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Best Mattress for Sciatica

Finding the right mattress for sciatica can be quite challenging. With so many beds on the market, it's important to choose a mattress that minimizes pain both at night and during the day. To help you narrow down the field, we’ve put together a list of seven mattresses that offer above-average sciatica relief.

Sciatica is a symptom, not a disease in and of itself, and can be caused by a wide range of maladies. The sciatic nerve branches at the lower back and down each leg, and irritation or damage to it can cause pain, tingling, weakness, and weakness throughout the buttocks and legs. Approximately 2.2% of Americans live with sciatica, and up to 10% of people with lower back pain also experience sciatica.

Given that sciatica can be caused by different problems, there is no one treatment for relieving it. However, lifestyle changes — including choosing the right mattress — can  provide significant relief to people with sciatica symptoms.

Our Top Picks

Editor’s Pick – Winkbeds
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7), Plus: Firm (8)
  • Price: $1599, $1799
My Green Mattress Natural Escape – Best Organic
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,399
Layla Hybrid – Best Hybrid
  • Mattress Type: Reversible Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Soft Side: Medium Soft (4), Firm Side: Firm (7)
  • Price: $1599
Nectar Lush – Best for Hot Sleepers
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium (5)
  • Price: $1499
Bear Pro – Best Value
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium-firm (6)
  • Price: $1090
Loom and Leaf – Best Luxury
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium-firm (6), Firm (7)
  • Price: $1599
Saatva Mattress – Most Comfortable
  • Mattress Type: Innerspring Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: (Soft) 3, Medium-firm (6), Firm (7)
  • Price: $1299

Winkbed - Editor’s Pick

Price: $1599 (Winkbed), $1799 (Winkbed Plus)

Height: 13.5"

Firmness: Four options - Medium Soft (4); Medium Firm (6); Firm (7)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

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

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

Durability: 4/5

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

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

Off-Gassing: 4/5

Winkbed Plus Mattress

Highlights:

  • Ergonomically zoned pocketed coils and a cotton lumbar pad support the back for reduced sciatic pain
  • Provides excellent support even when sleeping close to the mattress’s edge
  • Four firmness options tailor  to a wide range of sleepers

Ideal For:

  • People who weigh more than 130 lbs
  • Sleepers with lower back instability
  • Couples

The WinkBed is a luxury hybrid available in four different firmness levels. Although these options may be too firm for some sleepers under 130 lbs, our testing found it was among the most supportive beds on the market for those who weigh 130 lbs or more.

Beneath a soft, breathable cover of Tencel lyocell, the WinkBed features a comfort system designed to offer lower-back support regardless of the firmness level. Two layers of polyfoam – one gel-infused for better temperature regulation – provide a springy, responsive feel.

The WinkBed’s comfort system also includes a cotton lumbar pad and 2.5 inches of polyfoam-encased microcoils, both of which work to gently support the lower back and improve spinal alignment. The firmest option, the WinkBed Plus, contains latex instead of microcoils for added sleeper support. This model is specifically designed for people who weigh more than 230 pounds.

Our testers with back pain particularly enjoyed the WinkBed’s pocketed coil core, which is zoned to ensure ideal support across the sleep surface. The coils are individually tuned to five ergonomic zones, providing more strength in heavier areas of the sleeper's body (such as the lumbar region) while allowing for more comfort and cradling in areas like the neck and shoulders.

Finally, the WinkBed has a foam-encased microcoil perimeter that provides excellent edge support. This is particularly useful for couples, as it allows owners to sleep as close as they want to the edge without losing crucial back support.

