Problem sleeping on a mattress

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    I have had trouble sleeping on a mattress for about 8 months now. When I lie on a mattress all of the muscles along my back, and the back of my head and neck contract, and my diaphragm stops moving and I cant breathe properly. If I fall asleep on a mattress I don’t get a good sleep and wake up the next day with all of my muscles feeling really saw, and a headache. I feel really tired the next day as well..

    The only thing I can do is sleep on the floor. When I do that I my muscles don’t contract and I can breathe properly etc. Unfortunately, I still don’t get a very good rest when I sleep on the floor, and I wake up the next day feeling tired.

    I suffer from chronic back and muscle pain.

    Prior to 8 months ago this was not an issue, and I was sleeping on a mattress and feeling good the next day when I woke up.

    The thing that’s bizarre about this is that my back and muscle pain has not gotten any worse, and I never had an issue sleeping on a mattress my entire life before this. It just randomly started…

    Ive seen hundreds of doctors for my back and muscle pain, and tried pain killers too, and none of that has done much. Ive also tried a few things specifically for this mattress problem – i bought a special memory foam mattress, made of different material to other mattress, have tried a water bed. Have tried inclining my mattress at one or both ends… nothing has really helped…

    I was wondering if anyone could recommend anything other than I what I have discussed, to get me back sleeping properly on a mattress again?




    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Hello and welcome to the forum. I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing and your disrupted sleep.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think we have any back and muscle pain experts here. Did anything unusual, stressful, or out of the ordinary happen eight months ago at roughly the same time you experienced this problem?

    When it comes to your sleep, can you tell us a bit more about your current sleep pattern? When do you lie down to sleep at night, and when do you get up to start your day in the morning? Roughly how many hours of sleep do you get on a typical night?


    ✘ Not a client



    Thanks for your reply. Well actually I did change my mattress one day before this started, but the thing is I have tried other mattresses since then and the problems still persists.

    With my sleeping I usually lie down to sleep at about 10pm and wake at 7am. I get a terrible nights sleep because I am sleeping on the floor. On a typical night I usually get about 8 hours of sleep.


    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    If you lie down on your mattress during the day without the intention of sleep (for example, to read a book) do you still experience the same symptoms (muscle tightness, breathing issues, etc)?

    How are you feeling during the day? Do you feel extremely sleepy? Do you ever feel as though you might involuntarily fall asleep (or has this actually happened)?


    ✘ Not a client

    Yes, I do still experience muscle tightness and breathing issues if I lie on a mattress during the day without the intention.

    During the day I do  feel extremely sleepy.  I don’t really feel like I might accidentally fall asleep. And it has not happened recently either…


    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Do you (or have you been told that you) snore during the night? Do you ever wake gasping for air or wake with a choking sensation? If so, you may want to ask your doctor about sleep apnea — this could explain why you still feel very sleepy even after eight hours of sleep.


    ✘ Not a client

    I think I do snore sometimes yes. I will give the CPAP machine a try. Can you think of anything else that could help with this problem I’m having sleeping on a mattress?



    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Unfortunately, this isn’t my area of expertise. Have you tried seeing a chiropractor or physical therapist?

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