There are a lot of reasons why you might not be sleeping well or your back might be hurting. It could be due to stress, poor diet, and even your before-bedtime routine. However, the same place that you look to for comfort and rest may just be the thing that is causing you to sleep poorly and your back to hurt. Today, we will be looking at what makes a good mattress, and what makes one that needs to be retired. 

What Is a Good Mattress?

Our beds are our oasis, the place that we don’t want to leave to start our week on Monday, and where we share some of our most intimate moments with those that we love. What makes your bed special and a place that is hard to leave varies from person to person. But there are some generalities that can be made about what makes a comfortable mattress. 

Qualities of a Good Mattress

A good mattress: 

  • Will be supportive of your entire body when laying in a neutral position
  • Promote proper spine alignment
  • Isn’t too firm that it presses the main pressure points on your spine
  • Isn’t too soft that is doesn’t support the pain pressure points of your spine

What Are The Main Pressure Points of Your Spine?

One of the best ways to keep your spine healthy and happy is to provide it the support it needs when you sleep. When discussing spinal support, we often talk about pressure points of the spine and that these must be supported by your mattress for your spine to be at proper alignment. These points are: 

  • Head 
  • Shoulders
  • Hips

When each of these points are properly supported, your spine will be straight while you sleep. If your mattress is too firm it will put extra pressure on these points on your spine causing your back to hurt. If your mattress is too soft, it doesn’t provide the proper support and will cause your body to bend in a curved, “hammock-like” shape or in other words the shape that your body is in when you lay on your side in a hammock. 

Choosing the Perfect Mattress

There is a lot to consider when choosing the perfect mattress for you, especially if you and a partner are choosing one together. There is a reason why when you are choosing a new mattress you will go to the mattress store in Wallingford and lay on several mattresses of varying softenesses and frimnesses; that is because the mattress that is perfect for some people may not be perfect for others. Finding the perfect mattress for you depends on these factors: 

  • Your height
  • Your weight
  • The number of people and pets sleeping in the bed
  • Your personal taste

Often, those with more body mass appreciate a firmer bed as it provides more support and keeps them from sinking into the bed. In the same way, those with less body mass may appreciate a softer mattress as it allows them to sink just enough into the mattress to receive the proper spinal support. 

Signs Your Bed Might Be Not Be Right For You

When choosing a new bed, it’s important to be picky and to, just like Goldilocks, find a bed that is just right for you. If you have just bought a new bed and you are experiencing back pain, then it might be time to return your bed and pick out another one. 

Keep in mind, some beds take some time to become broken in. If your mattress that is delivered to you is harder than the one you laid on at the showroom, don’t despair. The mattress you tried out at the showroom has been broken in because of the use it receives at the showroom: your brand new bed will need some time to be broken in. It usually takes 30-90 days for your new mattress to become fully broken-in. 

Four Ways to Break-In Your New Mattress 

Breaking in your new bed will take some time, but there are some ways to speed up the process: 

Let It Breathe 

When your mattress is first delivered, instead of making the bed right away, let it sit unwrapped and uncovered for a few hours. This will allow the new materials to be exposed to oxygen which can help to break-in your new mattress.

Turn Up the Heat

Though it is suggested that for the best sleeping experience that you keep the heat down in your room while you sleep, turning up the heat when you first get your mattress can help to soften memory foam and other similar materials as memory foam is activated and softened from heat. 

Walk On It

We are giving you permission to walk on your bed — jumping isn’t necessarily suggested, however. When you get your new bed, walk or crawl around on it, putting pressure on it. This can help to quicken the breaking in process. 

Have Patience

Breaking in a new bed takes time. Don’t feel discouraged if your new bed doesn’t feel just right the first night or week that you have it.  

Is My Bed Causing Back Pain?

Especially when your bed is broken-in, it shouldn’t cause your back to hurt after a night of sleep. Signs that your bed might be the cause of your back pain are: 

  • Your back pain goes away after 20-30 minutes after getting out of bed
  • You toss and turn a lot during the night
  • Your bed seems to swallow you up
  • Your bed puts pressure on your back or feels flat
  • Your bed has a visible body-sized indent
  • You can’t get comfortable
  • You wake up during the night
  • Your mattress is over 8-10 years old

If you think your mattress is causing you back pain, it’s a good idea to start thinking about getting a new one. Even if you think you can muscle through some back pain, it can injure your back and other joints and cause chronic problems. Also, sleep deprivation can cause chronic health problems such as heart disease, heart attacks, stroke as well as mental health issues. Getting restful sleep is important — don’t put off having a mattress that will allow you to sleep well. 

There are a lot of things that can keep us from getting the mattress that we need to sleep well and avoid back pain. One of the biggest is money. Here at Mattress For Less, we understand the need to get a new mattress and how money and other factors can keep us from having a mattress that will help us get the sleep we need. We offer mattresses at affordable prices at our three store locations in Wallingford, Waterbury, and Newington. Visit our website to learn more about the brands we carry and how we can help set you up to get the z’s that you need.