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Best Mattress for a Bad Back

Back pain doesn't need to affect your night's sleep. Read on to find out more.

25th February, 2020
by Carl Walsh

Suffering from a bad back can cause a whole host of complications, particularly when you’re trying to sleep. Fortunately, there’s a range of mattresses that can help you sleep in comfort with your back and body fully supported. 

If you suffer from lower back pain issues, you’re not alone. According to a study by NIH around 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life. With back pain comes the need to have a mattress that can provide you with some temporary relief. 

We’re going to take you through the best mattresses for those who suffer from a bad back. We’ll show you why they can help you as well as other benefits perks. 

Choosing the best mattress for a bad back

There are no rules when it comes to choosing the right mattress, it solely comes down to your personal preference. You need to take a number of different factors into account:

  • Your height
  • How much you weigh
  • Where your pain stems from
  • Budget and personal preference

Once you’ve taken these factors into account you should be ready to make your choice. 

How do I know what firmness is right for me?

There’s a common myth that firmer mattresses are best for bad backs but you’ll find they can sometimes exasperate the problem further. To go sciency for a moment, if you have what we like to call an increased lumbar lordosis (an inward curve in your lower back), sleeping on a firmer mattress would possibly make the problem worse. The NHS have provided more information if you’d like to find out more about lower back pain (lumbago). 

However, if you have a flat “swayback” posture, firmer mattresses are actually more beneficial. They put more useful firmer pressure on your lower back and actually help you.

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What firm mattress help those with a swayback posture?

One of the most common mattresses known to be beneficial is an orthopaedic mattress. This is one of the firmest in our range and is renowned for being a support mattress. They provide your body with super comfort and support any key problem areas. Your weight is evenly distributed whilst you sleep, relieving points of pressure. The build of the mattress encourages correct spinal alignment and this can help to prevent back pain. 

Are pocket sprung mattresses the best for a bad back?

Pocket sprung mattresses have a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best mattresses for those suffering from back pain. Pocket springs have excellent pressure-relieving qualities. They don’t just support your back, they support every part of your body and remove strain from areas of high pressure such as hips and shoulders. 

Pocket sprung mattresses also promote correct anatomical alignment (spine alignment). Your spine will stay in its natural curve, regardless of the position you’re sleeping in. This will gently ease your back pain. Another benefit is that pocket sprung mattresses provide you with luxurious comfort as you sleep. The core of the mattresses allows air to move freely around making them very breathable, keeping you cool on the warmest of summer nights. 

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Don’t forget the humble memory foam mattress

A large number of people rate memory foam mattresses highly and it’s easy to see why. Your natural body heat softens the mattress so it moulds to the shape of your body. Essentially, this makes the mattress perfectly suited to your body. This supports the proper alignment of your body. The memory foam cushions your body and this can help to relieve any aches and pains, in particular back pains. 

If you suffer from any allergies, they’re one of the best hypoallergenic mattresses around. The dense structure of the mattress reduces the amount of dust or other allergens that can build up over time. So not only do they help to relieve you from niggling back pain, they have other beneficial qualities. 

What mattresses do we recommend?

We have a superb range of mattress that are ideal for back pain, they are from the following:

Superior Pocket Sprung Mattress

The Superior Pocket Sprung Mattress comes fitted with a quadruple side-stitched border for edge to edge support. The individual pocket springs cater for individual movement so are ideal for couples and solo-sleepers alike. The pocket springs help to properly align your spine as you sleep helping you avoid back pains and aches. 

Essential Memory Foam Mattress

If you’re looking for an affordable memory foam mattress to help with your back pain then look no further than the Essential Memory Foam Mattress. The deep layer of high-quality memory foam sinks and moulds around your body to give you a truly personal sleep experience. 

Premium Support Mattress

Part of our orthopaedic mattress range and one of the firmest mattresses available, premium support mattresses and superb when it comes to body support. You’re also able to flip and turn the mattress to get long-lasting support over an extended period of time. 

  1. Premium Support Mattress
    Premium Support Mattress

So there you have our top recommendations for mattresses that will help you if you suffer from back pain. If you need any more support and advice, feel free to contact us by calling 0113 243 3616 or drop us an email on info@bedguru.co.uk

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