Best Mattress for Back Pain (2020) – Do You Wake Up With A Sore Lower Back?

Best Mattress for Back Pain (2020) – Do You Wake Up With A Sore Lower Back?

[background music] Logan Block: What’s up, everybody. One of the main reasons that people are looking
to buy a new mattress is that they’re waking up with aches and pain in their lower back. Today, I’m going to talk about the top 10
mattresses for back pain in 2020. I’m going to give you some information on
the materials used and who I think each of these beds should fit best with. If you’re interested in the full reviews,
up-to-date pricing information and coupons, you can head over to You’ll be able to find the full reviews in
the navbar at the top of the screen where all that information will be held. For right now, let’s jump into the list and
talk about the top 10 mattresses for back pain. First up on the list is the Layla mattress. My choice is the best mattress for couples. Now if you share your bed with a partner,
you know that you have to take more than just your preferences into account when searching
for a new mattress. One of the biggest complaints we hear from
those that are sharing their bed is that their partner rolls around so much during the middle
of the night that it wakes them up on their side of the mattress. Memory foam is a great material for isolating
motion transfer. While the Layla is technically a flippable
mattress, both sides of it use high quality copper-infused memory foam for comfort. I mentioned the Layla is a flippable mattress,
meaning one side facing up is going to give you a firmer feel while the other side is
going to be softer comfort. I found that the firmer side had a medium
firmness to it, like a six-and-a-half out of ten. I really like it for the back sleepers out
there. The softer side, about a five, five-and-a-half
out of ten. Really great for the side sleepers. You’re going to sink in. Not going to have any pressure on the shoulder,
great for side sleeping spine alignment. While memory foam is great for pressure relief,
body contouring, side sleeping spinal alignment, many people can complain that it does trap
a bit of body heat causing you to overheat during a middle of the night. That’s where that copper infusion I mentioned
before comes in. It does a really nice job drawing heat away
from the sleeper, helping you sleep a bit cooler. If you’re a memory foam lover, that’s trying
to avoid back pain, and you also share your mattress, I think the Layla is a great choice. [background music] Logan: Next step is the Bear Mattress, my
choice as the best foam mattress for back pain. If you’re looking at bed-in-a-box mattresses
online, you’ll definitely notice that most of the offerings are of the all-foam variety. Some people out there might be a little bit
hesitant to try an all-foam mattress when trying to avoid back pain. The Bear has that nice firm support that I
really like to keep sleepers’ hips from sinking in a mattress, to promote healthy spinal alignment. It pairs that firmness with a nice memory
foam comfort layer. It has a really nice mix of support and pressure
relief. The Bear also uses a sealant cover which is
a pretty interesting material that there’s some evidence to suggest can help with athletic
recovery. Have you heard the memory foam portion before,
and you got a little bit worried about overheating in the middle of the night? I should note that Bear uses a graphite infusion
in their memory foam to help you sleep a little bit cooler. I normally recommend the Bear’s firmness to
the back sleepers out there for the proper support. If you’re a side sleeper looking at all-foam
mattresses, they also make the Bear Pro, which is a bit softer. You’ll have a little bit more space to sink
into the mattress. Overall, if you’re someone who’s looking at
all-foam mattresses to avoid back pain, Bear has you covered. The Nolah Signature is my choice as the best
mattress for hip pain. If you’re a strict side sleeper, something
you’ve probably noticed is that specific pressure points can form when you’re lying on a mattress
that’s a bit too firm because all of your weight is centered over a small surface area
when you’re in that position. Hip pain can be one of the most common complaints
we hear from side sleepers out there. To combat that, I suggest sleeping on a really
plush mattress like the Nolah Signature. It’s an all-foam bed that has a really soft
feel allowing you to sink deep into the mattress for great pressure relief. The Nolah Signature is technically a flippable
mattress, but I recommend those that are suffering from hip pain sleep on the softer side of
it. Regardless of which side of the Signature
you choose to sleep on, though, they use their proprietary memory foam substitute called
Air Foam. It allows people to sink into the mattress
for great pressure relief and body contouring like memory foam, but it’s a bit more open
cell so it’s going to sleep a bit cooler than traditional memory foam. If you are someone who’s suffering from back
and hip pain, I really recommend the Nolah Signature. [background music] Logan: The WinkBed is the best hybrid mattress
