Those who have fibromyalgia typically suffer from whole-body musculoskeletal pain, tender spots, and trouble sleeping. In this post, we’ve handpicked some of the most comfortable mattresses that should help to reduce your pain and could even help with arthritis in some cases.
Fibromyalgia (also called fibrositis) is a medical condition that affects over three million people in the United States per year. Yikes, that’s a lot of people experiencing pain. In this post, we’ve chosen several mattresses that we think are solid choices for people that suffer from fibromyalgia or, in other terms, have widespread muscle and/or skeletal pain.
I’d like to preface this entire post by stating that we here at the Slumber Yard are in no way medical professionals. However, we did confer with a licensed chiropractor to help us select the beds and write this post. Although the chiropractor we consulted is a very insightful resource, we would still recommend talking with your own doctor or chiropractor before purchasing a mattress. This mattress guide is more so meant to be helpful and serve as a starting point in your research—we are not offering health or medical advice.
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|Layla is a flippable, memory foam mattress that allows you to choose your preferred firmness level. Layla is a great bed for side sleepers and could be a good fit if you're dealing with fibromyalgia and even arthritis.|
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|Helix is a no-brainer pick for someone with a health condition such as fibromyalgia. We say this because Helix makes 10+ mattress models that span the entire firmness spectrum, ensuring that you will find the right bed for you.|
|Oceano is a durable and supportive hybrid mattress with a soft and plush pillow topper. It has such a soft top layer, it could be just what you're looking for if you're a fibromyalgia sufferer.|
Latex (mix) Mattress
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|GhostBed is an all-foam bed that incorporates latex, but is still pressure relieving and accommodating for tender joints of fibromyalgia patients.|
Soft Foam Mattress
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|Nolah is an all-foam bed that borders between soft foam and memory foam, for a cloud-like feel.|
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As we stated earlier, none of the Slumber Yard team members are medical professionals. Instead, to create this list, we relied on the opinions and insights provided by Dr. Ranvir Sahota of Synapse Chiropractic. We spent hours with Dr. Sahota discussing fibromyalgia and how that translates into mattresses. From there, given our knowledge and experience with beds, we selected the mattresses that we thought we would be best for people suffering from fibromyalgia. Also, because fibromyalgia is such a serious condition, we did not include price as a criteria. Buying a mattress is a serious, long-term purchase that is especially important for people suffering from certain medical conditions, so we thought price shouldn’t be as much of an issue.
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The Layla mattress is flippable, with a Soft side and a Firm side. Both of these options should provide good pressure relief for side sleepers, but only the Firm side is suitable for back sleepers and stomach sleepers.
Layla uses a combination of various foams, including a top and bottom layer of copper-infused memory foam. Naturally, this gives the bed a memory foam feel, but it’s more light and airy than stereotypical memory foam. This means you’ll probably still sink into the mattress and get a little bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling.
Also, the copper-infused memory foam layers helps to disperse heat throughout the mattress, which is suppose to help keep the temperature cooler while you sleep.
If you’re still not entirely sure of your firmness preference, you may want to try Layla, given that it offers two options on a single mattress. Both sides should be accommodating for side sleepers in particular, and we think it’ll be nice for those dealing with fibromyalgia to have the option to experiment with what personally feels good for them.
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Helix is flat out one of our favorite mattress brands. Rather than taking our advice on a bed, Helix allows you to select the right bed for you. Put differently, the company has a Sleep Quiz on their website that identifies the most optimal bed for you based on several criteria. If you need something extra soft and plush, they make a bed for you. Likewise, if you prefer a bed that’s firm, Helix has you covered as well.
All Helix beds incorporate pocketed coils, but the exact foams and densities will depend on the model you select. For example, Helix Midnight is a medium on our firmness scale and has more of a memory foam feel, while Helix Moonlight Luxe has a pillow top and feels like the most luxurious, comfortable, supportive bed you’ve ever laid on.
The Brentwood Oceano is a hybrid mattress with a soft, plant-based tencel cover that smells like a farmers’ market (in a good way). This bed feels like a supportive spring mattress with a thick, plush pillow topper (spoiler: that’s what it is).
