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How can you tell which mattress is best for your back pain?

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If you have a great night's sleep and wake up pain-free after staying at a hotel or in a friend's guest room, copy down that mattress's model number. Or choose a mattress that comes with a money-back guarantee: A growing number of companies will let you buy a mattress and use it for anywhere from 30 to 100 days and send it back for a refund if you're not happy with it.

From: Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Is Your Sleep Position Causing You Back Pain?"

Consumer Reports : "Mattress Buying Guide."

Harvard Healthbeat: "What Type of Mattress is Best for People With Low Back Pain?"

Jacobson, BH. "Grouped Comparisons of Sleep Quality for New and Personal Bedding Systems." , 2008. Applied Ergonomics

Kovacs, FM. “Effect of firmness of mattress on chronic non-specific low-back pain." , November 2003. Lancet

Mayo Clinic: "Slide show: Sleeping positions that reduce back pain."

University of Utah Health Care: “Good Sleeping Posture Helps Your Back."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on February 6, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Is Your Sleep Position Causing You Back Pain?"

Consumer Reports : "Mattress Buying Guide."

Harvard Healthbeat: "What Type of Mattress is Best for People With Low Back Pain?"

Jacobson, BH. "Grouped Comparisons of Sleep Quality for New and Personal Bedding Systems." , 2008. Applied Ergonomics

Kovacs, FM. “Effect of firmness of mattress on chronic non-specific low-back pain." , November 2003. Lancet

Mayo Clinic: "Slide show: Sleeping positions that reduce back pain."

University of Utah Health Care: “Good Sleeping Posture Helps Your Back."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on February 6, 2019

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