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Can Memory Foam Mattresses Cause Back Pain and Night Sweats?

Posted Nov 30 2009 10:00pm 3 Comments

Not only have I had issues with night sweats but also many problems with low back pain. It all started after a visit to a wonderful bed and breakfast in Napa Valley where I fell in love with the super soft beds. When I got home, I convinced my husband that we should add a memory foam mattress pad to our own bed.

The bed felt great…just like a cloud. Then about two weeks later I started having low back pain and night sweats. Could this be menopause? I had read that joint pain and night sweats are all part of that thing called menopause. My back pain continued to get worse and my night sweats got better only when I started wearing wicking pajamas.

In the past two years, I’ve had steroid injections in my back, had MRI’s, taken anti-inflammatories, visited physical therapists, acupuncturists and orthopedic surgeons. Nothing helped my back pain.
Then something interesting happened. I had to take a business trip to Turkey and was gone for about 10 days. I slept on a firm platform bed with a relatively firm mattress. In those 10 days, I did not have night sweats and my back pain went away for the first time in 2 years. I thought it was perhaps because of the back exercises that I was doing. Then a few days after I returned from Turkey and was sleeping in my own bed, the back pain came back.

Then it all made sense. It never dawned on me that the back pain and night sweats could have been caused by the memory foam pad on my bed. I immediately removed the pad from my bed and within days, the pain and night sweats both subsided. After two weeks, I am once again pain free and sleeping much cooler at night.

If I had to guess, I believe the memory foam just does not provide enough core support which in turn can cause serious back pain. Additionally, the foam makes the bed much too warm. Now as long as I’m wearing my Cool-jams pajamas, I am almost sweat-free at night.

After discovering this problem with memory foam, I surveyed several other women to see if they might have had similar issues. 3 out of 4 people that I surveyed stated that they also had to get rid of the memory foam due to similar back and heat issues.

If you suffer from back pain, you might consider switching to a firmer mattress. Who would of thought it could be that easy!
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I have been using a memory foam mattress for past one year. Before that, I was using a cotton mattress that was not much comfortable that's why I had to switch to this one and I honestly say that this mattress is so much confortable. I dont know if it is because of my , but I never felt any kind of problem including sweating or back pain with my sleeping.
Cant believe it has taken me so long to find this article.. I bought one of these about a year and a half ago, and began thinking I had athritis, such is the pain I was in.  My back, shoulders, and hips are in agony constantly. and as for the night sweats.  Looking back, I dont think I have had a full night sleep since I purchased the damn thing.  Thank you so much.  The biggest retail con for a centry.
I just saw your comment. I had such a similar experience, but with latex foam. People think I'm crazy...memory foam and latex are supposed to get rid of pain.I moved to europe a few years ago when the new natural latex mattresses were considered the best, and so I bought one. Soon after I began to have terrible pains in my shoulders, legs and neck, as well as terrible night sweats. Many tests, and no conclusion about what was causing all the pain. After two years I moved back to NY, bought an old-fashioned sealy innerspring mattress, and like magic, the pain disappeared...only to come back when back in europe on vacation for a month in a rented house with latex mattresses!
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