or back pain. If you’re someone who’s been searching for
a new mattress online, but are a little afraid that all-foam beds won’t give you the support
and bounce you need, you should direct your search towards hybrids, using a combination
of foam and coil layers they can provide more of a traditional mattress feel out of a box. The WinkBed is a perfect example of this using
a pillow top structure with hyper-soft foams on top for comfort, all over a coil on coil
structure for a bit more bounce and support. The WinkBed comes in three different firmest
levels as well, as a plus version, which is designed to provide more support to the heavier
folks out there. Regardless of the support level that you go
with, The WinkBed uses a zone support system. Basically, you’re going to be able to sink
further in at the shoulders. Also going to provide more support at the
hips. It’s a really great feature for the side sleeping
spinal alignment. It’s going to help a lot with back pain if
you are a side sleeper. Another nice feature is that the WinkBed has
a tensile cover and uses gel infusions in the foam to help it sleep a bit cooler. If you’re searching for a new mattress online,
but don’t want an all-foam bed, then a hybrid like the WinkBed could be for you. [background music] Logan: Casper is my choice as the best mattress
for shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can often go hand in hand with
back pain. If you’re sleeping on a mattress that’s a
bit too firm, it can cause pressure build up and a jammed-up feeling at the shoulders,
which will lead to your back being out of alignment. One way to ease shoulder pain is by sleeping
on a really soft mattress. That can often mean your hips aren’t well-supported
enough to avoid back pain in general. The Casper uses a zone support system which
means softer at the shoulders, firmer at the hips to avoid the buildup of pressure at the
shoulders as well as promote natural spinal alignment. Along with the zone support system, the Casper
has a medium firm feel to it, which is great for the back and side combo sleepers out there. While there is a bit of memory foam in the
Casper for some nice pressure relief, it’s actually placed below an open-celled layer
of foam so it’s going to defend against the heat trap and the stuck feeling that some
people complain about with memory foam. I should note that the all-foam version of
the Casper is definitely our most popular mattress. It also comes in a hybrid build as well so
it’s supported by pocketed coils as opposed to the high density polyfoam, which gives
the bed a little bit more bounce. Regardless of which version of the Casper
you go with, if you’re someone who’s suffering from back and shoulder pain, Casper is a great
choice. [background music] Logan: Helix is the best mattress for lower
back pain. While not all back pain is the same, lower
back pain is probably the most common. We hear from a lot of people that they can’t
stand up straight in the morning because of their old and sagging mattress. The best way to combat that is by finding
the right feel for your specific sleep style. That’s where Helix steps in. They had a wide range of hybrid beds made
in different materials and support levels. Regardless of which position you sleep in,
you’ll be able to find the right feel to ensure comfort. The Helix line includes the softer feeling,
sunset and moonlight mattresses for the side sleepers out there. The medium-firm, midnight and dusk mattresses,
which are great for the combo sleepers out there. Finally, the firm twilight and dawn mattresses,
which are really nice for the back and stomach sleepers. They also make the Helix Plus mattress, which
has added support for the heavier folks out there. If you’re interested in more of a sturdier
build, all their standard models come in a Helix Luxe version, which has the added bonus
of a zone support system so regardless of which sleeping position you choose, you’ll
be able to find something in the Helix line. [background music] Logan: The Birch is the best organic mattress
for back pain. If you’re on the hunt for a new mattress,
but don’t like the idea of sleeping on polyurethane foams then you are in luck. There are a number of great options that use
natural materials for support and comfort. The Birch is a hybrid mattress that uses a
mixture of talalay latex and pocketed coils for some really great bounce and mobility. Along with the hybrid construction, it also
uses wool for comfort and cotton to really round out the organic credentials. Along with great bounce and mobility, the
standard version of the Birch has the strong support and firm feel that I really like for
the back and stomach sleepers out there. If you’ve been suffering from back pain because
of a sagging mattress, this could be a definite upgrade. I should note that Birch does offer a latex
mattress topper. If you’re someone who’s a side sleeper that
needs some softer pressure relief, but you don’t want to sacrifice natural materials,
Birch has you covered there. If you’re someone who’s been suffering from
