Do you wake up with pain and stiffness in your lower back?  I did, too.  But I was only 30 years old at the time!

I thought it was me but when I got a new mattress, like magic, I was ‘cured.’

Sometimes your mattress is too soft for you.  If it’s more like a hammock, that’s too soft and your muscles can be strained when you lay in the deep pocket.

If your mattress is too hard, it doesn’t allow your joints to comfortably ‘drop’ into place.  That causes pressure on joints and, of course, joints have muscles crossing them.

Most back pain boils down to muscles being unhappy, one way or another.

If a new mattress is not in your budget, perhaps you can get a thermal foam topper.  Thermal foam mattresses may be quite expensive but a 2″ topper might do the trick.

And here’s another trick for those thermal foam toppers:  Buy a queen size and fold it in half.  Then it is thicker under you.  I have used 2 toppers folded in half on the floor and it makes a perfectly wonderful bed for me.

And that’s what it’s all about:  a perfectly wonderful bed for YOU.

I have read that there may be chemicals which off-gas from foam.  At first, they do have an odor.  You may wish to let your foam mattress or pad off-gas before you start using it or sleep in a well ventilated area.

An interesting thing about the thermal foam is that it’s softer in warm weather and harder in cold temperatures.

If you go to a store that sells mattresses, plan on taking your time and trying out several before you buy.  There are many types with different levels of firmness and padding.

And don’t be shy!

Don’t just pat the mattress with your hand or sit on the edge.

Kick off your shoes and lay down.  Stay there for, oh, maybe 15 minutes per mattress.  Try it on your back or in your usual sleeping position.

Sleeping on your back is the most pain-free position for most people with low back pain.  And you spend about 1/3 of your life in bed so get the best mattress you can.

A new mattress may be the ‘cure’ you need for getting rid of your low back pain. 🙂

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2 Comments on Does Your Mattress Cause Morning Low Back Pain?

  1. N.Veerabhadara Rao says:

    Morning Low back pain please recamand mattress to use.

  2. Hello,

    Morning back pain depends on the position you sleep in as well as your mattress. Since every body is different–weight, size of bones, etc.–I cannot recommend a mattress but I can give you some helpful tips.

    If you are a back sleeper make a lumbar support to help keep the gentle curve in your lower back even when you sleep. You can make one that is just your size by using something like fiberfill batting. It’s the stuffing that goes into quilts or padded clothing. It may also be called polyester batting. Just fold it to fit behind your waist about, maybe, 6 or 8 inches from top to bottom so it will be like a flat pillow.

    Also, many people feel relief from propping a pillow under their knees if they are back sleepers.

    If you are a side sleeper you might try a similar approach by putting a firmer small pillow or folded towel between the top of your hip bone and your lower ribs.

    When you do go to buy a new mattress don’t just sit on it or pat it. Take your favorite pillow and actually lie on the mattress(es). Stay on it for 20 or 30 minutes so you can get a good sense of whether that may be the one for you. Lie in your favorite position.

    And if you think the problem may be that your mattress is too firm for you, you can buy a foam topper (2″ thick.) But if you feel the problem is that your mattress is collapsing then it is probably time for a new one.

    I hope this helps and that you get rid of your low back pain quickly.

    Kathryn
    The Pain Relief Coach

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