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Comfier Sleep by Alex Irving 4 minutes

Want the best mattress for bad backs? Australia, we hear you.

Want the best mattress for bad backs, Australia? We’ve got you covered

Ever woken up with a random pain in your back without having any idea of what caused it? Welcome to adulthood. Bad backs seem to be part and parcel of growing up, but with a supportive mattress, they don’t have to be.

We’ve created this guide to highlight a mattress’s musts so that you can choose the best one for your back. Plus, we call in the professionals and speak to Justin Lin, physiotherapist and co-founder of the Brisbane Spine Clinic, about what our bodies need from a mattress to be supported.

On the hunt for the best mattress for bad backs? Australia, this guide has you sorted.

Which mattress is good for back pain?

FYI, if you’re searching for the best mattress for bad backs in Australia, you’ve got company. It turns out that our country is home to a lottt of back pain, and the ABS even estimates that 70–90% of people will experience lower back pain in their lives. Yay us.

For all us unsuspecting sleepers, our mattresses could potentially be pushing us towards this trend. So much so that experts are always keen to know what we sleep on when we go in seeking advice on back problems.

“We spend a third of our lives sleeping,” says Justin. “Figuring out what mattresses people sleep on is crucial when treating them, like knowing what sports they play, their postures and work habits.”

Sleeping on an old spring mattress? Bed feeling too soft, rigid or saggy? Waking up with a bafflingly sore back? These are all signs that you need to level up your mattress game and, like Goldilocks, it’s something you wanna get just right. (Good call, Goldi.)

What mattress is best for your back?

Even without the pain, your back will still thank you if you sleep on a nice, well-designed mattress. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the features Justin recommends when tracking down a sturdy, back-friendly bed.

🛌 Comfort. Well, obviously, we hear you say to this one. But your quality of sleep can affect just about every part of your life, which is why comfort is a significant factor in choosing the right bed. “A mattress should be comfortable enough to want to fall asleep in and to get you a good night’s sleep,” says Justin. Roger that.

🛌 Firmness. Is a firmer mattress better for your back? Well, only sometimes. “The rule of thumb is to start with medium firmness,” says Justin. “It shouldn’t be extremely firm, but you also don’t want a mattress that’s too soft and offers no support.”

🛌 Breathability. We humans can sweat a lot, even when we sleep, so make sure your bed is up to the task. “A mattress should be breathable to help you keep nice and dry throughout the night,” says Justin. 

🛌 Zoned support. “Our bodies have zones where they distribute weight differently,” Justin explains. “Some are around our heads, and others are significant points like our backs, shoulders, hips, pelvises and knees.” Want a mattress that supports each zone independently? We happen to know a few.

A Koala mattress on a Koala bed frame piled with cushions and comfy bedding
A good mattress should offer zoned support, the right amount of firmness and breathability

Koala to the rescue

On a hunt for the best mattress for bad backs? Australia, you’ve come to the right place. Koala’s mattress range features three equally impressive beds that tick all the boxes for good spinal health and total comfort.

Even our most affordable offering — The Koala Mattress — can do it all. With three-zone support, responsive Kloudcell® Foam Technology and a Flippable Comfort Layer, you get a bed that works for your body.

What’s the go with buying a mattress online?

We get it. Making big purchases online is scary. And if you’re shopping for the best mattress for lower back pain sufferers in Australia, you wanna get it right.

At Koala, we ensure our customers feel as comfy as our beds throughout the shopping experience. All our mattresses come with a 10-year warranty and arrive at your door with fast, free and flexible delivery.

We also understand that shopping for a mattress in the store can be misleading. You only get a few minutes to see how your new bed feels. Plus, the sales guy hovering around ruins the fun of jumping on all the beds.

Enter Koala’s 120-night trial. We let you try your mattress at home to see what it’s really like to sleep on. “After three or four months, 99.9% of us will know whether a mattress will be good for us,” says Justin. And if you still don’t like it after that time? Send it back. We’ll refund the full product price with absolutely no dramas.

Still not sure what your back needs at bedtime? Try this nifty quiz.

Beds for every back

Not to brag, but we make some of the best mattresses for bad backs in Australia. So treat your spine to something special, and check out Koala’s mattress range today.

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