Last Updated On March 14th, 2019

Choosing the right mattress is especially important if you suffer from scoliosis. Sleeping on a mattress that does not provide the proper level of support can exacerbate its symptoms. Adversely, a mattress more suited to the needs of someone with scoliosis can help reduce pain by providing support to the spine exactly where it is needed most. That Is why finding the best mattress for scoliosis is an important part of promoting healthy spinal alignment and getting restful sleep, two things you shouldn’t have to live without.

We explored the options available and compared them to the needs of scoliosis patients to find a list of the best mattress options on the market. We hope our list of the top 7 helps you narrow your search and provides you with all the information you could need to make the decision that is right for you. Keep reading to find out what we learned!

Top 7 Best Mattresses For Scoliosis

To establish our list, we examined the traits that make each option unique, the level of support they provide,  and their ability to regulate temperature. After comparing these traits we came up with the following results, enjoy!

1. The Zenhaven (Editor’s Choice)

Zenhaven bed

Overview

  • Type: Zoned Talalay latex
  • Firmness: Dual-sided with Luxury Plush: 4, Gentle Firm: 7 (scale of 1-10 with 10 being the firmest)
  • Height: 10 inches
  • In-home trial period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 20 years
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Zenhaven Mattress is our Editor’s choice for best bed for scoliosis. It is comprised of Talalay latex constructed with a 5-zoned comfort design which provides superior back support for people who suffer from scoliosis. Its 5-zoned design arranges density and varying size holes in the latex to give additional support to the lumbar region while simultaneously being softer near the shoulder region.

Features

The organic cotton and wool pillow-top adds a contouring capability that is not generally provided by a latex mattress but functions very well for people with scoliosis. It also ensures comfort while you are supported from below by the dense latex.

Talalay latex has tiny holes that permit airflow throughout the material which prevents overheating while you sleep. The cotton and wool cover is also very breathable and contributes to effective temperature regulation. For someone with scoliosis, the ability to manage heat retention should rank very high as it ultimately contributes to advanced comfort without the need to frequently change sleep positions that can unnecessarily move or jar the spine.

Motion transfer is nearly eliminated in the Zenhaven mattress, something important for people with scoliosis. The latex and wool absorb most of the motion which is dissipated before you are disturbed. Sleeping with a pet or a partner in this bed may not disturb you, even if you are a light sleeper with scoliosis.

Due to the latex material construction of the mattress, it is very durable and long-lasting. This ensures proper spinal alignment and a flat surface that supports well for an extended period of time. Some consumers have noted how pleased they are with the extended durability of the mattress. The company’s confidence in their product is evident in its lengthy 20-year warranty and 120-night in-home trial.

Pros:
  • Dual-sided firmness ensures the right level of support and comfort in any position
  • Lengthy 20-year warranty
  • Does not retain heat
  • Extremely durable and long lasting
  • Eco-friendly and organic materials used in construction
Cons:
  • Not as conforming as memory foam or polyfoam
  • Motion transfer is diminished, but not eliminated
  • May not be affordable for some
  • Heavy and hard to move for one person
  • No medium firmness

2. The Tuft & Needle (Best Foam Choice)

Turf & Needle in the bedroom

Overview

  • Type: Foam
  • Firmness: 6-6.5 (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the firmest)
  • Height: 10 inches
  • In-home trial period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Tuft & Needle Mattress is our top pick for a foam mattress suited to the needs of someone with scoliosis. It is comprised of only two layers which can adapt and support very effectively. The foam contours to your shape so you feel cradled and comfortable all night long. It is medium-firm which is excellent for sleeping on your back, the most highly recommended sleep position for someone with scoliosis.

Features

Each layer of the mattress is designed with temperature regulation as the main priority, something people with scoliosis will benefit from greatly. All of the foams used are breathable, as opposed to regular memory foam. This breathable foam promotes airflow throughout the entire bed so you can sleep with a lesser chance of running the risk of overheating or experience heat retention.

Responsive foams are well known for having superior motion isolation and this mattress does not disappoint. The foam absorbs shock and leaves you with an undisturbed surface so you can sleep without interference. Sufferers can sleep with a partner on this bed without any unnecessary movement that may further strain their spine while they sleep.

