Jennifer of Utah, writes:
Hi! I purchased a new Simmons Beautyrest Classic pillowtop mattress after my old hand-me-down mattress was sagging quite a bit. I wasn't really having any back pain, it just seemed time for a new one. After the first night on my new mattress my back hurt everywhere. The salesperson had said there may be an adjustment period and to give the bed a few weeks. After 3 weeks of sleeping on it, my back pain wasn't quite as bad, but still was enough I decided to trade in for something else. The salesperson said I really needed a firmer Spring Air Back Supporter if I was having back pain. I bought the Bradley Eurotop Spring Air mattress after laying on it for a while in the store. It's been 2 nights now and I can only lay in the bed for a few hours before my back begins to ache so much I have to get up. The pain is a burning sensation throughout my mid back above the lumbar area and just under the shoulder blades. I'm frustrated and am not even sure if it's the mattresses fault or if I'm still recovering from the first mattresses. Is it possible that my old mattresses was bad enough that a new mattress is straightening out my back and it's simply a painful process? I don't want to return yet another mattress, and I wouldn't know what to look for in a new one! Help!
Hi Jennifer, To some degree there can be a breaking in period. If you've gotten use to sleeping on a bed that has lost it's shape, it can be a bit of an adjustment to get use to being properly aligned again. The more out of shape and the longer you've put off getting a new one, can make the difference between a few days and a few weeks to adjust.
You also have to be careful, because salespeople use that to put you off from exchanging a mattress that may be wrong for you. The current pain you describe is common when the mattress is too soft. Buying a mattress isn't like anything else. For most items, when you get something new, you tend to get something different....just for the sake of not wanting the same old thing again. That's not a good idea when buying a mattress. If you had a mattress that you slept comfortably in and it needs to be changed because it's getting out of shape, (which is a perfectly good reason),
then it's better to find something that feels similarly. Of course, there are other factors to consider. If you're getting older and need it a little cushier, or if you've damaged your back, etc. But buying a thicker, plusher pillowtop if what you had was firm, is almost always a mistake. Also, an expensive mattress means more padding. The more padding you have, the farther from the support you'll be.
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