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Fibromyalgia is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes frequent pain throughout the body. Many fibromyalgia sufferers also suffer from insomnia because of this constant pain, tossing and turning to find a comfortable sleeping position. Worse, sleeping in a single position through the entire night often results in waking up to extreme stiffness and more pain. Thankfully, if you suffer from fibromyalgia, there is a way to somewhat relieve this condition. You can choose a mattress that is designed to help these symptoms and allow you to sleep through the night. This article will help you find the best mattress for fibromyalgia.
One of the key features of a mattress designed specifically for fibromyalgia is that it provides far more comfort and support than a typical mattress. These mattresses are designed to be soft on the outside for comfort, and stiff on the inside for support. To find the best mattresses for fibromyalgia, we combed through tens of mattresses, hundreds of customer reviews, and listened to what fibromyalgia sufferers had to say about the mattresses they love. The result is a roundup of the seven best mattresses for fibromyalgia sufferers.
In the table below, you will find our seven picks along with the features that differentiate them. Continue on for individual reviews of each mattress, complete with pros and cons of each. Our buying guide will cover everything you need to know about choosing a mattress for fibromyalgia, and then the article finishes off by highlighting the overall best mattress for fibromyalgia.
"10.5’’ memory foam mattress with 2 firmness levels: medium plush and firm; features copper-infused foam dissipating heat and relieving pressure points; 120-night trial period and lifetime warranty; ranked Best Memory Foam Mattresses 2018 by Forbes Magazine."
The Layla mattress turns the firmness debate on its head by offering a medium firmness memory foam on one side of the mattress and a stiff memory foam on the other side. Simply flipping the mattress over allows you to choose which firmness you prefer. This also works great if you and your partner have different preferences, since two twin Layla mattresses can be pushed together and turned to opposite sides to create a single king-sized bed.
The other secret to the Layla mattress is the copper infused into the memory foam. This allows the foam to dissipate heat quickly without resulting in the same cooling effect feeling that other heat-dissipating foam mattresses have. In addition, the copper adds to the mattress’ resilience and support, making it more comfortable no matter what position you sleep in.
The mattress comes with an extended 120-night trial period, and if you do not like the mattress after that time Layla will help you arrange to have the mattress picked up from your home for free and donated to a local charity instead. Best of all, the mattress comes with a lifetime warranty – so you can be sure that the mattress will last for as long as you want a good night’s sleep.
What stands out?
Flippable for medium and stiff firmness options
Copper-infused foam dissipates heat and adds support
120-night trial period and lifetime warranty
What cons did we manage to find?
Core support foam layer is thinner than on other foam mattresses
Dreamfoam is unique among mattress companies because they go above and beyond to craft a mattress that is customized to your needs. Rather than offering a mattress with a set firmness, Dreamfoam will contact you after your purchase to discuss your sleeping habits and come up with the firmness that is right for you on a 1–10 scale. The firmness is based on the density of the latex top layer of the mattress, which is designed to be removable. Therefore, Dreamfoam will actually send you an alternative firmness level latex layer if the mattress does not fit your needs – either during the trial period or at any point during the lifetime of the mattress.
The mattress overall is 12.5 inches thick with a highly durable 8-inch high-density foam base. However, users found that the mattress developed small valleys where it was slept on most frequently, even within a few months of use. This was especially true for mattresses topped with a less firm latex layer. Underneath the initial latex layer, a reflex foam layer provides excellent back support and relieves pressure points while conforming to your body.
Dreamfoam offers a 100-night trial period and, as discussed above, works closely with you to find the firmness that is right for you during this time. Beyond that, the company also offers a 10-year warranty on their mattress.
What makes it special?
Customized and interchangeable firmness
Thick memory foam base for durability
100-night trial and 10-year warranty
What cons did we find?
Known to develop valleys within several months of use
The Lull mattress is an excellent choice for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia as well as a great all-around mattress. The mattress was rated as both a Best Buy and a Recommended mattress by Consumer Reports, a testament to how much people enjoy this mattress and the quality to price ratio Lull puts out.
The mattress is a 10-inch thick memory foam mattress with two 1.5-inch thick layers in the top portion of the mattress. The first layer is a gel-infused foam, which does wonders for heat dissipation. Although it can feel strangely cooling, this material helps to maintain a neutral temperature during warm nights and works quite well. The second layer is a therapeutic layer, which is where much of the conformity and support comes from.
Although the mattress is rated as medium firmness, users note that the mattress starts out extremely firm and takes months to settle into a more comfortable level of firmness. Adding a mattress topper during this time can help with comfort, and many users use a mattress topper indefinitely on this mattress.
