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|Medically Reviewed by Dr. Gregory Minnis, DPT|
|Dr. Gregory Minnis is a physical therapist with an interest in orthopedic manual therapy. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Florida with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. His work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, neurological rehab, advanced assessment and treatment of running injuries, and advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine, and extremities. He loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing, and surfing.|
Top Mattress Picks For Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Snoring and sleep apnea affect millions of Americans each year, and their partners. Snoring is caused by a shrinking and constricting of the respiratory airways during the night, which leads to loud breathing patterns.
For the estimated ⅕ of adults with obstructive sleep apnea, symptoms may include loud snoring and dry throat at night, in addition to outcomes of sleep deprivation like morning headaches, drowsiness while driving, and forgetfulness. This isn’t just an adult condition; roughly 1 – 4% of children, typically between the ages of 2 and 8, also struggle with sleep apnea.
Named after the Greek word “want of breath,” sleep apnea can feel like a battle between comfort and health. Many folks diagnosed with sleep apnea are prescribed a CPAP machine, which forces air into the airway to prevent obstruction, both during inhalation and exhalation. The air is typically humidified to help avoid dryness in the mouth.Using a CPAP machine at night means tolerating the feeling of forced air into your body, which can be so uncomfortable that 30 – 40% of patients do not use them despite health provider instructions. Over time, sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
If you’re interested in learning more, here is our list of the best rated mattresses for snoring and sleep apnea:
- Best Value Mattress – Brooklyn Bowery
- Best Innerspring Mattress – Saatva
- Custom Options – Helix Mattress
- Allergy Friendly – IDLE Latex Hybrid
Below we’ll go into more detail about each mattress and why it might be right for you. Hopefully this guide will help you to stop snoring, allowing you to get a more restful night of sleep. Your partner will most certainly be happy as well.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Soft Foam Value Pick!||25% Off Code: ANNIVERSARY25||Bowery is one of the top budget mattresses online today. It’s soft and comfortable, and sells for a really approachable price point.|
|Pillow Top||$200 Off Discount In Cart||Saatva Classic is the original innerspring mattress online. It comes in three firmness options, all of which have coils for support and a fluffy pillow top.|
|Mixed Foam Popular Pick!||$150 Off + Gift Code: SY150||Helix Plus is a hybrid mattress that’s built specifically for heavy sleepers. It’s 14″ thick and has reinforced coils for added support.|
|Latex Foam||20% Off + Gifts Applied In Cart||The Idle Sleep Latex Hybrid is a natural and organic bed that’s flippable and has latex foam and pocketed coils.|
How We Selected This Mattress List
We’ve gone over the list of tactics that can help with snoring and sleep apnea: sleeping on your side, elevating your head, replacing your old dusty mattress with something hypoallergenic and antibacterial. All of these beds should check off a couple (if not all) of these requirements, but there are also some other factors to consider, like you know, is it comfortable? We have a huge room here at the Slumber Yard piled high with over 100 mattresses that we routinely test. We also took into consideration things like if the bed sleeps hot or cold, or what body types work best with the bed, if couples will like it, and of course, price.
The Brooklyn Bowery is a budget bed-in-a-box. It’s a 10” all-foam mattress, made with a layer of Energex foam, that’s bouncy and pressure relieving. This bed rated as a medium on our firmness scale, and although we think it should be fine for all sleeper types, studies recommend that sleeping on your side helps prevent snoring and sleep apnea.
The Bowery is also compatible adjustable bed frames. As mentioned previously, elevating the head can sometimes help with snoring and sleep apnea. Brooklyn Bedding sells an adjustable bed foundation on their website, which is very affordable, all things considered.
The main reason we included the Bowery mattress is (1) it’s hard to beat in terms of price and (2) it’s definitely soft enough for most side sleepers. It’s not the most ideal mattress for heavy people, but it will work just fine for people weighing under 230 lb.
Saatva is a luxury mattress brand, and this is their flagship bed. It has a hybrid construction made with two coil systems, a layer of memory foam, and a cushion-y pillow top. This is a supportive, comfortable bed that should cost more than it does.
It comes in three different firmness levels, as well. You can have your pick between Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. We recommend the Plush Soft model for side sleepers, and the Luxury Firm for stomach sleepers. Sleeping on your back is not recommended for anyone dealing with snoring or sleep apnea.
One of the things we like best about this bed is their organic cotton cover, which should help with allergies since it’s antimicrobial. It also smells really nice, kind of like a farmers market.
