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Best Mattresses for Seniors

A guide for seniors on how to find the best mattress for their life stage and physical needs.

By Katie Terrell Hanna

Purchasing a quality mattress that will support you and aid in restful, restorative sleep is an investment everyone should be making. But it is particularly crucial for seniors aged 65 and older. 

Approximately 47 million seniors (aged 65 and over)  live in the United States alone based on the 2017 census. In a recent study, it was discovered that 40-70% of these seniors experience chronic sleep problemsLikely related is the fact that this same population experience chronic pain in their neck, shoulders, back, and hip areas. For seniors with medical conditions, an old or low-quality mattress that does not conform to the body and provides spinal alignment can worsen their chronic symptoms.

In the study noted above, it is also estimated that as many as 50% of cases of sleep disturbances go undiagnosed. That means it is increasingly important to inform seniors, who may not even realize that their mattress could be contributing to their ailments, and furthermore, don’t know there is a better way. 

In this article, we will review the best mattresses for seniors, proven to show pain relief and improved sleep. We’ll also review the features seniors should look for in a mattress as well as the best mattress types them. Finally, we’ll discuss some of the chronic issues seniors face, tips to keep in mind, and as an added bonus, some sleep accessories that benefit seniors.

The Best Mattresses for Seniors

MATTRESS NERD’S TOP 7 PICKS

The Purple Mattress

The proprietary hyper-elastic polymer in the mattress offers unrivaled pressure relief designed to prevent back and joint pain.

Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
Firmness

Offered at three firmness levels

Trial

100 nights

Reason to Buy

Exceptional pressure point relief and support

The New Purple mattress is a unique hybrid supportive mattress. They advertise that it is the ultimate, no-compromise mattress for an excellent night’s sleep. It consists of a top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material that conforms to your body, excellent for those who sleep in the side sleep position. This Smart Comfort Grid™ is a unique open-grid design that promotes airflow for those who sleep hot. Beneath that is a high-quality support foam finished by a set of responsive support coils to improve spinal alignment.  

The Purple offers a 100-night risk-free trial, a 10-year warranty, and free shipping on returns. 


 

Saatva

Complete with all the bells and whistles, the Saatva mattress is made with quality materials that offer premium support.

Customer Rating
5 / 5
Firmness

Offered in plush, luxury firm or firm

Trial

120 nights

Reason to Buy

Custom height and firmness

Next is the Saatva mattress. The Saatva is a hybrid mattress that offers both a medium-firm as well as a firm mattress option—an important consideration for seniors who suffer from aches and pains. not to mention, you can also select the height of your Saatva mattress, another important consideration for older adults who climb in an out of bed frequently.  

It is constructed with a top layer of quilted organic cotton foam for pressure relief of the joints as well as a layer of gel memory foam to regulate body heat. Underneath that is a layer of individually wrapped pocket coils designed which circulate air, reduce motion transfer, and support the spine. It is a great option for seniors of all sleep positions. Saatva mattresses have a 15-year warranty, a 120-night trial period, and complimentary white glove delivery with free removal of your old mattress.


 

Loom & Leaf

Luxury memory foam mattress that offers free in-home setup so seniors don’t have to lift a finger.

Customer Rating
5 / 5
Firmness

Offered at tow firmness levels: firm and relaxed firm

Trial

120 nights

Reason to Buy

Free in-home set up.

The Loom & Leaf is a memory foam mattress with the medium firm and firm options. It is composed of lush comfort layers of gel memory foam and high-density foam to cradle the body without retaining heat. The Loom & Leaf is an excellent choice for seniors with medical conditions who suffer from chronic pain and inflammation due to the superb support it offers back and side sleepers. Loom & Leaf mattresses have a 15-year warranty, a 120-night trial period, and complimentary white glove delivery service.


 

ZenHaven

Made with 100% all-natural Talalay latex organized into 5-support layers, the ZenHaven is an exceptional option for seniors that need sufficient support in a mattress. Not to mention, it is dual-sided, offering two comfort levels, gentle firm and luxury plush.

Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
Firmness

Dual-Sided: Plush and Firm

Trial Period

120 nights

Reason to Buy

Eco-friendly, supportive sleeping surface

The ZenHaven by Saatva is a star among latex mattresses. It is a dual-sided mattress with one side being plush and the other firm. It is constructed with four layers of Talalay natural latex and a five-zone lumbar support system. It works by providing firmer support to the head, back, and leg areas, while offering softer support in the shoulders and hips that need conforming support. The excellent spinal alignment, as well as support for the neck and shoulders, will ensure side and back sleepers have a good night of restful and restorative sleep. The ZenHaven mattress comes with a 20-year warranty and a 120-night trial period.


 

The WinkBed

Offering four different firmness levels, soft, luxury firm, firm, and plus, the WinkBed has a comfort and support level for every body type or physical condition a senior might have.

Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
Firmness

Offered at 4 firmness levels

Trial

120 nights

Reason to Buy

Triple-Zone Support

The WinkBed mattress has a hybrid design—a blending of the traditional innerspring mattress and memory foam. It comes in medium and firm options and is constructed with layers of polyfoam, gel memory foam, triple-tempered support springs, and a lumbar pad. All of these elements work together to eliminate muscle tension and align the spine so seniors will have comforted and pain-free sleep. It is an excellent option for all sleep positions. Engineered to provide decompression support for the spine, enhanced ventilation for a cool sleep, and pressure point relief.

The WinkBed has many properties that make it appealing, from a cool Tencel outer layer to motion isolation technology, anti-sag edge support, and a devoted “Lumbarlayer” for added lower back support. Seniors should find that this mattress evenly distributes their weight to help relieve pressure. The top layer is soft, but it won’t envelop you quite as a memory foam mattress could. It comes in several levels of firmness and the company offers free delivery and a risk-free 120-night trial.


 

DreamCloud

A luxury firm hybrid mattress that’s ideal for seniors who sleep on their side and need absorption combined with pressure relief.

Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial

365 nights

Reason to Buy

Eight luxurious layers of comfort and support

The DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress created with high-quality materials and an exclusive hand-crafted pillow-top for ultimate comfort. It is constructed with memory foam and natural latex in its top comfort layers, while its support core is created with performance micro-coils to distribute weight and support the head, neck, and shoulders. It is a luxury firm mattress, ideal for seniors who sleep on their side and need absorption combined with pressure relief. DreamCloud mattresses come with a 365-night sleep trial, free shipping, and a lifetime warranty.


 

Brentwood Home Cedar

A hybrid latex mattress that features all-natural materials and offering zoned-support that many older adults need in their senior years.

Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
Firmness

Medium: 6/10

Trial

365 nights

Reason to Buy

All-natural and eco-friendly materials

The Cedar Mattress by Brentwood Home is a latex hybrid mattress. Its comfort layers are constructed with New Zealand wool, natural organic comfort layers, an organic cotton cover. While it’s support core is built with pocketed coils reinforced by a layer of coconut husks. It is a medium-firm mattress perfect for seniors who sleep on their back and proper support to prevent lower back pain. Cedar mattresses come with free shipping and returns, a 365-night sleep trial, and a 25-year warranty.


What Seniors Should Look For in a Mattress

Now we’ll discuss a few of the items that seniors should look for in a mattress and what they mean to you.

  • Pressure relief for joints (or the ability to soothes aching joints): This is referring to the sensitive areas of your body that may need special support from a mattress so they don’t get pinched or feel inflamed.  
  • Proper Spine Support (or avoid aggravating issues with low back pain): For back pain sufferers, particularly seniors, you need a mattress that provides spinal alignment to avoid further exacerbating back ailments.
  • Exceptional Edge Support (or not feeling like you’re falling off the side of the bed): Not only is inadequate edge support just irritating, it also irritates the body if you sleep on your side, or near the edge of the bed, and don’t feel enough support from the mattress.
  • The Height of the Mattress: This one is less about pain and more about seniors who have limited mobility and may have difficulty getting in and out of bed. You’ll want to pay close attention to this feature to ensure that you don’t have to strain yourself when getting in bed at night or out of it in the morning.

The Best Type of Mattress for Seniors

Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses are superb for seniors because they combine the comfort and body-conforming properties of memory foam with the added lower back support of a pocketed coil base.

