Back pain with a new mattress – what should you watch out for?

Everything should get better with the new mattress. The old mattress was worn out and hadn’t offered the best comfort for a long time. In the morning you got up in pain and hardly felt relaxed.

By switching to a better and more comfortable mattress, you finally wanted to get up symptom-free. But after the first night you notice that it is different than expected. Back pain also occurs with this mattress and the hoped-for recovery does not occur.

Why do you suffer from back pain with this new mattress and what can you do about it?

Find out why you should give your body some time to get used to this change. Then you will spend the night happy and relaxed with the new mattress.

A mattress should be replaced after 10 years at the latest. After that, it not only feels saggy, hygiene also suffers. Mites collect in the mattress [1]that can not be completely removed from the mattress even with a mite vacuum .

Over time, the old mattress feels more and more worn out. It no longer offers optimal support and the body has to do some work to stabilize the spine.

Cooling in the mattress

With an old mattress, the supportive force decreases and you no longer lie optimally. Pain in the back and shoulder area occurs.

Certain areas of the body sink deeper and deeper into the mattress. This mainly affects the shoulders and the lower back. Especially with people who sleep on their side, the shoulder and pelvis sink too deep into the mattress. As a result, the spine is bent unfavorably and tension develops. Even poor posture and herniated discs can be favored by this sleeping position.


If you buy a new mattress now , it will have completely different properties . The hardness of the new model will be precisely tailored to your needs. It is exactly the right size for your body weight, size and sleeping position. This is linked to the thought that pain no longer occurs and that your spine is optimally protected .

But after the first night the expected improvement does not materialize. On the contrary, even stronger tension is noticeable and the night was not very relaxing.


One reason for this could be the choice of an unfavorable mattress . When buying the mattress, you should put the main focus on the degree of hardness . A mattress that is too soft or too hard puts stress on your spine. It cannot relax, so you can feel the tension the next morning.

If the muscles are under constant tension, the body has to do some work instead of regenerating. Therefore it is important to pay attention to the optimal hardness when buying.

When lying down, your spine should be straight and not curve. If you pay attention to these characteristics, you are laying the perfect foundation for a healthy sleep.


If the new mattress has the wrong degree of firmness , it does not suit you. Then you have no other option than to replace it.

But back pain can also occur with a mattress that is optimally tailored to your back. This is because your body has already got used to the old mattress. During the night he assumed a relieving posture and the muscles adjusted to the old mattress.

Getting used to it

It often takes a few days to a few weeks before a new mattress no longer feels unfamiliar and offers a high level of comfort.

The new mattress is initially perceived as unusual . It can even prove to be uncomfortable and painful during the first few nights as well. This is perfectly normal and can happen if the new model is very different from the old version.

If you have received proper advice and there is the impression that the new mattress fits your sleeping habits exactly, you should relieve yourself of the tension [2]do not be unsettled. It takes some time for your body to get used to the change . Then you will feel the positive effect of the high-quality mattress and spend the night much more relaxing.


The purchase of the new mattress could also be more stressful . Often a mattress needs to be changed when major changes are made to the living situation. For example, when a move [3]pending or the bedroom is being renovated . During this phase, the decision to buy a new mattress is often made.

The back pain on the new mattress can then be a side effect of the general stress . Be it because moving is perceived as a greater burden or simply changing the sleeping place is a challenge.

If you are more of a habitual person and if changes are associated with stress for you, you should consider this as the cause of the back pain. Then it is not the mattress itself that is to blame, but the general burden of the pain.


So to a certain extent it is perfectly normal for the first few nights to feel unfamiliar on the new mattress. It has different properties and your body has to adjust to it first. But how long should you give the new mattress?

How long it takes to get used to the new mattress depends largely on the difference in sleep feeling . If the old mattress was already very worn out, the new model will feel completely different. It takes longer to get used to it.

It is generally said that a period of between 2 and 6 weeks is relatively normal . During this period, the foam of the cold foam mattress will adapt better to your body shape and be more comfortable. In addition, the tension in the material and mattress cover gives way so that the mattress will feel a little softer.

During the acclimatization phase you will notice how the new mattress feels better and better for your back. The tensions recede step by step , so that the night becomes more relaxing.


If you experience back pain with the new mattress, you should also examine and optimize the following points. Then the acclimatization phase will be much faster and the pain will pass more quickly.

The right pillow

The pillow has a major impact on the health of your back. Choose a pillow that is made of memory foam and is the right height.

Do you continue to use the pillows from the old mattress because they still feel good? Then you should keep in mind that these may not match the new mattress. The pillows are often too high and therefore lead to an unfavorable posture of the cervical spine [4]. This may not have been noticeable with the old mattress because it was saggy anyway and the pillow sank deeper. It is therefore more advantageous if you buy a high-quality memory foam pillow that adapts perfectly to your neck. Then there will definitely be no tension and your head will be optimally supported.

Furthermore, you should attach importance to a good sleeping climate. Ventilate the mattress during the day so that the moisture is better released into the surrounding air. This not only ensures a longer lifespan, but also allows better adaptation to your body. Make sure that the humidity in the bedroom is between 40% and 60%. Then the material is spared and you get used to it faster.

It is also advantageous if the provider allows you to test the mattress for a certain period of time. Often 100 test nights are offered in which you can check the quality of the mattress. If you are unsure about the purchase, make sure that such a trial period is granted. Otherwise, you cannot simply replace the new mattress and have to sell it at a loss.


It is not uncommon for back pain to occur when sleeping on the new mattress. The change from the old, sagging version to a new model represents a big change for your body .

It is important that you make sure that the new mattress is tailored to your body. It should provide optimal support for your spine and prevent unnatural kinking. If this is ensured, you will have to wait a certain amount of time to get used to it.

It usually takes between 2 and 6 weeks for your back to get completely used to the new mattress. Then you will feel the tension receding and you will be better off spending the night relaxed. Allow your body to get used to this phase so that you can benefit from the new, high-quality mattress later.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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