Read our Winkbed Mattress Review


My Green Mattress Natural Escape - Best Organic

Price: $1299

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 5/5

Sex: 5/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

my green mattress natural escape

Highlights:

  • Composition includes organic materials like cotton, wool, and latex
  • Zoned coils provide ample lumbar support to soothe sciatic pain
  • Latex alleviates pressure with a responsive feel

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers with sciatica who weigh over 230 lbs
  • Customers looking for an eco-friendly option with zoned coils
  • People who prefer the feeling of sleeping “on”, rather than “in”, their bed

If you’re interested in finding an eco-friendly mattress to help relieve your sciatic pain, the Natural Escape by My Green Mattress should be a suitable option. Made with natural and organic materials, the mattress also features ergonomically zoned pocketed coils to ensure proper support for the spine and lumbar region.

The Natural Escape has a layer of organic wool quilted to the underside of its organic cotton cover. The 3-inch comfort layer is made from organic Dunlop latex, a renewable and eco-friendly material. Latex also provides pressure relief without the cradling sensation of memory foam, allowing for a responsive bounce and gentle support.

The Natural Escape’s support core is zoned with different gauges, providing ergonomic support to heavier areas such as the lower back and hips while ensuring more cushioning for the head, shoulders, and legs.

Overall, the Natural Escape scored very well in our testing process. In addition to above-average support and pressure relief, the mattress earned high scores in temperature neutrality, edge support, and suitability for sex. Its sticker price is also below-average for an organic latex hybrid.


Layla Hybrid - Best Hybrid

Price: $1599

Height: 13"

Firmness: Soft Side: Medium Soft (4), Firm Side: Firm (7)

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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: 4/5

Durability: 3/5

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

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Different firmness on each side for a soothingly soft or supportive firm feel
  • Excellent temperature regulation
  • Pocketed coil support core provides ample support for a wide range of sleepers

Ideal For:

  • People who prefer a soft mattress during sciatica flare-ups and a firm mattress at other times
  • Sleepers who find most memory foam beds too warm for comfort
  • Anyone who requires above-average pressure relief without an overwhelming amount of contouring

While the Layla Hybrid would be an impressive mattress without its reversible design, it’s the ability to switch between medium soft and firm feels that makes this mattress a top choice for people with sciatica. Most sleepers find firmer mattresses more comfortable, but a softer feel may help relieve sciatic pain. By making this switch as easy as flipping the mattress, Layla provides sleepers with an ideal all-in-one bed.

On each side of the mattress, a memory foam comfort layer rests beneath the removable polyester-blend cover.The comfort layers differ in terms of firmness level and thickness. The medium soft side measures 2.5 inches thick and has a density of 3.5 pounds per cubic foot (PCF), delivering a plush feel. The firm side, on the other hand, has a 1-inch layer of lower-density foam for soothing pressure relief above the firmer transitional layer.

Both sides rely on the central support core, which consists of 6-inch pocketed coils. These coils are zoned for edge support, not lumbar support, but our testers with back pain found that the Layla was able to offer good spinal alignment and support regardless of their sleep position.

Read our Layla Hybrid Mattress Review


Nectar Lush - Best for Hot Sleepers

Price: $1499

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Nectar Lush Mattress

Highlights:

  • Thick, gel-infused memory foam provides closely contoured pressure relief without the warmth of traditional memory foam
  • Medium firmness provides both support and comfort for people with sciatica
  • Above-average motion isolation can reduce sleep disturbances for couples

Ideal For:

  • Couples looking for a disruption-free sleep
  • People with sciatica who find their pain soothed by pressure-relieving memory foam
  • People who find traditional memory foam beds too warm

All-foam mattresses are not always well-suited to people with sciatica, but the Nectar Lush offers both full-body support and deep contouring. For sleepers with sciatica who weigh less than 230 lbs, this mattress can reduce flare-ups and alleviate discomfort.

The Nectar Lush features a 3-inch comfort layer of gel-infused memory foam followed by 2 inches of polyfoam that acts as a transitional layer. Together, these two layers provide the characteristic body hug of memory foam without sacrificing lumbar support, an important consideration for those with sciatica. The gel infusion also allows the Nectar Lush to sleep cooler than many of its memory foam competitors.

