How do you know if your mattress is causing pain?

If you complain of back pain right after waking up each morning, it's likely that the mattress and your sleeping position are to blame. A mattress that is old or too soft for you can put unwanted pressure on your spine and cause back pain in the morning. You may have heard that a firm mattress is recommended for low back pain, but Dr. Smycz told us that a mattress so firm that it feels like you're sleeping on the floor isn't recommended.

It's important to identify if the mattress is the cause of back pain and invest in a better mattress that provides support before the discomfort becomes a chronic problem. Harvard Health reported (opens in a new tab) that “a survey of 268 people with low back pain revealed that those who slept on very hard mattresses had the worst quality of sleep. If the mattress is too soft, the spine will fall into the mattress without proper support, leading to poor alignment and body pain.