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It’s estimated that over 2.5 million of us regularly suffer from back pain and 40% of us will feel back pain every year. And if you’ve ever felt back pain yourself, you’ll know just how much it can affect your daily life. You can’t sit easily at a desk, reaching up and down to deal with the kids is impossible, driving is a no-no and even getting to sleep at night can seem impossible as you struggle to find a position that doesn’t leave you in agony.

Yet, did you know that a lot of back pain is actually caused or aggravated by the beds we sleep on? When our mattresses become old – particularly over 6 to 8 years – they become weak and no longer support our spines appropriately during sleep. It’s this lack of support that can lead to pain in our backs. So, what can you do to improve this? Well simply getting a new mattress is a start, but if you find yourself particularly prone to pain in your back, the smartest choice is to opt for an orthopaedic mattress.

Sleepeezee mattressAn orthopaedic mattress is, for the most part, a mattress that is slightly firmer than a traditional mattress. However, this doesn’t mean you should buy the firmest mattress you can find, or opt to sleep on a hard floor to fix your back woes. In fact, a super firm mattress might leave you in more pain. For most people, back pain is most alleviated by a medium to firm orthopaedic mattress.

What your orthopaedic will do is mould around your body as you sleep. This means that the mattress will sort of hug around the highest problem areas including the hips, back and neck. Keep in mind that our spines aren’t straight so they want to sleep at a slight curve – this takes pressure off our spines and is why a mattress that is too firm can actually be problematic. It keeps the spine too straight! Of course, this goes both ways. If your mattress is too soft your spine will sink into it leaving it to sleep in an awkward, pain-causing position.

This increased level of spinal support means your body’s weight is distributed more evenly, so no area is being squashed by our own weight. This means that areas that are painful, such as our backs, have less pressure on them, leading to relief from pain and increased sleep as you’re not getting woken from the uncomfortableness.

Research is very important when it comes to orthopaedic mattresses, as all our pains are unique to us. You need to find the mattress that gives you the best support so you should try a mattress before you commit to anything. Here are just some of the most popular types of orthopaedic mattress:

Open Coil Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress

These mattresses are on the firmer side so give extreme support to your spine. Their firm nature means they are most suited to those people who are long-term sufferers of back pain.

Memory Foam Orthopaedic Mattress

Memory foam mattresses are one of the most popular types of mattress on the market due to the pleasant and comfortable sleep it gives as it moulds to our body shape and springs back when we leave. For sufferers of back pain, you should look for a hybrid with a firm spring unit and generous layer of thicker memory foam.

Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress

These mattresses are closest to open coil sprung mattresses; however, they contain individual springs in pockets. The individual springs make this type of mattress so suitable to those with back pain, as each spring can move individually to mould and respond to our body’s movement during the night. This again prevents pressure on the spine, eases pain and provides a better night’s sleep.

Looking for an orthopaedic mattress yourself? Here are a selection of our favourites: 

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