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Which Mattress?

We regularly get asked the question “What mattress is best for fibromyalgia?”. We are all individual in which mattress type will suit us best, and there is no definitive answer to this question. We have done some research among our social media followers & forum members, and hope that this article may serve as a guide.  We had 152 responses to our survey. 
Mattress Types 
 
There are 6 main types of mattresses available, and they are listed below in order of popularity according to our survey 
 
Memory Foam Mattress 
Memory foam moulds to the contours of your body, providing enhanced cushioning around tender joints and pressure points, while maintaining full body support.   Memory foam also retains heat, which some people find an issue 
Hybrid Mattress 
A hybrid mattress that features a pocket sprung base and a memory foam top layer can be a good option for those with the condition, as it provides a great balance between comfort and support.   
 
Orthopaedic Mattress 
An orthopedic mattress is designed specifically for those with back or joint pain or conditions such as arthritis.  Strategically positioned grooves in the deep foam provide optimum pressure relief and cushioning where you need it most - around the lower back and pressure points, making it ideal for chronic pain conditions. 
 
Pocket Sprung Mattress 
Pocket sprung mattresses contain individual pocket springs contained in their own fabric pockets for more targeted support. This can be a good option if you share your bed with a partner as they can accommodate for both of your weights and sleeping styles. 
 
Spring Mattress 
A spring or innerspring mattress contains metal coils. If the mattress doesn’t feature a thick enough comfort layer on top, these coils can become uncomfortable over time.  For Fibromyalgia sufferers, these hard springs could aggravate tender points so you will need to opt for a premium mattress if you go for spring. 
 
Latex Mattress  
Latex mattresses are durable, hypoallergenic and supportive.  However, buying a quality latex mattress can be very expensive 
 
Mattresses for Fibromyalgia
 
There are several mattresses currently available which claim to be the best mattress for fibromyalgia – our survey therefore also asked the question whether respondents would recommend any particular mattress brands.  The brands were recommended in the following order:
  • Other brands of mattress
  • Tempur 
  • Dormeo  
  • Simba 
  • Emma 
  • NRem 
  • Nectar 
  • Eve 
  • Otty 
 
What to Look for in a Mattress 
 
The following may give you guidance in what to look for when selecting which mattress is the best option for you.   
 
Mattress Firmness Level 
If your mattress is too soft or too firm, it can make pain worse.  Mattress firmness and feel is very much down to individual preference so there isn’t one correct answer.  For example, the heavier you are, the firmer your mattress should be.  However, most people sleep best on a medium firm mattress. 
 
Mattress Support and Pressure Relief 
Full body support is essential when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. The right support, plus pressure relief results in a comfortable sleep that allows your muscles and joints to be rested and restored. 
 
Movement Absorption 
If you move around throughout the night to find a comfortable position, you don’t want a mattress that squeaks and shifts, especially if you share a bed.  Memory foam absorbs impact to minimise movement disturbances.   
 
Temperature Levels 
For many people living with Fibromyalgia, heat sensitivity can be an issue. This can mean getting too hot and stuffy in bed.  If this is you, you may wish to choose a mattress featuring cooling sleep technology 
 
Test First with a Sleep Trial 
Everyone is different and has varying sleeping preferences. To make sure you choose the right mattress model for you, you may wish to consider buying from a company who offer a sleep trial and your money back if the mattress turns out not to be suitable for you. 

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