Which Mattress is Best for a Bad Back?

Which mattress is best for a bad back

Bad back…help! Which mattress is best? Buying a new mattress can be a daunting task. With so many different ones to choose from, how do you know which mattress is best for your bad back? In the past, it was commonly believed that the best mattress to buy for a bad back was a hard one. However, it’s not quite the case today – and a hard mattress could in fact cause you more damage. A good mattress for your bad back, should be both supportive and comfortable. With many different models to choose from, it’s the level of support you’re looking for. References you’ll find of mattresses being orthopaedic, don’t automatically mean your bed has been professionally recommended for a bad back. Orthopaedic is sometimes just a term that a manufacturer will use, to refer to the tension of your mattress. So...how do you know which mattress to trust to support your bad back? Don't worry... we've got you covered! In this guide, we’ll firstly touch upon back pain, and when to get help with it. We'll then spring into action, and recommend for you 4 of our top selling mattresses, best to buy for a bad back. So let's get you supported...


Having a bad back is common

Back pain is a common thing, we're all likely to suffer from it at least once in our lifetime. Back pain can be felt anywhere along our spine, from the neck down. Usually, pain gets better with time, and isn't anything serious. A good mattress will help to keep your spine in the correct position, whilst you sleep at night. And, considering most of us spend a third of our lives in bed, it's vital that we make the right choice when it comes to our mattress. 

Get help with back pain when:

  1. There's no pain improvement within a few weeks
  2. Pain stops you doing daily activities
  3. Your pain is severe and gets progressively worse
  4. You are worried or struggling to cope with the pain
Wondering which mattress is best for a bad back


What's the best mattress to buy for a bad back?

Is back pain causing you sleepless nights... Unsure what's the best mattress to buy for your bad back? A good mattress can actually help to alleviate your soreness. It may in fact be your old mattress, that's the worst thing for your bad back. If your mattress isn't of the right tension, your spine might be distorted whilst you are sleeping at night. 

Shopping for a new mattress? Consider... 

  1. Support - depends on your weight, height, build and preferred sleeping position
  2. Contouring - the best mattress to buy is one which moulds to the shape of your body 
  3. Spinal positioning – should be horizontal when you lie on your side
  4. Turning in bed – it should be easy to turn
  5. Tension - the heavier you are the firmer the tension you will need
  6. Comfort - the best mattress to buy is one that's both supportive and comfortable, comfort is subjective

'You spend a third of your life in bed, so it's vital that you make the right choice'



Pocket sprung mattresses - good mattresses for a bad back

A good mattress option for a bad back is a sprung mattress that's zoned, providing you with optimum support where you need it. As an example, a pocket sprung mattress that's zoned in the middle, helps give extra support to your hips and shoulders where weight distribution is greater. The conical springs within a pocket sprung mattress, each work independently from one another. Helping your mattress to conform and adjust to the contours of your body. Spring counts vary dramatically, a good mattress to buy for your bad back is one with a higher spring count. A higher spring count, generally means you'll get a firmer feeling mattress.  


Hypnos Orthocare 6

Sleep supported by your Hypnos Orthocare 6. A good mattress for your bad back, featuring its unique ReActive™ 6 pocket spring system.

With each individual spring independently sensing your weight and shape distribution. Basically, the more active turns that your pocket springs have, the better the ability of your mattress to sense yours and your partners exact comfort and support.

The Orthocare 6 mattress has 3 zones, providing your body with support where it needs it most. It’s firmer in areas where your body needs greater backing, in the lumbar region of your back. And softer, in the hips and shoulders.

Hypnos Orthocare 6 - a good mattress for a bad backDiscover your new Hypnos Orthocare 6

  • Hand-made in Buckinghamshire
  • Made from 100% recyclable materials
  • 10 year guarantee

'We have a talent for creating comfortable, stylish beds to enhance your well-being'


Hypnos Orthocare 8

Get cradled in Hypnos ReActive pocket sprung technology. Introducing the Hypnos Orthocare 8. Your Hypnos mattress, reacts to your body's movement to give you total body and spinal support whilst you sleep. Features the ReActive™ 8 pocket spring system, 8 actives turns for every spring. Choose between firm and extra-firm options, depending on your own comfort needs. Hypnos beds are made from sustainable fibres, like wool and silk, that help regulate your body temperature and means that your mattress is 100% recyclable. 

  • Hypnos sustainable mattress
  • Established family-run business
  • Lovingly handmade


Hybrid mattresses- good mattresses for a bad back

A good mattress for your bad back is a hybrid mattress. It's a combination of both memory foam and springs. Memory foam - is unique because it moulds to the contours of your body. And, basically cocoons you in support, whilst at the same time it facilitates your movement during sleep. Whilst, pocket springs - individually adjust to your weight and movement as you sleep and turn in your bed. Helping to keep your spine correctly aligned.


The Simba hybrid mattress

Your ultimate hybrid mattress, named Simba, comes highly recommended by Simba experts for a bad back.

Simba's award-winning mattress technology has been tested against data from 180 million body profiles, taken from 10 million sleepers, from the Sleep to Live Institute. It has 5 unique layers, and is made to suit your individual comfort and support needs.

Something Simba has to shout about... Simba was also voted 2018 'Product of the Year', and has been crowned The Independent's 2018 'Best Buy'. Check out our blog on Simba, the best memory foam mattress.

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Simba best mattress to buy for a bad back

  • 2,500 micro-pocket springs 
  • Outer Visco memory foam layer (3cm) 
  • Slightly softer feel
  • 100 night sleep trial period 

'...we’re confident that the Simba Hybrid Mattress will feel tailor made for 95% of people.'



The Zzzippi hybrid mattress 1000

Which mattress is best for a bad back - Zzzippi mattress

  • 5cm memory foam top layer
  • 1000 pocket springs
  • Made in the UK
  • 10 year warranty

 Another good mattress for a bad back, is the Zzzippi Hybrid Mattress, your affordable hybrid option.

It’s a 20cm deep mattress, boasting an upper sleeping surface of 5cm of memory foam. That’ll mould to the contours of your body, to offer you total snoozing support. With 1000 pocket springs, it’ll react to your body’s movements during sleep helping to keep your spine aligned.

A good mattress, and your best value hybrid mattress to buy for a bad back.

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So, which mattress is best for a bad back? Your sleeping posture is crucial in maintaining a good level of health and wellbeing. If you're going to spend eight hours a day on your mattress, it's worth investing in one that's going to give you the right amount of support. Start taking responsibility for your health and well-being. Get properly supported by a good mattress, go ahead and ditch your old one that could be causing you more harm than good! If you're wondering which mattress is best for a bad back, use this guide to help you in choosing one that's right for your personal support and comfort needs, to help you on the road to sleeping recovery. After all, your greatest wealth, is your health...


Posted by Amie-Jo Angel
2nd March 2018

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