You wake up after a sound sleep and feel like you ran a marathon in your sleep, or the neck pain you are experiencing is so significant you can’t turn your head. That neck and shoulder pain might even radiate into your arms and cause numbness. Maybe you woke up fine but within just a few short hours after waking your back is killing you.
Is something wrong? Perhaps. You should see a doctor or maybe a chiropractor, but the most common source of back pain is sleeping on an old mattress. How you sleep affects how you function during the day. What you sleep on effects the quality of that sleep and the quality of rest you get. Sometimes the back pain may have a different source but sleeping on a bad mattress never allows your back to heal. Back pain is a pain in the neck (pun intended).
There are four types of back pain. They are those that affects the cervical vertebrae or the neck, the thoracic vertebrate or the upper back, the lumbar vertebrae or lower back pain, and the sacrum and coccyx or your hips and rear. If all you want is back pain relief from one or all these types of pain, the right mattress might greatly improve your chances of a back pain-free life.
Problem Area: Cervical vertebrae or the neck
Cervical vertebrae pain occurs in the upper part of the spine. It specifically refers to the upper 7 bones in the spine, or in every mammal on the planet, the neck bones. Interestingly enough, the very device most of you are reading this on may be causing your cervical vertebrate pain. Neck strain due to cellphone and tablet use compounded with not sleeping on a supportive mattress use could be the culprit.
Solution: Firm memory foam mattress
Memory foam mattresses will adjust to the curvature of your body and neck, just like any other memory foam mattress, but with a focus on firmness, it also will not allow the material to stretch and dip too low protecting the neck from strain and allowing to heal overnight. Try the SwissAire Ergo-Backcare mattress. It is designed to provide extra firm back support but also has a focus on comfort.
Problem Area: Thoracic vertebrae or upper and middle back
Thoracic vertebrae pain occurs in the upper and middle back. It is often a dull or throbbing pain that can cause weakness in your arm. Upper back pain is often caused by back strain due to poor posture or overuse. Poor posture and overuse are compounded by uneven pressures in your old mattress, and your back is never given a break.
Solution: Latex mattress
A latex mattress can help provide both the give and curving support to keep your spine straight and shoulder pain at bay. Try the SwissAire Ergo-Contour. It has a focus on relief for the shoulder area while at the same time supporting the body in all the essential places across the entire sleep surface. This can reduce upper to middle back pain issues.
Problem Area: Lumbar back pain
Similarly, lumbar back pain has almost the same symptoms. The lumbar spine is largest cause of back pain worldwide. If can be dull and throbbing like the thoracic pain, back pain on left side or right side depending on the type of sleeper you are, or it can be a sharp stabbing radial pain that causes numbness in your extremities. Its causes are like those of thoracic and luckily enough, they both have the same solution.
Solution: Medium firm memory foam mattress
While a firm memory foam mattress may be the key to solving your neck pain, a medium firm one is the solution to lumbar pain. Try the SwissAire Ergo-Swiss. It has a comfort layer with an exceptional and unique floating sensation while achieving excellent pressure relief. All inserts and inlays in the SwissAire Ergo-Swiss are ergonomically designed with anatomic profile cutting.
Problem Area: Coccyx or tailbone pain
Finally, coccyx pain can be caused by several things but a very common one is prolonged sitting on a hard surface. Basically, you can blame your job for that pain in your bum. Being a back sleeper will make the situation much worse because you are placing pressure on your lower spine all night.
Solution: Memory foam mattress
Back sleepers need a memory foam mattress to provide the proper support to their lower backs and keep pressure off the coccyx. SwissAire Ergo-Relax has an AireGel comfort layer which provides an exceptional and unique floating sensation all while achieving excellent pressure relieve relief. It is flexible but the double layer of EvoPore HRC provides a body contour for a dynamic anatomic postural support.
Regardless the type of back pain, the prevention for further aggravation of your back pain is the type of mattresses you’re sleeping on. After all, you are literally spending about a-third of your life on the mattresses.