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Circadian Rhythm: Everything You Need To Know & More!

Circadian Rhythm

Ever wondered how our body just knows when to sleep or eat?

Well, it’s not magic.

There are many biological cycles that our bodies naturally function on – the circadian rhythm is one of them.

Like many of our scientific words, this word comes from Latin – “circa” meaning “around,” and “diem” meaning “day.”

It literally just means “around the day.”

These rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that happen in a 24-hour cycle and are affected by light.

Biological or Body Clock

Most of your circadian rhythms are controlled by what’s called a biological clock or body clock.

This internal clock is located in the part of your brain called the hypothalamus (pronounced hahy-puh-THAL-uh-muhs).

The hypothalamus is in charge of:

  • Regulating body temperature
  • Eating times and weight control (metabolism)
  • Cortisol levels (manages stress)
  • Melatonin levels (manages sleep-wake cycle)
  • Emotions
  • Sex drive
  • Sleep and wakefulness
  • Blood pressure and heart rate

Your clock reacts to signals outside your body (like light and darkness) to keep you synchronized to the world around you.

Even if you don’t know what time it is, your body does and will keep you on your cycles throughout the day.

Master Clock

This system coordinates all of your biological clocks, keeping them in sync.

The master clock is made up of about 20,000 nerve cells that form the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN).

The SCN is also located in the hypothalamus.

It sits in the optic chiasm (behind the eyes) where the nerve endings cross (like an X) from the eyes to the brain.

Because the SCN is connected to your eyes, light triggers it.

As in when your eye senses light, it sends a signal to the SCN.

This signal resets your clock every day to make sure your body doesn’t drift out of line with the world around you.

Without daylight, you’d be completely out of sync, which would throw off your circadian rhythms.

Different Circadian Rhythms

Circadian rhythms aren’t only found in humans.

Most living things including plants, animals, fungi and some tiny microbes have them too.

There are 3 common circadian rhythms:

  1. Sleep-Wake Cycle
  2. Body Temperature Cycle
  3. Hormone Cycle

Sleep-Wake Cycle

Many people think the circadian rhythm is the same thing as the sleep-wake cycle.

The sleep-wake cycle does have something to do with it but it’s just one of the many rhythms that make up the circadian rhythms.

This cycle happens daily and determines when it’s time to be awake and when it’s time to sleep.

On average, you need 7-9 hours of sleep (usually at night) which leaves about 15-17 hours of wakefulness.

The sleep-wake cycle is directly related to the amount of light you see throughout the day. Artificial or not.

If you’re sensitive to light, you can use an eye mask or blackout curtains while you sleep.

Everyone’s sleep-wake cycle is unique and is influenced by your body’s temperature and hormone release.

Body Temperature Cycle

It shouldn’t be a surprise that your body’s temperature fluctuates throughout the day (and night).

A new study shows that temperature actually controls our body’s cycles.

A change in temperature “set the timing of cells, and ultimately tissues and organs, to be active or inactive.”

body temperature cycle also a circadian rhythm

Your body will reach its maximum temperature – a healthy 99.5°F (37.5° C) – in the late afternoon and will start to decline as it gets closer to bedtime.

Why is that?

Well, your body doesn’t need to be as warm because you don’t need to be that active.

Falling asleep is easiest when your core temperature is lower (during the evening) and hardest when your body is warm (during the day).

The normal, healthy temperature ranges from 97.7–99.5 °F (36.2° C- 37.5° C) during the day.

It will drop about 1 or 2 degrees in the evening to get you ready for a good night’s rest since we sleep better when we are cooler.

Your body also tends to lose heat while you sleep, helping you fall and stay asleep.

Your temperature will start to rise when it gets closer to morning, to prepare you for the day.

Hormone Cycle

Your body releases many hormones throughout the day.

The two most common hormones are cortisol and melatonin.

They both are affected by the amount of light your eyes take in and are related to sleep.

Cortisol

Cortisol is your body’s natural stress hormone and acts as your own personal alarm system.

It’s what keeps you alert throughout the day.

The highest level of cortisol is released in the morning to wake you up and get you started for the day.

While the lowest level is released at night to prepare you for bed.

Melatonin

Opposite of Cortisol, Melatonin is affected by light and is your body’s natural sleeping pill.

It’s produced in the pineal gland of the brain and controls your body clock. The pineal gland’s main function is to produce melatonin and maintain circadian rhythms.

Melatonin is released during the night to help you fall and stay asleep.

If you’re having trouble going to bed, try some melatonin supplements. They’re available at most grocery stores and you don’t need a doctor’s prescription.

The following doses have been studied and researched by experts, but remember to always ask your doctor about the right dosage for you.

  • Trouble falling asleep? Try taking 0.3 – 5 mg of melatonin about 30 minutes before bed. You can do this daily for up to 9 months.
  • Got a more severe condition or a sleeping disorder? Go up to 2-12 mg, but you should only do this for up to 4 weeks.