back pain, but wants more of a natural mattress, the Birch is the one for you. [background music] Logan: The Brooklyn bedding Aurora mattress
is the best cooling mattress for back pain. Now we’ve covered different types of pain
and mattress constructions, but what if you’re most concerned about sleeping cool through
the night? If you’re someone who tends to overheat in
bed, the materials in your mattress could be part of the problem. The Brooklyn Aurora is a hybrid mattress that
was specifically designed to sleep cool, using things like a phase change material cover,
which is cool to the touch and Brooklyn beddings proprietary tight and flex foam, which provides
great pressure relief without trapping body heat. Along with the great cooling properties, the
Brooklyn Aurora has the softer feel that I like for side sleepers. The combination of these softer foams and
pocketed coils is really great for side sleeping spinal alignment. Along with that, the Brooklyn Aurora has really
great edge support, as well as impressive motion isolation without sacrificing mobility. I really like it for the couples. If you’re a side sleeper that’s trying to
sleep cool through the night, check out the Brooklyn Aurora. [background music] Logan: The Saatva is the best innerspring
mattress for back pain. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I think
it’s important to reiterate that the most important thing when trying to avoid back
pain is proper spinal alignment. While there are many great bed-in-a-box options
out there, some people just prefer the classic feel of a traditional innerspring mattress. The Saatva is a classic example of this. It does not come out of a box and uses a coil
on coil structure for impressive bounce and support. I found that the Saatva did a great job of
keeping my spine in good alignment as well as keeping me on top of the mattress, so I
never felt stuck in its layers. The Saatva comes in three different firmest
levels so the soft, which is great for side sleepers. The luxury firm or medium version that I like
for the combo sleepers out there and a firm Saatva is really nice for the back and stomach
sleepers. They also make these Saatva HD, which is specifically
designed for heavier folks. If you want some serious support and durability,
that’s a great option. All in all, if you’re shopping online and
want to avoid bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Saatva is the way to go. It’s a great choice for those that want an
innerspring mattress to defend against back pain. [background music] Logan: Last but not least is the Nectar mattress. My choice as the best memory foam mattress
for back pain. Memory foam has been around for decades. It’s one of the most common materials found
in bedding today. The reason for that is that it is great in
allowing sleepers to sink deep into bed for really nice pressure relief. The Nectar is an all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress
that uses five inches of memory foam for comfort, really allowing sleepers to sink in providing
that classic memory foam body contouring feel. The memory foam build is great for side sleepers
who, as I’ve mentioned, need to be conscious of pressure points at the shoulders and the
hips. I found that the Nectar was great for side
sleeping spinal alignment, which is really important when trying to avoid back pain. Along with all of that, the memory foam is
great at isolating motion transfer. If you’re in the market for a memory foam
mattress, check out the Nectar. [background music] Logan: Along with my top picks for best mattresses
for back pain, I also wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions when it comes to
shopping for a new mattress. The first one is, are memory foam mattresses
good for back pain? That depends on a few things. Chief among them is sleep position. If you are a side sleeper, a mattress with
a thick layer of memory foam can really allow you to sink you in the mattress and help facilitate
natural spinal alignment, which is the most important thing when it comes to avoiding
back pain. Next up is a firm mattress better for a bad
back? The answer is that it can be but it’s not
necessarily true that a firm mattress is better for everyone with a bad back. In general, I recommend that most people go
with a medium firm feel so you get a nice mix of support and comfort. Finally, and maybe most importantly, how do
I know if my mattress is causing my bad back? The first clue is going to be when your back
pain is occurring. If you wake up, and can’t stand up straight,
but you can stretch out, and then feel pain free throughout the rest of the day, it’s
time for a new mattress. That’s it for my top 10 mattresses for back
pain of 2020. If there’s anything, I didn’t cover, just
leave a comment below. Again, those were some really quick hits on
all of these beds. If you’re interested in reading the full reviews,
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98 comments on “Best Mattress for Back Pain (2020) – Do You Wake Up With A Sore Lower Back?

