How important is having a good mattress

Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or worsen back pain and for those people already suffering from back pain the wrong mattress can leave the sufferer feeling achy during the night or first thing in the morning.

A mattress that does not offer enough good support will strain the muscles, not allow the spine to keep in alignment or allow a good sleeping posture.

Around two thirds of people suffering from chronic back pain also suffer from disrupted sleep and this can worsen the chronic back problem, forming a vicious circle of poor sleep, and increased back pain.

A mattress that offers both comfort and sufficient back support, allows the spine to rest properly and re-fresh itself during the night.



On average a person will spend a third of their lifetime asleep and so good sleep is a very important and essential part of life. A good night’s sleep will allow the body and mind to rejuvenate from the stresses and strains of everyday life. A good mattress will contribute to the quality of your sleep and affect your everyday functioning. Pain, muscle fatigue and poor health can all be compromised because of poor sleep.


When is it time to invest in a new mattress

Most mattresses have a lifespan of between 8 to 10 years, cheaper ones will be less. If a mattress dips or sags in the middle or is no longer comfortable it is time to buy a new one.

Considerations when buying a new mattress

Firmness, comfort, durability and cost are all factors to keep in mind when choosing a new mattress.

There are many types of mattress such as memory foam, innerspring and flotation but the best is the one that gives you the best support and comfort.

The base or foundation of the bed does much of the hard work as it absorbs the weight and stress and a good base will give the mattress an extended life. Where possible always try to buy the base that is recommended to go with the mattress.



The level of firmness is personal to you, but a too firm mattress will not support the body evenly and a too soft mattress will put strain on the spine if it sags. Shopping around and lying on the bed and relaxing and getting up as if you would at home are tips to help you find the right one for you.

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When trying out a mattress lie in your usual position and turn over from side to side. Make sure there is enough space between you and your partner and you are not touching in the middle and sit up and get of the bed comfortably. Try before you buy.


Examine the quality of the stitching which should be unbroken as well as the quality of the material used as the cover, normally a cotton/polyester blend in a good mattress. Is there any manufacturers guarantee in case of defects?


Finding the right pillow is mostly down to personal choice but generally the best is a pillow made from memory foam followed by a feather pillow. Both will provide the neck with the support it needs.

Sleeping position

Just as important as the mattress and pillow is that you sleep in a good position. This is on the back with a smaller pillow under the knees if required to reduce the strain on the lower spine. The alternative is on your side but avoiding twisting into the recovery position. The worst position of all is on your front especially with your arm under the pillow.

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