29 Sep Mattress Lumbar Support Factors for Back Pain, Part 2
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on sleep, mattresses and lumbar support. Lumbar support is one of the most important themes for those struggling with back pain, and weight distribution from a mattress plays a big role here during sleep periods.
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we offer a wide range of new mattresses for a variety of sleep needs and preferences, from soft mattresses through firm options and numerous specialty materials like latex, memory foam and more. Part one of our series mostly went over the important factors to keep an eye on within this realm – today’s part two will dig a bit deeper and look at choosing a mattress, pillows and other general tips for lumbar support.
Choosing Your Mattress
When choosing a mattress with lumbar support in mind, the primary goal is to keep your spine in neutral alignment while lying on the mattress. This means finding the right balance between soft and firm – too far in either direction will lead to spine bowing and related issues.
In most cases, mattress and sleep professionals recommend that those with lumbar support near the top of their priority list begin with medium-firm mattresses. There will be some level of personal preference involved here, so be willing to experiment with a couple different firmness levels to see what works for you.
In addition, many with back pain should strongly consider an adjustable bed. This base allows for the head and legs to be raised separately, which is an excellent way to limit pressure on the lumbar area. Adjustable mattresses also make it easier to sleep on your back, which is ideal for lumbar support.
Pillows and Lumbar Support
Another major factor in lumbar support during sleep: Pillows. How they’re used will depend on your typical sleep position:
- Back sleepers: Place a small pillow underneath the knees to remove pressure on the lower spine, plus a standard pillow under the head.
- Side sleepers: Use a thicker head pillow to keep the head and neck in a neutral position. In addition, hold a body pillow in front of you for shoulder support, plus a pillow between your knees to keep the hips level.
- Stomach sleepers: If possible, try to train yourself to sleep in another position, as sleeping on the stomach is not good for the back. However, if this is not possible, or while you’re doing this, place a flat pillow under your stomach and hips to elevate the pelvis, removing at least some of the pressure from the lumbar region.
For more on back pain and lumbar support from your mattress, or to learn about any of our mattresses or mattress accessories, speak to the staff at 2 Brothers Mattress today.