Are Sofa Beds Bad For Your Back?

An occasional night spent on a sleeper sofa mattress isn’t cause for concern. But if you’re going to be staying with some friends or relatives for a while, or are renovating your bedroom and plan to sleep on a sofa bed mattress for weeks, months, or continuously, you may wonder if sleeper sofas are bad for your back. The answer to the question is: it depends.

Find a Comfortable Sofa Bed Mattress

There are comfortable sleeper sofa mattresses out there. If your sofa bed is old and the mattress has never been changed, it’s likely to be uncomfortable. But if you’re sleeping on a newer sofa bed, or you replaced your sofa bed mattress, it’s far less likely to cause you issues. Even adding a new mattress topper on the old mattress might help.

A Firmer Feel is Normal

Sleeper sofas aren’t like a regular bed. You fold them up and hide them away, which means the sofa bed mattress needs to be very flexible – but to keep you from feeling the mechanism (bars) that folds the sofa bed mattress up, it also needs to be firmer. Sleeper sofa mattresses use a high density, high resiliency foam to make sure that you get the best back support possible. High compression foam is also used to ensure that the sofa bed mattress doesn’t compress fully when you lie down on it, thus ensuring that you don’t feel the bar or mechanism that closes the sofa bed up when not in use.

Firmness for Back Pain

Medium firmness sofa bed mattresses are ideal for those who already suffer from back problems to avoid increasing their pain, if you sleep on your back. Instead, if you sleep on your side, or think the sofa bed mattress is too firm, consider investing in a top quality mattress topper. It also helps to use props, such as a very small pillow beneath your knees if you sleep on our back, or between your knees if you usually sleep on your side.

Discomfort With a New Mattress is to Be Expected

Once you bought a new sleeper sofa mattress and you start sleeping on it, you may notice a bit of discomfort the first couple of nights. It is normal, even if the sofa bed mattress is helping you. Think of it like going again to the gym when you haven’t gone in a while: your workout does your body very good, even though you may feel tired for a day or two afterward.

A sleeper sofa mattress doesn’t have to cause you pain. Update or upgrade your sofa bed mattress and you’ll notice the difference. You’ll sleep better and feel better.