Some consumers have happily reported that the Tuft & Needle is lighter than many other mattresses and is significantly easier to move. If you suffer from scoliosis pain, this could make setting up your bed or changing its positions significantly easier. We should mention in this review that Consumers are also pleased with the low ten-inch height which makes it easier to get into, and out of, which is important for people with limited mobility and chronic pain.

Pros:
  • Advanced support and contour
  • Superior motion isolation
  • Affordable on almost any budget
  • Low profile height promotes ease of access
  • Lighter materials make this bed easy to move
Cons:
  • Slight off-gassing period
  • Too firm for some side sleepers
  • Retains some minimal heat
  • No manufacturer information available on their website
  • Some consumers have issues regarding the delivery of the product

3. The Live and Sleep (Most Affordable Choice)

Live and Sleep in the bedroom

Overview

  • Type: Memory foam
  • Firmness: 6-7 (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the firmest)
  • Height: 10 inches
  • In-home trial period: 30 nights
  • Warranty: 20 years
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Live and Sleep Mattress is our top affordable pick for someone with scoliosis. The memory foam and high-density foam used in its construction provide a medium-firm feel that supports your spine and contours to the shape of your back with ease. The memory foam actively relieves pressure without adding any additional stress to areas affected by pain from scoliosis. This combination of support, contour, firmness, and pressure relief makes this mattress ideal for alleviating the chronic pain associated with scoliosis.

Features

It uses a breathable cover to help aid with temperature regulation. The different foams used are open-celled so they can promote airflow throughout the entire bed while you sleep. This mattress does retain some minimal heat but overall, it does a good job of helping you sleep without overheating. However, if you know that you tend to sleep hotter than most people you may want to consider buying a cooling topper with it.

Motion transfer is eliminated through the material used in the bed’s construction. Memory foam was designed by NASA. In cushions of astronauts, it absorbs shock upon reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The company wisely uses memory foam material to achieve superior motion isolation and a hugging sensation that cradles your body’s shape.

Consumers have reported being especially pleased with this mattress because of the particularly low price point. The Live and Sleep mattress is able to provide you with a quality product that will not break the bank. It doesn’t sacrifice value and durability, which you often find in cases of less expensive mattresses and pillows. The lengthy 20-year warranty also speaks to the company’s belief in their product.

Pros:
  • Excellent support and contour
  • Low profile height for ease of access
  • Light enough for one person to move alone
  • Extremely affordable
  • Lengthy 20-year warranty
Cons:
  • Short trial period
  • Retains some heat
  • Minimal off-gassing period
  • Takes several hours to decompress
  • Less than ideal edge support

4. The Layla Mattress

man on his Layla bed

Overview

  • Type: Copper-infused foam
  • Firmness: Dual-sided with Medium Soft: 4, and Firm: 7 (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the firmest)
  • Height: 10 inches
  • In-home trial period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Layla Mattress is our choice for active recovery due to its unique, dual copper-infused memory foam layers. The foam is designed to help improve circulation while you sleep by reflecting your body’s energy back at you. The company’s website boasts that the copper-infused layers will also promote a healthier and more restful sleep overall, making this one of the best mattresses for scoliosis.

Features

The foams used in construction provide ample support for a stressed spine while contouring your shape to achieve the ideal level of comfort. The dual-sided firmness option makes this bed supportive in any sleep position. If you sleep on your back, the ideal position for someone with scoliosis, you will most likely prefer the softer side to reduce added pressure on your hips and shoulders. If you sleep on your side, the next best sleep position, you will most likely prefer the firmer side of the Layla Mattress. If you like to sleep in different positions, this mattress could be the perfect fit for your needs as you can easily flip it to change with your preference.

This mattress also excels in temperature regulation. It has two layers of gel-infused foam, as well as a layer of convoluted foam that helps promote airflow and breathability throughout the entirety of the bed. Sufferers will be able to sleep all night without overheating or unnecessarily tossing and turning.

Similar to other foam mattresses, this mattress excels in the arena of motion transfer elimination. You will sleep undisturbed, even if you have a large partner who moves around a lot. This is important for sufferers because it helps eliminate unexpected movement and unnecessarily changing positions while you sleep.

