Buying A Bed And Have Chronic Back Pain? Here Are 3 Things To Consider

Posted on: 5 March 2015

It is said that people spend about approximately one third of their entire lives on their beds. Therefore, it's a good idea to make sure your mattress is comfortable and provides support. That is even more important when you have chronic back pain, as the wrong mattress can add to your discomfort. Here are some things to think about as you search for a bed when you have chronic back pain.

Think Twice about Firm Mattresses

You may have heard that a firm mattress is a good idea when you buy a mattress, particularly if you have back pain. While a bed that is too soft can cause your limbs to sink into the bed and make your back uncomfortable, a bed that is too firm can cause other aches and pains. Instead, consider a medium-firm mattress so that your back is supported, and the rest of your body can be comfortable as well.

Consider Gauge, Not Number of Coils

Some mattress salesmen will try to impress you with the number of coils that a bed has, but number of coils doesn't necessarily describe how much support the bed will give you. That's because some mattress manufacturers use thin gauge coils, which can wear more easily over time. A better indicator is to ask about the coil gauge; the lower the gauge number is, the thicker the coils are. That means the coils are stronger and will offer more support to your back.

Lay on the Mattress in the Store

Many people choose a mattress based on what the salesman says, or what they've read about the mattress. However, the only way for you to truly know whether a mattress feels comfortable to you is to lay on it. Doing so in the store before you buy a mattress is a good idea.

Try out a few positions to see how your back feels on the mattress. Typically, 10 to 15 minutes is a good amount of time to spend on the bed to get an idea of how you feel in it. You may feel self-conscious, but buying a bed is an investment and can be very important to your back.

With the tips in this article, you should be able to buy a good mattress that will be good for your back as you deal with back pain. Talk to local mattress dealers about which mattress may be best for you. (For more information, contact Denmark's Furniture Mart & Sleep Shop)