Best Mattresses For a Bad Back

Best Mattresses For a Bad Back

We all know that getting the right amount of sleep is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend 6-9 hours of sleep a night for adults to maintain optimal health.

For those of us in Ireland who suffer with a bad back, getting a restful night of sleep can be challenging and this is where the right mattress can help to improve quality of sleep and overall wellness.

When it comes to back pains and aches a mattress won’t solve all your problems but it can certainly help to relieve the pain and offer more comfort for a better night’s sleep. Sleeping position is also a factor so it is worth checking out our guide to the best sleeping positions for back pain, sometimes this alone can make a huge difference to sleep quality.

There is no one-size fits all when it comes to a sleep solution for those who suffer with back problems. As a detailed extension to our Mattress Buying Guide we have rounded up some of the best mattress types that can offer relief for lower and upper back pain, taking a closer look at their features and how they can help to ease discomfort.


Man With Back Pain

Types of Back Pain

There are many different types of back pain, with different causes. Identifying the type of back ache you suffer from will help you to work out what mattress type is best for you.

Lower back pain

Lower back pain is often caused by injury, sprains or straining of the muscle through over-stretching, lifting heavy objects incorrectly or suffering a fall or accident or a lack of lumbar support.

Upper back pain

Upper back pain can be attributed to a number of things including poor posture, including a sedentary lifestyle or a lack of support when sitting for long periods of time of sleeping, as well as incorrect lifting of objects or accidents or trauma.

General back pain

With general back pain, the cause of the problem needs to be identified in order to be treated. It is recommended that you consult a doctor or health professional in order to help identify the cause to determine the best ways to relieve your pain.


Upper & Lower Back Pain

How a mattress can contribute to a bad back

If your mattress is old, its ability to support your body comfortably will deteriorate over time, with pocket springs losing their strength and memory foam or latex layers losing their ability to ‘spring back’ into shape when you’ve gotten out of bed.

Without these supports in place, your body may not be evenly supported, leading to a change in your spinal alignment, which can result in back pain. In order to ensure sufficient support and pressure relief, it’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 7-8 years. 


What is the best type of mattress for a bad back?

Trying to find the perfect mattress can be challenging at the best of times, but if you also suffer from a bad back, it can become more difficult, with an overwhelming amount of information and conflicting recommendations about how best to relieve your aches and pains.

We’ve taken the pain out of the process 😉 by compiling a list of mattress types that are considered to be best for those with a bad back.


DFI Recommends: Orthopaedic Mattress

It has long been thought that orthopaedic mattresses are the ultimate solution for a bad back as they are specifically designed to support the joints, back and overall body.

Orthopaedic mattresses are very much on the firmer side of the scale, these mattresses aim to ease the discomfort experienced by those who suffer from a bad back or aching joints by providing a firm, but comfortable mattress which provides targeted support.

Why is an orthopaedic mattress best for back pain?

    • Very firm
    • Designed to spread your body weight
    • Firm base offers maximum support, alleviating pressure on the spine and relieving pressure points
    • Ideal for heavier individuals

We believe an orthopaedic mattress is the best mattress type for the majority of those who suffer from back pain.


Option 2: Pocket Sprung Mattress

The pocket sprung mattress contains hundreds, often thousands of individual springs, each sewn into its own pocket of fabric. 

The advantage of this is that the springs within a pocket sprung mattress operate independently of one another, respond to your weight, shape, movement and sleeping position and providing effective weight distribution, which is especially good for those who are taller or heavier. The ability of the individual springs to adjust to the contours of your body can help to provide relief and support for those with a bad back. As a rule of thumb, the higher the spring count the better.

Why is a pocket sprung mattress good for back pain?

    • Pocket sprung mattresses provide even distribution of weight, relieving pressure points therefore providing some relief from back pain
    • Responsive to movement and shape
    • Come in a variety of firmness & spring count options
    • Ideal for taller or heavier individuals suffering from back pain


Option 3: Memory Foam Mattress

In a memory foam mattress, the material reacts to pressure and heat, changing shape to fit the sleeper’s body and ‘remembering’ or holding it – creating the ‘hug’ effect which many customers appreciate.

Memory foam mattresses are believed to offer relief for back pain thanks to the contouring properties which allow the material to fit around your body, providing firm support to the natural curvature of your spine and easing pressure points and aching joints.

Why is a memory foam mattress good for back pain?

  • Support keeps spine in neutral alignment
  • Memory foam provides excellent lumbar support for lower back pain relief
  • Relieves pressure points on back, hips and joints
  • Available in different levels of firmness

Option 4: Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress provides the support system of a pocket sprung mattress system with the comfort and pressure relief of a memory foam topping layer, keeping the users spine aligned, while evenly supporting the weight of the body, making it a great option for those who suffer from back pain.

Why is hybrid mattress good for back pain?

    • Pocket sprung section provides even distribution of weight and support of the mid-section
    • Memory foam topping keeps spine in neutral alignment
    • Pressure relief for back, hips and joints
    • Medium level of firmness
    • Ideal for those who suffer from lower back pain