The Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

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If you're among the 8% of people who sleeps on their back, then consider yourself lucky. Many experts believe sleeping on your back is the best position for pain management as it lets your body rest in a neutral position. The position may also reduce heartburn since it keeps your head elevated above your chest.

But there's definitely a right and wrong way to sleep in this position depending on your body. For instance, you want to be sure your pillow's thickness keeps your head in alignment with the rest of your body. If your pillow props your head up too high or sinks it too low, then it can result in neck and shoulder pain.

Additionally, your mattress plays a key role in maximizing back-sleeping's benefits. Typically, back sleepers should look for mattresses on the firmer end of the soft-firm scale to provide adequate spinal support, but it should also be soft enough to contour to the natural curves of your body.

Below, we cover the very best mattresses for every type of back sleeper to help you make the most of your nightly Zs.

Best Overall: Brooklyn Signature Hybrid

The mattress features a six-inch layer of nearly 1,000 individually encased coils that provide adequate spinal support, while a two-inch transitional foam layer above it offers compression support.

BROOKLYN BEDDING

Brooklyn Signature Hybrid

$599.00+

The Brooklyn Signature Hybrid offers three levels of firmness — Soft, Medium, and Firm — with Medium and Firm likely being your best options if you sleep on your back. The mattress features a 6-inch layer of nearly 1,000 individually encased coils that provide adequate spinal support, while a 2-inch transitional foam layer above it offers compression support. On top of that, you'll get another 2-inch foam layer comprised of patented TitanFlex foam, which responds to the contours of your body to relieve undue pressure. Additionally, the mattress comes with a 120-night, risk-free trial, and a 10-year warranty, so you can feel extra confident in your purchase.

Best for Pressure Relief: WinkBed Luxury Hybrid

If you're a back sleeper but worry that a firm mattress might put too much pressure on your body, then you'll love the WinkBed. The base of the mattress features an individually wrapped coil support system that gives your spine plenty of support, while two layers of gel-infused, quilted foam on top of the base provide enough comfy softness to prevent pressure points. The mattress is also topped with a Tencel cover that keeps you comfortably cool all night long, and its Extra-Edge support system ensures you won't feel like you're about to roll off the bed. Plus, the WinkBed's 120-night trial and lifetime, full replacement warranty means you can invest in the bed totally risk-free.

Best High-End Option: Tempur-ProAdapt

The mattress features a base comprised of more than 1,000 spring coils topped by a spinal-support foam layer and a pressure-relieving comfort layer made of material developed by NASA.

TEMPUR-PEDIC

TEMPUR-ProAdapt

$2,499.00+

The TEMPUR-ProAdapt Series comes in at a higher price point than the others, but it offers everything you could want in a luxury mattress. With four different levels of firmness, it's easy to find the perfect fit for your body, but the Medium-Hybrid option is likely best for most back sleepers. The mattress features a base comprised of more than 1,000 spring coils topped by a spinal-support foam layer and a pressure-relieving comfort layer made of material developed by NASA. It also comes with a SmartClimate Dual Cover System to keep you at a comfortable temperature throughout the night. You can try the mattress for 90 nights free of charge to make sure it's the right fit, and the 10-year warranty ensures you can enjoy it for years to come.

Best Budget-Friendly Mattress: Tuft & Needle Original

The mattress is made of two layers of the brand’s proprietary adaptive foam, which feature a breathable, open-cell design infused with graphite and ceramic cooling gel to make sure you don't overheat during the night.

TUFT & NEEDLE

Original Mattress

$350.00+

If you're looking for a quality mattress that's easy on your budget, then you can't go wrong with the Tuft & Needle Original. The mattress is made of two layers of the brand's proprietary adaptive foam, which feature a breathable, open-cell design infused with graphite and ceramic cooling gel to make sure you don't overheat during the night. The bottom support layer will keep your spine happy, while the top layer adds just enough softness to give you that cozy, sink-into-the-bed feeling. Meanwhile, the 100-night risk-free trial lets you try it before you buy it and the 10-year limited warranty means you'll get a quality, long-lasting mattress at a much lower price than the others on this list.


Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.

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