As is common with all-foam mattresses, the Nectar Lush has a support core made from high-density polyfoam. While this design does have some drawbacks — such as weaker edge support and less reinforcement for sleepers who weigh more than 230 lbs — the majority of people who weigh 230 pounds or less will find the bed supportive enough for even spinal alignment.

Couples should also appreciate this mattress thanks to its above-average motion isolation. By absorbing movement and eliminating transfer, the Nectar Lush ensures you'll stay asleep even if your partner moves around in bed.

Read our Nectar Mattress Review


Bear Pro - Best Value

Price: $1090

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 2/5

Bear Pro Mattress

Highlights:

  • Pressure relief and stable support at a budget-friendly price point
  • Celliant fabric cover reflects infrared energy, which may improve tissue oxygenation and blood circulation
  • Copper- and gel-infused foams make for a cooler sleep

Ideal For:

  • Customers interested in innovative touches like the Celliant fabric cover
  • People looking for a sciatica-friendly mattress with a lower price-point
  • Couples who awaken easily due to movement in bed

Although sciatica-friendly beds tend to be more expensive than other models, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep doesn’t have to break the bank. The Bear Pro carries a lower price-point than the other entries on our list, but it still provides very good support for people with sciatica.

A key component of the Bear Pro is its cover, which is made from Celliant fabric. Composed of natural minerals combined with PET and polyester resin, this fabric has been used widely in athletic wear for its potential healing effects. By converting ambient energy from the body into infrared energy, which it then reflects back to the sleeper, this fabric is intended to improve circulation and tissue oxygenation.

The Bear Pro’s comfort system consists of three layers: 1 inch of copper-infused polyfoam, 1.5 inches of gel-infused memory foam, and a 2.5-inch polyfoam transitional layer. Each layer works with the others to create a pressure-relieving cradle without significant contouring, providing both stability and pressure relief for people with sciatica. The mattress’s support core is made from high-density polyfoam, and at 7 inches is thick enough to provide support for most sleepers who weigh less than 230 lbs.

Read Our Bear Pro Mattress Review


Loom and Leaf - Best Luxury

Price: $1599

Height: 12”

Firmness: Two Options - Medium Firm (6);  Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5 (Medium Firm), 3/5 (Firm)

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

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

Off-Gassing: 2/5

Highlights:

  • Two layers of memory foam add up to 4.5 inches of soothing pressure relief
  • Carefully designed to sleep cooler than many other memory foam mattresses
  • Broad appeal across a range of weights and sleep position preferences

Ideal For:

  • Customers looking for a memory foam bed with deep, cradling pressure relief
  • Couples who appreciate above-average motion isolation
  • People who sciatic pain responds well to pressure relief

The Loom & Leaf by Saatva boasts a thick profile, dual firmness options, and a luxurious design. These qualities make it suitable for most sleepers regardless of their weight or sleeping position. The mattress also excels at deep contouring pressure relief, and may alleviate pain for people with sciatica.

The mattress is encased in a soft and breathable organic cotton cover. The 4.5-inch comfort system consists of two memory foam layers. The first, which measures 2 inches thick, is convoluted and laminated with a phase-change cooling gel for added airflow and temperature regulation. The second comfort layer measures 2.5 inches thick and is made from standard memory foam.

Testers reported that these layers form a deep and soothing cradle, allowing them to feel as though they were sleeping “in” their bed rather than “on” it. While not everyone enjoys this cradling sensation, deep conforming can bring relief to people with sciatica. As an additional bonus, Saatva provides free White Glove delivery for all customers in the contiguous U.S.

