10 Best Mattresses For Back Support

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Mattresses for back support

Waking up with a nagging backache or feeling stiff and sore is a surefire sign that your mattress is not providing the supportive sleep surface you need.

The perfect mattress for back support keeps your spine in a neutral position with pushback support under your shoulders, back, and hips – and that doesn’t necessarily mean settling for a rock-hard slab you hate getting into.

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Mattress Firmness matters for back support

Back sleepers generally need a firmer sleep surface to keep their spine aligned.

Too soft a mattress can cause your midsection to sink in, putting uncomfortable pressure on your lower back. Look for mattresses rated medium-firm (7-8 on the firmness scale) or firm (9-10).

As a general rule, the heavier you are, the firmer your mattress should be—if you weigh over 220 lbs, go for a firm mattress, and if you weigh under 200 lbs, a medium-firm one will probably be more comfortable.

Remember, the more you weigh, the softer your mattress will feel, so avoid overly plush or “squishy” surfaces if spinal support is your goal – unless you weigh less than 150 lbs, in which case, a medium mattress could work well.

Infographic showing back support and mattress pressure points.
Pictured: Infographic showing back support and mattress pressure points. The correct firmness of a mattress is critical to support your back and prevent back pain.

Supportive Mattress technology for optimal back support

For optimal back support, spring or hybrid mattresses are intelligent choices.

Pocket springs conform to your body’s curves while providing pushback to keep you cradled on the mattress. Look for spring counts over 1,000 with thick comfort layers of at least 5 cm cushioning material like memory foam, cooling gel foams, or latex.

Some great supportive options include:

Mattresses for back support, Sleepeezee G2 Memory Mattress.
Pictured: Mattresses for back support, The Sleepeezee G2 memory mattress.

Firmer all-foam designs with zoned support and quality materials can also work—the Silentnight 7-Zone Memory is a decent example. Avoid basic poly foams, which can develop body impressions quickly.

Innerspring or hybrid mattresses with natural fillings like British wool can also provide excellent back support with just the right amount of cushioning “give” because wool has natural contouring abilities to relieve pressure points. These fit the bill:

Consider your partner’s needs, too.

You might need maximum back support, but that extra-firm mattress might reduce your partner’s comfort and sleep quality.

Most couples can find a compromise between support and comfort with a medium-firm mattress with exceptional motion isolation and cooling qualities that regulate temperature.

Here are some fantastic options:

Dormeo Octasmart Premium Hybrid Classic  Mattress. Mattresses for back support.
Pictured: Exploded view showing the internal components of the Dormeo Octasmart Premium Hybrid Classic Mattress.

More tips to sleep better with back pain

Use a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back to take pressure off your lower back, and if you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your knees to keep your hips aligned.

Sleeping on your side with slightly bent knees can also alleviate back pain – this works best with a medium-firm mattress.

Using a heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower back for 15-20 minutes before bed can help relax the muscles, and doing some gentle back stretches and exercises before bedtime can relieve tension and improve flexibility.

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