Tips to Find a Mattress to Make Your Back Happy

By Sara Butler

You spend a third of your life sleeping, which makes the surface you sleep on one of the most important things in your life! A good mattress can make or break a back, but a mattress that may be good for one person and their back may not be well suited for another. The kind of mattress you need is quite personal, so here are some tips to help you find the best mattress for your back.

Do You Need a New Mattress?

You might be thinking “A new mattress? The one I have is just fine!” But is it, really? It’s easy to tell if you need a new mattress if you’re experiencing one of these clues:

  • Stiffness or pain in the morning
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • A mattress that is visibly sagging or lumpy
  • You sleep like a baby when you’re not sleeping at home on your own mattress

If you experience any of these (or all!) it’s time to go mattress shopping.

Tips to Find a Great Mattress

Mattress shopping can be kind of a strange experience. After all, it’s not something you do every day. On average, a person should replace their mattress every 10 years but check with the manufacturer of your mattress to make sure, because some are more and some are less.

When you’re at the mattress store you should spend at least 15 minutes lying on the mattress you are thinking of buying. Lie down on your sides, your back and even your stomach (but don’t actually sleep on your stomach unless you want a lecture from your chiropractor). You should be able to tell if the mattress is in the Goldilocks zone or not. You know, not too firm, not too soft, but just right.

Also, consider the type of body you have. If you have wide hips and a small waist you’re probably going to be most comfortable and supported by a softer mattress that will be able to support your spine and keep it in a neutral position. If you don’t have much definition between your hips and your waist, a firmer mattress may be a better fit for you.

A super fancy mattress may not be the best one for you, either. You might be lured into the mattress that is covered in luxurious fabrics such as silk or wool over a foam or cotton pad, but these layers of fabric will only compress over time and make your mattress feel like its sagging faster. If you want a little padding you should consider a mattress topper since it can be replaced once it becomes compressed.

Getting a new mattress is something everyone has to go through, so admit it’s time to start shopping and if you ever have questions about what might be the best kind of mattress for you, don’t hesitate to ask your chiropractor!

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