Lull excels in customer service, offering a 100-day trial period on the mattress. If you don’t like it, they’ll actually pick it up for free in addition to giving a full refund, which means there is little risk to trying this mattress out for a few months. In addition, if you do purchase the mattress, it comes with a 10-year warranty.
What makes it special?
10-inch memory foam available in numerous sizes
Gel-infused foam keeps neutral temperature
100-day trial period and 10-year warranty
What cons did we find?
Very firm, to the point of requiring a mattress topper
This memory foam mattress is beloved by its users, many of whom switched from a far more expensive memory foam mattress and were shocked at how comfortable the Hyphen mattress really is. The mattress is rated as firm, but is not so firm that it requires a mattress topper for most people. The advantage to this firmness is that the mattress can be placed directly on the floor or on wooden slats and still be comfortable and not experience sagging.
The upper layer of the mattress is two inches of a proprietary comfort layer, which users found to be decent at dissipating heat and very comfortable. In addition, for those that have a partner who tosses and turns, the mattress has virtually zero motion transfer across the bed.
The mattress comes with a 100-night trial period, although Hyphen does not have a clear mechanism in place for how you would return the mattress – once it is expanded out of its shrink-wrap packaging, there is little chance of returning it into the box for return shipping. Once you commit to the mattress, though, you’ll be protected nearly for life, since the mattress comes with a 20-year warranty.
What do we love it for?
Firm, but very comfortable
Dissipates heat relatively well
What were we disappointed with?
100-night trial period has no mechanism for returning mattress
The BedStory Lavander Memory Foam Mattress was designed with delicate backs in mind. This structured mattress boasts a soft outer covering that’s gentle on the skin, and a firm inner foam that aims to optimize spinal alignment during sleep.
The mattress features a four-layer design that feels soft and offers enough support at the same time. The upper layer cradles your weight and hugs you closely to accommodate the natural curves of your body. The second layer – consisting of double-layer air-circulation foam which makes 7 inches in total – works to dissipate heat and keep the mattress feeling cool and fresh during the night. The lower layer is made of high-density support foam, which is rigid and firm enough to keep your weight from sinking too deep into the mattress for optimal support.
The unique combination of textures creates a mattress that’s perfect for users who need extra comfort and support to achieve restful and satisfying sleep, and works for side, stomach, and back sleepers alike. Infused with lavender, the layers of foam release a gentle, pleasant scent once unpacked.
What makes it special?
Removable top cover makes it easy to keep the mattress clean and stain-free
Lightweight construction eliminates the hassle of handling and unpacking the item
Middle air-circulation foam layer keeps the mattress comfortably cool
What cons did we find?
Some users have had to place rubber pads under the mattress to keep it from slipping around the bedframe
The Bear mattress is somewhat expensive relative to other mattresses in our roundup, but users swear by its comfort. The memory foam mattress is described as medium firmness, so it appeals to a wider set of sleepers than some of the extremely firm memory foam mattresses. In addition, the mattress cover is infused with Celliant technology, which is designed to increase blood flow for a healthier night’s sleep and leave you feeling refreshed in the morning.
The keys to the comfort of this mattress are the one-inch graphite gel-infused top foam layer and the underlying 2.5-inch quick response foam layer. The gel-infused layer is excellent at dissipating heat, although users note that the cooling sensation produced by the foam can take some getting used to. The quick response foam layer provides the mattress with a firm bounce, which helps it to conform to your body while providing excellent, pressure-free support. This layer also helps to improve spinal alignment, which can in turn decrease fibromyalgia pain in your back.
The mattress comes with a 100-night trial, and Bear’s customer service is easy and straightforward to work with if you do decide that the mattress is not right for you. The mattress comes with a 10-year warranty for peace of mind that the construction will last after you make the purchase.
Why is it special?
Celliant technology in mattress cover for increased blood flow
Gel-infused foam dissipates heat
100-night trial and 10-year warranty
What are the flaws?
Expensive compared to other memory foam mattresses
The AS3 mattress from Amerisleep is an extra thick 12-inch memory foam mattress, which packs a ton of excellent features but comes at a high price tag because of the extra thickness. For heavyset people, the extra thickness can make a significant difference in the lifetime and comfort of the mattress, especially since the thick seven-inch base foam layer is specifically designed to prevent sagging over time.
The firmness of the mattress is described as medium, although users found that the mattress was very firm and most required at least a mattress topper to sleep comfortably. The top two layers of foam are both designed to be responsive to your body, and together provide the feeling of floating on top of the mattress so that there are few pressure points. The mattress cover is infused with Celliant technology, which improves blood flow and is intended to help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling refreshed.
Amerisleep offers a 100-night sleep trial for this mattress, and users found that they have excellent customer support throughout this trial period. Over the long term, they provide a 20-year warranty on the mattress, although thanks to the thick and durable construction problems are unlikely to arise.