Read Our Loom & Leaf Mattress Review


Saatva Mattress - Most Comfortable

Price: $1399

Height: 11.5" or 14.5"

Firmness: Three Options - Soft (3); Medium (6); Firm (8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5 (Soft), 2/5 (Medium or Firm)

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

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

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

Off-Gassing: 5/5

Saatva Mattress

Highlights:

  • Coil-on-coil system provides both pressure relief and superb lumbar support
  • Available in three firmness options and two heights
  • Free White Glove delivery makes setup a breeze

Ideal For:

  • People with sciatica looking for a mattress with a strong support system
  • Sleepers who prefer a responsive mattress
  • Those who tend to sleep hot

While most innerspring mattresses won't be suitable for people with sciatica, Saatva’s innovative design and luxurious features — as well as its range of firmness options and heights — make it an excellent choice for nearly all sleepers. Customers can choose among soft, medium, and firm models, as well as a 11.5-inch or 14.5-inch profile. For most people with sciatica, the soft or medium options with the thicker profile will provide the most comfort and pain relief.

The specific design varies by firmness and height. However, each Saatva includes polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers in a plush Euro-top followed by a transitional layer of pocketed micro-coils. This construction provides highly responsive pressure relief and targeted support, combining the feel of a standard hybrid with the stability of an innerspring.

The Saatva’s support core measures 4 or 7 inches thick, depending on the chosen height, and consists of recycled-steel Bonnell coils. While this traditional innerspring design means the mattress won't isolate much motion, its durable structure ensures excellent support for the majority of sleepers.

Although the Saatva is significantly more expensive than the average innerspring model, the mattress carries a below-average price-point compared to competing hybrids.  Given its innovative coil-on-coil design and high-quality constriction, the Saatva is a high-value model for its sticker price. Saatva also offers free White Glove delivery to all customers in the contiguous U.S.

Read Our Saatva Mattress Review


What is the Best Type of Mattress for Sciatica Pain?

Many mattresses sold today are constructed from pressure-relieving materials that can reduce pain and discomfort for people with sciatica. The best mattress for a given sleeper depends on a few factors, such as their level of day-to-day pain, body type, preferred sleep position, and budget.

While there are many types of mattresses, the three most common styles are innerspring, all-foam, and hybrid models.

Innerspring mattresses are a traditional style of bed featuring a support core of interconnected metal coils. Comfort layers often consist of foam or a simple pillow top. While innerspring beds are usually inexpensive, most do not provide the right balance of pain relief and ergonomic support for people with sciatica. However, some brands build on the basic design with thicker comfort layers and stronger support cores.

All-foam mattresses are made using memory foam or polyfoam comfort layers over a high-density polyfoam support core. These models generally excel at even contouring and pressure relief, making them popular among people with sciatica, and their price-points are generally low compared to other mattress types. That said, they often sleep hot and feel weak around the edges.

Hybrid mattresses combine synthetic foam or latex comfort layers with a pocketed coil support core. Instead of the interconnected coils of an innerspring, pocketed coils are individually encased in fabric. This design limits motion transfer across the surface, while also providing targeted support for a sleeper’s curves. Some hybrid models also have zoned coils for added strength around the sleeper's heavier areas. Although more expensive than most other types of mattress, hybrids are a popular choice among people with sciatica thanks to their balance of pressure relief and overall support.

What is the Best Bed for Sciatica Pain According to Body Weight?

Body weight can have a significant impact on which mattress is right for you, and this is particularly true for people with sciatica. Ideal mattress firmness and body weight are closely connected.

All-foam mattresses tend to offer less support for sleepers who weigh more than 230 lbs, particularly models with thinner profiles. While high-density polyfoam cores are durable and sturdy, sleepers with sciatic pain who weigh more than 230 lbs may not receive enough support and sink too deeply into the mattress. This can cause added pain and pressure points around the hips and abdomen. Stomach sleepers are particularly vulnerable to sinkage because that position places additional stress on the lower back and thighs, where most sciatic pain originates.

The connected coils of innersprings are usually strong enough to support sleepers who weigh more than 230 lbs. For people who require more reinforcement than an all-foam mattress can provide but don’t have room in their budget for a pricier hybrid model, innerspring beds can be a good compromise. In this case, it’s important to choose an innerspring with pressure-relieving comfort layers to offset the responsive support core.

