April 18, 2021

The best mattresses for back pain

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  • If you’ve woken up with back pain, it’s possible you need a more supportive, higher-quality mattress.
  • The Saatva Classic Mattress is our pick because it won the Chiropractic Seal of Approval and features two different layers of individually-wrapped coils and memory foam for great support. 
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According to the National Institute of Health, more than 80% of the US population will feel acute back pain at some time during their life. They also estimate that 10% of the population has chronic lower back pain, making the condition the second most common cause of disability claims.

While the root causes of back pain are many — including sprains and strains, accidents, and spinal degeneration — other common issues may add to the misery: too much time spent sitting, lack of exercise, poor posture, genetics, and repetitive workplace motions, to name a few.

While only your doctor should be consulted in regard to pain management, sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t give proper support — especially an old, saggy mattress — is likely only aiding the problem. 

A high-quality mattress may help, however, especially one that provides pressure relief and significant support. In addition to several other factors, the American Chiropractic Association recommends sleeping on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.

As such, we’ve researched the best mattresses recommended by medical associations and reputable sleep blogs to help relieve back pain through firm support. Keep reading for our picks, plus tips on how to choose a mattress that’s good for back pain.

Here are the best mattresses for back pain:

Updated on 10/5/2020 to edit links, references, and prices.