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Which Pillows and Mattresses Are Right for Your Spine?

Are you tossing and turning throughout the night due to back pain? Does that discomfort linger throughout the next morning? Your pillows or mattresses may be at fault. An old, worn-out pillow or mattress can severely impact your quality of sleep. More specifically, they can impact your spine’s long-term health.

Thankfully, certain pillow and mattress companies are manufacturing products that cater to individuals with poor spine health. These companies use specific materials that are engineered to support aching, sensitive spines. Here is a detailed compilation of back-friendly pillows and mattresses that are Spine Solutions-approved.

Recommended Pillows

A variety of factors can justify whether or not a pillow is right for you; however, individuals should pay attention to the pillow’s material, design, and firmness before making a purchase.

  • Memory Foam: A memory foam pillow contains polyurethane foam to increase overall viscosity and density. When pressure is applied, the foam bubbles open and create an even flow of air movement. This material can be solid or lightweight with medium firm to severely firm thickness. Most memory foam pillows feature an ergonomic design that facilitates proper spinal alignment.
  • Cotton and Polyester Blend: A cotton and polyester blend pillow is most similar to traditional pillows, as it boasts a padded exterior and plush interior. What makes this pillow helpful for individuals with sensitive spines? A cotton and polyester blend pillow can be made as a unique shape. That way, individuals that prefer specific sleeping positions can tuck the uniquely shaped pillow under their forearms, elbows, knees, calves, or lower backs while resting.
  • Polyfoam: A polyfoam pillow contains a high-density polymer matrix for lumbar support. This pillow is typically on the firmer side, and it can be used while sleeping or sitting upright in bed.

Recommended Mattresses

 Purchasing a new mattress is a big investment. Why not take the time to research some that will promote positive spine health?

  • Foam: A foam, or memory foam, mattress is best for individuals who crave a contoured, firm night’s sleep. Foam mattresses often feature at least three layers of memory material for optimal compression, density, and breathability.
  • Innerspring: An innerspring mattress is a traditional coil-on-coil mattress; however, this mattress can be an effective option for those with back pain if it is durable with extra pillow top support. Additionally, the innerspring provides a true mattress-like bounce preferred by many sleepers.
  • Hybrid: Are you interested in a mattress that combines modern foam and a classic innerspring? A hybrid mattress might be the right option for you. A hybrid mattress is multi-layered, and it combines foam, latex, or gel with an innerspring infrastructure. This mattress appeals to a wide variety of individuals because it can be plush to the touch while still providing the back support sensitive sleepers need.

If your back pain persists, you may need more than a new pillow or mattress to alleviate your condition. Lack of sleep due to back pain will intensify your discomfort, eventually becoming a cyclical issue. Do not wait to contact our Spine Solutions team. We specialize in laser spine surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, disc replacement, and herniated disc repair. To learn more about the different types of back pain and treatment options available to you, call Spine Solutions at (954) 983-3888.

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