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Best Mattresses for Arthritis and Joint Pain

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 54 million people. Although it’s more common in overweight people, women, and seniors, arthritis can strike anyone at any age.

Research suggests 4 in 5 people with arthritis suffer from poor sleep. This isn’t surprising--chronic pain and the conditions it might exacerbate, like anxiety and depression, can contribute to disordered sleep. Studies also show that poor sleep can increase the perception of pain in arthritis sufferers, creating a vicious cycle that’s hard to break.

Our guide to the best mattress for arthritis includes recommendations for our top picks, and ideas on how to choose a mattress according to your body type, sleeping position, and the type of joint pain. While we always recommend working with your healthcare provider to develop a personalized treatment plan, we hope that finding the right mattress can help you get the sleep you need to improve your quality of life.

Our Top Picks

Layla - Best Flippable
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $999
The WinkBed - Best Hybrid
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,599, $1,799 (Plus)
Zenhaven - Best Latex
  • Mattress Type: Latex
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,899
Nectar - Best Value
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $898
Level Sleep - Chiropractor Endorsed
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium (5)
  • Price: $1,199

Layla - Best Flippable

Price: $999

Height: 10"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Sleeps Cool: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Edge Support: 2/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Sex: 2/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Off-Gassing: 3/5

layla mattress

Highlights:

  • Copper-infused memory foam relieves pressure points and isolates motion
  • Flippable mattress with two firmness levels
  • Various cooling features

Ideal For:

  • Those who sleep hot
  • People who share the bed
  • People with evolving firmness preferences

The Layla is an all-foam mattress with a unique twist: it’s flippable, so you can alter the firmness from time to time as your needs change. One side of the mattress is medium soft, while the other is firm. A high-density polyfoam layer forms the support core for both sides of the mattress. The cover is removable and infused with a ThermoGEL cooling agent designed to adapt to changes in body temperature.

Copper-infused memory foam on each side of the mattress provides targeted pressure relief for sore joints. Copper is said to have cooling properties, which help counteract the heat retention that is typical of memory foam. It’s also rumored that copper helps arthritis pain, although these claims are not backed by science.

The medium soft side of the mattress has 3 inches of memory foam, as well as a transitional layer of convoluted polyfoam that is zoned in 3 sections. This side forms a deep, pressure-relieving cradle, making it a good choice for side sleepers.

The firm side has just 1 inch of memory foam before the support core, giving it a firmer feel. The firm side of the Layla is well-suited to the needs of stomach sleepers over 130 pounds, as well as back sleepers over 230 pounds.

As with most foam mattresses, the Layla is silent when bearing weight and does a great job of isolating motion, especially on the plush side. This can help reduce disruptions from a sleep partner, so you don’t wake up as easily in the middle of the night.

Layla is priced attractively, and the company offers a 120-night sleep trial, free shipping, and lifetime warranty. The mattress is available in all 50 states as well as Canada.

Read Our Full Layla Mattress Review


The WinkBed - Best Hybrid

Price: $1,599, $1,799 (Plus)

Height: 13.5"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Medium Firm, Firm, Plus)

Edge Support: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 5/5 (Medium Firm, Firm, Plus)

Durability: 4/5, 5/5 (Plus)

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Medium Soft, Plus), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Sex: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm, Plus)

Off-Gassing: 4/5 (Medium Soft, Medium Firm, Firm), 3/5 (Plus)

winkbed plus

Highlights:

  • Four firmness levels, including one for individuals over 300 pounds
  • Exceptional edge support
  • Two layers of coils keep the bed cool

Ideal For:

  • People who struggle to get in and out of bed
  • Those who sleep hot
  • Sleepers of virtually any body type or preferred sleep position

The WinkBed hybrid mattress comes in four different firmness options, each of which has slight variations in construction. All four versions have reinforced edges, making it easier to get in and out of bed. A lumbar pad provides enhanced support to people who suffer from arthritis in the lower back.

In the first three models, a Euro pillow top quilted with gel memory foam provides some initial cushioning. This is followed by a layer of microcoils and a zoned pocketed coil support core to keep the spine aligned. The medium soft model features an additional layer of foam for more pressure relief.

The WinkBed Plus model replaces the microcoils with latex, offering better support for people who weigh more than 300 pounds. Between the four options, you should be able to find one that suits you no matter what your body type or preferred sleep position.

Thanks to the breathable Tencel cover and airflow through the coils, the WinkBeds succeeds in maintaining a neutral temperature overnight, which may help to mitigate fever symptoms in people who suffer from infectious arthritis. Despite the dual coil layers, the mattress also transfers relatively little motion. You should find it easy to switch sleeping positions in this bed, great for those nights when your joint pain keeps you tossing and turning.

