Back pain is a common problem for Australians. In fact, according to the Australian Physiotherapy Association around 25% of Australian adults will suffer from back pain on any given day. What many people don't realise is that the mattress you sleep on can cause and worsen the amount of back pain you experience.
Let’s take a closer look at why a bad mattress can cause back pain and how to find the best mattress for correct alignment and support.
Can a Bad Mattress Cause Back Pain?
You may be wondering how big of a role your mattress plays in back pain. A 2010 study showed that a poorly made mattress, or one that does not provide the adequate amount of support, can cause or worsen a bad back.
You spend about 8 hours of every night in bed, which adds up to about a third of your life. The way that your body is positioned during that time will influence your overall health and wellness.
How to Find the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain
If you want to find a mattress that will offer proper support for your back while you sleep, you need to find a manufacturer who prioritises orthopedically correct designs. Orthopedics is the medical specialty which focuses on correcting deformities or impairments of the skeletal system; particularly the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments.
A mattress should support spine alignment thus allowing muscles to relax. There should also be targeted pressure relief using pressure mapping technology so that you don't toss and turn during the night in an effort to get comfortable.
When motion technology is integrated, it allows for smooth movement throughout the night, ensuring better quality sleep with minimal disturbances.
Where can you find a mattress with this technology?
The Sealy Posturepedic Solution
The team at Sealy has created the Sealy Posturepedic range of mattresses which prioritise orthopedically correct designs. If you have never heard the word ‘posturepedic’ before, it’s a term that combines the words ‘posture’ and ‘pedic’ referring to the correct alignment of the skeleton and the way the body aligns. Our designs work with the body’s natural alignment, catering to the relief of pressure points, designed to support the spine and muscles.
Sealy gained insight into proper support and comfort systems by partnering with the Orthopedic Advisory Board (OAB). The OAB is made up of qualified health professionals who specialise in research on sleep and posture. They advise Sealy on the best technologies and evidence-based research so that Sealy can create optimised mattress designs.
Sealy’s Mattress Technology
Let’s take a closer look at the technology used in the Sealy Posturepedic range.
There are two different spring systems Sealy uses which are both designed to offer staged support.
The ReST II system is featured in the high end bed collections and is composed of three phases. The first phase is the free floating coil known as the Synerflex surface. This phase helps to micro conform to the soft layers above and transition from them to the coil core below.
The second system is the SRxII Core design which has two phases of support. It starts with flat and soft coil turns which change into steeper turns at the base to provide more support.
In both systems, the coils are placed in alternating directions throughout the mattress, which has been found to reduce surface motion and improve stability. Additionally, Sealy Posturepedic support systems are made of Titanium alloy as it is light, strong, and durable.
When shopping for a Sealy Posturepedic mattress, you will find one of the two systems in each bed you look at and can test them out to see which better suits your needs.
The edge support system is what surrounds the full perimeter of the mattress and encases the springs. This helps to give the mattress a firm seating and can provide additional benefits depending on the system you choose.
The Unicased Support system has been developed to provide a strong edge with keys that are pushed into the innerspring. It also has what’s known as the BasePlank, which covers the underside of the mattress. The edge and base are thermobonded together which encases the system on all sides and on the bottom. As a result, your mattress will be stronger, it will offer comfort from edge-to-edge, it will minimise the disturbance of your partner during sleep, and will extend the comfort life of the mattress.
The Unicased XT is the most advanced system available, adding a coil inspired design with a channeled edge to the Unicased system. This allows the mattress to respond to weight progressively and ensures more stability.
As you shop, be sure to look at which edge support system a mattress has, as it will contribute to the strength, comfort, support, and durability experienced.
The more stability you have and the less disturbances during sleep, the more likely you are to stay in a properly supported position throughout the night.
Sealy’s comfort layers play a key role in reducing back pain. The combination of layers in a mattress will determine the feel of it and how much conformance is offered to the lower lumbar region of the back.
The four main comfort options include the ComfortCore Luxe, the ComfortCore Plus, the ComfortCore Premium, and the ComfortCore. They are made from a variety of materials which include gel-infused visco, natural latex, and memory foam.
The comfort layers are used in various combinations to create Sealy’s four main comfort levels which are ultra plush, plush, medium, and firm.
Many people ask, “What mattress firmness is best for back pain?” and “Is a firm mattress better for lower back pain?”
The comfort level will determine how firm or soft the bed is, and the right level to reduce back pain will depend on your personal situation. Typically, if a bed is too firm it may lack the conformability needed to adequately support your spine. On the other hand, if it is too soft, you may also end up in positions that cause pain.
Side sleepers often need a softer surface to relieve pressure from the pressure points, while front and back sleeps often enjoy a firmer surface because their body weight is more dispersed.
You will need to try out the different comfort levels in the position you typically sleep in order to identify which level offers the perfect balance of conformability and support. It is also recommended that you spend 10-12 minutes on the bed to get a true indication of the performance.
Other Mattress Features
While Sealy makes orthopedically correct designs a priority, our technology goes above and beyond just comfort and support. We also want our mattresses to last and stay in good condition so we incorporate a range of other features on selected models, including:
- Air vents to regulate airflow and ensure longevity
- Corner wrap handles for easy movement
- Smartex fabric treatment to help maintain the best sleeping temperatures
- Natural fibres, such as wool for softness and comfort
- A health shield which provides hygiene protection for your mattress
Finding the best mattress for back pain is going to require first finding a manufacturer like Sealy that offers designs backed by orthopedic research. Then, you will need to learn about the technology offered and the options available.
Once you have an understanding of the products, head into the store to try out the different options. There’s no way to find the right fit other than to try out the mattresses for yourself. Be sure to dress comfortably when you head to the store and be ready to spend some time laying on the different mattresses.
Say Goodbye to the Mattress Causing Lower Back Pain
Remember, it is not necessary to live your life with persistent back pain caused or worsened by your mattress. You can find a mattress that will help you to sleep more comfortably and live with less back pain.
Sealy offers this solution by creating the most advanced Sealy Posturepedic mattresses on the market. If you'd like to learn more about improving your sleep or the latest mattress technology, contact us today. You can also identify the best mattress for you using our mattress selector tool.