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A surprisingly small proportion of people sleep on their back (just 6.63% according to our 2020 ‘Big Irish Sleep Survey), despite the benefits it offers. Back sleeping keeps your spine aligned and relives pressure points, as well as reducing pressure on the heart.
The best mattress for back sleepers may vary depending on body weight, height and personal preference. If you suffer from back pain, check out our dedicated guide to the best mattresses for a bad back.
Fortunately, for the back sleepers among us there are LOTS of options when it comes to mattresses!
Sleeping on your back in a flat, straight position is believed to be one of the healthiest positions to sleep in, not only does it ensure continuity of spinal alignment, it also limits pressure on the body as a whole.
To ensure optimum relief on pressure points and a comfortable sleep a medium to firm mattress is best for back sleepers. This is to ensure even distribution and support for your body weight, combined with the comfort of the mattress you prefer.
Depending on your weight, a soft mattress may not offer the support required for the spine, as your body is more likely to sink into a soft mattress, disturbing the natural alignment of your spine and causing your back to arch, which may result in aches and pains. You can learn more about the different types or mattress and firmness levels in our Choosing The Best Mattress guide.
Pocket sprung mattresses contain hundreds 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 and support, which makes for an ideal mattress for back sleepers as it promotes neutral spinal alignment.
We believe a pocket sprung mattress e.g. DFI Sensation, is the best mattress for the majority of back sleepers.
If you sleep on your back and require a medium to firm mattress, but have a personal preference for a softer mattress then a hybrid mattress could be the solution
Hybrid mattresses combine the firm support of a pocket sprung mattress, with the additional comfort of a softer memory foam or gel layer that is thick enough to provide comfort, without allowing you to sink too deeply into the mattress which would disrupt the alignment of your spine
Orthopaedic mattresses are commonly recommended for those who suffer with back pain. Designed to support the joints, back and overall body, orthopaedic mattresses tend be on the firmer side, which also makes orthopaedic mattresses a great option for people who sleep on their back.
In a memory foam mattress, the material reacts to pressure and heat, changing shape to fit the sleeper’s body.
For back sleepers, this means that once the sleeping position has been assumed, the memory foam will absorb the weight, contouring to the body shape and supporting the natural alignment of the spine.