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Best Mattress for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Published: December 15, 2020

Are you fed up with waking up with shoulder and neck pain? You’re certainly not alone. Many people attribute their discomfort to simply sleeping on the body part in a “wrong” way. In fact, the real culprit might be sleeping on the wrong mattress or on a worn-out mattress.

There is no one mattress that is right for everyone, which is why there are so many different styles and firmness levels. Stop by the Wildcat showroom to try out different mattress types and see which model is most comfortable and supportive for your needs.

What to look for in a new mattress

Most often, chronic neck pain caused by improper sleep positions is the result of a misalignment of the spine. Many people with chronic neck pain are tempted to purchase extra firm mattresses such as firm innerspring mattresses. But actually, a slightly less firm mattress might be best for you. It’s really a matter of your personal preference and comfort level, but in general, you should try to avoid choosing a mattress that is either excessively hard or soft. Keep in mind that if you weigh on the lighter side, you might do better with a softer mattress and vice versa if you have a larger build.

Begin your search for a new bed by looking for models marked as medium firm or firm with a cushioning pillow top. Lie on each mattress in the same position you normally sleep in and see how it affects the alignment of your neck and back before making your decision.

Consider whether your pillow needs replacing

While you’re shopping for a new mattress to relieve your neck and shoulder pain, consider whether it’s been a while since you replaced your pillow. The wrong pillow can contribute to worsening neck pain, and shoulder and arm discomfort and numbness. Experts generally recommend replacing your pillows every 12 to 18 months.

The right pillow will help maintain a neutral alignment of your spine. If you sleep on your back, select a thin pillow to prevent your head from being elevated too far above your neck. If you sleep on your side, you should choose a firmer, slightly wider pillow that nicely fills in the space between your ear and your shoulder.

Pillows made of genuine down or feathers might not be ideal for people with neck pain because they sink in too easily. Instead, consider looking for a memory foam pillow or a pillow that is labeled especially for cervical support.

Find your new mattress at Wildcat

Wildcat Mattress is an independently owned showroom conveniently located just outside of Lexington. Our Sleep Specialists are committed to going above and beyond for our customers to help them get the best sleep possible. Not only do we offer the best mattress deals in the area, but our customer service is second to none.

Take as long as you want to try out different mattress styles and firmness levels in our Kentucky showroom. Give us a call today at 888.492.4101 and let us know how our family can help yours.


  1. WebMD, Snuggle Up With the Perfect Pillow, http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/snuggle-up-with-the-perfect-pillow#1
  2. WebMD, The Best Mattress for a Better Night’s Sleep, http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/best-mattress-good-nights-sleep#1
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