The Best Mattresses for Back Pain
Back pain can be debilitating, turning what would otherwise be a full night's rest into a rip-off. And, what's worse, 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, 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.
To make your shopping a little easier, here are our top picks for the best beds 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 a few firmer mattresses we recommend to help back sleepers with their back 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 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, 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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.