Sciatica And Your Mattress


Sciatica is one of the most common leading causes of pain and discomfort in the United States, and in extension, the world. It is also often one of the most misunderstood. As many as 40% of people will experience it at some point of their life and its frequency increases the higher your age. Sciatica has been described in a number of ways: a throbbing pain that shoots down the leg to the foot, burning feelings in the upper thigh down the calf, a sudden nervous prick of pain. So how does one combat this pain and discomfort? The short answer is costly and equally discomforting, surgery or intensive physical therapy. However, there are easier alternatives, ones you don’t even have to be awake for.

Many people take to stretching or personal exercise as a way to fight off the numbing pain of sciatica, but for many of us we simply do not have the time. “What is the answer?”, many people ask. Its simple: get a better mattress that accommodates your back! Change in sleep position and routine can help to alleviate the symptoms of sciatica, all without ever leaving your mattress.

Sciatica can arise from a number of influences and stimuli, but the most common causation of this annoying nerve pain is the mattress one sleeps on. Many people prefer soft mattresses to hard mattresses because they are easier to sleep on or are personally better mattresses, however, many people make the same mistake of purchasing a mattress that is TOO soft. Sleeping on a mattress that is too unsupportive or cushy can lead to twisting and contortion of the lower back area and irritation of the sciatic nerve, bringing about symptoms. Think about how much time you actually spend on your mattress. If you spend eight hours a day folded into a “U” you may experience some discomfort. For many with soft or worn out mattresses, this is actually the case. Many sleepers are wary of hard brick like mattresses that are unpleasant to sleep on, but a firm mattress is vital to limiting and mitigating sciatic pain in the lower back or leg areas. Sleepers should look for mattresses that provide the proper relief of pressure in the areas that affect them most. Many who suffer from sciatic discomfort advocate sleeping on the floor, but it shouldn’t come to that. Purchase a mattress that is right for you and that accommodates your needs.



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