As we age, the muscles in our stomach start to lose strength, which affects the muscles in the lower back. These lower back muscles work very hard in our normal daily activities, and it is not unusual as we age to begin to develop lower back pain. This is why it is so important for these muscles to be able to relax and rebuild during sleep, and yet because many people are sleeping on mattresses which do not support the lower back properly, they wake up with lower back pain.
A proper mattress will support the curves of your back. If you want to know if your current mattress is supporting your lower back properly, while laying on the mattress on your back, slide your hand underneath your lower back. If it is very hard to do so, that means the mattress is filling in your lower back and keeping it supported. However, if it is easy to put your hand under your back, it is not filling in the lower back area and that could be a big issue. The lower back, or lumbar, needs to be lifted and allowed to keep its natural state. If it sinks during the night due to the mattress not keeping it slightly raised, the muscles in the lower back are required to work all night to keep it in line. The end result is waking up with lower back pain.
The mattresses we carry at Nest Bedding are designed to support the lower lumbar properly. In our Bed In A Box.com mattresses, they support through density. The foam is dense enough to allow the back to sink beneath the body's weight and fill in any gaps. With our organic latex mattresses, they support the curves of the back through zones in the coils and the latex foam.
One of the best things you can do for your lower back is to start and exercise program of walking and stomach strengthening exercises. Always consult a physician before starting any exercise program. But come see the Sleep Doctor at Nest Bedding for advice on a proper mattress.