How to Tell if Your Mattress Is Causing You Back Pain
While many things can throw your back out of whack (lifting too-heavy items, bending the wrong way, etc.), assessing your mattress as a potential culprit to your back pain is step one. Learn to spot the warning signs and how to identify what kind of mattress you need to heal back pain.
Learn the Signs That Your Mattress Isn't Working for You:
A telltale sign that your mattress is causing you back pain is if you're waking up in pain after going to bed feeling fine. Even if you're able to stretch it out in the morning, dealing with consistent discomfort can lead to chronic issues. Other signs that your mattress isn't treating your body right include:
- You're tossing and turning throughout the night to get comfy
- You're feeling increased pressure on parts of your body when sleeping in certain positions
- Your bed is unforgiving to the natural curve of your body
Read up on these common culprits to know why your bed might be hurting your back (and how to fix it).
Common culprit: Your mattress is too soft or too firm
What kind of mattress do you need if your back hurts? While personal preference factors in, your mattress should be ultra-supportive while allowing your body to relax into a profoundly comfortable position.
Soft mattresses don't usually offer enough support (especially if you're of average weight or above). This lack of support causes poor sleeping posture, making your spine fall out of alignment. Your mattress is probably too soft if you sink so much into it that you have trouble moving around in bed.
Inversely, too much support means you don't sink into the mattress at all—which can be uncomfortable. Ideally, your hips and shoulder should sink just slightly into the mattress so they're hugged and supported. If you sleep on your side, and especially if you weigh less than the average Canadian, a very firm mattress might create pressure points around your shoulders and hips.
The solution? Choose a medium-firm mattress with pressure-point relief like the Endy Mattress. Medium-firm mattresses are known as the Goldilocks of options to provide fantastic comfort and quality support. Plus, studies tend to show that medium-firmness helps with chronic lower back pain. 1
Common culprit: Your mattress is too old (or too new)
As a general rule of thumb, you should be changing your mattress every 8-10 years. Even when using top-quality materials, any mattress will sag and lose support after a decade of use.
Some people also experience discomfort from a new mattress. It can last for a few days or a few weeks as the body adjusts. Think of it as breaking in new skates—it may feel uncomfortable at first, but you're getting better support and performance in the long run. If you're still experiencing minor pain after a few weeks, though, your new mattress may not be right for you.
The solution? Buy your mattress from a retailer with a generous warranty and return policy. The award-winning Endy Mattress comes with a 10-year warranty and a 100-night risk-free trial period (because we're so sure you'll love it.)
The Impact of Sleeping on a Bad Mattress
In the short term, the repercussions are obvious—you’re not comfortable, you struggle to fall asleep, and you end up feeling achy and sore in the morning. It’s not a big deal if it happens once in a while (at your friend’s cottage or on a trip), but sleeping on a bad mattress every night for weeks, months or years on end can cause serious chronic issues.
It puts pressure on your spine and muscles
Without the right level of support, your spine is likely to get misaligned. When that happens, your back muscles try to bring it back into alignment as you sleep. Even though it may sound like a free back muscle workout, it’s quite the opposite: Your back muscles stiffen up and don’t have time to heal and repair overnight, which is how they get stronger.
It affects your quality of sleep
Needing a long time to fall asleep, tossing and turning to get comfortable, and waking up constantly at night all translate to poor quality sleep. Not getting the sleep you deserve affects your mental and physical health in many ways—from low energy levels to high blood pressure and, obviously, back pain.
A good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to care for your health. Investing in a quality mattress that won’t cause you pain is an excellent investment that will bring you comfort and peace of mind for years to come.
How the Endy Mattress Helps to Prevent Back Pain
The Endy Mattress is supportive enough to keep your spine aligned yet soft enough to gently cradle your hips and shoulders so you can fully relax into sleep.
Comfortable and supportive layers
Three layers of top-quality foam work together to create the perfect mattress:
- Endy's comfort layer eliminates pressure points on your body to reduce tossing and turning.
- Our transitional foam provides a gradual transfer of energy to achieve zero motion transfer while relieving body pressure.
- Our high-density foundational layer provides ultimate structural support for the upper layers.
Perfectly firm year-round
Endy Comfort Foam is not like traditional memory foam. While memory foam mattresses sink in the summer and feel firm as a rock in the winter, Endy foam is temperature insensitive. This means it maintains a consistent feel through every Canadian season, no matter the temperature. Plus, the foam's open-cell technology enhances breathability and cooling throughout the night.
The Endy Mattress was scientifically engineered for maximum comfort through extensive lab testing. But you don't have to take out word for it—you can trust its 4.9 average star rating based on 21,000+ customer reviews. Order yours now and see the difference!