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Is Your Mattress Causing Your Back and Neck Pain?

As anyone who suffers with back or neck pain, or a combination of the two, will tell you, it can be really difficult to go about your everyday life when you're struggling to bend and the instant response is to blame the way you sat at your desk yesterday and to take some form of pain relief, or to go for a hot bath to try and resolve the issue.

Different people suffer from different forms of back pain that are brought on by different factors, and one of the most common triggers is actually the way we sleep.

Finding the right mattress

Okay, there's not a great deal we can do about the positions we sleep in, (short of strapping ourselves in every night, but that's not really ideal); but we can do something about the pillows and the mattress we sleep on. We all have different preferences when it comes to how we sleep, with some preferring one pillow and some three, for instance, others will want a certain amount of stability to their mattress and pick whichever one they feel most comfortable on and live with it.

Mattress

The fact is you need to understand what is wrong with your current pillows or mattress so you can do something about it. There isn't a mattress that has been designed specifically for people who suffer with lower back pain, for example, because everyone is built slightly differently and there is no one-size-fits-all way of solving that problem. Your best way of finding out what is best for you is to try a range of mattresses until you find one that gives you the best night's sleep, and that could take a while to find out.

It's also important that you realise when you need to change your existing mattress. Some people still sleep on the same one that they've had for years, giving it no thought whatsoever that the mattress they've spent year after year sleeping on is worn out and ready to be changed and that could actually be causing their back or neck pain – the fact that they sleep on the same area every night, putting pressure on the springs (the parts that cushion the bed when you get on it), and causing them to lose their spring making them particularly lumpy or uncomfortable.

Memory foam mattresses have made a huge difference to millions around the world, because the materials mould to the shape of the body to provide all-round support for every joint and part of the body that is in contact with the mattress. A lot of people find that they struggle to adapt to a memory foam mattress, especially when they first get into bed. However, the mattress itself is affected by temperature and not just pressure exerted. The warmer the mattress gets the more flexible it becomes as it adapts to your body temperature and moulds itself around you as you lie in bed.

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