Back Sleeper Mattress Buying Guide

Sleeping on your back is the most common sleeping position for the people of the UK and there is a myriad of mattresses to choose from, with something to suit everyone. Sleeping on your back is one of the best positions for spinal alignment, however, choosing the right mattress can make all the difference in getting a good night's sleep. Here is our guide to help back sleepers choose the perfect mattress for their needs.

What type of mattress is best for back sleepers?

When it comes to mattresses, firmness level is one of the most important factors to consider for back sleepers. Medium, firm, or even extra firm spring mattresses are the preferred choice for back sleepers. Open coil spring mattresses are common when it comes to firmer springs, as the construction involves all the individual springs being clipped together, creating a firmer feel. Although they are great from a cost perspective; if your budget allows there are better options on the market. Pocket springs are individual springs, each wrapped in its own fabric sleeve that allows the spring to move according to where the sleeper’s body weight is positioned on the mattress, and so conforms to the shape of the spine to give the maximum support. These mattresses invariably have many more springs than an ‘open coil’ type of mattress and consequently provide a more even and comfortable sleeping position that can hold the spine in perfect alignment, so reducing aches and pains.  

What mattress tension should I choose if I'm a back sleeper?

The key question, is how firm should the mattress be? There is no perfect answer of course as everyone has their own personal preference, however as a rule of thumb, anyone between 10 and 15 stones would be minded towards a medium or medium/firm mattress. From 15 to 20 stones, firm to extra firm is a wise choice depending upon your preference, and then over 20 stones would possibly look for an extra firm, often known as an orthopaedic mattress. Of course, this is only a guide, and you may well know what’s best for you from your own experience. 

Different sleeping positions

Which mattress filling should I choose?

The materials used in a mattress can also affect its comfort and support. Memory foam mattresses are a popular choice for back sleepers because they contour to your body and provide pressure relief. Latex mattresses are another good option because they provide a firm, supportive feel. Hybrid mattresses that combine the support of coils with the comfort of foam or latex can also be a good choice. Natural materials such as wool, cotton and silk can maintain the firmer characteristics of the mattress, with the added benefit of being cooler as they naturally ‘wick’ body moisture away from the sleeper. 

A mattress that traps heat can be uncomfortable and disrupt your sleep. Look for a mattress with good breathability, such as one with cooling gel-infused foam or a breathable cover. This will help to regulate your body temperature and prevent you from overheating while you sleep. For great breathability, we would recommend Health Bed's Heritage Latex Mattress to ensure that perfect night's sleep!

The size of your mattress is also an important consideration for back sleepers. A king or super king size mattress can provide more space to move around and find a comfortable position. If you sleep with a partner, a queen or king-sized mattress may be a good choice to ensure you both have enough room.

We’re here to help, so if you're still unsure give our friendly team a call on 01642 686365 and ask for advice or check out our other useful Mattress Buying Guides, to see if we can help you make the right mattress choice.

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