Back pain due to the mattress or bed base

Back pain can be caused by the wrong mattress, a sagging bed base or the wrong pillow. More and more people are experiencing back problems that are especially noticeable when they wake up. On the one hand, this has to do with our changed working position, and on the other hand, with insufficient support for the back during sleep. The mattress is not always to blame, the bed base and pillow also contribute to this.

Why back pain during and after sleeping?

Many people suffer from this: waking up halfway through the night with back pain or rolling out of bed in the morning with a broken back. Back pain is often caused by a mattress or a bad bed base. This is due to poor pressure distribution, which creates too much tension on the spine. The result is usually pain in the lower back. Back problems after sleeping are more common than before. Not because the mattresses were better back then, but because we have become much ‘lazier’ nowadays. In the past, we had to walk and exercise for a longer period of time. Exercise is good for the back, both for muscles and bones. Nowadays we sit a lot, which puts a lot more strain on the back. If we also lie on a bad mattress or a bad base, we are asking for back problems.

Is it the mattress or the bed base?

Many people blame their mattress, but the bed base or even the pillow can also be the culprit. A good mattress with a poor bed base does not provide sufficient support. A bad pillow raises or lowers the neck too much, making lying on a good mattress useless. So it is often an interplay between these three factors. In principle, the mattress and bed base must be replaced every ten years. The stretch is then gone, and both no longer provide support. The pillow must be replaced every 5 to 8 years. The better pillows can also last up to 10 years.

Shelf under your mattress

A frequently heard piece of advice: put a board under your mattress and it will solve your back problems. This advice mainly dates from the time when metal mesh bases were used. These bottoms provided little support and the stretch quickly disappeared. A sagging bed base causes the mattress to sag. This is how you got the hammock effect. Nice for a night, but disastrous for the back for a longer period of time. So anyone who considers it necessary to put a board under their mattress should look for a new bed base.

A hard mattress is better than a soft mattress, right?

Or not. A hard mattress is not necessarily better than a soft mattress. So many mattresses, so many choices. The most important thing is that a mattress provides good support where it is needed. Not every person is the same and one person has a crooked back, a deformed back, a hernia, a back that is too long or simply a perfect back. The mattress must be adjusted to the person sleeping on it. Nowadays there is more and more choice in mattresses. The pocket spring mattresses and innerspring mattresses have a core of metal springs. The innerspring mattresses are less comfortable, which is why pocket spring mattresses are being sold more and more. These provide better and individual support to the back. A nice mattress for people who want support and for people with more weight. Choose a mattress with as many pocket springs as possible (at least 500).
Memory foam mattresses are also known as Tempur foam or the NASA mattress. These mattresses take the shape of the body and thus support the spine. It prevents bedsores. Ideal mattress? Not for everyone! People with a crooked spine should not choose this mattress, because the crookedness is further emphasized by this mattress. This is a nice mattress for people who have to lie in bed for a long time.

Trial sleep

In the store you can lie down on your potential new mattress. That’s nice, right? But of course this is of no use to you at all. There is a good chance that you will find out after 1 month that you have made a bad purchase. Some bed stores offer trial sleep: you can try out the new mattress for 14 days. If you don’t like the mattress, you can return it. This has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that you can try out the mattress. You don’t have to wait for one night, but for 14 nights. If you don’t like it, return the mattress and get your money back. The downside is that many companies claim to destroy the mattresses that have been used. Nonsense of course, if you consider what the mattress should cost. Honest companies resell these mattresses as second-hand. Dishonest companies throw the mattress back on sale as new. And the customer buys a used mattress. In addition, 14 days is often not enough for a trial period of sleep: the body only fully adapts to the new mattress after 3 to 4 weeks.

Be careful with your back

In fact, most back problems during the day are caused by incorrect (work) posture. We spend too much time behind the PC or slumped on the couch. We work in bent positions and lift with our back. We take all these taxes with us during our night’s sleep. If the mattress is not good, the back cannot relax after all that heavy and especially incorrect work (or sitting work). A good attitude is half the battle.

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