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  2. Juicy7Juice Post author

    Hmm.. The Casper seems perfect! I'm exactly a back and side sleeper so I need something for both. I like the pocket coils as well. I saw this video and was so happy, I totally need something for my hip and shoulder pain. Thanks for doing these.

  3. Alchemist Post author

    I tried the layla mattress and I do not recommend it. It holds a lot of body heat and lacks proper support for your back. The mattress feels cheap as well.

  4. Barbara Pacific Post author

    After reading this review I would go with the Layla because it is flippable and great for side sleepers

  5. Donna Yost Post author

    I really like the helix bed. I do have hip pain and severe lower back pain. I do think this would work for hubby too because he is a side/stomach sleeper

  6. Nicole Bryant/cannon Post author

    I have been having lower back pain i never thought could be because of my mattress after seeing review of layla i think the mattress i currently have could be the root of my back pain thanks for the review of these mattresses

  7. biggestbrowneyes Post author

    I like the WinkBed Mattress with the 3 levels of firmness and sleeps cooler ….you can get a mattress just right for yourself

  8. Pamela Meredith Post author

    Winkbed seems wonderful for this side sleeper with shoulder and hip support and comfort needs.

  9. Derek Fornof Post author

    I like the choice of 3 different firmness levels and the coolness for the Winkbed. The mix of pressure relief and support at the same time is pretty nice as well.

  10. Stephanie Wolk Post author

    I am beginning to have a lot of trouble with hip pain and I am mostly a side sleeper so I think the flippable Nolah Signature would be best for me. You get great pressure relief from the foam and good motion transfer for the hubby and I. Sounds like my kind of bed!

  11. Lisa Hayes Post author

    The winkbed seems to have many variables, as in firmness options, helix options,good to know regarding low back pain, love the natural options as well,such great reviews ty

  12. Deanna marissa Post author

    Sounds like layla mattress can help me to relieve my lower back pain. i love copper infused memory form so we can sleep cool. Thanks for the detailed review.

  13. bobbi cobalt Post author

    I like the Layla flippable mattress for good motion control and soft side up for 5.5/10 firmness. Plus, the copper-infused foam is neat.

  14. Seth Karim Post author

    Thank you for this. I suffer from lower back pains most nights and i was always looking for a bed that helps with back pain. Hopefully my new Brooklyn Signature will help with that. I really like the Layla, Nectar, Aurora, Winkbed and Nolah. Really a great list of mattresses

  15. Nidhi Chauhan Post author

    I like bear mattress because of its firmer feel as I am combo sleeper. I am having lower back pain so all form mattress is great for me. Thanks for the awesome review.

  16. Robin Weidner Post author

    I really like the Nolah signature NECTAR, Casper THE HELIX SUNSET LUXE SAATVA and the WINKBED They seem to all be great choices for me as a side sleeper and I really prefer the way they are constructed. I think you cant go wrong with any of them.

  17. rm Post author

    Nice review for all of us with back pain. The Saatva looks the best for me, as the coil on coil structure with the hybrid toppers look great.

