Contents of Article
- What to Look for in a Mattress for Fibromyalgia
- Best Overall – Purple
- Runner-Up – Nest Hybrid Latex
- Honorable Mention – Layla
Those who have Fibromyalgia need a bed that cradles their body correctly. Even though fibromyalgia is the second most common condition that affects bones and muscles in humans, it is still often misdiagnosed and isn’t fully understood.
Fibromyalgia not only causes muscle and joint pain that can affect your entire body, but it also creates fatigue, fibro-fog (an inability to concentrate), and insomnia and other sleep disorders.
There is no cure for this illness, but you can lead a better more fulfilling life with some healthy changes. A bed that alleviates stress and allows you to get a proper night of sleep is a great start to put you on the track to fibromyalgia relief.
What to Look for in a Mattress for Fibromyalgia
When you suffer from fibromyalgia two factors take precedence over all others when deciding the very best mattress for you: pressure relief and comfort. There are other determining factors such as price, durability, quality of materials, how well the bed regulates temperature, and of course the warranty and sleep trial, but those are all second to pressure relief and comfort for those who have this disorder.
Let’s breakdown the different factors that we are using to rate the rank the top three best mattresses for fibromyalgia, starting with pressure relief and comfort.
- Pressure Relief
- Temperature Regulation
- Quality of Materials
- Warranty, Trial Period, and Considerations
Doctors are not sure exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but there is a common school of thought that it has to do with the way your spine and brain perceive the signals that are coming from the nerve endings throughout your body. Essentially, something that is not uncomfortable or painful to people not afflicted with the disorder could be quite unpleasant for someone with fibro.
Knowing this theory, pressure relief is at the very top of our list of mattress performance factors. The best pressure relief for an average-sized person will probably come from a medium to medium-firm bed that has specialized foams or coils designed to conform to all of the nooks and crannies of your body so that your weight is evenly supported without any pinching or pressure point discomfort.
It would seem evident that comfort and pressure-relief are strongly tied together, and though it takes excellent pressure relief to be comfortable, the two exist independently of one another.
For example, the best mattress for fibromyalgia will comfortably support your weight and keep your spine in proper alignment no matter which position you sleep in. If you are comfortable, you’ll rest well. And if you can rest well, you will be less stressed and have less anxiety which could reduce the effects of the disorder.
If you are living in pain, the cost can become a non-issue to a certain degree. Of course, some things are simply out of reach monetarily, but if something is much better at relieving our pain than the competition, we are willing to fork over the extra dough to feel better.
That said, we do take price into consideration when it comes to similar products. If two products achieve similar performance results, then the one that costs less has a better value and could rank a little higher in our decision-making process.
A heat treatment can be excellent for muscle pain … but being too hot while you sleep isn’t the same thing. How warm or cool your sleeping surface is while you are in bed directly relates to your overall comfort. Most people don’t like to feel overheated by their trapped body temperature and end up sweating where their body meets the surface of the mattresses. The best mattress for fibromyalgia will have technology incorporated that keeps the bed’s temperature regulated so that you rest well.
Quality of Materials
The best mattresses for fibromyalgia will use high-end non-toxic materials that don’t release gasses or include harmful chemicals that can be absorbed through our skin. This unfortunate fact is a lot more common than most people realize, so it is essential to do your due diligence when mattress shopping.
Lucky for you, the three beds for fibromyalgia that we are going to suggest are all made without heavy metals, PBDEs, Ozone Depleters, and other chemicals that are harmful to us and the environment.
The better the materials used to make the bed, the more durable it should be. But how well the mattress is built plays a big roll in how durable it is as well. When we are spending over a thousand dollars on something like a bed mattress, we want to be sure that it will last and that we’ll get our money’s worth out of it. So we factor this into our ranking as well. The best mattress for fibromyalgia will be incredibly durable.
Warranty, Trial Period, and Considerations
With so many brands competing for their share of the marketplace, many have created similar products that have virtually the same performance results. When this is the case, the warranty, trial period and other considerations like which company deserves our money more, like how environmentally conscious they are can be a tie-breaker of sorts. To even be considered, any mattress on our radar has to have at least the industry-standard warranties and trials.
