Why do you need a special mattress if you have neck pain?
If you suffer from neck pain, a standard mattress type will only serve to aggravate your problems further. Regular mattresses do not offer the correct and supportive positioning for your spine, neither do they support your preferred sleeping positions throughout the night. Therefore, you are unable to keep your spine in the correct and healthier of alignments throughout each night, waking to continual pain every morning. A special mattress which caters to alleviating neck and back pain will offer extensive support and therapeutic properties and will be designed with the intentions of supporting your preferred method of sleeping positions – ensuring you develop a healthier and beneficial posture each night in the process.
Features to consider while choosing a mattress if you have neck pain
There are certain features which we believe you should always look out for when you search for that most perfect of mattress types to prevent neck pain. Each company will claim to offer beneficial features from their model, but you need to ensure that those you are looking at cater to alleviating neck pain, backaches, and other chronic ailments. All our reviewed mattresses for neck pain discussed here have been selected for their comfortable sleeping surfaces, pain relieving properties and cooling materials. Here we investigate such crucial features further.
Mattress type and construction
There are four basic types of mattress including memory foam, latex foam, hybrid, and inner springs. Though your choice here may be more based on personal preference, each category will function better for certain sleepers. Memory foam mattresses are popular for side sleepers and back sleepers and are made up of body conforming layers which work to distribute weight while encouraging greater surface airflow. Latex foam mattresses also offer good uplifting support and are great as pressure point relieving products but aren’t as deep in construction as memory foam choices. The Zinus Extra Firm iCoil Support Plus Mattress, LINENSPA Hybrid Mattress, and the Brooklyn Signature Hybrid Mattress are all example of hybrids as they combine both foam and springs in their make-up, while inner springs simply rely on springs in their design.
All of the mattresses reviewed here come in a wide range of sizes which you will need to select the best one for your bed base beforehand. These generally include King, Queen, Full, California, and Twin – and some also offer additional XL sizes as well as California King as options.
The height of your mattress is determined by its thickness. This is something that you will need to consider carefully before making your final selection, especially when considering your current bed size and how much your beds base will allow for a comfortable mattress size placed upon it. The majority of these mattress types are around the ten inches mark, with the occasional 11- and 12-inch types reviewed here as well. However, a mattress needs to be thick enough to offer a decent level of support.
The thinner your mattress type, the less support you are likely to receive throughout the night, therefore leading to increased neck and back pain. Those thicker of mattresses will offer a better and more comfortable level of support.
Mattress firmness and sleep positions
There are three main types of sleeping positions that most of us revert to at night. These include back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers. This is the position that our body naturally takes up and isn’t easily altered. Therefore, if it’s your sleeping position that you believe to be the root cause of any neck or back pain, then you need to look at selecting the best type of firmness in your mattress choice to correct this.
There are typically five types of mattress firmness, including:
- Extra Firm – Best suited for back and stomach sleepers
- Firm – Best for back and stomach sleepers
- Medium – Suitable for all sleeping types
- Plush – Suited for those side and back sleepers
- Extra Plush – Suitable for side sleepers
The materials that are used in your selected mattress should ideally be the healthiest and most useful as you can afford. All of these reviewed mattresses are made with the best and most high-quality materials and certified to the highest standards. The materials in your mattress are important regarding your overall health, the support they can offer you, its general quality and its overall durability. The Zinus Extra Firm iCoil Support Plus Mattress is a great example here for its combination of soothing and natural green tea extracts, natural plant oil bio-foam and ActivCharcoal.
Temperature regulation in a mattress is essential to all sleepers as it ensures that you aren’t continually woken throughout the night because of an uncomfortable increase in body temperature. However, if you already suffer and find no solace in your sleep every night, having a higher than usual body temperature will only serve to add to your problems.
A cooling bedding surface dramatically improves your sleep as it sustains the perfect body temperature throughout the night.
With the average mattress lasting for around the seven to ten-year mark, you may want to consider a model which has a good warranty attached to it here. This is especially important if you have made a sizeable investment on your particular choice of mattress. This will ensure that should anything happen to your mattress during use; you are covered when you need it the most. All the mattresses reviewed here offer a ten-year warranty as standard, with the Layla Sleep Memory Foam Mattress and Nectar Mattress offering a lifetime warranty!
Some companies will offer a fantastic sleep trial on their mattresses, meaning you can effectively try before you buy! This is an excellent way of finding out whether you are spending your hard-earned money on the right type of mattress for your individual needs, before parting with much money to find out that it isn’t suited to your requirements. The Lull Memory Foam Mattress, Tuft & Needle Mattress, and Leesa Mattress all offer a sleep trial of 100 nights, with the Layla Sleep Memory Foam Mattress and the Brooklyn Signature Hybrid Mattress offering 120 nights and the Nectar Mattress offering a vast 180 nights!
Causes of neck pain and tips for alleviating it
Neck pain can be caused by strenuous activity in every day to day life, an injury, ongoing chronic pain issues or, more than likely, a poor choice of mattress type. This is why ensuring you get the best type of mattress to suit your sleeping needs is crucial if you want to alleviate and eventually eliminate your neck pain. However, you can also work on assuming good posture when sitting at a desk or when sitting in general, especially when in front of a screen. Additionally, heat packs and cooling packs will temporarily reduce your discomfort while getting a regular neck massage is also highly beneficial to prevent further flare-ups.