The coils provide a good amount of support and bounce-back for people of all body types, including heavier individuals. The softer pillow top makes it feel like you’re sleeping on a really big, bouncy pillow, and it’s really comfortable.
This bed is a medium-soft to medium on the firmness scale, which means it can provide good pressure relief for side sleepers, but it may be a little too soft for strict back and/or stomach sleepers that tend to prefer an especially firm mattress.
This bed also comes with an extended warranty of 25 years, whereas most brands online typically offer a 10-year warranty.
Just keep in mind, this is a thick and heavy bed. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, ask a friend to help you set it up, or you can just pay a little extra for white glove delivery. But overall, if you want a plush, pillow top feel with the support of springs, the Brentwood Oceano is one of your most comfortable mattresses available today.
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The GhostBed mattress incorporates latex, but only an 1.5” layer of it, so you can reap some of the benefits without the typical high price tag of a fully latex mattress. Some benefits of latex include durability, good airflow for temperature regulation, and decent responsiveness for combo sleepers who like to switch positions.
GhostBed has a soft foam feel (a bit like Lull) because it has a blend of various foams, including latex, poly foam, and memory foam. Altogether, they create a really comfortable and unique mattress.
GhostBed is about a medium in terms of overall firmness. The soft foams help to provide pressure relief, while latex makes the bed a little firmer and more responsive than it otherwise would be. Basically, this mattress should be able to accommodate side sleepers, back and stomach sleepers, and combination sleepers who tend to rotate positions at night. It should also support most body types, but if you have the stature of a football linebacker (or you sleep next someone who does), you should probably look into a thicker, coil mattress.
Think about giving GhostBed a try if you want to experience a latex mattress (a little), but without the sticker shock. There’s nothing crazy special about the feel of the bed, but that’s why we like it. We think a lot of people—particularly those with widespread soreness—will appreciate how neutral the bed is.
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Nolah is a soft, all-foam bed that feels like a mix of neutral foam and memory foam. Allow me to explain—you won’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling with this mattress, but it also isn’t immediately responsive and tends to cradle your body (as is common with memory foam).
So, while it’s soft enough for tender joints, we wouldn’t consider it too soft. Because of this, all sleepers (back, stomach, side, combo) should be comfortable sleeping on this bed. Although, if you really twisted our arm about it, we’d probably say it is better for side sleepers than back or stomach sleepers.
Nolah is about a medium-soft in terms of overall firmness, and is most ideal for petite to medium sized individuals. Because it is an all-foam bed, anyone that’s a bit larger will probably be better off with a hybrid mattress that incorporates coils for extra support.
Overall, Nolah is an affordable, all-foam mattress that is accommodating and comfortable for all sleeper types, and we think it will be especially good for anyone dealing with fibromyalgia.
We eat, breathe, and sleep mattresses (see what I did there??). All kidding aside, there are three primary reasons why you should trust our team. The first is that we know mattresses and we have reviewed a lot of mattresses. That’s our job. We’ve slept on and tested every nook and cranny of pretty much all the major online mattresses out there. Not only do we personally test and sleep on mattresses, we also stay up to date on bedding trends and all the latest mattress materials that companies use.
Furthermore, we have a large testing team. It’s not just a one man band. This allows us to get perspectives from a wide variety of sleepers for each mattress. This is super helpful because we realize not everybody is the same and there’s no one-size-fits-all mattress. There are a ton of factors (body weight, sleeping position, etc.) that should be considered when shopping for a mattress. Our goal is to explain those factors through the eyes (or body) of different types of sleepers, so you can find a mattress that is right for you.
We are not owned by any mattress brand or related entity. This means we have no financial incentive to promote one brand over another. We tell it like it is. For example, if we think a mattress is not going to be good for side sleepers, we’ll tell you, no matter how much it pains the brands to hear us say that. We strive to help you learn more about mattresses and find the right bed that fits your specific needs and we do that by producing honest, helpful, and transparent content.
