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When should you get a new mattress for lower back pain?

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When researchers from Oklahoma State University randomly assigned 62 people to sleep in a variety of new beds for 28 days, they found that almost everyone started to sleep better. That was true regardless of which model they were given, though people who slept in the cheapest beds did report more lower back pain than those in the medium- and higher-priced beds.

The most important thing seemed to be that the beds were new. They noted that the average age of the participants' old beds was 9.5 years. And they concluded that "sleep quality may be dependent on timely replacement of bedding systems." The takeaway: If you've been sleeping on the same mattress for 9 or 10 years (or more), it's time to get a new one. Almost any new replacement is going to be better than the saggy foundation of an old mattress. But it may pay to spring for at least a mid-priced model.

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 06, 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 06, 2019

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