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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: When I wake up I get servere lower back pain after 6- 8 hrs in bed.  It often keeps me awake and I need to get up for the pain.  Could you recommend what type of single mattress I would need. Question from terry long

A:

If you have a back or skeletal problem you should consult your GP or Specialist before buying.

There's no single right bed to ease a back problem and each different back problem also may require a different solution. The best approach is to research the options carefully, take time to try them out and choose what you personally find supportive and comfortable, regardless of labels or even price tags.

Narrow your choice down to two or three and then spend plenty of time lying on these in your normal sleeping positions. Five or 10 minutes should be the minimum for each bed - but feel free to spend half an hour or even an hour, if that's what you want to do.
Look for a supportive rather than a hard bed. Do not assume that orthopaedic or firmer beds are the best option. Often a medium firm bed with proper cushioning is better.

Pay attention also to choosing the correct pillow, which must support the neck in alignment with the rest of the spine. Too many pillows thrust the head forward or sideways (depending on your sleeping position); too few allow the head to tip backwards: both create a crick in the neck.

Try and adopt a sleeping position, which creates less physical stress on the back (e.g. lying on your side is better than lying on your front with your neck twisted to one
side!).