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  1. Hi,

    I’ve just purchased an Emma mattress but I’m still getting a twinge in my lower back. I’m wondering if the mattress is too firm. If so what would you recommend? One with springs?

    • Hi Diana,

      I’m sorry to hear that, how long have you tried the Emma for? It can take a good few weeks to fully adjust to a new mattress. Also how severe is the twinge? Has it gotten any better with the new mattress of stayed the same?

  2. Hi – I’ve had a Tempur mattress for 3 years now and wake up every morning really stiff and sore. I do stretching exercises every morning and am generally fairly fit. I’ve only just cottoned on that it could be the mattress as I thought it had to bed in and recently I pulled my back and on day 3 didn’t take any tablets done my stretches as normal and my back was ok – obviously stretching out and moving relieved the stiffness of the night before! I thought it was age thing etc and also put it down to the odd injury etc and time rolls on! I paid a lot of money for the Tempur mattress and my partner has a Tempur which is great so I just bought the same one.

    I do have the Tempur on a Slatted bed which rises each end but I make sure I sleep flat. The Slats are very wide but I have now put some plywood underneath to see if that makes a difference.

    So anyway now thinking may need to replace the mattress and I’ve read all the reviews – I’m thinking about spring and memory foam – not too hard – can you recommend something – I’m more of a side sleeper. Many thanks Michele

    • Hi Michele,

      Sorry to hear that, I know waking up with a stiff back is never a nice way to start the day. It could be the mattress although I know people with back problems who say they’re backs are normally stiff in the morning so you may be better with a physiotherapist or a chiropractor since the Tempur should be a good fit for a bad back.

      But, if you’re set on a new mattress and looking for a combo of spring and memory foam than have a look at the Simba Mattress (here’s a link to their website) they have one of the best hybrid mattresses around so I’d start there.

      Hope that helps,

  3. Dear Kieran,
    I have had a sleep problem since I was a teenager and I think it has a psychological root (I am now 78!).
    I have just been to the East Grinstead sleep clinic on the NHS for a night and I will get the results of being wired up etc in August (unless I can get an earlier appointment).
    Basically, I get some arthritic pain in my lower right back and sacro-iliac joint and have had two very successful hip replacements. Obviously, the slight pain which seems to be mainly just at night affects my sleep but I have anyway, for years, woken up many, many times each night which can be so debilitating and depressing. I know i need my sleep so I get it by getting up late often and by having just a short nap in the day. I can, ridiculously, sleep very easily in the day!
    I have been a widow for 10 years now but still sleep in our Ikea super-king size bed but I think I may need a new mattress. I realise it may not solve my sleep problem but I would appreciate any advice you can give about my problem. Thank you.

    • Hello Mrs Dunning, thanks for stopping by.

      I’m so sorry t hear that! But yes very glad you’ve made the choice to go to a sleep clinic, I hope they’re able to help you out with your problem.

      It does sound like you’ll need a new mattress, even the best mattresses last about 10 years and it sounds like yours might be even older than that so an upgrade sounds like a great plan. I would take a look at a memory foam mattress I think, it should support all your aches and pains and let you sleep soundly (here’s my article on the best memory foam mattresses) or you can go straight to my review of the Emma mattress, I’ve been sleeping great on it for a while now and you get a 100 night trial so if it doesn’t help you can return it for a full refund.

      I hope that helps,

  4. Hi Kieran,
    Thanks for your reviews. My husband and I both have bad backs due to our mattress.
    Do you know of any company that is willing to have a trial period if we leave the cover on?

  5. Hi Kieran,

    Thank you for this very useful reviews it is now much easier to choose the right mattress.

    Me and my miss are both around 63-70kg and are sleeping on memory foam mattress that gives us joint, hip, shoulder and back aches as well as overheating. We are looking to change for spring mattress. Not sure what to go for out of the the ones you reviewed. What do you suggest. We have seen one at John Lewis and liked it, but not sure which is better?.

  6. Hi Kieran
    I like your website. I’m looking for new mattres, my old one is not well. I have a back pain and I have to sleep on my side. Unfortunately, after two years of sleeping on my side, I have new pain in the upper back. I think about https://www.argos.co.uk/product/5442759. I like the exchange option within 100 days. Write what you think about this mattress. I weigh 11 stones and my wife has 10 stones. Thanks

  7. Hi! Great article!

    Is there some advice you could give some advice about Made.com mattresses?
    I bought “The One” mattress a year ago thinking I was making a good choice. All was fine until 5 months ago when I started feeling pain down my hip and leg (sciatica) and back pain along all my spine. I’m only 34 years old so this is obviously worrying I also have a normal weight.
    Every morning I’m in pain, something that has never happened before with our old mattress (much cheaper spring mattress form IKEA)

    I always hear memory foam is good for back pain, but now I think I have back pain because of the memory foam.

    I’m a natural front sleeper, of course I’ve changed my sleeping habits and do my best to sleep on the side which has done very little for my back pain.
    My husband has been doing fine. Sleeps like a rock; I’m assuming I’m more sensitive with regards mattresses than him.

    Thanks Kieran
    All the best

    • Hi Ines,

      Hmm that is a strange one, fist advice is always to get yourself along to the doctor and see if it’s a medical issue that is causing your back pain. Because yes memory foam is generally very good for back pain strange you’re not getting any benefits from it! And I haven’t had a chance to look ino the One mattress yet but it’s on my to-do list!

      Best of luck at the doctor.

