Buying the right mattress can mean all the difference between good health and severe pain. Many people suffer countless nights, tossing and turning, only to wake up with back pain due to the wrong mattress. While some prefer their mattress soft and fluffy, others prefer them hard and firm. It really all depends on the individual.

Choosing the right mattress ultimately comes down to two things: Comfort level & how you feel upon waking up in the morning.

Here are some tips to help select the right mattress for you:

1. See a Doctor or a Physical Therapist

The right professional will assess and analyze the spine and may share important advice on the right type of mattress to best suit each individual. Depending on your condition, the two of you can come to a conclusion on the mattress that will work best for your health and help you get a good night’s sleep.

2. Trial and Error

Shop around at different stores. See what each mattress store has available to you. Try lying on different beds and see which helps you feel the most comfortable. Speak with the sales associates at each mattress store and see what insight they can provide on different mattress styles.

3. Try a Pressure Point Analyzer

Many mattress stores have the technology available to assess your pressure points and problem areas when lying down. This technology looks like a regular mattress, but after lying down for a short period of time, the bed will initiate feedback on the areas in which you hold stress and the type of mattress that will work best for you.

4. Look into Adjustable Mattresses

Many mattresses nowadays have built-in technology that allow for firm/soft customization. When purchasing one of these mattresses, do some experimentation. Try one night on a firm setting, one night on a softer setting, and a night somewhere in the middle. Eventually, you will find the setting that feels best for you!

5. Check the Warranty

The last thing you need is to be stuck with a mattress that causes you pain because you made the wrong decision when purchasing. Many mattress stores will offer trial periods and warranties that allow you to return the mattress if it doesn’t work for you.

Remember, your true comfort zone is the place you lay your head each night. Don’t settle for anything less than what’s best for you! If you believe your back pain may be more serious and extends beyond simply choosing the right mattress, reach out to the Spine & Orthopedic Center today for a consultation.