You can expect a long lifespan from this mattress, as it’s made from quality materials. The mattress ships free and WinkBeds backs the bed with a 120-night sleep trial and forever warranty.


Zenhaven - Best Latex

Price: $1,899

Height: 10”

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Firm)

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Soft)

Edge Support: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Firm)

Durability: 5/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

zenhaven mattress

Highlights:

  • Made with durable, sustainable materials including organic cotton, wool, and latex
  • Breathable Talalay latex is naturally buoyant and responsive
  • Above-average pressure relief and motion isolation

Ideal For:

  • Combination sleepers and people with changing firmness preferences
  • Those who sleep hot
  • Eco-conscious shoppers

The Zenhaven by Saatva is a flippable latex mattress with a medium soft feel on one side and firm on the other. These two options offer a feel to suit most sleeper types.

The mattress is made with breathable, eco-friendly materials, featuring an organic cotton cover and natural wool fire barrier. Each side has a 1.5-inch layer of zoned Talalay latex with firmer foams under the shoulders and torso, followed by a 3-inch layer of firmer Talalay latex.

While it won’t provide the close “hug” feeling of memory foam, Talalay latex is naturally breathable and has a buoyant feel that relieves pressure points, especially on the plush side. Latex isolates motion transfer but is also slightly bouncy, which helps when adjusting positions.

Saatva offers free White Glove delivery and old mattress removal in the continental U.S. The Zenhaven comes with a 20-year warranty and a 120-night sleep trial, subject to a $99 return fee.

Read Our Full Zenhaven Mattress Review


Nectar - Best Value

Price: $898

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5

Motion Isolation: 5/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

nectar mattress

Highlights:

  • Memory foam conforms closely to body, relieving pressure points
  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Attractive price-point

Ideal For:

  • Couples who suffer from joint pain or arthritis
  • Almost all body types and sleep positions
  • Shoppers on a budget

Our budget pick is the Nectar mattress. This memory foam model has a quilted memory foam cover and memory foam comfort layers that offer conforming pressure relief that won't exacerbate overnight arthritis or joint pain.

A proprietary memory foam transitional layer provides some responsiveness to keep you from feeling stuck in the bed, and the high-density polyfoam support core provides a stable surface. Due to its medium firm feel, the Nectar ranks well with all sleeper types except perhaps side sleepers under 130 pounds, who may experience pressure points.

The Nectar is quiet, and couples will love the way it isolates virtually all motion, preventing overnight disruptions when sharing the bed. The Nectar also has decent edge support for an all-foam mattress, which is good news if you struggle when getting out of bed.

Nectar backs the mattress with an outstanding 365-night sleep trial and forever warranty, the only caveat being that you must sleep on the mattress for 30 nights before requesting a return. The mattress ships free in the contiguous U.S.

Read Our Full Nectar Mattress Review


Level Sleep - Chiropractor Endorsed

Price: $1,199

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

level sleep mattress

Highlights:

  • Three firmness zones provide targeted back support and pressure relief
  • Responsive Energex foam facilitates movement on top of the bed
  • Silent surface with little motion transfer reduces disruptions to your partner

Ideal For:

  • Those who suffer from back pain or hip pain
  • Side sleepers and people who weigh less than 130 pounds
  • Those who sleep hot on all-foam mattresses

Level Sleep has designed a plush all-foam mattress with three zones. Soft and medium foams cradle the shoulders and hips to reduce pressure points, while firmer foams support the lumbar area. This helps keep the spine on an even plane, reducing back and hip pain in arthritis sufferers. Level Sleep’s claim to fame is that the mattress is chiropractor-recommended.

The mattress has a medium firmness level which will appeal to side sleepers and those who weigh less than 130 pounds. Like most foam mattresses, this model by Level Sleep makes no noise, reduces motion transfer, and provides above-average pressure relief.

Unlike traditional memory foam mattresses, the layer of Energex foam facilitates movement on top of the bed. While this is still a foam mattress that will inevitably trap some heat, this layer also prevents you from sinking in too deeply, preventing excessive heat build-up around your body.

A 365-night sleep trial and forever warranty should give you peace of mind when purchasing the Level Sleep mattress.


What is the Best Type of Mattress for Arthritis Sufferers?

The best mattress for people who suffer from arthritis will support the spine while relieving pressure on the joints. Since every person will have unique needs, there is no one material or design that works best. Memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses have all been used successfully by people with joint pain or arthritis.

Usually, you’ll find the best pressure relief in a mattress made of a plush material like memory foam. Memory foam forms a cradle around your body to prevent any one body part from digging into the mattress. Although it doesn’t conform as closely, latex can also provide very good pressure relief. A side benefit of all-foam mattresses is that they are virtually silent and absorb most motion, cutting down on disturbances when you’re having trouble falling asleep.