Pros:
  • Dual-sided firmness provides support in any sleep position
  • Lighter and easier to move
  • Copper-infused memory foam improves circulation for an active recovery
  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Wonderful pressure relief and contour
Cons:
  • No medium firmness option
  • Slight off-gassing period
  • Retains minimal heat
  • No additional edge support
  • Not as responsive as latex

5. The Casper Mattress

Couple happy with their Casper bed

Overview

  • Type: Foam
  • Firmness: Targeted regions vary in firmness
  • Height: 10 inches
  • In-home trial period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Casper Mattress is our pick for a mattress that specifically promotes healthy spinal alignment. It is comprised of varying layers of foam in different thicknesses and lengths to provide targeted regions of support. The firmness level changes depending on which region of the bed you are examining. For example, the lumbar region is firmer to provide support to the additional weight you body holds in this area. The shoulder region is softer, so you can sleep on your side without discomfort caused by compression. The foams used also provide an advanced conforming sensation that hugs your body and leaves it feeling supported in all of the right places.

Features

The layers of foam in this mattress are open-celled and help reduce heat retention, however, they do not eliminate it. Most sleepers will not have an issue though, this is just a general note for people who already tend to sleep hotter than normal. If you sleep hotter, you may want to consider using an additional mattress topper that is designed to help you sleep cool.

As with other foam mattresses, it does a good job of absorbing and dissipating motion before it disturbs the entire surface of the bed. The varying thickness layers and zones also help to buffer any potential motion transfer in the mattress. Scoliosis patients will not need to worry about unexpected motion from a partner or pet when sleeping on this bed.

In this review we should note that some consumers have reported being very pleased with its lower profile of ten inches which makes it easier for people and children with scoliosis to get into and out of bed. Consumers also noted that the company’s customer service is friendly and they give a rapid response to any concerns or questions customers may have with new products.

Pros:
  • Zoned support targets and promotes healthy spinal alignment
  • Low profile height for ease of access
  • Superior motion isolation
  • Advanced pressure relief for your aching muscles and spine
  • Supportive in any sleep position
Cons:
  • Some smaller people or kids find it is too firm for their individual preferences
  • Slight off-gassing period
  • Retains some minimal heat
  • Limited white glove delivery area
  • Slight sizing variation causes mattresses to fluctuate by 1-2 inches

6. The Loom & Leaf

woman sitting on a Loom & Leaf bed

Overview

  • Type: Memory foam
  • Firmness: Relaxed Firm: 5-7, Firm 7-9 (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the firmest)
  • Height: 12 inches
  • In-home trial period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 15 years
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Loom & Leaf Mattress by Saatva is another good memory foam choice for people with scoliosis. It comes in two different firmness options so you can customize the feel and be supported in any sleep position. This bed excels in pressure relief and helps reduce the pain associated with scoliosis so you can wake up feeling refreshed.

Features

This mattress has a layer of Spinal Zone Gel to help target and eliminate heat retention, an important trait sought after by sufferers. However, the solid memory foam construction means that it will retain minimal heat. Unless you tend to sleep hotter than normal, you may not notice any issues with temperature regulation. Paired with a cooling topper, anyone will sleep soundly on this bed.

Motion transfer is not a problem for this mattress. The memory foam used in its construction performs under extreme motion transfer without any noticeable difference in the other parts of the bed. Scoliosis patients can rest assured that they will not be disturbed caused by shifting or movement from a partner or pet. In fact, the best mattress for scoliosis is generally considered to be the type made with memory foam because of its advanced ability to simultaneously support, contour, and relieve pressure.

Another added benefit to having this bed is the complimentary white glove delivery and old mattress removal. For someone with scoliosis, who often has limited mobility, this can make a world of difference. Instead of worrying about moving a heavy bed, or getting friends to help, you can focus on enjoying the comfort of your new mattress without adding strain to your already aching spine, back, and hips. Simply let Loom & Leaf’s team of experts handle it for you.

