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The Best Mattresses for Back Pain

Best Mattresses for Back pain

Back pain can be debilitating, turning what would otherwise be a full night's rest into a night of tossing and turning. And, what's worse is 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 often occur while sleeping or immediately when you wake up. If you find yourself suffering from aches and pains upon waking, you're likely not sleeping on the right mattress. And, since no two sleepers are the same, it's important to find your perfect mattress based off your favorite sleep position, so you can get the support you need and the best sleep night after night.

Best Mattresses for Back Pain

To make your shopping a little easier, here are our top picks for the best beds for bad backs:

The Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers with 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 often provides the best rest. With a medium firm mattress, your lower back is supported while the bed contours to your body.

Back sleepers can also find support in a contoured memory foam pillow. Placing the pillow under your knees can help alleviate the strain on your back, helping you sleep more comfortably.

Here are some firmer mattresses we recommend to help back sleepers with their back pain:​

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-ProAdapt® 12" Firm Mattress


With a 12-inch profile, the TEMPUR-ProAdapt® Firm is expertly engineered to provide you with ultimate support and pressure relief. Featuring one-of-a-kind cooling technology and two layers of the most pressure-relieving TEMPUR® Material ever created, this mattress will provide you with deeper, more rejuvenating sleep where every point of contact is fully supported. Precisely forming to your weight, shape and temperature, this mattress constantly adapts to your body as you sleep. Say goodbye to back pain and hello to quality sleep.

Purple 4 Hybrid Premier Mattress


Another best mattress for back pain, the Purple 4 lets you sleep in the lap of luxury with its 4-inch layer of Purple's uniquely patented Smart Comfort Grid™. This layer dynamically adapts to the human body and stays cool for superior, personalized comfort and better sleep. Offering the latest in mattress technology and the total back support your body craves, there's no doubt this is one of the best beds for bad backs.

tulo Firm Mattress

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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.

Sleepy's Rest 9.5" Firm Innerspring Mattress


If you're looking for one of the best firm mattresses for back pain, the Sleepy's Rest 9.5" Firm Mattress is the bed for you. The Sleepy's Rest gives you a durable, supportive sleep surface by utilizing a unique coil design that eliminates empty space to evenly distribute weight and give you supreme support in comparison to traditional innerspring beds. Its top foam layers give you a soft surface to lie on every night, and the sides of your mattress are encased with 360° edge support foam ensures your mattress won't wear down, no matter where you sit, lie or sleep.

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 for back pain, side sleeper preferences should be taken into special consideration.

These four products are our top choices for softer mattresses to help reduce back pain for side sleepers:

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-LUXEbreeze° 13" Soft Mattress


If you're looking for next-level, all-night cooling and maximum pressure relief, the TEMPUR-LUXEbreeze° Soft is the mattress for you. With only a 13-inch profile, this mattress features a 4-level system of cutting edge cooling materials as well as a layer of Ventilated TEMPUR-APR® Support, Tempur-Pedic's most pressure-relieving material ever. With this bed, you'll sleep deeper, cooler and longer, and back pain will be a worry of the past.

tulo Soft Mattress

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The tulo Soft Mattress was designed to keep side sleepers comfortable day and night. Underneath the plush, conforming top layer is a layer of High Resiliency Foam to provide all-night support and stability. Even better, this bed is great for those on a budget. Combining quality and comfort, the tulo Soft is a bed you don't want to miss out on.

Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell 15" Luxury Firm Euro Top Mattress


If you're in need of the best mattress for a bad back, then look no further! The Stearns & Foster Rockwell mattress offers support and conforming comfort, so you can experience superior pressure relief all night long. This bed uses a patented coil-within-a-coil design, so sleepers of all body types and sleep styles can find their perfect level of support and comfort. Can you say sweet dreams?!

Eclipse Ultra-Deluxe Plush Gel Memory Foam Mattress


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. Plus, this memory foam mattress conveniently arrives at your doorstep in a box for quick and easy setup! Simply bring it to your room, cut away the plastic wrap, and unroll. You'll be amazed at how it fully expands within minutes.

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, so sleeping face down makes it difficult to maintain a neutral spine position while you sleep.

However, if you are going to sleep on your stomach, here are two mattresses that could help minimize back pain and give you a better night's rest:

Beautyrest Black Hybrid Gladney 14" Luxury Firm Mattress


The Beautyrest Black Hybrid Gladney is rated a best mattress for back and neck pain, particularly for stomach sleepers, as it combines the features of a traditional innerspring mattress with the comfort of multiple layers of memory foam. From firm support and pressure relief, to spinal alignment and total body comfort, this mattress has everything you need to get a perfect night's rest. And, did we mention it has a base that is surrounded by AirCool® BeautyEdge® foam encasement that offers a supportive sleep surface from edge to edge? Nothing says luxury like Beautyrest!

INTELLIbed Midnight 16.25" Luxury Firm Mattress


When it come to luxury, the INTELLIbed offers a sleep experience unlike any other. Firm where you need it and soft where you want it, the INTELLIbed Midnight mattress features two layers of GelMatrixTM that help evenly distribute your body weight throughout the night, so you can experience best-in-class pressure relief all night long. Going even further to give you the best night's sleep, this mattress also has encased coils that uniquely adapt to your body to relieve specific pressure points and provide localized support.

tulo Medium Mattress

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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 and its price.

Purple 3 Hybrid Premier Mattress

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Providing the perfect balance of soft and firm, comfort and support, the Purple 3 is the mattress of your dreams. This mattress features a unique 3-inch top layer of Purple's patented Smart Comfort Grid™ that adapts to your body throughout the night and helps you stay cool for your best sleep yet. Even better? Its base layer of individually wrapped responsive-support coils work to provide you with a supportive and durable sleep surface night after night.

Choosing the Best Mattress for Back Support Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

Are you still looking for extra relief? Try sleeping on your side in a fetal position. The disks within your spine 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.

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 latest sale for the best bed at the best price!

To make sure you don't lose sleep over your investment in a new mattress, Mattress Firm also 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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