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The 4 Best Mattresses for Back Pain and Sleep

Published December 12, 2017
| Written By SpineNation Editorial Staff  
Tags:  Insomnia

Did you know that when it comes to managing sleeping issues and chronic back pain that the type of mattress you rest on matters? It's all about proper spinal alignment and that shortage of support from an old worn out mattress may only be reinforcing your painful symptoms.

Do you know what the best mattress is for back pain sufferers? Here's a hint — you're about to find out.

Your comfort is the deciding factor when choosing the best mattress. You want a mattress that matches your personal preferences, both in comfort and support, which enables the structures in your spine to rest and yourself to sleep well while renewing your mind and body.

There are so many different types of beds out there today, it can be overwhelming to find the best one that is affordable and perfect for your needs. With help from online sleeping experts, we have compiled a list of the four best mattresses for back pain sufferers that will make you excited to jump into bed. Maybe you'll actually have a good night's sleep with a bad back (here's to hoping).

The Saatva Mattress

Saatva mattresses use a combination of innerspring and memory foam on top of two assortments of uniquely created coils. The first set is tempered steel that limits long-term sagging as well as support coils individually wrapped that allow the mattress to mold to your body’s shape.

Besides their comfort, Saavta is well-known, particularly by orthopedists, chiropractors, and other back specialists who say it's a great supportive mattress for back pain, especially in the lower (lumbar) back.

Have you ever realized (sometimes, depending on the location) that when you sleep in a hotel room, you actually get a good night's sleep? This is not a coincidence. Many upscale hotels use Saatva mattresses to ensure that their guests get restful sleep. 

Saatva Mattress is a great design to alleviate back pain while sleeping.

Saatva mattresses are also the official mattress of Healthbridge Sleep, the Northeast’s premier sleep clinic that helps patients with sleep disorders.

There are three levels of firmness available when choosing a Saatva:

  • Firm: For back or stomach sleepers
  • Luxury Firm: Fitting for most people
  • Plush Soft: Ideal for side sleepers

Generally speaking, the best option for those who suffer from back pain is the Luxury Firm because it presents that medium-firm mattress feel with comfort and support.

The Amerisleep AS2

If you're an eco-friendly kind of person, you will love the Amerisleep AS2. Using plant-based foams with a royal touch, this mattress is the green version of memory foam and is fit for a king, or a queen (you).

With Amerisleep's AS2, they joined a thick coat of memory foam with a high-quality base layer. This mattress not only molds to your body but it supports your body evenly, which prevents additional strain and pressure that an old mattress may be causing.

It's a supreme option because it allows for proper spinal alignment that will alleviate some of that low and upper back pain. We didn't even mention the best part. Amerisleep mattresses use Celliant, a mineral-based fiber implanted into the mattress cover's fabric.

This material was ergonomically created and scientifically-proven to relieve muscle pain while promoting circulation by exerting excess body heat and transforming it into beneficial infrared energy.

Back pain sufferer resting on the Amerisleep AS2.

Many reviewers notably remark a reduction in chronic bodily pain and especially reduced back pain. The Amerisleep AS2 standard is the medium-firm mattress, which is normally suggested as the best mattress for back pain.

They do offer other softer and firmer options, however, the balanced support of the AS2 is thought to be the best mattress for back pain (specifically lower back pain).

Plus, Amerisleep extends a 100-day trial, absolutely risk-free for their customers. So, if you're not comfortable (literally) with your choice, you can send it back at no additional cost.

The Helix Mattress

The Helix Mattress is revolutionizing the mattress industry with mattress technology that allows for customization so that you get to decide precisely how you want the mattress to feel. For back pain patients who buy their product, expect a reduced amount of spinal pain associated with poor sleep. Manufactured with natural latex, micro coils, and memory foam, this is one of the best mattresses you can buy (and a personal favorite).

Helix Mattress offers separate settings for each side.

Additionally, if you don't sleep alone, you and your significant other can customize your sides separately so that each of you receives the firmness and support-style desired.

If you're wondering about the customization process, it's fast and simple. You answer a couple of questions on Helix's website and BAM!

If you don't love your Helix mattress and your back pain isn't relieved, you can return it at no cost within the first 100 days.

The Bear Mattress

The Bear Mattress is king of the forest. With proprietary technology and gel-infused memory foam, this mattress has been successful among those with chronic back pain who have a more active lifestyle.

This mattress was specifically designed to promote physical recovery in professional athletes who need to stay at peak performance level for multiple days at a time, but who have a limited sleeping time.

Customers of the Bear mattress include marathon runners, triathletes as well as other dedicated athletic professionals who aren't the most gentle on their backs or bodies. This mattress allows for optimal recovery.

Bear mattress is designed for athletes who experience back pain.

The manufacturers of Bear produced an innovative brand of fabric which can reproduce your natural body heat in the form of infrared energy that helps your muscles and joints extensively throughout the recovery process, without overheating you or the bed.

Remember the Amerisleep AS2 and how this mattress stood apart because of Celliant technology? Well, Bear has it too — it’s embedded into the mattress cover and doesn’t demand any special care. It will precisely resemble a regular mattress cover that can quickly be cleaned.

If your back pain stems from a muscular pain, this mattress should make a noticeable difference. When lying in bed, your body and muscles will be relaxed and the thicker interior layers are designed to accommodate the perfect level of firmness to maintain proper back posture throughout the evening.

The advanced Celliant technology was produced for medium-firm support, which has made Bear one of the best mattresses for back pain sufferers. You can test drive the Bear Mattress risk-free for 100 days.

As we already established, sleeping with back pain can be uncomfortable. Tossing and turning, counting sheep, or trying not to wake your significant other as you lie awake with back pain is tough.

Which of these mattresses interests you? Regardless of your choice, one of these mattresses will certainly help you find comfortable, restful sleep.

Updated: March 2, 2020

Information provided within this article is for educational purposes and is not a substitute for medical advice. Those seeking specific medical advice should consult his or her doctor or surgeon. If you need to consult with a specialist, you may be able find a health care provider in our Specialist Finder. SpineNation does not endorse treatments, procedures, products or physicians.

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