Do you wake up to back soreness or back pain throughout the night, or within moments of waking up?
If so, it may be due to your mattress. While there are many causes for back pain—poor posture, past injuries, and various health conditions are just a few—the last thing you want is for your mattress to be exacerbating, or even causing your back pain.
Knowing whether your mattress is the driving factor behind your back pain could be the difference between a healthy, comfortable night's sleep, or countless restless nights.
The primary function of any mattress is to provide your body with the necessary support to rest and rejuvenate. Your mattress, therefore, should be designed with this key intention in mind, and contour to your body perfectly. A lack of proper spine alignment at key pressure points results in back pain, so if you’re waking up in the middle of the night to significant backaches or left confused from intermittent morning back pain, your mattress could be the culprit.
Telltale Signs of a Problematic Mattress
Is your mattress old? Worn-out? Unsupportive?
These are all indications that yes, your mattress could be causing your back pain.
When a mattress fails to support you, it could be from wear and tear, or lack of sustainable manufacturing materials. This imbalance results in back aggravation, and pain or discomfort upon waking.
"If it feels like portions of your mattress suck you into its grooves, making it difficult to even toss and turn, it may be time to get a new mattress."
To avoid this, PangeaBed prides itself on using the highest-quality, American-made back-supporting materials. We use premium Talalay latex in the manufacturing of our mattresses. Talalay latex is firm enough to stand up to wear and tear of daily use, while remaining soft enough to conform to your body’s natural curves and pressure points.
If it feels like portions of your mattress suck you into its grooves, making it difficult to even toss and turn, it may be time to get a new mattress. Or if it feels as if portions of your body rise and fall from the uneven, mountainous terrain of a once-comforting mattress, it's likely time to get a new one, too. There is no question that a mattress’ age, and thus, overall quality, contributes to back pain.
Download our free checklist to help determine when it's time to get a new mattress.
An old industry adage states (we're paraphrasing), that a good mattress for a bad back was a firm mattress, as these are associated with providing adequate back support and leveled balance. This is why most orthopedic mattresses are firm. Although that philosophy offers a reasonable standard, it is a simplified solution to a complex, personalized problem, and ignores people's individual tastes and personal preferences, as well as their unique physical needs.
"In a general sense, softer mattresses may be comfortable at first, but lack the surface tension required for linear spinal balance and support."
Some people may naturally prefer a soft sleep, while others, a stern, unforgiving slumber. Regardless, everyone requires horizontal spinal support. While at rest, the spine should be linear and flat. If contorted from lack of support, it risks excruciating pain.
In a general sense, softer mattresses may be comfortable at first, but lack the surface tension required for linear spinal balance and support. Thus, the back may be displaced in a curved, or “S” shape. Although this may be fine during a quick nap on a couch or hammock, it can compromise the health of your spine during longer hours of sleep, resulting in back pain.
Another key indicator of whether or not your mattress is the cause of your back pain is to evaluate when the pain occurs. If you feel pain in the morning, immediately after waking up, and it is not associated with sensations experienced throughout the rest of the day, all things point to your mattress. If you awake with numbness, aching, or throbbing, sharp pain unassociated with the movements it took to get out of bed, this too makes your mattress the probable suspect.
PangeaBed: A Healthier, More Supportive Mattress to Help Resolve Back Pain
Whether you have an old mattress, or one that simply doesn't provide you the all-important support it once did, it is time to upgrade your mattress.
PangeBed's Copper-Infused Talalay Latex Mattress is antibacterial, antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, and provides the support and comfort you need to sleep soundly, with optimal spine alignment. Our customers often rave about PangeaBed’s firmness and support, as well as its beneficial effects helping to remedy back pain. We believe that we create the best mattress for back pain, so much so, that we offer a 100-night sleep trial. Give us a try, and if you're not completely satisfied, we’ll donate your mattress to charity, and refund your money.