Which bed is best for back pain?

First, understand that good posture is vital (even while you’re sleeping).

We grew up being told to stand up and sit up straight. And for good reason, it ensures that the hips are centered beneath the shoulders and that the spine is properly aligned between the two. This reduces stress and strain on the skeletal structure, and minimizes pain in the lower back.

It turns out our sleep posture is just as important. Considering that we spend one-third of our lives in bed, it’s vital that we properly support our backs—both day and night. If you don’t properly support your back while you sleep, you’ll likely wake with aches and pains and stiffness. You may even develop long-term issues, which can trigger a cascade of other problems. The health of your back is just too important to risk.

Firm support is good for your back.

The single most important function of any mattress is to support your back by preventing the heaviest part of your body (your lower torso) from sinking too deeply into the bed. That results in misalignment of your spine, a leading cause of lower back pain. A firm mattress holds you in the proper sleep posture and, therefore, is best for back pain.

Unfortunately, most mattresses sold today fail to provide adequate support. This is due to the type of inner core that they use (the part of the mattress that actually provides the support). Mattress manufacturers have experimented with a variety of core systems and materials to create support (from innersprings to foam to water and air bladders), all with varying degrees of success.

But firm support usually comes at the expense of comfort.

A mattress with a firm core keeps your spinal column aligned by pushing against your hips, which is good in orthopedic terms, but not very comfortable. The added support creates pressure points around your body, particularly in the lower back. More support equals greater pressure, which our bodies interpret as pain and discomfort. So mattress makers face the contradictory challenge of providing firmness for proper back support, but also softness for pressure relief and comfort. Achieving both isn’t easy.

Only intelliBED® mattresses with Intelli-Gel® inside are both supportive and comfortable (firm and soft) at the same time.

intelliBED proves that support and comfort can happily coexist—in one mattress. intelliBED’s top quality innerspring has interlaced support coils that work in unison to correctly align the musculoskeletal system (and provide better support than any other mattress brand). Softening all that support is the patented Intelli-Gel cushioning layer. Originally made for critical-care hospital use, Intelli-Gel is the ultimate material ever created for gently comforting the human body. Together these two best-of-class sleep technologies provide the firm support that doctors recommend for a healthy spine, and comforting pressure relief for the best night’s sleep possible.

(NOTES: The following/indented section should be associated with the Support Index graphic. It could be a sidebar or otherwise set off from the above copy. Additionally, the graphic should be more visually prominent on the webpage than it is now. And, I think we should add “Mattress” to the Index’s title.)

The Mattress Support Index

The Mattress Support Index ranks the relative ability of different mattress core systems to properly support the human body, specifically the spine. Less support usually results in more back pain and problems.

Note: Air-mattress beds (like Sleep Number®) aren’t included in the Index because their support is adjustable. These beds provide good support only at their highest setting. At low settings, they “taco,” causing you to sink into the middle of the bed. Air-mattresses, therefore, aren’t the best for back pain.

The mattress you sleep on makes all the difference.

Learn more about mattress support.

For more information on back support in mattresses, please watch the two videos below.




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