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Finding the best mattress for back pain in 2024

Finding the best mattress for back pain in 2024

If you are one of the 4 out of 5 of adult Canadians reporting issues of back pain, finding great sleep can help ease the tension or even solve it for good! The Canadian Chiropractic Association cites back pain as the most common injury/disability adults face.

Doctors and specialists insist that people with chronic pain must invest in a mattress designed for spinal, joint, and muscle support.

Each day we get questions from you asking if the Puffy Mattress or Puffy Lux will help reduce back pain and provide more restful sleep.

The answer is yes! So many people are sleeping pain-free on a Puffy Mattress.

We look into the reasons why and how a new mattress will reduce back pain, improve sleep, and even help you lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.

In this blog you will discover:

  • Why you need to ditch your old lumpy bed
  • How a quality mattress is essential to treat body pain
  • Strategies to sleep better when you have back pain
  • How to select the best mattress for back pain in 2024

1) Is your mattress doing more harm than good? Why your old mattress needs to go!

If you suffer from back pain and you have not invested in a quality mattress, now is the best time. The mattress industry currently offers a range of specialized products specifically designed to provide targeted support to aching areas of the body while you sleep. You will be surprised to know that you do not need to spend a fortune to start sleeping well.

Beds are not just pieces of furniture. For back, neck, and shoulder pain sufferers, purchasing a high-quality mattress that provides support in all the right places, and can lead you on a path towards a long, undisturbed, and pain-free sleep. But more than that, you can start to feel better during the day.

A healthy sleep cycle is a natural drug-free remedy for pain relief. More than just pain, in fact, good sleep hygiene (another word for healthy sleep) also improves energy levels, mood, weight loss, and general happiness and well-being.

If you have back pain and a terrible bed, likely, your pain will consistently get worse. Did you know that we spend up to one-third of our lives in our beds? What we sleep on is equally as important as how we sleep.

Keep reading to learn how a quality mattress help relieves your pain, and have you sleeping like a baby again.

2) The relationship between a mattress and pain relief

We all sleep differently and experience various forms of comfort and discomfort. The problem with older mattress models is that they are unable to accommodate the different sleep styles, body shapes, and pain points we have.

While back pain is common, there are many variations of pain that cause different types of distress throughout the night. Below are some of the most common types of back pain and recommendations for the types of mattresses that will help.

Mattresses for lower back pain
Lower back pain requires targeting gentle pressure stimulation and a medium-firm bed for optimal relief. Some opt for the firmest mattress as a first option, but this will cause more harm than good. Too much firmness can negatively impact the spinal disk, which is prone to inflammation when left unsupported.

Mattresses for muscle pain
Muscle pain can spread and worsen if you're not sleeping on the right surface. If your day job causes strain on your body, you should be sleeping on a medium-firm mattress that provides just enough comfort to contour your muscles. Also, avoid a spring mattress. After frequent use, springs can aggravate your muscles as your sleep. Whereas memory foam cradles the muscles in your body consistently.

Mattresses for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition that causes pain and can lead to insomnia, constant tiredness, and mood instability. Those who have Fibromyalgia should consult a doctor and invest in a quality mattress. With quality sleep, many of the symptoms, such as fatigue and mood swings can be managed.

If you have Fibromyalgia, you are likely a light sleeper. An excellent feature to look out for is motion isolation. Motion isolation creates stillness; if a partner gets up in the night, you will not feel the movement and wake up.

Also, ensure you are sleeping on a mattress that is climate-adaptive regulation to stabilize body temperature. Temperature regulation is essential during the night and is most helpful in cases of sleeplessness. We discuss body temperature in more detail later.

In summary, different types of back pain can be managed and even healed when you sleep on a mattress that addresses the discomfort you experience.

3) How to sleep better if you have back pain

After your purchase a new mattress to reduce pain and improve sleep, you can also try these other natural strategies to promote relaxation.

Find the best sleeping position

  • If you are most comfortable on your back, try using a pillow under your knees. This can help align your spine and distribute weight more evenly reducing pressure on your disc
  • Side sleeping should use a pillow between knees; this aligns the hips, spine, and pelvis

Meditate and gently stretch before sleeping
Gentle stretching and meditation are proven to lower heart rate, which sends the body into a state of relaxation. When in pain, the brain goes into overdrive, over-thinking, and unable to sleep. A gentle stretch and ten deep breaths can settle the mind when it needs the respite.

Take a warm bath or shower before laying down
The first reason is that a warm shower helps stabilize the temperature of your body; cool air after a warm shower creates the perfect body temperature for sleep. Body temperature and sleep are interdependent; the term used is Thermoregulation.

There's a lot of science behind body temperature and quality sleep. While optimal body temperature varies between body types, Thermoregulation studies show 98.6°F is optimal. The second reason a warm shower before bed is helpful for pain is that it soothes the muscles and relaxes the body preparing it for rest.

4) How to select the Best Mattress for back pain in 2024

There are many mattresses to choose from, but not all beds are created equal.

If you are looking for the best mattress to help with pain relief in 2024, these should be your non-negotiables:

  1. Body adapting memory foam - this helps relieve spinal pressure and contours muscles
  2. Cooling - sleeping cooler will help you sleep for longer
  3. Motion isolation - you won't feel movement so you can sleep uninterrupted
  4. Sleep trial - ensure you can try the mattress for over 100 nights to ensure it is the right one for you
  5. Lifetime warranty - select a bed is guaranteed to last

The Puffy Mattress and Puffy Lux have all the above features and more. If you are sick of suffering through painful and sleepless nights, give the Puffy a try for 101 nights.

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Certified Sleep Science Coach

Written by Monica Chinsami, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Monica is a writer who is passionate about the connection between wellness and sleep. She believes sleep has the power to unlock our greatest potential for health and happiness. Topics she's covered range from well-being, to the latest trends in sleep health and bedroom aesthetics. Monica holds a BA in Journalism from Monash University and is a Certified Sleep Science Coach.