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The Best Mattress for Muscle Recovery

The Best Mattress for Muscle Recovery


Aoife O.
Feb 17, 2020

Rest and recuperation are vital for muscle recovery, whether you’re an avid bodybuilder, runner, snowboarder, or spend your days chasing after your toddler. A good night’s rest is vital in maintaining strength and resting muscles from a tiring workout or challenging day. There are many mattresses on the market but not all will soothe your tired muscles, some will even exacerbate symptoms. So what is the best mattress for muscle recovery?

Can Memory Foam Hurt Your Back?

Take a look around any physical mattress store and you’re going to be greeted with 2 things; an overeager sales staff and memory foam mattresses. Memory foam mattresses are everywhere and plenty is to be found in online stores too. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they can aid muscle recovery.

While a lot of people enjoy their memory foam mattresses, there are some who experience discomfort. If your body sinks into the memory foam and doesn’t align your spine, this could lead to back pain as you’re lacking vital support. Equally, if you’re experiencing memory foam sinkage, you may not be getting adequate pressure relief to aid muscle recovery, but there is hope.

If your body sinks into the memory foam and doesn’t align your spine, this could lead to back pain as you’re lacking vital support.

At Nolah, we don't use memory foam in any of our mattresses. Instead, we use high-resilience foams like Nolah AirFoam™ and natural latex. Testing shows that our proprietary AirFoam™ provides up to four times better pressure relief than memory foam. Latex is also ultra responsive, which is important for sleepers with muscle pain.

What Is the Best Mattress for Athletes?

After a tough training session, you want nothing more than to enjoy a hot shower, a tasty meal, and a good night’s sleep. The best mattress for athletes will comfort tired muscles and ease aches and pains. Most importantly, an athlete mattress will offer premium pressure relief. If your mattress doesn’t align your spine or comfortably support your body weight, it might be time to consider an alternative mattress.

How to Fix Muscle Pain in Bed

  • Apply a hot water bottle or ice pack to the sore area.
  • Try some gentle stretching before getting into bed.
  • Take care when managing pain with over the counter medication.
  • Sleep on our side with a pillow between your knees and a pillow under your head.
  • If sleeping on your back put a pillow under your knees as well as under your head.
  • Sleep on a medium-firm mattress that offers superior pressure relief.

Is a Firm Mattress Good for a Bad Back?

A medium-firm mattress is ideal for those suffering back pain or seeking muscle recovery help. If your mattress is too soft you’ll end up sinking into a hole that puts a strain on your neck, back, and hips. When dealing with back pain it’s advisable to sleep on a firm mattress but not so firm that it feels like concrete beneath you. A premium medium-firm mattress will feel soft to sleep on while giving you pressure relief for those tired muscles and achy back.

How Can I Stop My Back From Hurting When I Sleep?

  • Sleep on your side (preferably left side as this eases digestion too).
  • Place a pillow between your knees.
  • If sleeping on your back, place a pillow under your knees.
  • Keep a good posture in your waking hours, watch how you sit and lift objects off the ground.
  • Seek help from physical therapy if necessary.
  • Don’t spend days in bed if you can help it, gentle exercise could ease back pain.
  • Apply a hot water bottle or ice pack to the sore area.
  • Go for a massage to stimulate the nerves.

When looking for a mattress to ease a bad back or aid muscle recovery, opt for a brand that uses the latest mattress innovation and technology. A mattress built using the latest technology could be more beneficial to your sleep health. Look for a mattress that gives you superior pressure relief and made from a cooling, breathable, and durable material.

Disclaimer: Nolah does not provide medical advice. All resources on the Nolah blog, including this article, are informational only and do not replace professional medical counsel. Talk to your doctor about any health, mental health, or sleep-related issues.

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