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Choosing a mattress for bad backs

Choosing a mattress for bad backs

When choosing a mattress for a bad back, there are several factors to consider that will help ensure the mattress will provide proper support and comfort for your spine. 

Here are some tips to keep in mind:



A medium-firm mattress is generally recommended for those with a bad back but be careful not to buy too firm especially if you are a lighter weight sleeper, this can lead to sleeping “on top” of the mattress and can cause excess pressure on the hips and shoulders. You dont want to be perched on top but lie ‘in’ the body of the mattress and make it work for the contours of your body.  Click here to view our medium to firm mattress collection.

Top Tip: Remember your spine isnt straight and the lower lumbar region needs extra cushioning. Lying on a flat surface will sometimes exacerbate lower spine aches. A cushioned mattress can gently cradle you and often relieve pressure.



Memory foam mattresses can be a good option as they conform to the shape of your body and provide support and pressure relief. 

Natural Latex mattresses offer a high-quality breathable alternative to foam and take great care of your health as some of their properties include being hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial. 

Pocket sprung mattresses are able to adapt to the contours of your body with independent movement of the springs and varying mixtures of upholstery can provide the desired comfort depending on the individual.



Look for a mattress that provides good support for your spine, particularly in the lumbar region. A mattress that is too soft can cause your spine to sink in, while a mattress that is too firm for your individual body weight can create pressure points.



It's important to choose a mattress that is comfortable for you. This can vary from person to person, so make sure you try out different mattresses before you buy to find the style and option that works best for you.

Top Tip: Don't forget about the pillow. It supports your head, neck and in turn your spine. Read about the best pillows in our choosing the correct pillow guides or click here to view our recommended pillow options.



Make sure you choose a mattress that is the right size for your needs. If you sleep with a partner, a larger mattress can provide more space and reduce disturbance from movement during the night. Always buy the largest mattress you can.


Ultimately, the best mattress for a bad back is one that provides adequate support, while also having the right level of comfort to promote restful sleep. It's important to take the time to find the right mattress, as it can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being and on average you'll keep it for the next 10 plus years - thats an average of 30,000 hours resting on the same surface!



Category: Mattress Guides

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