Latex

Latex mattresses have more elasticity than traditional foam mattresses and are better able to hug and absorb the body without causing your to ‘sink’ into the bed. They also circulate air better than traditional foam. This means added relief of pressure points and increased cooling for hot sleepers.

What Keeps Seniors Up at Night?

Now let’s take a look at some of the chronic issues that keep seniors up at night and how a quality mattress can address some of these issues.

Arthritis

Right at the top of the list, is arthritis. One of the most common issues in seniors. Arthritis is characterized by inflammation in the joints that can cause chronic pain in the limbs. Arthritis sufferers need to be aware to look for a mattress that offers pressure point or joint relief.

Fibromyalgia

Similar to arthritis, fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder marked by overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. And again for this condition, it is important to find a mattress that provides pressure relief to avoid further aggravation.

Back Pain

Another common symptom in seniors is back pain. Whether it is caused by arthritis, scoliosis, or osteoporosis, you will need to be sure to choose a mattress that provides spinal alignment and firm support for the lower back.

Senior Woman Suffering From Backache Getting Out Of Bed

Dementia

Dementia is a challenging condition that comes in many forms including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. While it is more of a mental ailment then physical, it has been linked to chronic sleep disturbances such as insomnia. So a quality mattress that provides the relaxation needed to induce sleep is critical.

Prostate and Bladder Issues

Whatever the cause, frequent nighttime urination is a common symptom among seniors. For that reason, you need to choose a mattress that is easy to get in and out of in the event of a sudden urge to use the restroom.

Sleep Tips for Seniors

What, if anything, can you do to combat sleep disturbances as a senior? Here are a few.

  • Keep in mind that a goal of 7-9 hours of sleep is ideal for seniors. 
  • Maintain a routine. Go to sleep at the same time every night to help train the body toward regular sleep cycles.
  • Take a warm bath or shower prior to sleep. When you get out of the bath or shower, the drop in body temperature is likely to induce tiredness. 
  • Schedule unwind time before bed. When you are about an hour out from your desired bedtime, it’s a good idea to turn off the TV and other electronic devices and listen to soothing music or read a bit. This will help relax you.
  • Keep the bedroom for sleep only. When you avoid using your bedroom for other daytime activities, it will train the mind to think of it as a “sleep zone” and may make it easier to fall asleep when the time comes.
  • Avoid daytime naps. Napping during the day will disturb your evening sleep routine.
  • Drink fewer fluids in the evening. This will reduce nighttime trips to the bathroom and the possibility that you may not be able to get back to sleep. And speaking of fluids, be sure to avoid stimulants or alcohol before bed which can also disturb your sleep cycle.

Sleep Accessories for Seniors to Consider

Aside from your mattress, there are a few other items that may aid in good sleep and help to avoid accidents.

  • Purchase a nightlight. This will help to avoid any accidents should you need to get up in the middle of the night.
  • Invest in an adjustable base. An adjustable base can help to move the bed into positions that will not only aid in getting in and out of the bed but also allow you to elevate and lower sections of the body as needed for comfort. Common adjustments include inclining the upper body, as well as inclining both the upper body and lower body independently.
  • Find a knee pillow. For added support, a knee wedge pillow can allow for further support of the spine to avoid aches and soreness when sleeping. 

I hope you found this article to be a valuable resource in your journey toward a better night’s sleep or an improvement to your current sleep ails. There are several considerations to keep in mind as a senior when it comes to purchasing an ideal mattress and addressing chronic sleep issues. But it is well worth the time invested when you can sleep restfully and awake recovered in the morning.

Whether you are combating one or multiple conditions, or are just a senior who wants a quality mattress, we have given you several options as well as factors to review when making that choice. We believe everyone deserves the knowledge needed to be able to make an informed decision on a quality mattress product and that is our goal with this article. 


Comments (1)

  1. Rifka Saltz says:
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    I really appreciate the thoroughness of information on Mattress Nerd. It is so valuable in understanding most of the factors in selecting a mattress. The more I read online the more overwhelming it can be. But I like the way the information on Mattress Nerd is organized. It’s a truly great resource. Thank you!!


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