Lumbar Support – What Is It & Do I Need It?
When you think of lumbar support, you typically think of your car seat or office chair, but did you know lumbar support also plays an important role in how you sleep?
The spine has a natural S shape to it which helps with proper weight distribution. The lower portion of the spine, just above the buttocks, naturally curves inward toward the belly (the lordotic curve). This curve supports the weight of your entire torso and can become stressed and inflamed without proper support.
What Is Lumbar Support?
A lumbar back supportive mattress helps promote good sleep posture by simply filling in the gap between the lumbar spine and the mattress, supporting the natural inward curve of the lower back. Without such support your hips and shoulders will sink in and cause the natural S curve to flatten out. This is the number one cause of lower back pain and can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or even early onset arthritis.
Seeing as we spend 1/3 of our life in bed, finding a good supportive mattress is key to living pain-free.
What Mattresses Are Best for Lumbar Support?
Selecting a hybrid mattress, like the Sealy Hybrid series, can relieve lower back pressure through the use of zoned coils that provide targeted support to areas that need more pressure relief.
An adjustable base allows you to customize your sleep to get the best support right where you need it. By raising your head and legs separately, you’re able to take the pressure off your lower back with ease.
How You Sleep Helps, Too
Your sleeping position also has a lot to do with supporting your lower back. Sleeping on your back is the ideal position for evenly distributing your weight and offering less pressure on your back as well as helping you keep proper spinal alignment throughout the night.
The second-best position is side sleeping as it offers some support and still maintains alignment. The worst position for lower back support is on your stomach. The weight of your hips and stomach pulls your lower spine down causing stress on the supportive muscles, inflammation of the discs, and lower back pain.
By keeping lumbar support in your mind throughout the day, you can begin to combat the long-term effects of lower back pain. Once you feel the difference in your day, you’ll be much more likely to pay attention to your lower back while you sleep.
Come see us at Factory Mattress and our experts can help guide you to the right mattress for your specific needs!