Saatva also sells an adjustable base on their website, called the Lineal Adjustable Base, which all of their mattresses will work on. It has under the bed illumination that is remote controlled, which we think is pretty cool.
Helix Sleep is unlike any other brand in terms of the breadth and depth of their mattress lineup. They have over 10 different mattress models to choose from (6 standard, 3 specialty, and a Helix Luxe line), with a quiz you can take that can help you make a decision. You can take the Sleep Quiz on HelixSleep.com. Also, as a heads up, their most popular model is the Midnight, which has a medium firmness rating.
While each of the beds is unique, they all follow a similar construction format. They have a ploy foam base, a layer of individually wrapped coils, then another few inches of foam, which will be a poly foam, memory foam, or latex-like foam, depending on which model you get.
Helix also sells adjustable bases, additional covers, foundations, you name it, through their website, so you can check all that out while you’re there. Their adjustable base will work with any of their beds, which keeps things a little bit simpler.
The Idle Latex Hybrid is a hefty mattress that checks a lot of boxes. First of all, it’s made with natural Talalay latex, which is sometimes considered the “gold standard” of latex foams.
It’s made from the sap of rubber trees. It’s eco-friendly, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and naturally dust-mite resistant, all of which help you to breathe easier while you sleep—and help with allergies. This bodes well for certain cases of snoring and sleep apnea. Latex is also durable and has a large cell structure that allows for good airflow, which keeps the bed cooler.
This mattress is also flippable and you can choose the firmness level for each side. If you choose to have a soft side, it will be about a medium on the soft/firm spectrum. If you get a firm side, it sits at about a medium-firm.
Between the two, all sleeping positions should be accounted for, but we of course recommend sleeping on your side if you have trouble with snoring. Side sleepers need a softer mattress that will be pressure relieving for their curves, so try out that softer side.
Remember that firmness is also relative to weight, so the more you weigh, the softer the bed will feel for you. Vice versa, the less you weigh, the firmer the bed will feel.
Besides all that, this mattress also has a lifetime warranty. But honestly, between the 14” latex/coil construction, and the fact that this bed is flippable, we have a good deal of confidence in the durability of this mattress.
As a side note, the IDLE Latex Hybrid also works with adjustable bases.
What Causes Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
Snoring and sleep apnea are most commonly caused by a shrinking or constriction of airways during the night. Sleep apnea specifically is caused by blocked airways, which can cause snoring or even choking and loss of breath. This can occur either a few times a night or be as severe as a hundred times a night (that sounds terrible!). Statistics show that those who suffer from sleep apnea lose about a third of a night’s sleep, and their tossing and turning can affect their partner’s night of sleep, as well. Losing this much sleep can lead to problems like daytime fatigue and drowsiness, headaches, high blood pressure, weight gain, and even heart disease. So as you can guess, it’s important to get on top of it.
Even snoring can lead to issues during your daytime life. Daniel P. Slaughter, MD, an otolaryngologist and snoring expert at Capital Otolaryngology in Austin, Texas, says, “Snoring can create real problems in a marriage.” Nobody should have to deal with that, which is why we specially created this list of best beds for snoring and sleep apnea.
It’s also important to know that switching your mattress, sleeping on your side, or elevating your head might not be enough to help with your snoring and sleep apnea, especially if it’s severe. We recommend trying these tricks, but if it persists, please see a specialist.
Getting A New Mattress For Snoring/Sleep Apnea
Buying a new mattress is a big deal, especially if you’ve been having trouble sleeping due to snoring or sleep apnea. Studies have shown that having an outdated mattress can promote snoring, because they develop sag overtime, compromise spinal alignment, and fail to accommodate your body’s curves correctly.
It can take the body anywhere from a couple of days to a full month to adjust to a new mattress. This is why a lot of companies have enacted a few months long in-home trial period. Considering you spend almost a third of your life sleeping, you should make sure you’re doing it comfortably, so don’t feel bad about returning a mattress or spending a little extra on something that will really make you happy.
|Is shipping free?||Delivery is almost always free inside the Contiguous United States. Most brands use FedEx or UPS, but others offer white glove delivery.|
|Can I test the bed before I buy?||Some of the online brands also sell in-store, but more interesting is the fact that they offer a risk-free trial period of 100 nights, if not longer. That means you don’t need to test the bed before you buy. You can purchase the bed and try it out at your home. If you don’t like it, you can return it.|
|What happens if I don’t like my new bed?||No worries. Most of these online mattresses come with totally free returns. They even send a person to pick up the mattress so you don’t have to do anything.|
|How long are the warranties for mattresses?||Usually the brands offer a 10-year warranty, if not longer.|