Pros:
  • Free white glove delivery and old mattress removal
  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Environmentally conscious company and design
  • Multiple firmness options for ideal support
  • Advanced pressure relief and contour
Cons:
  • Retains some heat
  • Minimal off-gassing period
  • Heavy and hard to move alone
  • May not be affordable on a strict budget
  • Does not provide any bounce, if you prefer that feel

7. The Saatva

couple happy with their Saatva bed

Overview

  • Type: Innerspring
  • Firmness: Plush Soft: 3, Luxury Firm: 5-6.5, Firm: 8 (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the firmest)
  • Height: Multiple height options: 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches
  • In-home trial period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 15 years
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The original Saatva Mattress is our choice for an innerspring mattress for someone with scoliosis. While innerspring mattresses are not generally recommended for people with scoliosis, this is not the typical coil bed of the past that you remember from your grandparents’ house.

Features

It has reinforced edges which are generally common with innerspring mattresses. You don’t have to worry about losing surface area or sliding off the side, something that could be very problematic for a person with scoliosis. This mattress also has a layer of lumbar support enhancement foam so you can feel supported exactly where you need it most, the lower back and hip region.

The thick Euro pillow top compliments your level of comfort and provides a light contour feel. Lastly, the dual coil layers also enable this mattress to provide superior pressure relief targeting the heavier areas of the body.

Temperature regulation is not an issue with an innerspring mattress. The open-air coils provide plenty of room for fresh air circulation throughout the bed. The organic cotton cover also promotes breathability on the surface through to the inner layers of the mattress.

You can expect some light motion transfer in this bed due to the slight bounce of the two layers of coils. However, each coil is individually wrapped and moves independently of one another so the motion transfer is minimal. Unless you are a light sleeper or you have a partner who moves a lot, motion transfer will not be an issue for you in this bed, even with scoliosis.

It is important to note in this review that consumers have reported being pleased with this bed because it has no off-gassing period. You can enjoy your new bed immediately. There have also been reports that consumers appreciate the multiple options for height which allows for easier access if you have limited mobility or chronic pain caused by scoliosis.

Pros:
  • Multiple firmness options for personal preference on the level of back support
  • Additional edge support
  • Enhanced lumbar support
  • Multiple heights for easier access
  • No off-gassing period
Cons:
  • Some motion transfer across the surface
  • Makes more noise than a foam mattress
  • Does not contour like foam
  • The innerspring design may wear unevenly overtime
  • It may be too bouncy for some sleepers

Scoliosis Q&A

a doctor examining a patient with scoliosisWhat is scoliosis exactly? Let’s review. It is a condition characterized by a lateral curvature of the spine that can be either C or S-shaped. A healthy spine runs a visually straight line down your back, whereas with scoliosis, there is a minimum curvature of ten degrees.

Typically, scoliosis develops in small kids before they reach puberty and the accompanying growth spurt. The majority of these cases are mild. However, it can cause spinal deformities that increase in severity with age especially if scoliosis is left untreated.

Most Common Risk Factors Associated with Scoliosis

1. Age

Some scoliosis cases begin developing while a child is in the womb with spinal irregularities. There are babies can be diagnosed with scoliosis but the majority of cases are diagnosed in children between the ages of ten and fifteen.

2. Biological Sex

While scoliosis affects boys and girls evenly, girls are significantly more likely to develop severe spinal deformities if corrective measures are not taken.

3. Family History and Genetics

Some families are thought to pass scoliosis on through their genes. However, most children that are diagnosed do not have a family history of scoliosis or spinal irregularities.

Scoliosis and Sleep

Scoliosis may make sleeping more uncomfortable and even painful if your mattress does not provide ample back support and has the ability to contour to your spine. Many sleepers who suffer from scoliosis have chronic pain and sleeping can make it worse if they are not careful. Due to the symptoms of scoliosis like the curvature of your spine causing uneven hips and shoulders, additional support is required to ensure the promotion of healthy spinal alignment while sleeping. Without proper support, you run the risk of exacerbating the issue and possibly contributing to improper growth in the future. This is why buying a quality mattress that suits the particular sleep needs of someone with scoliosis is so important.

