Eight out of ten people will have back pain at some point in their lives1. Symptoms range from a dull, constant ache to acute, debilitating pain.
And since people spend about one-third of their lives in bed, the mattress you use can impact whether or not you suffer from back pain more than almost anything else. That's why so many people are searching for the best mattress for back pain.
Scientific studies have proven that getting the right mattress for back pain can improve your symptoms and sleep quality2. The best mattresses for back pain will evenly support your weight and allow your spine to remain aligned.
When looking for the best mattress for back pain, the two main things to consider are its firmness and the materials it's made from.
Scientific studies have proven that getting the right mattress for back pain can improve your symptoms and sleep quality.
For years doctors believed the best mattress for lower-back pain should be stiff and firm. That changed in 2003 when a study showed that it might actually make the problem worse though.
Spanish researchers replaced the mattresses for 313 patients who had a history of unexplained chronic lower-back pain with a new "firm" or "medium-firm" mattress3. Afterwards the patients rated their pain on a scale from 1 to 10, both when they woke up and again 30 minutes later.
The study showed the best mattress for back pain was the medium-firm version. It reduced pain in far more patients than the firm mattress. 82% of the patients who used the medium-firm mattress said their pain improved. Only 68% from the firm mattress group said the same.
According to experts, the best bed for back pain should have medium-firm support. That's because it adapts to the natural curvatures of the spine better. This allows the body to sleep in a more ergonomic position, alleviating pressure on joints and other key body parts.
A separate study revealed that medium-firm mattresses reduce back pain by 57.2%, shoulder pain by 60.8%, and back stiffness by 59.1%. Combined this helped improved participant sleep quality by 60.7%4.
Getting enough sleep is one of the biggest things you can do to give yourself an “edge” in all of the other parts of your day.
When choosing the best mattress for back pain, the materials used to build it are another key consideration. Traditional innerspring mattresses have hard metal coils inside that push up on you when you lay on them. Because each spring works in isolation, this method does not evenly distribute weight and causes pressure points.
The springs often become stiff or loose over time as well, reducing support for your lower back and spinal cord even further.
This can draw the spine out of alignment, which is one of the most common causes of back pain. On top of that, other medical conditions like herniated disks, osteoarthritis, degenerative disk disease, and spinal stenosis can become worse if your back does not have proper support during sleep.
In contrast, mattresses made out of memory foam have become the top choice for many people suffering from back pain. They provide adaptive and even support, especially when used with an adjustable bed frame. Together they help evenly distribute your body weight, which eliminates pressure points and other discomfort. Memory foam also doesn’t sag or weaken over time, so it will provide consistent support for decades.
Studies have shown foam mattresses significantly reduce periods of interrupted sleep compared to traditional spring mattresses8.
This is especially important for people suffering from back pain because multiple studies have found that people with lower-back pain have more disturbed, less restful, and less refreshing sleep compared to people without back problems5,6.
This creates a negative feedback loop. The pain interferes with sleep, and those sleep disruptions further contribute to the experience of pain7.
Foam mattresses can help break this cycle by providing a deep, restful sleep that allows your body to heal more effectively.
Did you know over 92% of Amerisleep customers, many of whom used to suffer from back pain, say that our mattresses are comfortable and offer good support?
The Amerisleep Revere is our most supportive model, and has a patented pressure point relief system. It's specifically designed to take the tension off of your back while you’re in bed.
And if you want even more customized support, you can pair our Revere mattress with an adjustable bed. This will let you adjust the head and foot elevations so you sleep in the perfect position every night — and can wake up refreshed and pain-free!
Over 92% of Amerisleep customers, many of whom used to suffer from back pain, say that our mattresses are comfortable and offer good support.
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