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How firm should a mattress be for lower back pain?

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Research is limited, but in one study, researchers assigned new mattresses to more than 300 people with low back pain. They used either medium-firm or firm mattresses for 90 days. Those in the medium group reported the least amount of discomfort.

You might consider getting a memory foam mattress (instead of a traditional innerspring one). The foam molds to your body. The downside: Some memory foam mattresses keep in heat; and the material might have more chemicals.

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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