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Which Mattress is Best for a Bad Back

Best mattresses for bad back

Having a comfortable and supportive mattress to sleep on doesn’t just help alleviate your back pain. 

No, it also means you feel happier and less tired next day, which in turn reflects on the relationship you have with your family, friends and colleagues. So, pretty important to get the right mattress from the off, then…

Choosing the right mattress when you have a bad back

Lower back pain, or lumbago, is something most people will suffer from at some point in their life. That’s because the condition is caused by a number of factors. 

It could, for instance, be due to bad posture when sitting at a desk or standing. It can also be down to an unsupported back when sleeping. Then again, a pulled muscle or strained back can also lead to pain in the lower back. Of course, there are other back problems that can lead to lower back pain such as sciatica or a slipped disc.

Bad back issues and our spine

Our spine actually curves in three places – at the top to support our head, in the middle to protect our upper body, and at the bottom to support our back.

If these curves aren’t in alignment then problems with our back arise.

Back pain - why mattress choice matters

Sometimes even just changing your sleeping position can help with back pain. But if you do prefer sleeping in a certain way there are still things you can do to make yourself more comfortable.

Side sleepers, for instance, can add another pillow to ensure their head is high enough and there’s not too much pressure on the spine. Someone who sleeps on their back could try putting a pillow between their knees to ensure their spine is correctly aligned while in bed. Those who sleep on their front (the least common position) really should try and switch to a side or back position if they are serious about getting rid of back pain.

Quality matters – bad backs need a good mattress

Regardless of what position you sleep in, the age of your mattress can have a huge effect on whether or not it is supportive enough for your back. That’s because as a mattress ages it’s support weakens. It tends to sag and as a result your body falls into the space where before your back would have been kept upright.

When you do go to buy a new mattress, make sure you test drive it first. That means, take it home and sleep on it for a month or so to make sure it really is supportive and comfortable enough for you. Let’s face it, you will be sleeping on it for the next eight or so years, so a month or two’s worth of trial and error isn’t a lot in the long run.

Memory foam mattresses can be a good choice for a bad lower back because it moulds into a person’s shape and tend to be very supportive. Latex mattresses do a similarly supportive job. Pocket sprung mattresses are better for larger individuals since they ‘spread the load.’

Mattresses for bad back in descending order 

Top choice: iSense Revive - a mattress with adjustable firmness 

iSense Revive - Adjustable Firmness Mattress is our most Intelligent, breathable foam mattress with dual Comfort Control for custom support. 

The iSense collection delivers the latest in mattress technology, with Comfort Control putting you in charge of your own comfort and back support. Using an integrated mobile App, you can adjust the firmness of the mattress core, fine tuning the settings for your unique needs and ensuring you sleep soundly and comfortably with optimal spinal support, especially for all those who suffer from back pain. Thanks to Dual Control, each side of the bed can be individually adjusted, making it a great choice for couples. In addition to customized settings, each iSense mattress has a luxurious feel, made with high quality, innovative materials.

The iSense Relieve is an all foam construction at a luxurious 34cm thick. Made using only premium memory foam with optimal airflow and an additional cooling feature for temperature regulation, this intelligent mattress will give you the best possible conditions for a deeply restful, supportive sleep so you can start each day feeling energised and refreshed. 

The iSense mattress will accompany you as your needs and preferences change and develop through life events such as pregnancy, weight gain or loss, back pain or injury. The iSense Relieve is delivered compressed and rolled for your convenience.

Other benefits for people with back pain - memory foam adapts to your unique body shape, cooling feature for temperature regulation, helping to manage the back pain during the most difficult days.

Second best: Sleep Tech (Orthopaedic Memory Foam Mattress)

S8 Sleep Tech - Orthopaedic Memory Foam Mattress works perfectly for spinal alignment and temperature regulation. Designed using only premium fabric cover with stimulating massage pads, that can be removed for washing the Sleep Tech makes it easy to look after. Prevent back pain, stay healthy and rejuvenated with our innovative foam layer shaped to gently stretch the spine. 

All mattresses in our Tech collection feature a unique system of layers, designed to give you the best sleep, night after night. With optimal pressure distribution, spinal alignment, temperature regulation, and the perfect level of support for you, you'll really notice the difference. Enjoy more rejuvenating sleep and relaxed days with a Sleep.8 Tech mattress. Discover which Tech is right for you!

Most affordable option: 0-Zone Hybrid 2000 Mattress

0-Zone Hybrid 2000 Mattress is made of high quality memory foam and has 2000 pocket springs to support your back through sleep. Adapting to your body shape this mattress helps all those with the back pain by distributing your body weight evenly. 

The 0-Zone 2000 is an innovative mattress that utilises both foam and pocket spring technologies to support you through peaceful and rejuvenating sleep, night after night. With 2000 independent pocket springs, it perfectly balances your bodyweight, distributing it evenly across the surface of the mattress and ensuring there's no roll-in or sag. Encased in a deep layer of I-Zone foam, you also get the benefit of a soft and supple surface that is responsive and flexible. Experience the sensation of weightlessness with the O-Zone 2000.

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