According to the American Chiropractic Association, an estimated 31 million Americans are living with chronic back pain. Back pain can be caused by a variety of different issues, such as lifting heavy objects, a fall or car accident, an underlying health issue, as well as genetic factors. However, one of the leading causes to back pain is an old mattress or a mattress that isn’t the correct type for one’s body or sleep habits. At Metropolitan Furniture, we’re here to delve into why your mattress may be the cause of your acute back pain.
How Old Mattresses Cause Back Pain
It is a widely accepted rule of thumb to replace your mattress every 8-10 years; after this amount of time mattresses tend to lose their shape and form (even with improved technology and design). Older mattresses harbor a variety of different issues that can cause back pain, including sagging in the middle due to coils losing their spring and the foam losing it’s shape. While it’s important to look for faults in your old mattress, don’t forget to pay attention to your body. Many of our customers have always just assumed that their chronic back pain was due to their pillow or something that happened to them during the day. However, if you notice any of the following issues, then it’s time to assume your old mattress is the culprit:
- Kinks in your neck or a stiff neck that goes away once you are up and moving.
- Lower back pain that goes away within a few hours of getting out of bed.
- Feeling not well rested due to tossing and turning at night.
Finding A Mattress That Works For You
While you may love your bed and sleeping (who doesn’t?!) your back pain and health should be your number one priority. If you continue to feel increased pressure on parts of your body, such as your hips, shoulders and knees, when laying in certain positions, this is a sure sign that your mattress has seen better days. At Metropolitan Furniture, we guarantee there’s a mattress type for everyone. We encourage customers to look for a mattress that supports the entire body and leaves the body in a neutral position with the spine aligned. The mattress should be neither too firm nor too soft; too firm and you end up with pressure points along your body, too soft and your spine won’t be aligned.
But what if you purchase a mattress and realize it still causes you back pain and discomfort? Our furniture and mattress store in Burlington MA highly suggests purchasing a mattress from a quality name brand, such as Sierra Sleep and Simmons, as these brands have a longer warranty. Finding a furniture store near you that also has an ideal return policy can help take the stress off not knowing what to do with a new mattress that you don’t love.
Interested in purchasing a new mattress and getting rid of your back or neck pain once and for all? Shop our mattress selection online and don’t forget to visit or storefront in Burlington MA to test out the beds in our showroom!