  8. Hi, can you give me your opinion on the Sealy Posturepedic Pearl Deluxe mattress please….I have neck, shoulder and lower back aches/pains so looking for a new mattress as my Silentnight 3 zone memory foam isn’t helping.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Barbara,

      Yes, I’d give the Sealy Posturepedic Pearly a try, Posturepedic are the gold standard for pain relief mattresses after all!

    • Hi Mike Green, Mattress NExt Day and John Lewis both do excellent mattresses that will be great for your back.

      Happy Sleeping!

  9. Hi! I’ve been suffering with ever lasting shoulder and neck pain, which I think it’s due to my mattress – Auping Maestro firm. Whenever I am travelling and I have to sleep at another bed, I usually wake up fine and tend to have a better night sleep (less toss and turning, less pain on my hips if I’m side ways, etc).
    I wonder if my problems can be solved if I buy a softer mattress; ideally another Auping, so I can keep the same bed and linens.
    I weigh 57kg
    Many thanks.

    • Hi Julia,

      Thanks for commenting, I would say it’s likely that your mattress is too firm but if your pillows are quite old (3 years +) then it could be them as well. Have a look at my guide to pillows for more on them.

      I’m not familiar with Auping mattresses so can’t recommend a specific one there but yes going from a firm to a medium would be a good call, soft might be too far the other way and start causing back pain but you know your body best!

  10. Hi there! I have mild spondylitis in my back. I wake up with back pain and I’m a side sleeper, so not quite sure what matters I should get?

    • Hi Johnathan!

      Thanks for the question. First off I would definitely speak to your doctor, when it’s a diagnosed medical condition I’m not allowed to specifically recommend. But see what your doctor says then come back and take another look 🙂

  11. Hello,
    I’m looking for a new mattress because I have chronic back pain and haven’t changed my mattress in years (I’ve just got an Ikea mattress that my bed came with 😬). I am struggling to know where to start. I have Lower back pain but am very small at about 8 stone and 5ft2. I have been looking at the Eve mattressed as it seemed to be a good mix. But wasn’t sure if a spring mattress with an Eve topper would be better? Or there standard Eve or Hybrid? What would you suggest? Thanks so much! Such a great site with really helpful reviews!

    • Hi!
      Either would be great really, I like a memory foam topper on a spring mattress personally but a memory foam mattress does provide great support. So I’d go for the topper 🙂

  12. Hi, we are looking for a mattress so i can get a good nights sleep. I have chronic lower back pain and hubby is fine with no back pain. We are both side sleepers. I weigh 11 stone and hubby 14 stone. I am constantly moving during the night as i can never get comfortable. Can you recommend a mattress?

  13. Hi, i have allways post a silent night medium to firm mattres no roll together , but long story short i need a new bed as the bed is aboit 15 uears old ( not the mattres ) i have discs problems in my lower back can u advice on what would be the closest to this now ? Cheers

    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for getting in touch! I’m not entirely sure which mattress you’re talking about but it sounds like the Reylon Memory Superior would be a great choice for you!

  14. me and my hubby looking for mattress. we both suffer back pain and lower pain in are joints. hubby sleeps on side. but i sleep on my back,my side,loads different ways. we both heavy people i am 18 stones and hubby 22 stones. so we both good built. what mattress do you think would be good

    • Hi Caroline,

      Thanks for commenting! The John Lewis Ortho Would be a great choice with a firm feel and a 24cm depth. In general, go for a deeper mattress so there’s more room to sink in avoid anything less than 20cm because you’ll likely feel the bed frame underneath.

  15. Having used two fairly budget priced (£180-£200) memory foam mattresses which have each softened and sagged after around six months and caused me nocturnal lower back pain, I am now considering what to buy next. I don’t want to spend £££s on another (better) memory foam mattress only for it to fail/sag/soften after a couple of years. I love the idea of a hybrid as I love sleeping on memory foam but as they are so expensive I would worry the foam would fail and the whole mattress would need replacing. So I am considering a well-priced 3000 pocket spring mattress coupled with an Eve memory mattress topper – then at least if the foam starts to sag I don’t have to replace the mattress, just the topper. In total the two come to about £400. It’s kind of a diy hybrid. What would your thoughts be on doing this – either in general or to help back pain specifically. Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Kate,

      That sounds like a fantastic idea to me, The Eve Mattress topper has a 3-year guarantee for sagging peace of mind (though I’m sure it will last a longer than that before it starts to sag). And the memory foam will give you the extra back support that a pocket sprung mattress might lack.

      My only point to consider is that a 3000 spring count at that price doesn’t quite sound right. It sounds a little too cheap for that sort of spring quality so if you drop down to a 1500-2000 spring count you might find the actual spring quality is better and so they’ll stay strong for longer.

      Great idea though, this way your mattress will last a lot longer and you’ll just have to change the topper when it comes to a new mattress. Thanks for commenting, please let me know if you go for it and how it feels!

      • thanks for your reply. The mattress I’ve now bought is the Happy Beds Signature Crystal 3000. RRP is allegedly £569 (if that’s to be believed) but it’s currently listed as £309. I managed to pick one up new on Amazon for £229. I fell for the large spring count – I should have known better! It’s sold by Amazon directly so if it’s rubbish I can send it back.
        Thanks for your help, great site btw 🙂

        • Well if it’s on sale that’s a different story! And happy beds are generally quite good so it should do you fine! But if it’s not up to scratch you can send it back like you said. You are very welcome, glad you like it 🙂

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