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Best Mattress for Neck Pain

Posture problems, muscle tension and sleeping position can all contribute to nagging neck pain when you sleep. Chronic neck pain can seriously hamper the quality of your sleep, which is why it’s important to identify the underlying cause. When neck and/or back pain causes severe sleep disturbances over a period of time, it’s time to evaluate your mattress and pillow. Mattresses have a finite lifespan, and most max out at 10 years. Does your bed have noticeable dips or holes? Is it uniformly firm? In many cases, neck pain is a result of a mattress that doesn’t promote neutral spinal alignment, which in turn places extra strain on the cervical vertebra.

The team at Wildcat Mattress often fields questions about the right mattress for specific health ailments, and persistent neck pain is a common complaint. Since everyone’s anatomy and sleep styles are unique, the most important step is identifying a mattress that gently supports the curve of your spine, allowing for a neutral shoulder to head position. If you’re in need of some restorative shut-eye and neck pain relief, we’re here to help you find the right set up that can facilitate better health.

Best mattress for neck and shoulder pain

Medical experts say that neck pain is most frequently attributed to improper alignment of the spine between the shoulders and head. In other words, the key to relief is finding a mattress that improves the posture of the cervical spine. A bed that is comfortable and supportive is crucial, but your choice of mattress will also be highly dependent on your weight and build.

You may want to rethink buying an extra firm mattress to solve your problem, as some studies have demonstrated that the best mattresses for neck pain are generally categorized as “medium firm.” Keep in mind that mattress manufacturers take a proprietary approach to rating comfort levels, so “cushion firm” in one brand may feel the same as a “plush” in another.

Our Sleep Specialists often tell customers there is no single best mattress for neck pain sufferers, as it all comes down to personal preference and how the mattress supports your spine and neck. The good news is that a solid night’s slumber doesn’t have to break the bank. There are dozens of deals to be had on top-of-the-line models that boast sophisticated sleep technology, pressure-relieving memory foams and Talalay latex, you just have to make of point of trying them out to see which one feels right.

Best mattress for neck and shoulder problems: what to look for

Before you start shopping for a new mattress, it’s best to educate yourself on the most common symptoms of neck pain, which often include more than just general stiffness:

  • A ‘pins and needles’ sensation along the shoulders, arms and hands
  • Sudden onset of headaches and/or migraines
  • Torticollis: an intense pain resulting from abnormal neck posture, causing the head to turn to one side
  • Severe muscle tension and knots in the lower neck and upper shoulders

Here are some pointers on what to look for when buying a mattress for shoulder and neck problems:

  • Avoid mattresses that are either too hard or too soft, and ask about what materials are used in the padding layers
  • Find a mattress that allows the body to sink into it just enough to allow a neutral position of the spine (a straight line from the shoulders to the top of the head)
  • Start with models that are labeled medium firm, cushion firm, or firm with pillow top
  • Try out several types of pillows in conjunction with the mattress until you find one that supports proper cervical alignment. Memory foam, latex, water-based and special cervical rolls are your best options. Avoid feather pillows as they compress easily and give little support.
  • Narrow down your choices to a couple of mattresses that feel right and spend at least 15 minutes lying on these in your usual sleeping position.

Find the best mattress for upper back and neck pain at Wildcat

When searching for the best bed for neck pain relief, the best place to start is a mattress store that is well-stocked with plenty of orthopedic options across all price ranges. Wildcat is proud to be the only mattress outlet in the Lexington, KY area that has earned nothing but 5-star reviews for our A+ customer service and outstanding value.

We hope you’ll stop by and experience for yourself the difference a good mattress can make.