that strains your muscles and does not support alignment of your spine, all of which can cause back pain.

Consider a 2010 study that assessed the quality of sleep and comfort on various mattresses for participants who suffered from lower back pain when sleeping. The study concluded that “sleep surfaces are related to sleep discomfort” and that replacing a mattress can increase sleep quality. In the past, there was a consensus that a firm mattress/bed was the solution to back pain, but what you really need is a bed with contouring, pressure relief and support.

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