How do I find the right mattress for scoliosis?
There are many components of a mattress that will affect what's the right one for you. Whilst we're the mattress experts, we recommend speaking to a health professional or an orthopaedic doctor, the experts on scoliosis. This way, you can rely on trusted medical advice that will recommend the best mattresses for scoliosis and you. Aside from that, here are our general tips for finding a supportive mattress best designed for those affected by scoliosis.
Consider sleeping position
Scoliosis affects sleep, and scoliosis-related pain can often relate to the way you sleep. Whilst there are various types of scoliosis, the general advice is that sleeping flat on your back is the most effective and comfortable sleep position. We usually recommend preferred back sleepers a firmer or extra firm mattress tension as this best supports healthy spinal alignment during the night, however, we recognise that sleepers with scoliosis may vary. This is why we suggest that you try out multiple mattresses before purchasing a new one.
It's hard to know what you might find comfortable without trying a range of mattresses. We certainly recommend visiting your local Mattressman or bed store to explore different mattresses on the firmness scale. There, mattress experts can help you decipher what the right mattress is for you to promote proper spinal alignment, adequate support and high sleep quality.
Different Types of Mattress For Scoliosis
Different mattress types promote a variation of support or comfort qualities, emphasising the need to try each of them out to ascertain which is most appropriate for how you sleep. Read on to discover what each mattress type has to offer.
There are two different types of sprung mattresses: an open coil or pocket sprung system. An open coil support core consists of a continuous wire that comprises the entire spring unit, running side to side to create the base. Typically, traditional open coil mattresses are either great budget options or are designed to be firmer mattresses. Many open coil sleeping solutions are considered orthopaedic, great for pressure relief and supporting spinal alignment for back and stomach sleepers.
Pocket sprung mattresses are usually more expensive because the support is derived from a number of individual springs encased in their own fabric pocket. Due to each spring moving independently, the mattress surface is designed to respond to your body where pressure is applied, moulding to the contours of your sleep positions. Also known for the effective relief of pressure points such as the shoulders, hips and joints, pocket sprung mattresses are great for promoting healthy spinal alignment.
Memory foam mattress
An all-foam mattress consists of multiple foam layers usually including reflex or memory foam. Varying in foam firmness, its substantial pressure point relief makes for a comfortable orthopedic mattress. Comprising millions of tiny holes that release air when pressure is applied, memory foam isn't a great option for hot sleepers as there's limited breathability. If this isn't an issue, many people who are affected by scoliosis opt for memory foam mattresses as they offer adequate spinal support, pressure relief and comfort. If you're a hot sleeper, consider gel-infused memory foam instead. Its temperature regulation properties can help you keep cool yet comforted all night long.
With all this being said, the best memory foam mattress for people affected by scoliosis is often one combined with a sprung support unit, otherwise known as a hybrid mattress.
A hybrid mattress essentially combines two types of mattresses together. Usually, this is a pocket sprung or open coil spring system combined with a layer of either memory foam, gel-infused foam or latex. This means that hybrid mattresses provide brilliant support from the spring system base but sumptuous comfort from the surface layer. Overall, this is a very attractive option for anyone looking for a mattress for scoliosis, ensuring that you can get a good night's sleep for many years to come.
As mentioned above, gel-infused memory foam is the best mattress kind for hot sleepers. Each mattress brand engineers and designs its cooling gel foam differently, but their enhanced breathability and temperature regulation are in common. Much like memory foam, gel foam layers absorb pressure to ensure your body weight is evenly distributed and you receive adequate pressure relief. What's more, our gel foam options range in mattress firmness from medium to firmer, so you can find the best mattress for you and your needs.
Latex is a natural material that creates some of the most durable mattress options in the bed industry. Naturally breathable and temperature regulating, latex mattresses have a similar feel to memory foam but are often considered to be more bouncy. Including soft, medium, medium firm mattresses and firmer mattress options, you can rely on a latex mattress to last over 10 years. However, because they're a more expensive, luxury mattress option, please do ensure the mattress firmness is appropriate for your scoliosis-related pain.
What else should I consider?
When it comes to your sleeping solution if you're affected by scoliosis, you can also consider the bedding you use. Sleeping on your back is recommended for people affected by scoliosis, however, if you tend to find yourself being tempted to sleep on your side, you may want to consider using a C-shaped pillow. Also known as a pregnancy pillow, they can support your head, neck and lumbar region consistently.
Why should I shop at Mattressman?
At Mattressman, we offer services that can make your mattress delivery simple and convenient for you. Firstly, delivery is free, speedy and can come as soon as the next working day if you order before 4pm. At checkout, you can add our two-man delivery service, meaning that our delivery team or couriers will transport the mattress to your bedroom of choice. Your purchase can be made even easier thanks to our recycling service, where we can take away your old mattress for £25 per item. This covers the cost of transport, deconstructing the sleeping solution, and recycling or repurposing the materials within it. Therefore, you can rest easy on your brand-new mattress knowing your old mattress was recycled in an environmentally-friendly way.