How do I find the right mattress for fibromyalgia?
People who are affected by fibromyalgia can experience a variety of different symptoms, which can entail a mixture of mattress recommendations. Please continue to read below and discover the range of aspects that should be taken into consideration when selecting a mattress for fibromyalgia.
Think about your sleeping position
Varying sleeping preferences require a different mattress firmness, something that especially affects people with fibromyalgia. Whilst we recommend that you speak to a health professional or GP in order to better understand what sleeping solution is appropriate for you, we describe what sleeping positions are best for each mattress tension below. Ensuring you sleep on the right mattress tension can help with chronic pain, supplying full body support to encourage pressure relief.
If you prefer to sleep on your side, we recommend opting for a medium or softer mattress firmness. Providing cushioning for pressure points such as the shoulders and hips, a mattress on the softer end of the spectrum will be able to adequately promote healthy spinal alignment. If you sleep on a mattress that's too firm for this preferred sleeping position, it can make joint pain worse as your body is not properly supported.
Back and stomach sleepers
Because back or stomach sleepers require a flat surface that doesn't conform to their body contours, we recommend a firmer or extra firm mattress for these preferred sleep positions. Stomach sleepers are naturally placing strain on their lower backs by sleeping in this style, however, if you cannot stray away from this position, a firm mattress tension will best support proper spinal alignment. If widespread pain is one of your main symptoms and you prefer to sleep in these positions, an orthopedic mattress may be one of the best mattresses for fibromyalgia.
Do you sleep in a variety of sleeping positions throughout the night? If you often find yourself waking on your back, front or side, a medium firm mattress is best designed for the way you sleep. The mattress surface will neither too firm nor too soft to provide ample support and promote healthy spinal alignment throughout the night.
Try out mattress options in-store
It's hard to know what's the best mattress for you when ordering online, so we advise that you pop into your local Mattressman or bed store to discover which type is most appropriate for you and your symptoms. Below, we describe some of our most popular mattress options, many of which can relieve specific symptoms of fibromyalgia.
What are the best mattress types for fibromyalgia?
There are two types of sprung sleeping solutions: a pocket spring or innerspring mattress. Pocket sprung mattresses are made up of individually wrapped coils in their own fabric pockets and move independently of one another, allowing the mattress to provide total body support, mould to the contours of your body and ensure healthy spine alignment. This type of supportive mattress has optimum pressure relief because you can find an option in every mattress firmness.
An innerspring mattress, also known as open coil mattresses, is made from a continuous coil that forms the entire spring cage. Because it doesn't comprise hundreds of individual springs, open coil mattresses are typically cheaper than their pocket sprung counterparts. They usually offer a firmer or extra firm mattress support, however, they are available in a range of firmnesses. The springs can sometimes cause 'roll-together' after years of usage, which results in the centre of the mattress dipping in the middle. Therefore, if you share a bed with a partner, you may wish to opt for a pocket sprung mattress instead.
Memory foam mattresses
One of the most popular types, a memory foam mattress is known for its body-moulding comfort and pressure relief. This is the perfect mattress for those who aren't hot sleepers because memory foam has limited breathability and strong heat retention. With this being said, memory foam absorbs impact and generally makes for a very comfortable mattress. Because memory foam has a closed cell structure, they are known to be an effective hypoallergenic mattress as it's impossible for dust mites to pass through and build up. Therefore, this is one of the best mattresses for those who suffer from dust mite allergies.
Hybrid mattress options
Hybrid mattresses combine two types of mattresses, usually a sprung element and a comfort layer such as memory foam, latex or gel foam. The comfort layer can be seen like a mattress topper, providing sumptuous comfort whilst still receiving brilliant support from the spring system. Opting for a gel foam, latex foam or memory foam top layer depends on whether you get too hot or cold throughout the night, something we delve into a bit further below.
Other types of mattresses
Other popular options include a quality latex mattress or gel foam mattress. Latex is a completely natural material that has been transformed into a bouncy foam-like sleeping surface, often compared to memory foam but is much more breathable and temperature-regulating. The same can be said for our gel foam range, where memory foam has been engineered to keep you cool and provide optimum pressure relief throughout the night.
Mattresses for each symptom of fibromyalgia
A common symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain, whether it's aching, a burning sensation or throbbing pains. For this, we recommend finding a mattress that is designed for your preferred sleeping position as described above. If your pain feels like a burning sensation, you may wish to opt for a mattress that has incorporated cooling sleep technology to help reduce this symptom, some of our favourites include Geltex or gel-infused memory foam.
Your current mattress could be contributing to the worsening of this symptom, as the mattress firmness may be too soft or firm for the way you sleep, therefore decreasing your sleep quality. Whilst you may not be able to eradicate this symptom completely, finding a suitable mattress for your preferred sleeping styles can help you achieve better sleep.
Extreme fatigue can make you feel completely drained of energy, and you may feel too tired to do anything. Due to this, it's important that you find a mattress that you find comfortable. You can achieve better quality sleep when you strike the perfect balance between something you find comfortable, will relieve pressure points and is designed for your preferred sleep position.
Feeling too hot or cold
A common symptom is not being able to regulate your temperature well. Whether cold or hot sleepers, this can really prevent getting a good night's sleep, therefore the best mattress for fibromyalgia and this symptom would be one with cooling or warming properties. For a cooling mattress, we recommend our latex or gel foam range that includes Geltex or gel-infused memory foam. If you tend to feel colder throughout the night, memory foam is known for its strong heat retention qualities.