What is the Best Mattress for Back Pain?


Getting a good night’s sleep depends on different factors, including stress level, room temperature, comfort and many other factors. However, to get it right, you have to start with the basics and the mattress if the first and basic factor to a good sleep

Mattresses need to be comfortable, which really goes without saying. At the end of each day, you use your bed for a relaxing sleep. Nevertheless, not all people achieve this kind of sleep. Most people fall to sleep only to wake up with back pains and stiff muscles.

How does back pain eventuate from sleep?

When you are asleep, your weight is pushed downwards. When you sleep on your back, your shoulders, spine and hips take all the impact. If your feet ache after standing for a few hours, definitely you back will also ache after a few hours of sleep. To add to that, body circulation slows when we are asleep.

Again, if your mattress does not have proper support, you may experience a lot of back pain. Mattresses with inadequate support cause the muscles to be strained and your spine to be misaligned. This is why it is important to buy the best possible mattress that will give the comfort you seek.

What is the finest mattress for back pain?

Sorry to say, there is no fixed solution because it will vary from person to person however with a little research, you’ll be able to find the perfect option for you. While some people lean towards an firm mattress others will prefer softer alternatives because the causes of back pain are diverse. Orthopedic specialists say that the best mattresses for people suffering from back pains would be something like medium firm or a not-too-soft kind of mattress

A mattress that is too firm will stay rigid, thus causing the muscles to do all the tedious work of holding the rest of the body in place which will lead to more pain. This not only leads to back pain only, it will also lead to pressure joints developing in the body’s gravity centers, the hips, shoulder and the bottom.

Similarly, mattresses that lack firmness are squashed down too much under the body weight as there is no adequate support. What happens when the body sinks? The spine forms a convex from the usual comfortable S shape to C shape which is uncomfortable. The muscles also cannot relax. More and more pain is experienced and possible nerve compression; tingling, numbness and so on

When selecting a mattress, choose one that has a large number of coils. Doctors say, the more coils, the more comfortable the bed becomes. An average bed contains 300 to 350 coils but a comfortable bed will contain more than 900 coils.

A great mattress feature you ought to look for is one that offer support for curve and alignment to your spine. That’s the reason it is advisable to look for a mid-firm mattress, one that will let your shoulders and hips sink slightly into the bed.

If you are suffering from back pains, some of the mattresses to consider include:

Pocket sprung mattress – they are made from hundreds of individual pocket springs. When one is asleep, the pocket springs in the area where you sleep adjust to provide support to the body unlike and open coil mattress where the whole spring is affected by the body weight.

Open coil mattress – they are made of hourglass, these are shaped coils that connect through wires in order to distribute the body weight equally. This is a basic type of mattress and is readily available for anyone suffering from back pains.

Latex foam mattress – this mattress uses real rubber and to some extent, synthetic ones. It is environmental friendly and antibacterial thus is perfect for people who suffer from allergies.

Memory foam mattress – it is not hard. It moulds and forms to the body shape which keeps the critical parts of the body supported throughout the night. They are also hypoallergenic and anti dust and mite.

Air mattress – this looks like other mattresses but has an edge over them; this is because they have air chambers inside. This means, it can be deflated when not in use and can also be adjusted to a person’s weight.


Buying a mattress really is an important decision. Take time to research carefully because no-one like waking in the morning feeling stiff and sore!



I'm Olivia, a stay at home mother from Australia and I blog at www.EveryHomeRemedy.com. I have a sports science background and attained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Ex. Sci.). I believe in self-sustaining, eco-friendly family life, and I hope to inspire others in their pursuit of the same.