Back Pain and Your Mattress

Waking Up Creaky and Achy? Your Mattress May Be to Blame!

Does this describe you? Morning after morning, you wake up to a dull ache in your back. You sit on the mattress for a minute; you stretch. You shake the sleep out of your head and get up to start your day. By the time you’re done with your morning workout, shower, and the rest of your routine, the back pain is gone – until the next day, of course, when it starts again. You might think that you’re just getting old(er). You might think that the back pain comes from too much time sitting in an office chair. You might not think about the pain at all once it goes away. But have you ever thought that maybe your mattress is responsible for the pain? It’s a fact: old, worn-out mattresses can cause back pain. All mattresses get old eventually, and when they do, they usually send their owners a few telltale signs that it’s time to go mattress shopping. As a mattress ages, it becomes less supportive, often starting to sag in the middle. Pressure points increase, and it’s hard to maintain proper sleeping posture. This can lead to back pain. How can you tell if your mattress is behind your back pain? Back pain is a huge medical problem – approximately 31 million Americans are suffering from it right now, and up to 80% of us will experience back problems at some point. And there are many different causes of back pain, ranging from accidents and injuries to arthritis, poor posture, and even some types of cancer. If you’re experiencing back pain, it’s not always easy to tell whether your mattress is to blame or you have another medical problem. One of the first things you should do, of course, is to talk to your doctor. Based on your medical history, your doctor might want to order certain tests to rule out potentially serious medical problems. But if the cause isn’t an obvious medical problem, then you might want to look more closely at your mattress. Consider the following: • How old is your mattress? If it’s more than 8-10 years old, then it’s time for a new mattress, no matter what is ultimately causing your back pain. • When does your back hurt? If your back tends to hurt first thing in the morning, with the pain going away relatively quickly, that’s another sign your mattress is the cause of your back pain. • Do you wake up tossing and turning? If the discomfort won’t let you get an uninterrupted night’s sleep, then you should definitely consider a new mattress. • Do you sleep better away from home? Waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when you’re anywhere but your home sweet home is a sure sign that your mattress needs to go. If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, then you know it’s time to go mattress shopping. And here at Mattress One, we’re eager to help you get started. Our mattress experts can help you find the mattress that feels the most comfortable to you. Say goodbye to creaky, achy back pain, and say hello to a new mattress! All of us here at Mattress One hope to see you soon.