If you sleep on your back, we’ve got some good news for you: This is considered one of the healthiest sleep positions. Why? Back sleeping keeps your head, neck, and spine in a neutral position, relieving pressure and making it less likely you’ll wake up with aches and pains in the a.m. Still, finding the right mattress is key, as sleeping on the wrong one as a back sleeper will leave you sore.
If you sleep on your back and like the feel of a body-hugging memory foam mattress, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you’ll be adequately supported and remain comfortable all night long. In fact, the mattress that’s right for you will be different than the one that’s ideal for side or stomach sleepers. Here’s what to look for in a memory foam mattress if you’re a back sleeper.
How to find the best memory foam mattress for back sleepers
Back sleepers do well on just about any sleep surface-innerspring, memory foam, or latex. Memory foam is a good option for back sleepers because it hugs the natural curvature of your spine.
If you’re a back sleeper shopping for a memory foam mattress, look for the following features:
Something else to keep in mind: Memory foam mattresses are best suited to sleepers under 200 pounds, as they may not offer the right support to higher-weight individuals. If you weigh more than 200 pounds, are a back sleeper, and like the feel of memory foam, consider a latex mattress or a hybrid mattress (featuring an innerspring support core and memory foam and/or layer comfort layers) instead. Here’s how to find the best mattress for heavy people.
How to find the best pillow for back sleepers
Matching your pillow to your sleep position is important too. The best pillow for back sleepers is one that molds to the shape of your head and neck. If you have back pain, put another pillow under your knees. This will maintain the curve of your lower back and relieve discomfort.
For more advice on finding the right memory foam bed for you, here’s how to choose the best memory foam mattress for your sleep position.