By Dr. Randall Hensley, D.C., Hensley Chiropractic
Don't run out and buy a new $4,000 dollar bed just yet however. If you think your mattress is too soft, pull off the top mattress and sleep on it flat on the floor for a few nights like a futon. If you sleep better, buy a sheet of half inch plywood and cut it to size and slip it between the box spring and top mattress. If you want to make a hard mattress softer, try using a pad overlay or place a number of blankets under the fitted mattress sheet. These fixes may lesson your pain and delay your purchase date.
If you would rather buy a new mattress, remember, every person's favorite bed is different, determine your budget, do the shopping/testing yourself, lay down (yes, actually lay down) on each mattress, and try lots of beds. A “firm” mattress classification is harder than in the past, “medium firm” is most common, and make sure the store has a home trial and return policy you like.
Some of my patients find the “Tempurepedic” thermo elastic memory foam mattress “sweaty” while others love it warm. The highly advertised “Sleep Number” bed can be great for different size couples but I know of one that repeatedly deflated in the middle of the night. The European sleep design system with its adjustable maple wood slat system is pricey but is made with top quality in mind. Don't overlook the individually wrapped inner spring/coil mattresses for a more traditional support.
Fancy or plain, expensive or “frugal”, royalty or commoner, your mattress must be supportive, comfortable, and affordable in order to decrease its role in causing musculoskeletal pain. Ask your chiropractor or health care provider to help you get the best night's sleep you can have. Good night.