While it’s tempting to go for the softest mattress out there, a mattress that is too plush will cause sagging under heavier body parts like the hips. This can put pressure on your back and neck, which can aggravate your arthritis or joint pain.

The perfect mattress will offer a balance of pressure relief and support. Many people find this balance in a hybrid mattress, which has conforming foams in the comfort layers and a supportive coil base. An airbed can also achieve this balance by providing a customized firmness level.

Your body type and preferred sleep position will play an important role in determining your mattress. People who weigh under 130 pounds are generally more comfortable on a plush mattress that relieves pressure points. Conversely, those who weigh more than 230 pounds should look for a firmer mattress that will provide more support.

How Does Arthritis Affect Your Sleep?

The pain from your arthritis can make it hard to sleep. Arthritis is characterized by swelling, pain, or stiffness in one or more joints, which can eventually lead to deformities or a limited range of motion. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, each of which affects your sleep in different ways.

In addition to joint pain, each type of arthritis has its own special triggers. Gout tends to flare up late at night and early in the morning, which is when most of us want to be sleeping. People with psoriatic arthritis are often sensitive to light, which can make it difficult to get to sleep in the first place. Infectious arthritis causes fever and chills, so if you have infectious arthritis, you’ll want to look for a mattress that maintains a neutral temperature.

People with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis often find their symptoms are worse after periods of inactivity, such as after sleeping. These people may find it beneficial to sleep on a mattress that enables them to move freely instead of maintaining one position all night.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body increases the production of stress hormones, and your immune system activates an inflammatory response. This can increase the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other related conditions.

Ironically, the worse your arthritis, the more likely you may be to be stressed and have trouble sleeping. In addition to getting the proper mattress, practicing proper sleep hygiene can help fight insomnia to some extent.

How Can a Mattress Help With Arthritis and Joint Pain?

The right mattress can support your spine and ease pressure points, soothing your arthritis or joint pain instead of exacerbating the problem. Pressure points and stress on your back, neck, and joints cause flare-ups, making it difficult to sleep soundly and worsening the condition overall. With a mattress that distributes your weight evenly, you can minimize your chances of waking up stiff and sore.

For those days when you can’t seem to find a comfortable position no matter how good your mattress is, you’ll appreciate a mattress that allows you to switch positions easily. Latex mattresses and hybrid mattresses have responsive surfaces that facilitate motion.

How Much Does an Orthopedic Mattress Cost?

Orthopedic mattresses start at the $200 or $300 mark and can go into the thousands. An orthopedic mattress is a mattress designed to mimic your body’s natural curves, supporting your spine and relieving pressure on your joints. While some mattresses market themselves specifically as orthopedic, the truth is that any mattress worth its salt should be aiming to provide you the proper support and pressure relief you need while you sleep.

Finding a supportive, pressure-relieving mattress is extra important for people suffering from arthritis. When buying your mattress, be sure to check how long the sleep trial is. You’ll need time to let your body adjust to the mattress before deciding if it’s comfortable for you, so you should look for a sleep trial that’s at least 100 nights long.

Over time, virtually every mattress will start to break down, developing dips and sags that compromise your spinal alignment. Choose a mattress with a decent warranty to protect yourself against premature dips and sags. You can also extend the lifespan of a foam mattress by rotating it head-to-foot every few months.

How Does Sleeping Position Affect Arthritis and Joint Pain?

Different sleeping positions put pressure on different areas of the body, which can trigger your arthritis or joint pain.

Side sleepers are most likely to experience pressure points in the hips and shoulders, where they dig into the mattress. If you have pain in these joints, you’ll need to find a mattress that cushions those areas. Ideally, the mattress will conform to your hips and shoulders to the right degree, allowing your spine to maintain its natural curvature.

Arthritis in the lower back or hips can cause pain when lying on your stomach. If you’re a stomach sleeper, look for a mattress that’s firm enough to keep your hips in line with your body instead of letting them sink in. Stomach sleepers should also use a fairly thin pillow, to prevent strain on the neck.

Back sleepers are the luckiest bunch because this position is the one that comes closest to naturally aligning the spine. Still, back sleepers should be careful to choose a mattress that’s firm enough to keep from sagging at the hips.

Some mattresses are zoned, meaning they are designed to provide more pressure relief in sensitive areas and more support in heavier areas, such as the lower back. Many arthritis and joint pain sufferers find relief from these mattresses.

Joint pain in the fingers, wrists, knees, and other smaller joints doesn’t tend to depend as much on your mattress. If you suffer from arthritis in these areas, you’ll probably be focused on getting a mattress that’s comfortable overall, including with regards to temperature, motion, and ease of movement.