  18. Jessica Swearingen Post author

    Too many wonderful options to choose just 1. They are all great! I'm a side sleeper and get hip pain. My boyfriend gets back pain from work and sleeping. I like some have material that will make u cooler to.

  19. Chelsea Dyer Post author

    They all look good but I'd really like to try the Casper to see if it helps my shoulder pain.

  20. Ashton Speakthunder Post author

    I like the copper infusion on the Layla and it seems like a great choice for couples. I also like the WinkBed as the hybrid pick since I've never had an all foam mattress. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Coleen Osmond Post author

    This is a great list of mattresses i was surprised to see some of the softer beds on this review because i always thought back pain sufferers needed a firmer bed. Im still crazy interested in the Nolah and maybe the softer versions of the helix. This was a great line up with lots of great info.

  22. Colleen Young Post author

    I like the Helix soft sleep mattress for side sleepers. Sunset or Moonlight. I have terrible lower back pain and have had several surgeries.

  23. Sach S Post author

    I don't have back pain but shoulder pain sometimes, thus, Casper may be the one for me. But flippaple, copper fused Layla sounds great too.

  24. Ben Kakimoto Post author

    From watching your reviews I think I’m leaning towards the Brooklyn as an all around perfect choice. Though given that I do sometimes wake with lower back pain, it seems the Helix could be a good option as well.

  25. Jennifer Serkey Post author

    I like the format of this review, with the Q&A at the end. I would be happy with any of these mattresses, but I think Nolah would suit me best because I'm lightweight and often have hip pain due to slight scoliosis.

  26. Robert Simpson Post author

    I won a Layla dog bed this Christmas and can't wait to lay on it and see how it feels! Ahhh…. I mean, give it to my dogs…. LOL! The Brooklyn Aurora also would be one I would try!

  27. Maria Johnson Post author

    The Layla for the option of flipping for softness or firmness I also like the Brooklyn Aurora for side sleeper and hot sleeper like myself and hubby.

  28. Tracy H Post author

    The bear sounds great. To help with back pain and the celliant sounds interesting love the cooling as well

  29. Julie Nusbaum Post author

    I would like to try the Casper. I often have shoulder pain, so it sounds like a good one to try.

  30. Eva Mack Post author

    Like that it has both soft and firm options… pain comes and goes but the right sleep is needed… helpful..WinkBed may be it

  31. Rits Sullivan Post author

    I think the Kayla would be perfect for my back pain. I like the fact that it's flippable and that it is copper infused to draw heat away from the body.

  32. Nat Filby Post author

    This was a great video, breaking it all down. I think Helux would be the best choice for me. Lower pain back has been an issue for me lately

  33. Tina Narushof Post author

    Wow what a great mattress one I need in my life I can hardly walk most days from the pain and cancer this mattress seems right for me

  34. Denise E Curtain Post author

    note to self: Helix, Casper, Birch mattress – each one gets better than previous … Nector

  35. sugarmaggs03 Post author

    I’m thinking I’d like a hybrid, I’m not sure about going full foam after only sleeping on traditional innerspring. I have lower back pain/hip pain while sleeping and shoulder pain as well. Thanks!

  36. rust hawk Post author

    Layla – beautiful and looks effective at helping my back problems. I really like that flippable feature.

  37. Brandon Bynum Post author

    I have shoulder pain now and then so the Casper would e great!..Thanks! I like that it has zoned support also. I'm going to read up on Casper's hybrid mattress to see if it would work for my off and on shoulder pain.

  38. Tmslogig Post author

    I wish I could complain about a partner rolling around waking me up. Some people don’t realize just how blessed they are. The Layla is my choice for my side sleeper. With two choices you can’t go wrong.

  39. Ronni Pichardo Post author

    The Casper with the Medium firmness with the Spine alignment would help Soo much. I do wish it also had the Cooling effect as Las Vegas gets so Hott so with that it's a toss up. So many good options. Thanks Sleepopolis!

