A goodnight’s sleep means you wake up in a fresh mood, ready to get to the daily routine. But if you wake up with pain instead of that, it can be extremely frustrating. There are several reasons behind morning aches or nighttime back pain. If there is no known reason (previous injury or other medical condition) you might wonder the reason behind it. If there have been no changes in your daily routine common reasons behind back pain can be your mattress, pillow, or sleeping posture. Do you ever wonder; is my mattress causing my back pain? But how do you know if your mattress is causing you back pain?

Choosing the right orthopedic mattress can make a significant difference. This will probably answer your question, following are signs to be noted if you think your mattress, is the reason.

Signs if your mattress is causing your back or neck pain:

How do I know if my mattress is causing my neck pain?

Questions like these might arise if you are waking up with pain in your back and neck. There are several causes behind neck pain. In order to know the exact reason behind neck pain, pinpointing the exact cause is essential. Start off with asking questions like:

  • Do you feel neck pain when you wake up?
  • Do you feel relief in your neck pain after stretching for a few minutes?

One of the major factors to be considered is your sleeping position for neck pain. Using the right pillow and the right mattress plays a vital role in providing the neck the support it needs. Adopting the right sleeping position and the right pillow will keep the head, neck, and spine in perfect alignment. If you wake up with back or neck pain, but it goes away with stretching for about 10 to 15 minutes. This can be the major indication that your mattress is causing your back or neck pain.

 Some of the other reasons behind back and neck pain related to sleep can be:

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping posture

Right mattress for back or neck pain:

Choosing the right mattress for your back or neck can make a huge difference. Choose the mattress that provides you with the best mixture of comfort and support to your back. Can an old mattress cause neck and back pain? People don’t even seem to remember how old their mattresses even are, its not surprising at all. This can be one of the reasons your mattress is causing back or neck pain, old mattresses tend to do that. Following are some of the types of mattresses that can help with back or neck pain along with good quality sleep.

Medium firm mattress:

Choosing the best orthopedic mattress can be tricky. A mattress with the perfect balance of being soft and firm is important. Several studies show that for patients with lower back pain, a medium-firm mattress improves the quality of sleep. Soft mattress results in bad back/spine posture whereas a firm mattress can irritate various parts of your spine.

Along with an orthopedic mattress, pillow matters too:

Primarily the pillow should be keeping your head not too above your body as well as not too below your body – a neutral position. While sleeping, your head, neck, and spine should be aligned. Choosing the right pillow depends highly on your sleeping position as well, for instance,

  • Back sleepers; a fairly low pillow is the better option.
  • Side sleepers; a higher pillow to provide the head, neck, and back support
  • Stomach sleepers; use a flat or absolutely no pillow at all (as using a pillow may arch the neck and back).

When to seek medical attention?

If you feel back and neck pain when you wake up in the morning or any of the signs mentioned above, consult a specialist. KKT Orthopedic Spine Center offers a revolutionary and sophisticated non-surgical Canadian technology treatment for neck and back pain. In case of back or neck pain, book your appointment with KKT Orthopedic Consultants and get relief from your pain without any surgery. KKT Pakistan has qualified orthopedic surgeons in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and four other metropolitan cities across Pakistan.