Hybrid mattresses are the bed of choice for many people with sciatica who weigh more than 130 lbs. Pocketed coils cradle broader curves for better spinal alignment and overall support, while foam and latex comfort layers alleviate pressure and sciatic pain. Sleepers who weigh less than 130 lbs may also enjoy a hybrid, provided the mattress doesn't feel too firm.

Which Mattress Firmness is Best For Sciatica?

While sleepers tend to feel most comfortable on a medium to firm mattress, people with sciatica may need a softer feel. However, mattresses that are too soft may not offer enough support and exacerbate – rather than alleviate – sciatic pain

Sleepers weighing less than 130 lbs may want to consider a soft or medium soft mattress, while those who weigh 130 pounds or more will likely prefer a medium or medium firm feel. The medium firm to firm feel is best suited to people who weigh more than 230 lbs. However, keep in mind that personal personal preferences also play a role. Nearly all online mattress brands provide a sleep trial, allowing you to return or exchange a mattress if the firmness level is not ideal for your needs.

Can Changing Your Sleeping Position Help Relieve Sciatica Pain?

The best sleeping position for sciatica is the subject of some debate, but most sufferers are likely to find more relief when sleeping on their back or side rather than on their stomach. Changing your routine can be frustrating, particularly if you’re a combination sleeper who uses different positions during the night, but finding the right position may reduce sciatic pain levels at night and during the day.

Sleeping on your stomach can lead to back pain even for people who do not have sciatica symptoms. Most people carry a disproportionate amount of weight in their stomach. Sleeping face-down can cause you to sink into the mattress, which goes against the natural curvature of the spine and can cause stress through the lower back, hips, buttocks, and thighs. As a result, the stomach sleeping position can worsen symptoms for  people with back pain and sciatica.

Sleeping on your back, on the other hand, is widely seen as the best position for alleviating sciatica pain because it promotes even alignment. Additional pillows can be used to support areas like the lower back and knees, which allows the spine to relax without losing its natural curvature or placing stress on the hips.

Side sleeping can also be a comfortable position for people with sciatica. This position requires a mattress with adequate cushioning for the shoulders and hips, as pressure can develop in these areas. Many people also use supportive pillows in this position, often between the knees. Without this support, a sleeper’s hips may twist forward to bring the spine out of alignment and cause stress to the lower back. However, it’s crucial to choose the right size pillow – the right option will allow your thighs to rest at a comfortable position parallel to the hips.

Can Mattress Accessories Help with Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Although the mattress can have a big impact on sciatica symptoms, bedding accessories — such as toppers, or pillows for head or body support — can also help you reduce symptoms and manage sciatic pain.

Mattress toppers are placed on top of an existing mattress to make a mattress feel softer or firmer. Adjusting the feel of your sleep surface can lead to more sciatic pain relief if your current mattress does not provide enough contouring. Since most people with sciatica require a slightly softer bed to alleviate symptoms, a topper can be used during flare-ups and stored the rest of the time

Pillows can also alleviate sciatic pain, provided sleepers choose the right model.. A pillow that feels too thick or too thin can interfere with spinal alignment, especially for people whose sciatic pain originates in the back. Choosing the right pillow thickness – or "loft" – is dependent on sleep position. Side sleepers generally require the highest loft, while back sleepers tend to find mid-loft pillows most comfortable. Stomach sleeping is not ideal for people with sciatica, but those who sleep in this position should choose a low-loft pillow.

As mentioned in our discussion of sleep positions, pillows can also be used to support other areas of the body. For example, people who sleep on their back may be most comfortable with pillows supporting their lower back and behind their knees. While ordinary pillows can be used for this, some sleepers find more relief from wedge pillows, knee pillows, and other models designed for this purpose.