Take time to choose one you like. Buy a complete bed set – not just the mattress. Always test the mattress out; remember that your body should be able to relax with your spine in its natural curve, otherwise your muscles tighten more and you can wake up feeling stiff and sore.
Firm is not always best
Research published in the Lancet found that 313 patients who had chronic, non-specific back pain who slept on a medium firm mattress had better outcomes for their back pain than those who used a firm mattress.
Memory foam vs pocket sprung
Lots of research supports memory foam mattresses, but they are not for everyone. Technology has improved vastly and memory foams have greatly improved, so don’t be put off, but do investigate.
The ideal pillow
A pillow should support the curve of the neck in a neutral position both lying on your sides or back. Try different ones and persevere till you find one that suits.