Aches and pains are something most people are familiar with. Whether they are the result of an injury, a medical condition or the aging process, chronic pain can have a negative effect on your lifestyle. It can also be difficult to get good sleep when your body hurts.
What many people don’t realize it your mattress might actually cause or worsen your muscle problems. If you have a tough time falling asleep because of pain or wake up more sore than when you got into bed, it could be time to try a new mattress. Check out these three muscle problems getting a new mattress might prevent.
1. Lower Back Pain
An issue many people suffer from is lower back pain. While there are medical conditions that can cause this type of pain, your mattress can also be a contributing factor. Because the larger muscles in the lower back aid spinal function and support, they can cause intense pain when strained. These muscle groups include:
- Extensor Muscles: Allow you to stand and lift objects
- Oblique Muscles: Assist with proper posture and spine rotation
- Flexor Muscles: Enable you to bend forward and arch your back
A mattress that doesn’t provide the proper spinal support actually plays a much larger role in chronic back pain than many people give it credit for. Without enough support from your mattress, your spine is forced into an unnatural position as you sleep. This causes or intensifies strain on your lower back muscles that will continue as long as they aren’t properly supported at night.
2. Neck Pain
More than just stiffness, issues with your neck muscles can cause pain in your shoulders and arms. It can also produce headaches. The muscle most commonly strained by sleeping with your neck positioned awkwardly is the levator scapulae. Located on the side and back of your neck, this muscle connects your shoulder and your cervical spine. If you neck seems to be stiff for no reason or if you wake up with headaches, it could be due to a lack of support while you’re sleeping or poor sleep posture resulting from using the wrong mattress.
3. Hip Pain
One of the most common positions to sleep in is on your side. Because you don’t tend to move much throughout the night, lying on the pressure points in your hips can cause your joints to swell and become painful. The most common sign that your hip pain is related to your mattress is waking up throughout the night with pain in your hips. Even tossing and turning excessively during the night can be a signal your body is trying to take pressure off certain areas because it’s not getting the support it needs.
If someone told you there was a possible solution to your aches and pains, wouldn’t you be willing to at least give it a try? When you visit one of our Rest & Relax showrooms, you can take your time trying out any or all of our luxurious mattresses. We promise you will be completely satisfied with your choice. The sleep experts at Rest and Relax are on a mission to provide you with the best sleep possible.