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  1. This is a great post on mattresses and back pain and I 100% agree with your finding. I know too well what a hard mattress is like. My story is that we bought a brand new mattress set got it home slept on it one night and that was all it took to find that the hard mattress was not a good fit. No we did not take it back but the 4 inches of memory foam on top did the trick. Now it is a great comfortable bed and no more pain in the morning.

    • Hello Dena,
      I think for a long time people associated a firm/hard mattress with giving more support. Most doctors now admit that isn’t the case. Unfortunately, many people growing up on doctor’s advice still believe that a firm/hard mattress is best for support. The pity is that when they experience pain, some think that they have to make the bed more firm and that only increases the pain. I hope in time more people get educated on what really makes the best mattress to maintain a healthy back. Thanks for checking in.

      “We make progress by becoming more human”

      Thabo

  2. Hello Thabo
    This is an amazing helpful article on the best mattress for back pain, I do need to purchase a new mattress myself but I have been putting it off since I had no idea which type would be best for my back

    Thank You
    Jeff

    • Hello Jeff,
      Thanks. Lots of people get confused as what type of mattress is best for their back–especially since doctors have long advised that hard mattresses are the most supportive and thus best for your back. Now, of course, evidence shows that just the opposite is true. Thanks for checking in.

      “We make progress by becoming more human”

      Thabo

  3. I have scoliosis and I am using an orthopedic mattress. It was uncomfortable at first because it’s harder than the average mattress but I already got used to it. However, you’ve made valid points in this article and I gotta research more on this. Thanks a bunch.

    • Hello Elliot,
      First, I am sorry you have scoliosis. I hope you are feeling better. Yes, go ahead and do more research as to whether a foam or latex mattress will help your condition. I have a friend who had a very firm mattress that gave back pain. she used topper made of foam and latex and that worked to eliminate her pain. You might have to experiment, if the mattress you have isn’t working for you, to get a better suited one for your back. On the other hand, it might just mean making adjustments like adding a topper more supportive of your back. Thanks for checking in.

  4. Hello Thabo,
    Was so excited to read this article. We think we bought the best mattress for ourselves only to find out it was not how we thought it would be.
    And for people with trigger points a mattress is so important. Otherwise sleep does not happen.
    Great article! And one to start talking about. Because we don’t always realize its our bed that might be the culprit.
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    • Hello Ariel,
      Thanks. Unfortunately, most people have come to believe, because of wrong information from trusted health professionals, that a hard/firm mattress means better support for the back. We now know, because of more knowledge about trigger points on the back, that in fact a hard surface gives very to almost no cushioning to the spine. Yes, when we have back pain we should consider whether our bed might be the culprit. Thanks for checking in.

      “We make progress by becoming more human”

      Thabo

  5. This is a very informative post, Thabo. Many people do get it wrong when choosing the best mattress for back pain. For many years I slept on an innerspring mattress. My back pain got worse. When I changed it to latex combined with a thin layer of foam on top, the feeling is totally different. I can feel my back having a very good support. I no longer wake up to a backache. This change was 5 years ago. Your post will surely help a lot of people aware of which bed to choose. Thank you!

    • Hello Sharon,
      Thanks for sharing your story about the innerspring mattress, and I’m glad you no longer wake up with back pain since changing to a combined latex and foam. This seems to be the option that many people are using now. Thanks for checking in.

      “We make progress by becoming more human.”

      Thabo

  6. Oh, I am so glad I read your article. I am about to buy a new mattress, and like many people, I too thought that a firm mattress was best for those with back pain. I don’t really have back pain, but you never know right? So, better to get a good mattress before it happens.

    Now I know – get a foam or latex mattress. I do like the memory foam ones. So, maybe I’ll get that.

    Thanks again for this very informative and helpful article! 🙂

    • Hello Tim,

      I am glad that this post came in time for you to buy a new mattress. Yes, a lot of people are under the impression that a firm/hard mattress is best for those with back pain. Go ahead and try the foam mattress. I Purposely didn’t recommend a brand because I think this is something an individual has to figure out for themselves. Thanks for checking in.

      “We make progress by becoming more human”

      Thabo

  7. Believe it or not, I have always believed that a softer mattress is better for back pain. I use an Ashley Sleep memory foam plush and it is great for my back. Well, at least it feels that way. I do not experience any of my back pain now. I am not surprised that the studies that you mentioned show that memory foam is good for a better sleep. I also may try the CBD Oil. Thanks for this post it came right on time.

    • Hello Shwana,
      Looks like you are better informed than most people in understanding that a softer mattress is softer for your back than a firm one. Ironically, it’s the softer, not too soft, mattress that actually provides support for the pressure points of your back. CBD oil also has many benefits when it comes to giving you a more relaxing sleep. Thanks for checking in.

      “We make progress by becoming more human”

      Thabo

  8. Hi, I am very interested in this subject and need to re-visit to understand better what I need. I suffer from back discomfort, and think I need to address it before the problem worsens, very informative site, Alan

    • Hello Alan,
      I think you’re right. If you are experiencing discomfort as a result of possibly sleeping on the wrong mattress, you need to address it before the discomfort worsens and causes you pain. Thanks for checking in.

      “We make progress by becoming more human”

      Thabo

      Thabo

  9. I have had to learn through the years what is comfortable for my back issues. My husband, on the other hand, seems only to sleep well on a firm mattress. Luckily, there are foam mattresses and air beds available now that can be customized to the way we need them. The only time we have issues now is when we stay in hotel room.

    • Hello Anita,
      Everyone’s pressure points on the back react differently to a particular type of mattress. In general, foam, latex, and, as you have discovered air mattresses, seem more comfortable and offer more support than a firm mattress.However, there are some people that are better served by using a firm mattress. You need to use what works best for you. Thanks for checking in.

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