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I am struggling to sleep with back pain – what can I do?

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If you visit an orthopaedic physician because you struggle to sleep with back pain, then Better Bed Company can help.

If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you understand how it can disrupt your life and make even the simplest tasks seem daunting. 

One key factor in alleviating and preventing back pain is your sleep quality; the right mattress can make a significant difference. 

In this blog, Better Bed Company will explore what to look for in a mattress if you suffer from back pain.

What to consider if you cannot sleep with back pain

When searching for the perfect mattress to alleviate back pain, there are a few essential factors to consider:

  1. Support: A supportive mattress helps maintain the natural alignment of your spine. Look for a mattress that provides even support without sagging or sinking, especially in the areas of your hips and shoulders.
  2. Firmness: While opting for an ultra-firm mattress might seem logical, there are better choices for back pain than this. A mattress that’s too firm can create pressure points, leading to discomfort. A medium-firm mattress is often recommended, as it provides a balance of support and comfort.
  3. Material: The material of the mattress matters. Memory foam mattresses are known for contouring to your body’s shape, providing excellent support and pressure relief. Latex mattresses are also a popular option, offering a responsive yet supportive surface. Hybrid mattresses combine the benefits of memory foam or latex with the support of innerspring coils.
  4. Durability: A mattress is an investment, and you want it to last. Look for mattresses with high-quality materials that are designed to withstand years of use without sagging or losing their supportive properties.

What are the different types of back pain?

Back pain can be categorised into three main types based on the region of the back where it occurs: upper back pain, lower back pain, and general or diffuse back pain. Each type has its own characteristics, potential causes, and treatment considerations.

Upper Back Pain

Location: Upper back pain is felt in the thoracic region, which is the area between the base of the neck and the lower part of the ribcage.

Common Causes: Upper back pain can be caused by poor posture, muscle strain, muscle tension, overuse, or injury to the muscles and ligaments in the upper back.

Contributing Factors: Activities that involve hunching over (e.g., prolonged sitting at a desk), heavy lifting, poor ergonomics, or even stress can contribute to upper back pain.

Symptoms: The pain is typically localised to the upper back and may be aching, tightness, or discomfort.

Lower Back Pain

Location: Lower back pain, or lumbar pain, is centred in the lower back, below the ribs and above the hips.

Common Causes: Lower back pain is often related to muscle strain, ligament sprain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or issues with the sacroiliac joint.

Contributing Factors: Heavy lifting, poor lifting technique, poor posture, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and certain medical conditions can contribute to lower back pain.

Symptoms: The pain may range from a dull ache to sharp, shooting pain. It can be accompanied by muscle stiffness or limited mobility.

General or Diffuse Back Pain

Location: General or diffuse back pain refers to pain that is not limited to a specific region of the back but is more widespread or vague.

Common Causes: General back pain can be caused by factors such as muscle imbalances, overall poor posture, stress, lack of regular physical activity, and generalised muscle tension.

Contributing Factors: Sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, improper lifting techniques, and psychological stress can contribute to this back pain.

Symptoms: The pain may be described as a dull ache or discomfort that affects multiple areas of the back, making it challenging to pinpoint a specific source.

It’s essential to differentiate between the types of back pain and identify any red flags, such as severe pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain that doesn’t improve with conservative measures. 

If you experience persistent or severe back pain, it’s wise to consult a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and personalised treatment recommendations.

What types of mattresses do Better Bed Company Provide?

Soft

The soft mattresses offered by the Better Bed Company are perfect for those who prefer a cushioned and cloud-like sleeping experience. 

These mattresses are made with materials that offer extra comfort to sleepers, making them ideal for those with joint issues or who need extra support while sleeping. 

Medium

The medium mattresses they provide also balance softness and support, making them perfect for sleepers of all types. 

They are designed to relieve pressure from different body parts, ensuring the sleeper gets a rejuvenating night’s sleep.

Firm

Better Bed Company offers a wide range of firm mattresses for those looking for more support. 

These mattresses are ideal for those who require more lumbar support or who suffer from back pain. 

They are designed to offer a firmer sleeping surface that helps distribute weight evenly, providing excellent sleep posture.

Contact Us

For more information on how to sleep with back pain, call us today on 08000987949 or email customercare@betterbedcompany.uk