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Best Mattress for Herniated Disc 2020
Our favorite mattresses for sleeping with a herniated disc
By TIM SUMERFIELD
What is a herniated disc?
Discs are essentially cushions in-between our vertebrae that help us bend, jump and move without pain. When one of these discs tears it causes the central portion to rupture, ultimately effecting surrounding discs and causing pain during mobility. Over time as discs become more worn down they are more likely to herniate. A herniated disc can occur anywhere along the spine from the neck to the lower back.
Sleeping with a herniated disc
Living with a herniated disc can be painful and debilitating, especially when trying to get comfortable at night. We have all experienced waking up after sleeping on a bad mattress or in the wrong position and feeling our back or body become extra stiff. If you have a herniated disc you need to be extra careful about the way you sleep and what you are sleeping on. The right sleep position and mattress can make a big difference in minimizing pain and helping you to heal more quickly. Adversely, the wrong mattress or sleeping in the wrong position can make a herniated disc worse and delay the healing process. In this article we will cover all the things you need to know about sleeping properly with a herniated disc.
Is your mattress part of the problem? Analyzing your current mattress.
An old or poor quality mattress is one of the biggest factors for causing aggravation to a herniated disc. If your mattress is not supportive and is not aligning the natural curve of your spine then it is making things worse. As mattresses age or if they are low quality they tend to sag in certain areas that take the brunt of your sleeping weight. Over time these “sagging spots” will get worse and without you realizing it you will begin to wake up with more and more pain. 8 hours of your spine being out of alignment every night takes its toll on the entire body.
Check your current mattress for the following:
- Is it a quality mattress? If it was cheap it likely was not quality. This is one area where spending money on a quality product will benefit your life greatly
- Is the mattress firm or soft? A soft mattress is not good for spinal alignment. You want something on the firmer end of the spectrum.
- Is your mattress over 5 years old? Some mattresses last closer to 8-10 years. But after 5 years it is important to check how the structure of your mattress is holding up. Do you see dips or sags? Are there “soft spots” that you can feel?
- Is your support system supportive enough? Are you using the correct support system? Make sure your bed frame is flat and supporting your mattress properly. Check your box spring to make sure it is not broken and is sitting properly on the bed frame. If your bed frame is a queen or larger does it have a center support on the frame that is in tact? If you have a platform bed or bed slats make sure none are broken and that they are spaced appropriately apart.
Worst sleeping position for a herniated disc
Sleeping on your stomach is agreed upon by many experts to be the worst sleeping position for a herniated disk or for any spinal issues. Stomach sleeping causes an unnatural curve in your spine which ultimately adds additional strain to your muscles and ligaments, resulting in increased pain.
If you cannot avoid sleeping on your stomach you can try putting a pillow underneath your hips to help lift the spine into a more natural position.
Best sleeping position for a herniated disc
The absolute best sleeping position for a herniated disc or back pain in general is to sleep on your back. Sleeping on your back helps to put the spine in its most natural position and relieves pressure from the surrounding muscles. For an added bonus slip a pillow under your knees and it will help to take even more pressure off of your spine, giving you maximum relief. If you cannot sleep on your back, side-sleeping is the next best option. Sleeping on your side is better than sleeping on your stomach, but you will want to put a pillow between your knees to help align your spine properly.
Features: What to look for when shopping for the best mattress for a herniated disc
While there is never the perfect mattress for that works for everyone there are certainly mattresses that are better for helping with a herniated disc than others. Below we have listed a few features to look for when purchasing your mattress.
The firmness of your mattress is very important for a herniated disc. You DO NOT want a soft mattress. A soft mattress will throw off your alignment and will not offer enough support for your spine. The best mattresses are ones that are medium-firm to firm.
As long as the mattress you choose is firm and supportive you can generally go with whatever material you like best as long as it is a quality product with materials that won’t break down.
While price doesn’t always mean quality, you can use it as a general gauge for what type of mattress you are getting. I can tell you right now, the $200 mattress on Amazon is not going to give you the proper night sleep that you need to help heal. If you want your mattress to help rather than hurt you will need to spend some money to get a quality product. You don’t need to get the most expensive mattress on the market but do not buy something cheap that you will end up needing to replace in a year or 2.
5 Best Mattresses for a Herniated Disc
BEST FOR SIDE SLEEPERS
What Customers love: Great value. Aligns spine and provides pressure relief for shoulders and hips when sleeping on side
The Puffy mattress is a great value mattress for the price. It is a medium-firm feel and is a perfect comfort level for the majority of sleepers. The single size Puffy mattress retail costs about $495 dollars and includes free shipping, free returns and 101-night risk-free trial. If you don’t like the mattress after 101 days they will refund you and come and it pick up for you. Puffy’s memory foam design conforms to your body and is great for spinal alignment and pressure relief.
