3 Things to Look for in an Innerspring Mattress if You're a Back Sleeper

/ July 4, 2019

Sometimes it pays to be unpopular: According to the National Sleep Foundation, while only 8% of people sleep on their backs, this is actually the healthiest sleep position. That's because back sleeping keeps your head, neck, and spine in a neutral position, taking pressure off those areas and making it a whole lot less likely you'll wake up with aches and pains. That said, snoozing on the wrong mattress as a back sleeper will leave you sore.

If you're a back sleeper and like the feel of a classic innerspring mattress, there are few things to keep in mind to ensure you will be adequately supported while you sleep and remain comfortable all night long. Here's what to look for in an innerspring mattress if you're a back sleeper.

How to find the best innerspring mattress for back sleepers

In general, the best mattress for back sleepers will provide a balance of comfort and support. Back sleepers do well on just about any sleep surface—innerspring, memory foam, or latex—but innerspring mattresses are a favorite of many because they're responsive and sleep cool.

If you're a back sleeper shopping for an innerspring mattress, look for the following features:

  • Individually wrapped coils: A standard feature of high-quality innerspring mattresses, these are coils that are individually encased in fabric so that they can move independently. That gives them the ability to contour to your body better than open coils, which aren't encased. Since pocketed coils aren't attached to each other, they offer great motion isolation—so if you're a back sleeper who happens to also toss and turn, your partner won't be disturbed during the night.
  • Slightly firmer comfort level: As a back sleeper, you need an innerspring mattress that is firm enough to support your lumbar spine. When a mattress is too soft, the weight of your hips will pull you down into the bed. When a mattress is too firm, on the other hand, that will put too much pressure on your shoulders and back, leading to soreness in the morning. A medium-firm innerspring mattress is ideal for back sleepers of average weight. Heavier sleepers should opt for a slightly firmer mattress comfort level. (Here's how to find the best mattress for your body type.)
  • Conforming comfort layer: A hybrid mattress that combines a steel coil support base with a top layer of memory foam is a great pick for back sleepers. Memory foam contours to your body and provides pressure relief for your back and joints, which is especially important if you're prone to back pain.

Saatva's Best Innerspring Mattress for Back Sleepers

Saatva Classic

Our flagship luxury mattress is expertly engineered with coil-on-coil construction for durability, a layer of memory foam for enhanced back support, and a cushiony Euro pillow top for extra comfort.


How to find the best pillow for back sleepers

Don't neglect your pillow. The best pillow for back sleepers is one that molds to the shape of your head and neck. If you suffer from back pain, try sleeping with another pillow under your knees to maintain the curve of your lower back and relieve discomfort.

An Adjustable Base Can Help Relieve Back Pain Too. See What Saatva Offers

Lineal Adjustable Base

With weightless, Zero Gravity support, the Lineal adjustable base allows you to set your ideal position for sleeping—and living—with one touch of the remote.


For more advice on finding the right innerspring bed for you, here's how to choose the best innerspring mattress for your sleep position.

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Christina Heiser

Christina Heiser is the senior content manager at Saatva. She has held previous positions at Everyday Health, Women's Health, and L'Oréal. When she's not working, you can find Christina checking out the latest boutique fitness classes in New York City, cheering on her college basketball team (go Red Storm!), and trying new beauty and wellness trends.

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