Sleeping on a bad mattress is the worst thing that can happen to you when you have back pain. and if you don’t have back pain yet and you have to sleep on a bad mattress, well…it’s probably just a matter of days before you join the club.
It just happened to me this summer.
We have a small holiday house in the mountains in Italy and this is where i love to spend my summer holidays.
The furniture & general confort of the house are down to the bare minimum and this year, the first night I went to bed…WOW!
I could feel the springs from the mattress in my back, in my shoulders, I did not remember the bed was so lousy.
Of course, the mattress doesn’t offer much support to the back either and that + the springs was just not possible.
First thing to try is of course to reverse the mattress. It can work. Often there is a good side and a not so good side to a mattress.
In my case, though luck: the side with the springs piercing my skin was the good side!
So I put it back and I tried the next mattress (It’s a 2 persons bed with to single mattresses next to each other).
No good either: the first mattress was still better.
Back on the less bad mattress, I tried sleeping upside down. You know, sleep with my head where I normally put my feet, but no luck either.
Finally, I decided to use both mattresses. As bad as they were, that worked.
I put the top of my body on the first mattress aand the bottm on the second mattress with my hanging out of the mattress (and this is something that helps a lot when you sleep on your belly or almost on your belly: feet should not be on the mattress but just out of it.To make this work, I also used the two pillows: one pillow under my pelvis and the second pillow under my arms and like I said: I’m almost lying on my belly, and my head goes right into the mattress.
The guy on the left picture is actually using his quilt for support, rather than a pillow. A pillow actually offers more support and helps preventing the head stay turned all night, which is not the best thing to do for the spine.
If I was lying flat, that would not work, but the 2 pillows and both feet out of the mattress, that works.
And that’s how I managed to sleep on a bad mattress without problems, for almost one month.
Consider getting a body pillow
Body pillows AKA pregnancy pillows or maternity pillows are great when sleeping on a bad mattress (and even when sleeping on a normal mattress for that matter).
Body pillows provide better support on different parts of the body and help find an acceptable position, even in difficult situations (that is why they call it pregnancy pillows by the way).
Body pillows also helps spreading the body weight to a greater surface and since they are quite large, more parts of your body will not be in contact with the bad mattress and that is what you want.
A body pillow also help achieve the sleeping position explained in the first part of this article.
I would definitely recommend purchasing one and preferably top quality if you want results. Not matter how much you pay for it, it’s still cheaper than a new mattress.
I know next year, I’mm tale mine with me when I go on vacations.
Get a mattress topper
A mattress topper will definitely help those who have to sleep on a bad mattress.
It’s not the cheapest solution (although there are cheap mattress toppers on the market), but it’s way better than a bad mattress.
Just make sure you buy something firm; memory foam mattress toppers are too thin: you’re body will just squeeze them and I can garantee you will still feel those springs in your back. Memory foam mattress toppers are effective on memory foam mattress only.