Choosing the Right Mattress for Back Pain

Singapore is known for its fast-paced life in the modern world. The people here have a ‘work hard, play hard’ culture and that exerts a toll on their bodies. Thus, there is a definite trend of self-care seen among the people as well. Singaporeans tend to be very health conscious and health aware as well. There is no doubt that hard work comes with a toll on one’s personal health and more people here in Singapore complain of lower back pain and aches due to both the lifestyle and choice of mattress:

What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain is a chronic illness and requires proper care and attention. If not cured timely, the pain usually gets worse and hinders one to live their desired lifestyle. The spinal cord is responsible for ones every action and movement, and any disease of it can cause pain and illness. It carries all the body weight of a person and protects all the nerves.

One of the main contributors to back pain is proven to be the incorrect type of mattress used for lying down. A mattress can worsen your back-pain ailments due to the lack of support. This puts a strain on your back muscles and increases poor sleeping posture that affects the alignment of your spine in the long run. A human spends 7 to 9 hours of their life, every day. The way his or her spine aligns while lying down contributes greatly to the health of their spine. The doctors have said that a straight alignment of the spine is vital to having a healthy back. One’s sleeping posture is therefore a very important factor to fight back pain.

Choosing the right mattress for your back

There are many types of mattresses available in the market today, each targeting a particular use. It is always recommended to choose one that best suits one’s body type and allergic reaction (from the material used). Today there are many mattresses in the market that are breathable i.e. the materials used in the formation are natural and do not hold too much dust. It is important to know that materials that retain much dust, can ultimately result in the person developing allergies that can get worse as a person age. And it is more important for the children to lay in clean and breathable environment because their immunity is just being built.

Those suffering from back pain should seek to purchase a mattress that has medium to firm consistency. Different materials also affect the type of mattress and benefits.

Commonly, the following types of mattresses are available in the market;

  • Innerspring mattress: it’s built with an assortment of meshing spring coils. This mattress type is one of the most commonly used.
  • Memory Foam: this mattress is built that shapes its surface according to the contours of the human body. It’s also recommended by the doctors for patients of back pain.
  • Hybrid: it’s built with both spring coils and foam. The surface provides the user with the bets level of softness.
  • Encased Coils: this type of mattress has individual coils wrapped in a soft fabric that hinder motion transfer and give contained support.
  • Gel Memory Foam: taking the traditional memory foam a step further, these mattresses provide heat dissipation while at the same time providing comfort as well.

According to research, the most comfortable type is the memory foam mattress, because it provides complete support to the back by conforming to the body perfectly. But, every body type is different therefore it is recommended to test out a variety that best fits you and use it. Only a trial period of a few days can determine if it can alleviate the back pain or not. It is also safe to pay a visit to your doctor if you are unsure of the cause and extent of your back pain.