  40. Ghetto Mastah Post author

    I call my bed the "back breaker" ! That bitch mattress with the latex cover looks so great considering I'm a back sleeper and my girlfriend is a side.

  41. Ashley Mead Post author

    The Helix, Brooklyn Aurora (for the cooling and for side sleeping and back pain) are 2 choices that I feel would be best for me…the Layla sounds great for 2 people but I sleep hot and may prefer the Aurora more.

  42. Jennifer Phillips Post author

    OMG yes! The Wink sounds so fabulous since it is a hybrid and has a mixture of support and pressure relief, we both have back problems, but I also have neck, knee and hip problems after being hit by a truck while out walking. A bed that could give me some relief would be AMAZING!

  43. MICHAEL CHEVILLOT Post author

    The Winkbed sounds great, but I think the Casper is my number one choice with all of the zoned support system. Thanks again for all the great reviews.Plus Helix gets a shout out!!!

  44. Andy Byrd Post author

    The all sound really great, it makes it hard to choose. Definitely one of the cooling ones geared towards side sleepers would be best for me

  45. Psalm 91 Post author

    The Helix mattress sounds terrific for my husband who has lower back pain and I would love the Bear Pro since I am a side sleeper and I like to keep cool when I sleep.

  46. JAY LEE Post author

    You nailed it with the birch. I am put off by the idea of poly foam. Pocketed coils & natural latex is the way to go!

  47. Connie Post author

    Oh if only I could wake up in the morning being able to stand up straight! I think one of the Birch would be our best choice of these as I'm not quite brave enough to let go of my coils yet & I've been interested in latex ones as well.

  48. Rhonda Stefani Post author

    While I really do like the WinkBed as its closest to a traditional mattress & also sounds great for back pain & side sleeping, I think my favorite is the Helix Midnight or Moonlight options. Really love everything about those, sound like the best option for me with the bad shoulder & back issues. Currently miserable on mine & desperately need to find a better choice.

  49. Packey 74 Post author

    Great reviews but you really need to start doing some duration reviews, like after a year of use, to see which ones actually hold up! My last couple buys were dynamite for 6 months before the foam started to blow out.

  50. Hideki Brian Gomi Post author

    I trust your words more than anyone on YouTube. May I request a review of Puffy please (because that’s been the ad prior to your content!)

  51. chilltownguy Post author

    this is a good video. i have been looking for a new mattress since my old mattress is giving me back pain.

  52. Brian Lepak Post author

    I love memory foam but hate my bed getting too hot so the copper infused memory foam in the Layla might be for me.

  53. jaguarlady1 Post author

    All of these would be perfect for me and help relieve my back pain, but since lately my pain has been really bad in my hips I think the nolah would be great. Still love the flippable Layla though, just think it's amazing that you can flip and each side has different benefits. Thank you for this in depth mattress reviews!

  54. Misty Fowler Post author

    This really interests me because I fell on my sidewalk in November and have had back pain ever since. Currently, I sleep on a >25 year old mattress with a memory foam topper and under the knee pillow.

    From this video, I am most interested in the Bear and the Birch. The Bear because it also has the added value of celliant which aids recovery from exercise. I am interested in the Birch because it has latex foam option

  55. Ashlee Sweeney Post author

    I think the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora sounds like a great fit, the cooling plus the relief on pressure points since I have bad shoulders from prior injuries.

  56. Stanley Zhou Post author

    Thoughts on Bear Hybrid vs. Brooklyn Bedding Aurora? I'm still on the fence. Both seem great, just don't know which one would be more comfortable.

  57. Jeanne Butts Post author

    Please pick me!!! I know a new mattress would be a godsend for my hubby and I!!! He is a nurse and has a lot of back pain, upon waking these days. On his feet for 12 hours a day and lifting patients is starting to take a toll. Unfortunately, a new bed isn’t in our budget right now!!! Layla, nectar or tuft and needle, even awara!!!! Y


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