Myth: You need a harder mattress — or one made out of foam.
Chronic back pain and insomnia seem to go together, and much science shows that sleeping poorly increases sensitivity to pain. If you sleep better in hotels, your mattress may be a problem. But don’t assume it should be rock hard. Try one with adjustable firmness or a “medium-firm” mattress. As for foam, there’s no evidence that foam helps back pain. If you’re curious, try a foam topper. Anything you can do to get more or better sleep could help. Are you turning off your electronics well before bedtime, and keeping consistent hours?
March 27, 2020
Janet O’Dell, RN