Do you ever wake up with a sore back, hip pain, or a stiff spine? Don’t blame this on old age just yet—it’s most likely your mattress. While we as a society often overlook back pain because it can be caused by so many different things, waking up with back pain is a major sign that it has something to do with your mattress, especially if you notice the pain or stiffness fades over the course of the day.
Our first recommendation is to look for sagging spots in your mattress. A sagging mattress causes spinal pain or stiffness because it throws your spine out of proper alignment. Remember, we spend a third (give or take) of our 24-hour day sleeping. That’s six to nine hours that your spine could be laying out of whack, which can affect blood flow and your muscles. There are effective tips that can help fix your sagging mattress and this is what we’ll be talking about in this article. Note that all findings in this article is gotten from a reputable health site Mayoclinic.
Rotate the Bed
In some cases, the mattress cannot be removed from the bed, so you cannot flip it upside down. However, you can still try to fix it. Simply rotate your bed so that you sleep in the opposite area of the mattress. This will cause a counter-pressure which will eventually even out your sagging mattress. Again, give it a couple of days or weeks for your mattress to return to its original shape.
Use a Mattress Topper
According to Verywell Health, purchasing a mattress topper can help you sleep more comfortably on a mattress that is sagging. As the name suggests, mattress toppers are simply placed on top of your bed, offering an additional layer of comfort on top of the existing mattress.
Mattress toppers are sold individually as accessories, and usually feature 2 to 5 inches of foam, latex, wool, down, down alternative, or feathers. In the case of countering mattress sagging, the thicker toppers made from denser materials tend to perform best.
Change the Foundation
With time, the foundation tends to wear and tear, causing the mattress to sag. According to WebMD, foundations with less than six legs can also lead to premature mattress sagging on one side. Foundations that use slats can also lead to a sunken bed in areas between the slats. Getting the perfect foundation for your mattress prevents it from sagging.