My Spine and Me

Is my mattress important to my healthy spine?

What you sleep on makes a big difference in the quality of sleep you get every night. A mattress without enough support for your spine can lead to back strain and muscle fatigue and a poor night’s sleep. In the long term, this will lead to detrimental back and (lifestyle!) problems.

A good mattress will maintain the same natural spine alignment you have when standing. When your body is allowed to rest in its natural position, muscles are relaxed and sleep is more refreshing.

Is a firmer mattress good for my spine?

It is not necessarily true that firmer is better. A mattress that is too firm does not support the body evenly, tending only to support the body’s heaviest parts. A mattress that is too soft sags and prevents the spine from maintaining proper alignment. Neither situation allows your muscles to rest, as they must work throughout the night to find a comfortable position and maintain correct posture.