Back Sleeper Guide to Finding a Mattress

Written by: Cassie Bondie

Guy laying on his back in front of building.


Have you noticed that, more often than not, when you wake up, you’ve been sleeping on your back? Many of us don’t take the time to think about what kind of sleeper we are. We wake up, get dressed, and start our day.

However, it’s important to think about your sleeping position. Why? Because the mattress you purchase can be more (or less) effective, depending on the sleeping position you prefer. Some of us are multi-position sleepers – meaning we sleep in a variety of positions each night. Others are side sleepers, back sleepers, or stomach sleepers.

You might be a back sleeper if you wake up on your back or find that you can’t fall asleep unless you start on your back. If you share your bed with a partner, it might be a good idea to ask for their observations. You can also determine what kind of position you prefer based on the type of mattress and sleeping experience you prefer.

While you might not think that your sleeping position makes a difference in your day-to-day life, you’d be surprised by the impact. The way we sleep affects how we breathe, how we move, and how we function. Experts have even suggested that our sleeping preferences make predictions about our personality traits. They also suggest the kind of mattresses that we should (or shouldn’t) use.

Have you found that your current mattress doesn’t seem comfortable enough anymore? Is it too firm or too soft? Have other sleepers raved about the comfort of your mattress – but you aren’t feeling it? You might have different sleeping positions. The goal is to choose a mattress that is comfortable for your body, rather than a mattress that everyone loves.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Back Sleeper

Whether you figure it out from your sleeping partner, on your own, or through a series of tests, being a back sleeper has pros and cons.

Sleeping on your back gives both your spine and your neck health a boost. The pose is known as “savasana” – allowing you to keep your back straight and not contorted. If comfort weren’t important for sleeping, all sleepers would use this position without a pillow. It leaves your neck in a neutral (and safe) orientation.

It also helps that back sleeping is great for cosmetics. You will face fewer skin wrinkles and less facial frustration.

However, sleeping on your back encourages both sleep apnea and snoring. Doctors prescribe side sleeping to help cure sleep apnea. The link is just that strong. This is because gravity affects your airways when you sleep on your back, obstructing your breathing.

Fortunately for those who have trouble making decisions, it becomes increasingly difficult to change your sleeping position over time. You’ll find comfort in your favorite position and, most likely, stick to it. Learning more about pros and cons simply prepares you for the future.

The Necessary Characteristics of a Mattress

Back sleepers are perhaps the widest variety of sleepers. They do not have a set comfort range. Rather, they vary in their preferences. Some enjoy cloud-like softness. Others enjoy rock-hard options.

Whatever the preference, most back sleepers must have support in the lower back area. This means mattresses for back sleepers are generally more firm –

giving strong support without feeling stiff. When the mattress is too stiff, it can hurt your spine and make for an uncomfortable sleep cycle.

Back sleeper image

Medium-firm mattresses will support your body and back – helping to contour the lower arch. Not having this arch can lead to serious aches and pains. Great solutions for back sleepers include foam, pillow tops, and latex.

Back sleepers may also enjoy plush or euro top mattresses, in addition to those with a sturdy coil system that provides the perfect amount of support.

Our Favorite Brands for Back Sleepers

While there are specific qualities that mattresses should have to accommodate back sleepers, there are also specific mattresses that work well for the group. In this list, we’ll talk about our favorite brands – including specific mattresses and their features.

(1) Sealy Posturepedic Plus

Sealy Posturepedic Plus Barrett Court III Cushion Firm Euro Pillow Top King Size Mattress

Of the Sealy Posturepedic Plus mattresses, we suggest the Barrett Court III series – including the euro pillow top, the plush, and the firm. These mattresses are more affordable than most. They can be purchased with box springs, bed frames, and in a variety of sizes. The top of each mattress is crafted from FlameGuard Fiber and Ultra Soft Foam. The coil system is relatively strong – known as the SealyEmbrace Plus Coil System. Not only does the system provide support, but it reduces motion transfer with individually wrapped coils. You’ll find these mattresses provide a great contouring experience with versatile comfort.

(2) Sealy Posturepedic

Sealy posturepedic cooper mountain III firm mattress

Another impressive Sealy Posturepedic mattress series is the Cooper Mountain III in euro pillow top, plush, and firm. These mattresses are even more affordable than the last. They also come with FlameGuard Fiber and Ultra Soft Foam on top – in addition to using a similar Sealy Embrace Coil System. This system reduces motion transfer and features individually wrapped coils. Once again, for a mattress that will contour to the curves of your body and improve your overall sleep cycle, these pieces are wonderful options. As a back sleeper, these features are incredibly important – and should be included in every mattress considered.

(3) Simmons Beautyrest

Simmons beautyrest recharge adda II plush mattress.

One of our favorite suggestions for back sleepers is the Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Adda II Plush Mattress. This gorgeous piece offers a 4.5 Comfort Scale rating – making it a firmer option for those who crave lower back support. It also boasts GelTouch Foam and a pocketed coil system that will provide a conforming level of comfort.

These are just a handful of the many mattresses that back sleepers enjoy on a regular basis. For more information, visit us at US-Mattress. We’ll be able to answer your questions and give you information about modern mattress technology – helping you make the best decision for your home furniture collection.


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