What are our favorite features?
Thick and durable 12-inch memory foam construction
Celliant technology in mattress cover
100-night sleep trial and 20-year warranty
What could be better?
Users found it to be very firm and required a mattress topper
The Leesa mattress was picked by Wirecutter as their overall best foam mattress, so you know off the bat that this mattress is a high-quality choice. The 10-inch memory foam mattress is described as firm, which users felt rang true when sleeping on it, although a mattress topper would not be necessary for comfort. However, the Leesa provides significantly less support on the edges of the mattress, which can be uncomfortable if you tend to sleep on the edge of the bed and even makes getting out of the bed somewhat difficult. Otherwise, users found that the mattress provided ample back support.
Although many users find the mattress to sleep only lukewarm, heat is a major issue with this mattress. A significant number of people who try the Leesa mattress find that it sleeps very hot. In addition, the top foam layer of the mattress allows you to sink in more than other memory foam mattresses, so it is easy to feel surrounded by heat-trapping foam.
The mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and returns are relatively easy if you decide the Leesa mattress isn’t right for you. It also comes with a 10-year warranty for peace of mind if you do decide to stick with the Leesa.
What are our favorite features?
High-quality materials and design
Firm, but does not need a mattress topper
100-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty
What could be better?
Little edge support
Expensive relative to other memory foam mattresses
Choosing a mattress for fibromyalgia can be difficult, since it is a big commitment and there are a number of factors that go into a bed. In this section, we’ll cover some of the most important features to look for when choosing a mattress.
Type of mattress
Mattresses for fibromyalgia are typically constructed with memory foam, latex, or a hybrid of memory foam, latex, and springs.
Memory foam mattresses offer excellent conformity to your body, which can be excellent for relieving pressure that otherwise causes pain. They also come in a wide range of firmness levels, so you can find the memory foam mattress that feels most comfortable for your body. However, memory foam mattresses tend to collect heat, which can make it more difficult to sleep, and can sag over years of use.
Latex mattresses offer a high degree of conformity, but not quite as much as memory foam mattresses. However, they are still available in a wide variety of firmness levels to allow you to customize your sleep style and tend to provide a greater level of support than memory foam. Unlike memory foam, latex mattresses will last nearly forever without sagging and rapidly dissipate body heat for a cool sleep.
Hybrid mattresses have memory foam or latex in the top of the mattress for comfort with coiled springs in the core of the mattress for support. These mattresses typically produce more pressure against your body than either memory foam or latex, although they are available in different firmness levels. In addition, hybrid mattresses tend to be noisier and transfer motion across the bed more than either foam or latex mattresses.
Typically, thicker mattresses will offer more support and durability, especially if you are a heavyset person. However, a thicker mattress also requires more material and so is often more expensive. When possible, it is worth spending extra for a slightly thicker mattress that is more comfortable, works better to relieve your fibromyalgia pain, and will last longer.
In addition to suffering from chronic pain, people with fibromyalgia tend to sleep very warm – so warm that the heat can keep them awake. To help with this problem, look for a mattress that is designed with heat dissipation in mind. Memory foam mattresses are typically much hotter than latex or hybrid mattresses because they trap heat. However, among memory foam mattresses, look for beds that are designed with air flow mechanisms to improve circulation.
Quality and durability
A mattress is a big purchase, so you want to know that it will last. It is worth investing in a mattress constructed from high-quality, durable materials that will continue to provide support and comfort over the course of years to come. This can also influence health and wellness, since a mattress that loses its support will cause pressure that in turn causes fibromyalgia pain to flare up again.
In general, latex and hybrid mattresses will have a longer lifespan than memory foam mattresses, while thicker mattresses will last longer than thinner mattresses.
Warranty and trial period
Whenever you are purchasing a mattress, and especially if you are buying a mattress online sight unseen, a trial period can be a huge advantage. The trial period offers a chance to try the bed out through a whole night’s sleep rather than just for a 20-minute nap, making it much easier to determine if it is the right mattress for you.
In addition, many manufacturers offer warranties to guarantee their mattresses’ quality over several years. Look for long warranties, which can provide peace of mind when purchasing your mattress and insure you against any problems that arise over the lifetime of the mattress.
Fibromyalgia pain can make getting a good night’s sleep extremely difficult, but thankfully having the right mattress can ease the pain and allow you to sleep through the night. The mattresses made with fibromyalgia in mind provide comfort and support, as well as dissipate heat and last for years to come. Our guide highlights seven of the best mattresses for fibromyalgia on the market today, almost all of which come with a trial period so that it is easy to try out a new mattress with little risk.