What makes an orthopaedic mattress?

If you suffer each morning with back pain, it could be time for a new mattress. But which mattress is best for your aching joints? The term ‘orthopaedic mattress’ is widely used across the bed and mattress industry (we use it ourselves!), but perhaps you aren’t aware that this covers many mattress types? Which mattress is best for you is a personal decision based on your sleeping habits, body type and where your pain is usually focused. 

A mattress that has your back

In past decades, a firm mattress was traditionally seen as a better option for those with aching backs – but a mattress that’s so hard it’s uncomfortable will hardly have you jumping for joy in the mornings. More recently, doctors recommend a high-quality mattress that sits somewhere in the middle on the firmness scale – high density so that it supports your limbs, but with an element of softness for comfort. 

Our Orthopocket mattresses are a good example; they’re pocket-sprung hybrids with a layer of reflex foam, for a level of sinkability alongside reliable support. But a mattress good for your back could be fully pocket-sprung, entirely memory foam, or a hybrid; the main factor is that it should comfortably support your joints and align your spine as you rest. This is why our orthopaedic mattresses span our entire range. 

Help your mattress to help you 

Once you’ve invested in a strong and supportive orthopaedic mattress, you can amplify its power by setting up your bed with your sleep posture in mind. Make sure the height of your pillows keeps your head and neck in line with your spine, and perhaps use under-knee cushions to keep your whole body straight. 

Test it out 

Back pain is a real hindrance, and your bed should be helping, not hurting. If after 30 days you aren’t sleeping soundly, we have a 40 Night Comfort Guarantee on our mattresses, so you can exchange one for another.

Ready for a comfier sleep? Take a look at our orthopaedic mattresses today. One more thing – we know beds, but your doctor knows you! Remember to seek medical advice should you need specialist help with your back pain.

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