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If you’re one of the UK’s 2.5 million people suffering with daily back pain, you’re not alone. Whether it’s that dull ache between your shoulders, just above your tailbone or an irritating pain in the middle of your back, you’re probably reaching the end of your tether with trying to find sleep solutions.

So, if you’ve spent countless sums on chiropractors, physios and yoga lessons and still feel like you’re getting nowhere fast, it could be time to invest in a new mattress. An orthopaedic bed mattress or one specifically tailored for poor posture could be key to a sound night’s sleep.

Where specially does your back hurt?

Before you reach out for the latest catalogue, firstly identify where your pain is. The most common discomfort is lower back pain, usually symptomatic of muscle irritation combined with, or as a symptom of an underlying spine issue.

The next most common grievance is pain across the shoulder blades, which can be caused by spending hours at your computer screen with bad posture. Believe it or not, this pain can be worsened by having a mattress which is too firm.

How do you like to sleep?

If you’re most comfortable getting some kip on your back, then a firm mattress will definitely prove most beneficial to you.

For the side sleepers among us, a mattress with medium tension is what you need to adopt as this is much gentler on your shoulders and hips. If your current bed base is solid or firm, this may be the cause of your discomfort.

Springs or sprung flats allow your mattress to adjust more easily with your body’s contours, thus preventing a curve in the spine. A great suggestion for this is a memory and latex mattress.

Who shares your bed?

But before going all out to buy a new bed you’ll need to consider your partner if they’re going to be sharing it! If they don’t suffer back pain like you, a binary spring system is a good investment. Back pain sufferers should choose a traditional pocket sprung mattress.

If you’re in a couple, chances are you weigh completely different amounts This is where a binary support system can help. The heavier person will activate half the springs to support the lighter person’s weight

Types of mattresses

Cheap mattresses are not a sound investment and if they sound too good to be true, they probably are. Budget mattresses are inexpensive because they’re crafted from poor quality materials, often optimised for showrooms.

Mattresses made in the UK by master bed builders will last longer and ensure your optimum spinal health.

Often people believe that foam mattresses are key to resolving back problems as they’re often perceived as best on review sites. However, investing in a better sprung mattress with natural or organic materials is the best solution for putting back pain to bed.

No one-size-fits-all approach

When it comes to back pain, there is no solution to suit everyone as all pain masquerades in different ways. Everything comes down to personal preference.

Have you considered a perfect custom mattress tailored to your needs? It may be that you need a flexible bed frame – and in this case, divan beds with bedsteads can come with sprung bases and are a great investment.

If you need help to create a bespoke bed and mattress, you can reach custommattress.co.uk today or call 01565 651696.

Elliot Preece

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