If you’re someone who does everything they can to take care of their body, then you most likely have a routine that you follow each and every day. You have a healthy breakfast each morning, get plenty of exercise each afternoon, and go to bed at a decent hour each night. However, if you’ve woken up with severe low back pain, your attempt to stay active and healthy might be all for naught. Low back pain can be caused by many things, and the wrong mattress can be one of them. If left untreated, your back pain could lead to other issues, such as obesity, heart problems, and more — all because of a bad mattress! Sleeping in an improper position for too long can lead to a host of spinal problems, and at the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we can treat your chronic back pain.
Supporting the Spine
Your mattress should properly support your spine, no matter what position you sleep in, and settling for poor support can cause pain that stays with you all day. In the past, people used to have to go to mattress stores and lay down on several options for perhaps a few minutes at a time, which of course doesn’t really give you a good indication of what the mattress will be like during a full night’s sleep. Many companies now offer trial periods where you can try a mattress for a few weeks in your home, and if you don’t like it, you can send it back. It’s important to take note of how firm or soft and mattress, as well as what position you tend to sleep in most often.
For those who sleep on their back for most of the night, a medium firm mattress is usually best. A mattress that is too firm can push on the spine throughout the night, causing pain that will last through the morning. If the mattress is too soft, there won’t be enough support for the spine, and your back can be stuck in a curved or hunched position all night.
Side sleepers need a mattress that cushions the shoulders and the hips, and if anything is out of alignment, these people could wake up with excruciating back pain. A mattress that is slightly softer and contours to the body is best for side sleepers, and it’s also important to consider what type of pillow you use, since proper neck support is also key. If your head is tilted or your hips are lower than your shoulders throughout the night, you may have problems getting through that workout the next day.
The final sleep position, on the stomach, is a favorite of many people who already suffer from lower back pain due to another spinal condition. This sleeper’s mattress should be a bit firmer, since they don’t want to sink in or have their pelvis lower than their shoulders in something of a U-shape all night long. The pillow again is important here, since the head will be turned to the left or the right while the person is asleep.
If you’re waking up each morning with severe back pain, it could be because of your old mattress. If your pain worsens or you can’t seem to find a comfortable sleeping position, make an appointment with CSI in Loveland today. We’ll properly diagnose and treat your low back pain, and recommend the best steps for avoiding further pain both when you’re awake and when you’re asleep.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and look forward to a better night’s sleep!
Colorado Spine Institute
4795 Larimer Parkway
Johnstown, CO 80534
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