- Medium-firm feel fits all sleep types and weights (multiple awards for best all around mattress).
- 101 day free sleep trial with free shipping and free returns
- Fits on any surface (box spring, adjustable base, platform bed, etc..)
- Comes with a lifetime warranty
- 100% made in the USA!
- Breathable and cooling with Tempurature stabilizing climate control
- Firm supportive base foam for luxury level spinal alignment and pressure relief
- Stain-resistant cover
- Donates beds to children in need
BEST ORGANIC OPTION
What Customers love: Natural latex mattress at an affordable price.
Plushbeds is known throughout the industry for their high quality affordable latex mattress options. The Natural Bliss is their most budget friendly latex mattress and provides all the healthy benefits of a latex at a great price. The Natural bliss is available in multiple firmness options so suit all comfort levels and preferences. We recommend a firmer set up for relieving back pain. This mattress also has an organic cotton cover and is perfect for any individuals with allergies or who are sensitive to non-organic fabrics. While there are other latex mattress options on the market that may spend more money on branding, this mattress is by the the best bang-for-your-buck.
- 100% Natural Latex
- Organic Cotton Cover
- No glues or chemicals used
- 100 night free trial with free shipping and free returns
- Variety of firmness levels available
- Great value for the money
BEST INNERSPRING OPTION
What Customers love: Built for pain relief.
The Wink mattress has won multiple awards for pressure relief and the best mattress for back pain. The bed uses 2 layers of pocketed coils for unmatched support and spinal alignment. This mattress will have more bounce than a memory foam mattress and is perfect for sleepers who prefer the feel of a traditional innerspring mattress over that of an all foam or memory foam bed.
- Built for back pain relief
- Breathable fabric allows you to sleep cool
- 120 night free trial with free shipping and free returns.
- Available in multiple firmnesses
- Lifetime warranty
- Made in the USA
What Customers love: Affordable pressure relieving memory foam mattress
If you enjoy the conforming feel of memory foam then the Nectar is a great budget friendly option. Memory foam provides pressure relief and is great for sleepers of all styles. The Nectar is one of the most popular memory foam mattresses on the market due to its high quality materials and affordable price.
- Very affordable compared to other mattresses
- Comfortable memory foam top layer
- 365 Day free Trial with free shipping and free returns
- Highly reviewed
BEST FOR PAIN RELIEF
What Customers love: Amazing pressure relief and support. 2-sided soft and firm options.
The Layla hybrid mattress utilizes a pocketed coil support system combined with 2 sides of copper infused memory foam. This design provides support while also cradling the body and relieving pressure points. The Layla hybrid is 2-sided so you can choose to sleep on the firm or soft side.
- Hybrid mix of pocketed coils and copper infused memory foam for ultimate body support and recovery
- 2-sided for firm and soft sleeping options
- Sleeps cool with copper infused memory foam
- 120 night free trial with free shipping and free returns
- Made in the USA
BEST PILLOWTOP OPTION
What Customers love: Luxury pillow-top comfort. Great for all sleeping types
The DreamCloud is one of the most universally liked and recommended high end mattresses. It has a mix of pocketed coils and a memory foam pillow top, to give support and pressure relief. It also has a cashmere infused cover for a soft delicate and breathable sleeping surface. This mattress won “best mattress of the year” in 2019 and is a great all around luxury choice for a single mattress.
- Memory foam Pillow top
- Pocketed coil support system
- Cahsmere infused cover
- 365 night free trial with free shipping and free returns
- “Luxury firm” comfort level
- Perfect for majority of sleep preferences
Alternative options for sleeping with a herniated disc
If you don’t want to purchase a new mattress there are a few things you can do to try to sleep better on the current mattress you have:
- Pillow under your knees. We mentioned this above but putting a pillow under your knees will help take pressure off of your spine and will allow your muscles to relax.
- Check your pillow and make sure it is keeping your head level with your spine. If you pillow is too thick it can cause your neck to strain.
- Purchase an electric adjustable base for your mattress. Adjustable bases allow you to raise your head or legs to any desired height. This will help to put your body in a position that is comfortable for you to sleep.
- CBD oil has been said to help with relaxation and pain relief. May be worth a try.
Getting rid of your old mattress
If you do decide to purchase a new mattress you will likely be looking to get rid of your old one. Many of the mattress companies today do not take away your old mattress when delivering your new one. Luckily, A Bedder World does! You can easily book a mattress removal on our website, put your items outside by 8am and our team will come by and pick it up!We have recycle dover 500K mattresses throughout the country and saved millions of sq.ft. of landfill space.
Overall, the type of mattress you choose is very important in how it will benefit your sleep while dealing with a herniated disc. Be sure not to go the cheap route and instead purchasing a well made product that is supportive and on the firmer end of the spectrum.