The Best Bed for Back Pain & Great Sleep

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Posted on: September 27, 2015

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Throughout the day, you probably pay attention to how your back feels, what positions support your back and help to align your spine properly. But are you sure that your bed allows for that same back support and comfort?

We spend one-third of our lives in bed, so choosing the right bed for lower back pain relief is extremely important. In fact, neglecting your back at night can lead to pain and stiffness, and over time it can contribute to more serious issues like aggravated disc issues and even an increased risk of cardiovascular disease from a lack of proper sleep.

The problem with most mattresses on the market today is that you have to choose whether you want support, which doesn’t allow the heaviest parts of your body to sag and create misalignment, or comfort, which allows you to sleep through the night and get the rest you need. Most beds don’t offer both comfort and support at the same time, so you are waking up with back pain or you’re completely drained and groggy.

I was recently introduced to a bed that’s three times firmer than a typical foam mattress, yet soft enough to relieve pressure and adapt to your body so that you’re getting the support you need. The Intellibed is the best bed for back pain because it has this unique combination of support and comfort, and it works for every body type, no matter how you sleep.


How the Wrong Bed Contributes to Back Pain

1. It Causes A Misalignment of the Lower Back

In the 1960s, the hot mattress was the waterbed. Hardly anybody sleeps on waterbeds anymore because most people who used them started to develop back pain. Although waterbeds did a great job equalizing pressure, the problem was that they allowed the heaviest part of your body, your hips, to sag into the bed. This creates a misalignment of the lower back, which is when your body creates a banana shape. Because your hips are heavier than the rest of your body, they naturally sag further into the bed.

The innerspring-based mattress, which became popular after the fall of waterbeds, is also an issue because the further you push into it, the harder it pushes back. Although this prevents misalignment from occurring, these mattresses are uncomfortable to sleep on because of the springs inside of them.

The key is to have some resiliency in the center of the bed to support your hips. Foam core beds were then created for this purpose, but industry testing showed that these beds breakdown fairly quickly. Even the best foam beds can break down 20 to 40 percent, which means that over time, the foam beds can’t continue to push back with the same force that’s needed to support your hips. This goes back to the original problem (like the waterbeds) of misalignment of the lower back.

If your body spends 7–10 hours every night in the shape of a banana, with your hips sinking into the bed and lacking support, what do you think that does to your back over time? It causes discomfort and lower back pain. (1)

2. Interrupts Sleep 

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