Back pain can be debilitating, turning what would otherwise be a full night’s rest into a rip-off. A night of restless sleeping makes it nearly impossible to get comfortable and catch the Zzz’s you need.
When you don’t have the best mattress, back pain can start to occur while sleeping or immediately when you wake up. If you find yourself suffering from aches and pains upon waking, here is some advice on selecting the right mattress to keep you snoozing soundly. For those experiencing back pain while sleeping, we suggest testing a mattress in-store before purchasing.
Since no two sleepers are the same, we recommend finding your perfect mattress based off your favorite sleep position. This will ultimately provide you with the most support and be the best fit for your sleep habits night after night. Here are our top picks for the best mattress for bad backs:
Best Mattresses for Back Pain
Chronic back pain is one of the most common medical ailments for adults, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fix it. For those who sleep on their back and have back pain, a medium firm mattress will help provide the best rest. This way, your lower back is supported, but the mattress is also able to contour to your body.
Back sleepers can also find support in a contoured memory foam pillow. Placing the pillow under your knees can help relieve the strain on your back, helping you sleep more comfortably.
Here are three firmer mattresses we recommend to help back sleepers with their back pain:
The Hartfield mattress utilizes 850 Density Pocketed Coil® technology as its supportive core, with the individually wrapped coils shifting with you as you sleep to offer pressure point relief and back support. With added support and relief of pressure points, the Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Hartfield is considered a best mattress for back pain and neck pain.
The tulo Firm features a top layer of High Density Coolflow Ventilated Memory Foam to keep air moving consistently through the mattress. Below this layer, Responsive Extra Firm Material and High Resiliency Firm Foam work together to maintain structure and support that will keep you sleeping—and waking up—free of aches and pains making it a best mattress for back pain.
If you’re looking for one of the best firm mattresses for back pain, the Sleepy’s Hush 10″ firm mattress combines HD quilt foam, soft quilt foam and, to top it off, the cooling gel-infused memory foam to provide superior pressure relief as well as dissipate body heat.
Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers with Back Pain
Side sleepers tend to prefer softer comfort on top to give their shoulders and hips maximum pressure relief. For those who snooze on their side, the best mattresses should have a slight softness, but still provide enough support. If you’re on the hunt for the best mattress, side sleeper preferences should be taken into special consideration.
These three products are our top choices for softer mattresses to help reduce back pain for side sleepers:
Constructed from a mix of innerspring and foam technologies, the San Martin 12″ Plush Hybrid Mattress gets its versatile support from 768-count wrapped coil springs, and its plush feel from comfort foam and premium gel memory foam comfort layers. Combining coil and memory foam support, this hybrid is a best mattress for a bad back.
The tulo Soft Mattress was designed to keep side sleepers comfortable — underneath the plush, conforming top layer is a layer of High Resiliency Foam to provide all-night support and stability.
Ultra plush without being ultra expensive, this mattress combines three different kinds of super-soft memory foam to keep side sleepers both supported and cushioned.
Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers with Back Pain
Stomach sleepers not only prefer but typically need to have a firmer sleep surface to properly support their body. If you’re a stomach sleeper, you should also try changing your sleep position — according to the Mayo Clinic, sleeping on your stomach strains your back and spine because the middle of your body is where most of your weight is. This makes it difficult to maintain a neutral spine position when you are sleeping.
If you are going to sleep on your stomach, here are two mattresses that could help minimize back pain:
Offering a blend of responsive foams that keep back and stomach sleepers in proper alignment while still providing enough softness for side sleepers, the tulo Medium mattress is an ideal compromise. If you move around a lot at night rather than sticking to one sleeping position, or if you’re trying to change your sleeping position, you’ll appreciate the tulo Medium’s adaptability.
The 10″ Medium Quilted Gel Foam mattress helps distribute weight for pressure point relief and prevents tossing and turning throughout the night. The best part for stomach sleepers in pain is the top layer of soft foam and fiber that provides exceptional support while allowing you to sleep in comfort.
Are you still looking for extra relief? Try sleeping on your side in fetal position. The disks within your spin are soft cushions between your vertebrae, and when they become weak, back pain often follows. Curling into fetal position on your side can help open the space between the vertebrae causing a relief in pressure. Adding a pillow between your knees can also help reduce strain on your back.
Choosing the Best Mattress for Back Support Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank
If your back pain is persistent or debilitating, be sure to consult your doctor. But if you’ve decided that a mattress can be part of the solution, stop by your nearest Mattress Firm to check out our current offers.
To make sure you don’t lose sleep over your investment in a new mattress, Mattress Firm offers a 120-night sleep trial. Your new mattress needs time to adjust to your body, so we give you this trial period to make sure every night’s sleep is exactly how you dreamed it would be.
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