If you are experiencing back pains and aches in the mornings the first thing you should do is look at your mattress. It should be firm enough to support your back but not hard and uncomfortable. If there is a noticeable warp or groove it is time to replace the mattress. There are ways to make your mattress more comfortable and to your liking if it does not need to be replaced. A mattress topper or featherbed can make your sleeping experience more enjoyable. Mattress toppers are about 2 inches and add only a slight difference to your mattress. A featherbed is thick and adds more support and softness to your mattress.
If you still feel back pain after replacing the mattress or using a featherbed there are ways to use pillows to reduce back pain. First try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees. Your knees should be slightly bent. Try experimenting with different sizes of pillows and decide which one results in the most comfort for you. This takes pressure off the lower back, which allows for proper hip placement. Second, try sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees. Raising the knees slightly will also raise your back slightly and will take pressure off your lower back. Third, you can try sleeping with a pillow under the small of your back and buttocks when sleeping on your back. This, of course, cannot be too large of a pillow.
Let us know if you have any tips on using bedding to reduce back pains!
Author: Jerry, International Quality Control Manager