You must buy the firmest mattress you can find — right if you have a bad back? Not so quickly. While this was ordinary wisdom, no solid study remains behind it. The latest thought is that not all people, including those with chronic back pain, have a perfect mattress. Let your preference guide you and choose what feels best.

However, it cannot be easy to make the correct decision. Many items are available, and it doesn’t mean that you will be content to sleep there for the next few years only because a mattress felt comfortable when you lay on it in a showroom. For more details check out savvysleeper.org.

Balance Your Back

Perhaps you don’t know, but when you sleep, good posture is essential. You need to relax and heal the muscles and ligaments (tissue that protects joints) in the back as you snub. If a mattress is too firm or too nervous, it won’t be able to hold your spine or lower the way it wants it on your neck. What is strong enough is different for everybody (but not too firm): A slightly harder surface can be safer, for example, if you have wide hips. You have to offer more to maintain alignment with your spine. Somebody with narrower hips with a firmer surface may be better off.

Medium Firm

Research is minimal, but in one study, more than 300 people with low back pain were allocated new mattresses. For 90 days, they used “medium-strength” or “strong” mattresses. The middle group reported a minor inconvenience.

The foam molds your body. The downside: There are memory foam hot mattresses, and there might be more chemical compounds in the stuff.

Trial

If you sleep in your hotel or a friend’s guest room and wake up painless after your stay, copy the mattress model number. Or pick a mattress with guaranteed cashback: An increasing number of companies will let you purchase and use the bed for between 30 and 100 days. If you don’t like it, you can send it back for a refund.

Research

When Oklahoma State University researchers randomly allocated 62 people for 28 days to sleep in several new beds, almost everybody started sleeping better. Whatever model they were given, it was confirmed that people who went to sleep in the cheapest beds reported less back pain than the medium and higher-priced mattresses.

What was most significant was that the beds were new. The average age of the old beds of the participants was 9.5 years. And they concluded that “the consistency of the sleep may be subject to timely lining replacement.” The taking: If, for 9 or 10 years (or more), you have slept on the same mattress, it is time to have a new one. Almost any unused substitute is better than an old mattress’s saggy base. But at least a mid-priced model mattress can be charged for in the spring.

Positions

Even when it comes to treating back pain when you are staying, that’s not the only thing that counts. The location of sleep is essential, like the kind and the place of the pillows you use.