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Who will benefit from a zero motion transfer mattress?

People who share a bed with a partner will benefit most from a mattress with minimal motion transfer. If you sleep on a bed with poor measures to prevent motion transfer, it's likely you'll be frequently disturbed throughout the night when your partner moves around, especially for light sleepers in need of uninterrupted sleep. With a motion isolating mattress, you won't feel their movement and enjoy endless nights of undisturbed sleep.

What are the best mattresses for minimal motion transfer?

Pocket sprung mattresses

One of our most popular premium mattress options that minimizes motion transfer is the pocket sprung mattress. Containing anywhere from several hundred to thousands of individually wrapped pocket springs, this type of mattress has brilliant motion isolation because the springs move independently of one another. Therefore when the springs are moulding to your body shape on one side of the bed, the movements will not be felt from the other side.

Pocket spring mattresses are versatile as they can be paired with hypoallergenic or natural fillings, are available in all firmness tensions and are appropriate for a multitude of preferred sleeping positions.

Memory foam mattresses

A memory foam mattress is known for its motion isolation thanks to its structure. Memory foam mattresses tend to adapt to your body shape when you apply pressure to the surface, meaning the bed won't feel movement from the opposite end. Pressure relieving memory foam will be consistent throughout its layers if it's an all-foam mattress, also helping to aid even weight distribution and a good night's sleep.

For any hot sleepers, we would recommend you opt for a gel foam mattress instead. You can still benefit from all the body-moulding properties but is much more effective for temperature regulation. This is because there is minimal breathability and airflow when you're resting on a memory foam mattress, despite its good motion isolation. To find the best memory foam mattress for you, follow these tips and you'll find the option that will give you the most comfortable sleeping environment.

Gel foam mattresses

Mirroring many of the same qualities as other memory foam mattresses, you can rely on gel foam to regulate your temperature at night. Often paired with pocket springs, there are also many all-foam mattress options that utilise gel foam layers infusing materials like bamboo or graphite for their cooling properties. Several of the Nectar mattress options have used graphite-infused gel foam and also offer a 365-night trial period, so you can decide whether gel foam is the right mattress for you.

Hybrid mattresses

A hybrid mattress is great for anyone who wants to enjoy the support of a spring unit and the comfort of traditional memory foam or gel foam layers. Such modern mattresses can comprise a variety of mattress materials, however, the pairing of some mattress types may not ensure minimal motion transfer. For this reason, we recommend hybrid mattresses that use pocket springs with either memory foam or gel foam.

Which mattresses should I avoid if I share a bed with a partner?

Open coil mattresses

Innerspring or open coil spring units are made from one piece of wire that comprises the entire system. Known for their ability to provide fantastic firm support, the fact that the spring unit is made from a continuous coil means that movements can be felt throughout the entire mattress. If you share an open coil bed with a partner, sleep disturbances as a result of switching sleep positions or getting up will occur more frequently, certainly an issue if you're a light sleeper.

Latex mattresses

Natural latex mattresses are praised for so many reasons, largely down to their breathability, durability and efficient support they offer. However, whilst they are often compared to memory foam mattresses, natural latex is much more bouncier and does not offer the exact body-moulding adaption as memory foam. Because of this, latex mattresses aren't the most effective options for reducing motion transfer.

Will a mattress topper help with motion transfer?

A memory foam mattress topper in isolation is extremely effective in offering pressure relief and minimal motion transfer. However, when you place a mattress topper over an inefficient mattress for motion transfer, as the preceding section discusses, the motion isolation of the mattress topper will become redundant.

Does mattress firmness affect motion transfer?

No, because every preferred sleeping position requires different firmness support, the factor that affects motion transfer is the type of mattress, as described above. We recommend side sleepers softer to medium mattresses, a firm mattress to back and stomach sleepers and a medium firm mattress for people who sleep in a variety of positions. If you're unsure whether the support firmness right for you will provide adequate motion isolation, read a variety of mattress reviews to ensure you find the best mattress for you.