Back pain is a very unpleasant condition that should be taken extremely seriously, and treated immediately. It’s a disease that affects a lot of people today because of the modern-day sedentary way of life that most of us lead. It can be caused by an injury or sprain of the back muscles, in which case it will probably subside, once the muscles heal. Chronic back pain that persists for a long time is probably caused by bad posture, both during performing everyday activities, and, surprisingly, during the night.
Most people tend to overlook the importance of proper sleeping conditions and to neglect the state of their mattresses, keeping the same old one for many years, even though it becomes saggy, worn, lumpy and uncomfortable. Instead of getting a refreshing night of sleep, they toss and turn all night, and sometimes wake up even more tired than the night before.
Chronic back pain is not only unpleasant, it is extremely unhealthy too. It can have a serious effect on the quality of life for the person that suffers from it. It diminishes the capability to work, it negatively affects a person’s mood, and it leads to problems with sleeping. Everyone who experiences it regularly must find a way to reduce it as soon as possible. Having the right support while sleeping is a necessary first step to eliminating lower back pain, and sometimes it can even be a solution.
If you don’t have the knowledge to buy a new mattress immediately or a large amount of money available to spend on one, invest in trying out a very useful piece of bedding equipment called mattress topper. You won’t need to buy a completely new mattress that way, but you’ll be able to get improved support for your joints and back so the pain will diminish.
Before you purchase your mattress topper answer these questions to help you choose:
What material do I need?
Matters toppers are available in a variety of different materials such as latex or different kinds of memory foam. Latex topper is probably going to be more expensive, but they are going to last you very long. They offer more resistance to your body contours, so they can help with lower back pain and spinal alignment. Best memory foam mattress topper can also offer you a great deal of support at a lower price. You can choose between cool gel foam, or the traditional visco foam. Cool gel foam mattress is an excellent choice if you live in a very hot climate and sweat a lot during the night.
What thickness of the topper is the best for my back?
Mattress toppers can be between 1 to 6 inches thick, but we wouldn’t recommend buying anything under 3 inches. The thicker the mattress is, the more support for your back it will provide, be more comfortable and it’s going to last longer. If you experience severe back pain your mattress topper has to be firm, but in order to have an adequate degree of comfort you might want to try fiber-filled toppers (for example wool).
What density of foam works best for my back problems?
High quality toppers have a higher density (4 to 5 lbs). The best mattress topper for lower back pain has a density of over 5 pounds, because it offers the highest level of support for your back. Firmness or softness of the mattress topper also depend on your favorite sleeping position, back sleepers need firmer mattress toppers than people who sleep on their side. People who weigh more than 250 pounds need high density toppers.
If you have a spare bed or a sofa for the guests and you want to improve it a bit, you should definitely buy a mattress topper. They can even simply be thrown on the floor in a situation when you need a spare bed for unannounced guests. They are practical for campers and RVs, a solution to bad dorm room beds and ideal to soften a horrible hotel mattress when you travel. Mattress toppers can be found in different hypoallergenic materials, so they reduce levels of dust mites and other allergens in your bed, which is an added bonus.