I’m only in my thirties but I already have horrendous back pain. I work in construction so I’m constantly bending over and lifting heavy supplies. Over the past few years, it’s gotten progressively worse.
I tried to mitigate the issue with yoga (corpse pose is my favorite), acupuncture (helped the first time…not so much after that though), and even cortisone shots in the back (not fun and very temporary)!
I recently talked to a friend who’s a chiropractor and he suggested I get a medium-firm mattress around 6-7 on the firmness scale. I had a pretty hard Serta innerspring mattress at the time. I had bought it only 6 years ago when my back just started to ache and the salesman at the mattress store told me it was the best firm mattress.
My wife hardly slept the first week…and my back hurt even worse! We ended up getting a mattress topper to soften it up.
Turns out because I sleep on my side most of the time a firm mattress was actually hurting my back!
What is the best mattress for back pain?
So I did some digging on the best mattress for back pain and side sleepers and sent over a few top rated mattresses to my chiropractor friend. I really wanted to avoid another salesmen (I hate being pressured to buy) so all of the choices were beds in a box that could be shipped directly to my house.
He said based on what he knew about my sleeping habits the best mattress for my back pain would most likely be Crave’s Luxury Firm mattress.
I was pretty happy that the price was also the cheapest ($780 for Queen – I used the code SaveWithCrave50 to get $50 off) compared to Casper ($850) and Helix ($900).
I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first considering Crave’s luxury firm mattress is brand new and didn’t have any reviews on it yet. However, they do have a 100 night trial and if we didn’t like it they would come pick it up and give us a full refund.
We ordered the queen size mattress and foundation. The foundation was only $300 and my wife is a fan of anything grey so we decided to get that as well. It arrived within 3 business days.
Now, you might have noticed I don’t typically do reviews on my blog. I personally think paid reviews are kinda spammy. And to be honest, I wasn’t even planning on doing a review for this mattress…until I slept on it.
You guys have to try this mattress!
I’m absolutely shocked at how much better my back feels in just one month of sleeping on this mattress!
My wife also loves it! She said it reminds her of the bed we slept on for our honeymoon at the Sheraton Hotel.
One thing I wasn’t expecting is how much cooler it is to sleep on. It does have a layer of latex foam on top of memory foam. The foundation was also very easy to set up. It didn’t take more than 5 minutes for us to put up the foundation and open the mattress which inflates itself within seconds (really quite fascinating!).
I know I’m not the only one out there who has back pain so I really wanted to share my experience with you guys. Of course, everyone sleeps different. Don’t listen to any propaganda that claims they are the perfect mattress for everyone! The best bed for you might be a firmer mattress if you sleep on your back or stomach.
And if you do buy a bed-in-a-box and don’t like it, have them take it back! The trial is there for a reason you shouldn’t feel pressured to keep a mattress if you don’t sleep like a baby after 100 days have passed!