Back pain is a common issue, which is attributed to a variety of reasons. From sitting for long hours, bad posture, using too much cell phone to the mattress you are sleeping on, anything can lead to backache.

What causes back pain?

The underlying cause of back pain is due to the pressure on the spine due to sitting or lying in an unnatural position for long. Back pain can show in the form of dull aches in your lower back, shooting pain, stiffness in your neck and numbness in your legs and feet.

But one major reason for your back pain can be due to the mattress you are sleeping on. Here is how you can identify if your mattress is to be blamed for your back pain.

As per the UCLA Medical Center, the mattress that does not fit into the “Goldilocks Zone” of firmness and softness can lead to discomfort right after you get up and lead to chronic back pain.


You have to be aware of the time of your back pain. If you feel the pain right after getting up or within 10 to 30 minutes of getting up and feel better after some walking around and stretching, your mattress is clearly the culprit.

If you have constant restlessness while sleeping and you keep tossing and turning around all night along with heightened pressure on joints. You might need to change your mattress.

Mattress type

The Goldilocks Zone is critical in combating back pain caused by your mattress. Medium to firm mattress reduces the chances of back pain as compared to sofer and harder mattresses. The mattress should support the entire body, especially the alignment of your spine and the arch. A firm mattress will add pressure to your spine and if it’s soft, it won’t support the spine.

Buying new mattress

When you switch to a new mattress, your back goes through a transition phase as your body is used to the mattress you sleep on. So, even if your new mattress is more supportive, it can lead to back pain as it takes time to re-align your spine to a neutral position.

It also takes time because at first, springs and foams are stiff and they gradually soften up and align with your spine’s position. The transition period may take up to 21 days and you eventually start feeling better.

Tips to buy a new mattress

– Try before you buy

– Be sure about returns and trial period

– Read reviews from real customers

– Check with your healthcare provider if you have any spine-related issue