Orthopedists often recommend that their patients sleep on medium-firm mattresses, instead of firm mattresses. The reason they cite for this choice are pretty simple: If you are sleeping on a mattress that is too hard, or firm, chances are that it will cause pressure points that will be uncomfortable, particularly in the shoulder, knee and hip. The pressure put on these points can cause the joints in these areas to deteriorate, resulting in arthritis. If you already have arthritis, it can be aggravated by sleeping on a mattress that is too firm.
Hard vs Soft Mattresses
Contrary to what many people believe, hard mattresses are not always better for backs. In fact, some research studies have found that medium-firm mattresses are better for back pain sufferers than hard mattresses
Hard mattresses tend not to conform well to the shape of your body, possibly leading to increased pressure on certain areas of the spine.
While hard mattresses may not be ideal, a soft, sagging mattress will have its own problems. A lack of adequate firmness may make it more difficult to change positions while sleeping adding to discomfort and sleeplessness.
Back Pain Mattress Recommendation
Change the way you sleep first, by ensuring that you are not lying on your stomach with your head propped up on a pillow. Instead, lie on your side. When you need to get up, bend your knees, and get up in a sitting position alongside the bed. Push yourself up with your hands and legs, not your back.
Choose a mattress that best comforts your back, if your back pains continue after adjusting your sleeping position. Keep in mind that it may take up to a week before you fully adjust to your new mattress.
Sleep on a mattress with medium firmness for starters. Men tend to sleep better on a softer mattress. Somewhere in between firm and soft may reduce your back pains.
Ensure that your mattress is designed to support all around the edges of the mattress, and that pressure is spread out evenly through the mattress.