Back hurts? We guide you to the best solutions
Beds and back problems are inextricably linked for better or worse. A bad bed can cause or aggravate back problems. Conversely, the right bed can work wonders for your hard-pressed back and in many cases completely solve the problem, if you have back pain.
About half of all Swedes have back problems, this in the form of back pain. There, we mean at Better Nights that one of the underlying factors may be the bed. This can be due to the fact that your bed is old and worn out, but you can also have problems if the firmness does not suit your body weight.
Of course, a new bed is not a guarantee of being painless – but they are definitely a step in the right direction.
So what should you pay attention to, when you have back problems?
- Make sure your spine is straight when you are in bed.
- Invest in a good pillow with the correct height.
- Make sure your bed is not too low.
- Consider an adjustable bed that you can adjust to your needs.
Of course, this is easier said than done – here is a guide on how you can most easily cope with the various points.
Correct support for the spine
When you have problems with your back, it becomes extra important that the bed provides the support you need. When lying on your side, you should preferably have as straight a spine as possible – something that is usually impossible, if the bed is too hard or too soft.
For most people, the problem will be that they sleep on a mattress that is too soft, and many will benefit from a firmer mattress that ensures a straighter spine. You can try to lie down in your current bed and get one to see and feel if your spine is straight – if it is not, then it is worth considering if it is time for a new bed.
Your beds are adapted to your weight, so that you get the right support instead of buying a new mattress try to adjust the old one. With double beds (at least 160 cm in width) it is also possible to get individual firmness in each side of the bed. It’s a really good idea, if you share the bed with a partner who does not weigh the same as yourself.
If you have a chiropractor or similar, it may be a good idea to consult with them for advice – they can often guide you if you need an extra firm or a softer bed than normal.
Get the right pillow
There is nothing worse than waking up with a stiff and sore neck because your head has been wrong. But a pillow that is too high or too low can also cause problems for the rest of the body.
Therefore, it is important to give the pillow the attention it deserves. The thickness of the pillow should be adapted to your body and the sleeping position that you prefer. Your neck should be kept in the same position as when standing upright.
This means that if you sleep on your stomach, you should often use a slightly thinner pillow, than if you sleep on your side.
However, you should only pay attention to the hardness – if you sleep on your stomach, it is a good idea to avoid a pillow that is too hard, as it can also increase the lying height.
You can also try noting how you lie down when you wake up – many fall asleep in one position and turn around during the night. This means that you may be sleeping in a different position than you think.
Many people like a large, high pillow, but if you sleep very high with your head, you might want to consider getting used to a slightly lower pillow. Especially if you have problems with your back, shoulder or neck.
Correct height of the bed
We also recommend that you consider the height of the bed. A bed that is too low can be hard to get down and up out of. Here, a good choice can be a continental bed, which has a good height because it consists of three mattress layers – it can, for example, be our popular Venus continental bed .
It is also available in different hardnesses – also a +95 kilo version, if you need a very firm bed.
Consider an adjustable bed
It can be a really good idea to consider an adjustable bed , as it provides a lot of ergonomic benefits and possibilities compared to a regular bed. If you have back problems or are just tired in the back after a long day, it is a fantastic opportunity to be able to raise the foot end so that the back can relax. If you ever read in bed or do something else where you sit up, the ability to sit correctly with a raised head end can also be an advantage.
For example, our popular Venus continental bed is also available in an edition with an adjustable function, which is a really good tip for a good and ergonomically correct bed.