Best Overall – Purple
Purple is known for their smart marketing, like their videos with Goldilocks, who found a mattress that is just right and their egg-drop tests. They are also known for having one of the most technologically advanced mattresses on the market as well as super high standards for using non-toxic materials and green manufacturing.
The company was conceived by two brothers who were fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains in 2013 One is a literal rocket scientist, and the other is a comfort technology specialist who already had various comfort patents like Floam and Hyper Elastic Polymer. Between the two brothers, they own over 30 high-tech comfort material patents that are licensed by multiple companies around the world.
The patent that kicked off the Purple Bed was the Hyper Elastic Polymer. It is soft, durable, and can stretch up to fifteen times its resting size. Already used in Doctor Scholl’s Massaging Gel and Sof-Sole shoe inserts, Backpack straps, medical care beds, and wheelchair cushions, they took the material back to the drawing boards to revamp it for today’s sleep industry.
Purple Beds are made in the USA with all of their materials sourced in the United States as well. They ship for free within the continental United States and come with a 10-year warranty and a 100-night “no pressure” trial.
How Purple is Constructed
Purple is not only the best mattress for fibromyalgia, but it is also the most exciting bed currently on the market. It has an entirely different feel to any other mattress. It doesn’t feel like a foam bed, it doesn’t feel like a spring bed, and it doesn’t feel like a foam-spring hybrid bed. This is because of that hyper-elastic polymer we spoke of above.
But first off, let’s look at the cover. The cover is super soft, stretchy and quite thin lycra, viscose, and polyester blend. It is very breathable, and the lycra helps to regulate temperature and wick away moisture just like an athletic shirt.
Getting back to that hyperelastic polymer, they developed another patent using the material called the Smart Comfort Grid. The polymer is arranged in a grid pattern with hollow squares that are designed to collapse under pressure and redistribute weight to its neighbors. The comfort layer is a two-inch thick Smart Comfort Grid.
It does a fantastic job of staying intact to conform to your body curves where needed and collapsing to relieve pressure along the heavier and ‘pointier’ parts of your body such as your hips, knees, and shoulders. The hollow squares also allow for enhanced airflow which together with the breathable cover, keeps the surface nice and cool throughout the night.
Below the hyperelastic polymer is a layer of polyurethane foam that is about three and a quarter inches thick. This layer helps to gently distribute your weight and act as a transition to the high-density foundation layer. The dense foam acts as the base and is what makes supports your full body weight. Between the super durable polymer and high-density poly-foam, the Purple bed is quite durable indeed.
The combination of technology makes for a bed that adapts to all of your pressure points, is extremely comfortable, and stays wonderfully cool. It’s also non-toxic and hypoallergenic which is a serious bonus for those who have fibromyalgia.
When you look at sleep tests with pressure maps laid across the Purple Bed, you find that this mattress provides exceptional pressure relief in all positions. Lying on your back and stomach, it is almost as if the sleeping person isn’t even there. While lying on your side, there is very little pressure detected at the hip and shoulder. So if you have fibromyalgia, you’ll be comfy no matter which position you sleep in.
Runner-Up – Nest Hybrid Latex
Nest Bedding has made a name for themselves as factory-direct bedding and bed company that makes GOTS certified organic sheets and bedding and CertiPUR-US mattresses. They are family owned with locations around Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Seattle, have made a mark in the ‘bed in a box’ market.
Nest was established in 2011, and they have the marketing saying, “if you want to go green for not a lot of green’, eco-friendly and made in America, you’ve come to the right place.” Nest has been rated as the top-ranked mattress company online, and highest rated overall by independent reviews by respected publications such as Forbes, Men’s Journal, the Washington Post, The Huffington Post and even received the National Parenting Product Award for their eco-friendly and indoor health standards.
The Nest Hybrid Latex is available in two different comfort levels, medium, and firm and comes with a free shipping right to your home, a 100-night in home trial, a lifetime warranty, and a lifetime comfort guarantee. They also offer free exchanges and returns if for some reason you opt out of the Hybrid Latex during your trial period.
