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There is no one size fits all mattress solution, so it's important to ask questions and research the different facets of mattresses and what may or may not work for you. When you arrive at the question: "Will a soft mattress hurt my back?" the answer isn't as straight-forward as you would like, and in fact, depends on a lot of factors. First, and most importantly it depends on how you sleep.
Do you sleep on your back? your side? or your stomach? This is a very important question to ask before you purchase a new mattress to ensure you get the best mattress to suit your needs. The support of a mattress will affect your back, and your quality of sleep and you support needs will vary depending on your sleeping preferences. If you are a side sleeper, a softer mattress may be exactly what you are searching for as it will reduce the pressure you tend to experience in your shoulder area as well as in your hips. If you sleep on your back or stomach, more support may be necessary to keep your spine in the optimal position for deep sleep.
There is a myth within the mattress industry that firmer mattresses provide better support. This is not necessarily true and comes from a misunderstanding as to how mattresses are made. The support within your mattress comes from the innerspring system at the center of the mattress, most mattress manufacturers will use the same coil system within a collection of mattresses, which means both the plush and the firm versions provide the same support, they just have different comfort levels. The layers on top of the springs make up the comfort of your mattress and can have a great effect on whether you find it comfortable or not, even though both mattresses provide the same level of support.
If you are currently experiencing back pain, it is likely that is being caused by your mattress. However, before you go shopping you should always consult your doctor to ensure your pain is not the result of some deeper issue.
Most back pain is caused by inadequate support in your mattress and can range from mild discomfort to extreme pain. If you suspect your pain is related to your mattress, give us a call at 888-996-9890 and we will be happy to help you find a mattress to suit your needs.