Medium firm better than Hard?
If you do currently suffer from a bad back, new research published in the medical journal The Lancet, puts to bed long-held beliefs that hard mattresses are necessarily the best to sleep on. Indeed, it found that softer ‘medium firm’ mattresses put less pressure on the shoulders and hips and allow the spine to be kept straight.
Remember a good foundation (or base - ensemble) is as important to effective back care as a good mattress. It’s never wise put a new mattress on an old foundation. So when you select your mattress, purchase its companion foundation. The two are designed to work together to deliver maximum comfort and support.
Be aware also that if you tend to go to bed pain-free and wake up with pain, the cause of the problem may not only lie in what you are sleeping on but also the position you are sleeping in.
Sleeping Positions Affect the Pain You Feel
The only position to sleep on that will not cause pain and stiffness is sleeping on your side and alternating between the left and right side.
When you lie on your back the lumbar spine tends to flatten and this causes the back to become stiff and painful if it stays in this position for too long.
When you lie on your stomach the lumbar spine develops a greater curve than normal and this too can cause pain and stiffness if done for prolonged periods.
To find the right bed for you, you need to try a range of beds that are best suited to support you (and your partners) preferred sleeping position.