The Best Mattress for Back Sleepers
Last updated: August 2023
Recommended comfort grade for back sleepers
As a back sleeper, you will need the most support out of all of the sleeping positions to ensure you wake up without a sore back. That's why medium to very firm mattresses are ideal - they provide the alignment and support you need.
The best comfort grade for your body type
If you’re unsure whether to opt for a medium or a firm mattress, this can largely be based off of your personal preference and whatever feels most comfortable for you. However other factors, such as your weight, should also be taken into consideration.
The heavier you are, the more you risk misaligning the spine. This is especially true for those who sleep on their back as the added weight can cause their spine to sink into the mattress further. To combat this, if you weigh above 14 stone, consider a firm or very firm mattress.
What is the best mattress type for back sleepers?
As mentioned for those who sleep on their back, spinal support is the main priority. There are a number of mattress types that can help with this, including traditional spring, pocket spring, memory foam and orthopaedic mattresses.
Pocket spring mattresses are a recommended route for back sleepers. They contain individual springs cushioned in their own pockets of material with filling to provide support across the body and suitable comfort. Additionally, they distribute weight evenly and are sturdy enough to prevent 'roll together', which is when you and your partner roll both into the middle of the bed.
Traditional spring mattresses are constructed from a series of connected springs to offer maximum support. Because of these springs, these mattresses are only available in comfort grades varying from medium to very firm, so you can ensure you have a strong core support system. Traditional spring mattresses are also one of the most affordable mattress types, so are a popular option for back sleepers.
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