The Ideal Sleep Position for People with Scoliosis

young woman sleeping on her back

Choosing the right sleep position for scoliosis can, in fact, make a huge difference in your overall comfort level by significantly reducing pain in the morning.

1. Sleeping on Your Back

This position is usually the best option for sleepers who suffer from scoliosis because it naturally aligns the spine while evenly distributing your body weight so as to reduce unnecessary pressure. While you sleep on your back, you may also want to incorporate a rolled up towel beneath their neck, shoulders, lower back, or knees as these may also help reduce pain in targeted areas.

2. Sleeping on Your Side

This may or may not be the best position for you if you suffer from scoliosis. Some sleepers wake up with more aches and in more pain when they sleep on their side, but others do not. Ultimately, your comfort is priority number one so if you sleep better on your side, go with it! Although, you may want to place a rolled up towel beneath your knees to relieve some pressure in your hips and lower back. You can also add another rolled up towel beneath your spine to help counteract the curvature.

3. Sleeping on Your Stomach

This position is not recommended if you suffer from scoliosis because it forces you to twist your neck in one direction for a long time. This exaggerated action will only place more stress and pressure on your spine, something that should be avoided at all costs.

How to Buy the Best Mattress for Scoliosis

person sitting on a bedThere are several things you should consider when shopping for a mattress that accommodates scoliosis. This guide will help you get a better understanding of what you need so you can make the right decision that is ideal for you. there are several things you should prioritize in order to get the maximum amount of comfort.

1. Support

Proper support is the most important characteristic to look for in the best mattress for scoliosis. Support in a mattress is established through a flat, even surface which promotes a natural and healthy spinal alignment while you sleep.

2. Firmness

It is often considered to be part of the support category, but more specifically it refers to the way the mattress feels against your body. The firmness you require will depend on your preferred sleep position and also your body shape and weight.

3. Contour

Pressure relief, which is a crucial characteristic needed in your mattress if you suffer from scoliosis, is achieved through a mattress’ ability to conform and mold to your body without causing added pressure. Contour combined with the right amount of support, will make sleeping with scoliosis less painful and leave you feeling more refreshed in the morning.

4. Temperature Regulation

Proper temperature regulation ensures that you will not overheat while you sleep. Feeling hot can lead to excessive tossing and turning, sweating, and can even wake you up. The best mattress for scoliosis patients should prioritize temperature regulation to maintain comfort and lessen unnecessary movement which can lead to further strain on the spine.

5. Motion Isolation

Efficient motion isolation can eliminate unnecessary movement and jarring of the spine while you are in bed. It can also lessen and at best eliminate external disturbances that could wake you up like your pets or your partner getting into or out of the bed while you sleep.

6. Durability

The warranty and in-home trial period of mattresses are good indicators of what a company expects from their product in terms of durability. We recommend you pay attention to how long they guarantee their mattresses to last. Some mattresses even have a lifetime warranty. Although, you should make sure to read the care instructions as not to void your warranty.

7. Ease of Use

Height and edge support both contribute to a new bed’s ease of use. Scoliosis sufferers will want to ensure they can get into and out of the bed easily. Many sufferers have limited mobility it is best that they do not place additional strain on their back.

In Conclusion

close-up of a Zenhaven bed

After sorting through all the information, and considering many vastly different options, we have narrowed down the search for the best mattress for scoliosis. All 7 mattresses on our list have benefits and unique traits that make them particularly suited for the needs of someone with scoliosis. However, the Zenhaven Mattress is our editor’s choice. Let’s quickly review why.

  • 5 Zoned Talalay latex provides superior support and promotes healthy spinal alignment
  • The organic cotton and wool pillow top offers contour and a superior level of comfort
  • Latex is durable and long lasting
  • The Zenhaven Mattress is breathable and does not retain heat
  • It absorbs energy and dissipates motion without excessive transfer across the surface
  • It has a low 10-inch profile which promotes ease of access
  • Zenhaven is made from eco-friendly materials
  • And lastly, the Zenhaven has a lengthy 20-year warranty

All you have to do now is compare and cross-reference our research with your individual, and particular needs to determine which mattress is the best choice for you! Have fun, and enjoy your new mattress!

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