How Nest Hybrid Latex is Constructed
The Nest Hybrid Latex is a cross between a latex foam mattress and an inner-coil bed. This particular model is built out of eco-friendly materials and won’t have a toxic off-gassing period that is often associated with foam beds.
The construction is fairly simple. The cover is soft organic cotton that is snappy, so it won’t bunch up on you while you sleep. The top itself is a quilted wool and cotton zip top that is about one inch thick. Underneath the quilted top is a three-inch Oeko-Tex Certified Talalay Latex which many consider being superior to Dunlop foam. Latex foam is more durable than memory foam, and it has a pronounced response and bounce.
Below the three inches of latex are eight-inch Quantum Edge Support Pocketed Coils. The individually wrapped coils are packed into different zones to provide customized support along the length of your body, which is great for pressure relief, especially for more sensitive people like those with fibromyalgia. Being that the coils are individually wrapped, there is plenty of room for air to flow inside the mattress, which helps the Hybrid Latex stay cool.
Underneath the coils is a one-inch layer of high-density polyurethane foam. The final layer of foam acts as the base for the coils and supports the rest of the bed, effectively tying it all together so that you get great comfort, pressure relief, and sleep cool.
When we use the same pressure maps on the Hybrid Latex, it outperforms most beds but falls just shy of the Purple. Almost no pressure shows up for people who sleep on their stomach or their back, but a small amount of pressure is picked up around the shoulders and a tiny amount at the hips. That said, you can sleep comfortably in any position with this bed, and we think it is the second best mattress for fibromyalgia on the market.
Honorable Mention – Layla
Layla is impressive because they created a flip-able system where one side is medium-soft and the other medium-firm. They have managed to fit two comfort levels in one mattress without compromising pressure relief or comfort.
Unlike our top choice and our runner-up, the Layla bed is all-foam, but they don’t cut corners in quality or technology just because the mattress isn’t hybrid. They infuse copper into their foams and utilize a reactive cooling cover. Another benefit that comes with having a Layla bed is they can be used effectively on just about any surface: a box spring or foundation, slatted base, solid platform or even the floor.
Layla is made in the USA with premium quality foams, and just like our other two selections, they offer free shipping. They stand out against most of the competition by offering a lifetime warranty, and they have a better than average sleep trial that lasts 120 days.
How Layla is Constructed
Layla has neared perfection with just four layers of foam wrapped in a removable, soft polyester blend cover that is gel-infused for temperature regulation. I should mention that I really love they way Layla’s cover looks.
Layla infuses their foams with copper for various reasons. The first is because it is superconductive, and it helps suck body heat away from the person sleeping on the bed. Secondly, copper is a natural antimicrobial. So the materials of the mattress stay much cleaner than other foam beds. Copper has historically been thought to heal. There has been some weight added to this because it does release positive ions. So, who knows? But it is an interesting thought.
The first layer is three-inch copper infused memory foam that helps to rapidly dissipate heat and offers deep compression support. The second layer is a warbly, convoluted foam to create the maximum amount of airflow as possible, further cooling the bed and offering contouring body support.
The third layer is four and a half inches of base support foam. This is the layer that holds your weight and helps to keep your spine in alignment to reduce back pain over time. Under this is the same copper infused memory foam that makes up the first layer, only this one is one inch thick so that if you turn the bed over it becomes the first layer in a firmer mattress.
For fibromyalgia, we recommend the medium soft side of this bed. Reviewing the pressure sensor tests, we see that this bed is excellent for people who sleep on their sides. There is very little pressure. If you sleep on your back, you’ll get just a hair more pressure around the buttocks than the Purple, and the stomach position is comparable to both our two top choices.
Layla is easily the third best mattress for fibromyalgia available right now.
The Purple Bed is bar far the best mattress for fibromyalgia that we have found. It really is a ‘no pressure’ mattress and the fact that they put so much effort into creating a non-toxic bed and make sure that they impact the environment as little as possible is big plus for the manufacturers of the Purple Bed.
We also showed you a ‘traditional’ latex hybrid mattress as our runner-up and an astonishing all-foam bed that is great for people who love the memory foam feel. All three of these beds excel in pressure relief and comfort. So hopefully after reading this article, you will find the best mattress for fibromyalgia that fits your exact needs.