Fibromyalgia pain is a medical condition that is characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness. This condition can lead to constant fatigue, sleep issues, and mood swings. It is believed that fibromyalgia heightens discomfort by affecting how the brain processes pain signals. Also, it’s worth noting that fibromyalgia is more prevalent among women than men. It’s also more common among people that are 40 years of age or older.
Fibromyalgia symptoms usually start in one of two ways. The first is after a major life event, such as a serious physical accident, surgery, sickness, or critical stress event. The other way is over time—symptoms slowly amass with no single trigger event. Here are the primary symptoms that people with fibromyalgia experience:
Pain that is felt all over your body. People often describe the pain identified with fibromyalgia pain as a perpetual subdued ache that rarely subsides. Generally, the pain and aches must be present for at least three months to be considered fibromyalgia. Also, the pain and aches must be felt all over your body (top and bottom), not just in one particular place.
People with this condition constantly feel fatigued. People often wake up fatigued even after sleeping or resting for an extended period of time. Further, patients’ sleep is often disturbed by pain and aches and a lot of people who suffer from fibromyalgia also suffer from other sleep disorders like sleep apnea.
Inability to focus is another primary symptom. People who suffer from this condition report they are consistently in a foggy state of mind. They have trouble focusing, paying attention, and achieving tasks throughout the day. While those are the three main symptoms, it is also common for people with fibromyalgia to suffer from routine headaches, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression.
Unfortunately, this condition is not curable. However, treatment can help mitigate the symptoms. Treatment primarily consists of self-care and therapy. In regards to self-care, there are three main activities that can help with the widespread pain. The first is regular physical exercise. By engaging in a mild aerobic activity for 20-30 minutes a day, people who suffer from fibromyalgia pain can improve their cardiovascular health and muscle strength.
Stress management is the next self-care treatment option. Fun activities and avoiding frustration can help reduce stress. Engaging in relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation, is another self-care treatment method.
Some of the more common options include engaging in support groups, stretching, cognitive behavioral therapy, and hydrotherapy, among others. There are also different types of medications that can be used to help reduce the pain associated with fibromyalgia, as well as different types of specialists (i.e. rheumatalogist, physcial therapist, etc.) that can be consulted.
Pain is the primary concern for people that suffer from fibromyalgia and body aches. As such, it’s important that your mattress does not cause any more discomfort or pain. That means people with fibromyalgia will most likely want a mattress that is on the softer side of the spectrum. A firmer mattress tends to cause more pain points depending on how you sleep. Still, you’ll want to make sure your mattress is not so soft that you just sink right in. In other words, you still want a mattress that is going to provide the necessary support. Without the necessary support, you might find that a soft mattress actually exacerbates pain because your spine is not properly aligned. That’s not good. So it’s important to find a mattress that has a nice balance between comfort and support.
However, with that in mind, there are several other factors that should be considered when purchasing a mattress (fibromyalgia or not). Most notably, your weight. The same mattress can feel completely different to different sized people. Lighter weight sleepers (people that weigh less than 150 lb) will generally think a mattress is on the firmer side of the spectrum because they place less pressure on the bed. On the flip side, heavier weight sleepers (people that weigh more than 250 lb) will generally feel like most mattresses are on the softer side of the spectrum because they tend to sink into the mattress more due to their weight.
As such, it’s important to keep your weight in mind when doing research on a mattress. For example, if you’re reading reviews of a particular mattress that states it’s a firm mattress, but you weigh 300 lb, you’ll actually think it’s more of a medium in terms of firmness. The second big factor is your primary sleeping position. Generally, side sleepers will want a mattress that is a tad bit softer because it provides more pressure relief for your pressure points (hips and shoulders). On the other hand, back and stomach sleepers might want a slightly firmer mattress to ensure their lower back and trunk receive the necessary support. If you rotate between all three positions throughout the night, you’ll want a mattress that is near the middle of the firmness scale. Beyond those two factors, there’s also whether you sleep with a partner, if you sleep hot, etc.. These are just some of the considerations when purchasing a mattress.
For a more complete picture on how to pick a mattress, visit our Mattress Buying Guide.