Sleep Rhythm

Your sleep routine isn’t just based on the day/night cycle, it’s actually a part of your genes.

go to sleep at a routine time to set your circadian rhythm

You’ve heard of people referring to others as a “morning person” or “night owl,” right?

Well, the scientific names are known as chronotypes.

Each person’s melatonin and cortisol hormones are released at different times of the day.

Morning person, early bird, morning lark – these are all different names for the early chronotypes.

If you’re a morning person, you function best in the morning because your body produces more cortisol. Making you more alert and active.

This works the same way with melatonin.

For example, a morning persons’ melatonin levels may raise around 6pm, making you feel tired around 9pm or 10pm.

The “night owl” is a late chronotype.

If you are a late chronotype your levels of melatonin will rise late, around 10pm or 11pm.

This means you won’t get tired until about 2am or 3am…and you won’t want to wake up so early in the morning either.

Digestive Rhythm

Your digestive system has a distinct rhythm too.

Most of us eat around the same time every day, and when we do, our bodies release hormones to help digest and metabolize (process) food properly.

You can throw off your digestive tract if you eat at irregular times or right before bed.

Night time is when your metabolism is at its lowest.

Meaning your body won’t be able to produce the enzymes needed to break down your meal as fast, making it hard to fall asleep.

eating at the wrong time of day can disrupt your circadian rhythm

Bottom line:

Disrupting your eating routine will disrupt your sleep cycle.

And interrupting your sleep and circadian rhythms may increase your chance for digestive disorders like:

  • Reflux
  • Ulcers
  • Inflammatory bowel issues
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Gastrointestinal cancer

It’s best to keep a healthy sleep and eating schedule because they’re so closely connected.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Disruptions in circadian cycles can cause metabolic syndrome, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, so try to avoid the below as much as possible.

Jet Lag

We’ve all gotten on a plane, crossed time zones and experienced jet lag before, right?

Since the shift in time and light cues on the body and brain have changed, this forces you to change your sleep routine abruptly.

Putting you in conflict with your regular sleep patterns and leaving you drained and unable to think clearly.

It’s only a temporary condition but will still take a few days to sync your circadian rhythm to the local time.

Symptoms of jet lag vary depending on the health, age and the number of time zones you cross.

These symptoms may include:

  • sleep disturbances – insomnia, lethargy and fatigue
  • headache
  • irritability, confusion, and difficulty focusing
  • mild depression
  • loss of appetite
  • gastrointestinal disturbances – diarrhea or constipation

Jet lag doesn’t only affect your sleeping/waking patterns, but also your eating and working routines.

Jet Lag Risk Factors

There are some risk factors that may make your symptoms more severe or last longer.

Travel Across 3+ Zones

The more time zones you cross, the more difficult it’ll be to adapt to a new sleeping pattern.

The general rule of thumb is it’ll take your body one or two time zones per day to adjust.

For example, if you cross 6 time zones, it‘ll take you 3-6~ days to adjust to a new circadian rhythm.

circadian rhythm disorder jet lag

Flying East

It’s harder on your body if you travel from west to east.

Why?

Because traveling east means you “lose” time, while you “gain” time traveling west.

Losing time means your body has less time to adjust, making it more difficult to sync to the new rhythm.

You’ll still have some light symptoms of jet lag, but at least you’ll have more time to adapt when traveling west.

Elder Travelers

Your parents may recover slower because their circadian rhythms have slowed down with age.

They’ll experience more daytime fatigue and sleep disruption than younger adults.

Also, if they have any pre-existing conditions, like sleep deprivation, stress, or poor sleep habits, jet lag symptoms can get worse.

Frequent Flyers

Got a friend who’s a pilot, flight attendant, or travels for work?

Do they complain about always being tired or not having enough energy?

traveling too often will disrupt your rhythm

Well, those that constantly travel will have a hard time adjusting.

The different light cues make it almost impossible to ever settle into a circadian rhythm before they have to adjust to another one.

Also, traveling on a plane can be stressful by itself.

The cramped seating, bad airline food, crying babies, smelly people sitting next to you, rough turbulence can all irritate and add to your jet lag.

Alcohol Use

I’ve seen many nervous flyers taking advantage of the in-flight alcoholic drinks, thinking drinking is the best option to calm their body.

But it actually will make your anxiety worse.

Overconsumption of alcohol during long flights can disrupt your sleep schedule and cause dehydration as well as trigger nausea.

Never Have Jet Lag Again!

Do you frequently fly for work or fun?

There are some things you can do to beat jet lag and help your body adjust faster to the new circadian rhythm.

Stay in Shape

Keep up your daily exercise, healthy diet and sleep schedule.

Your stamina and conditioning will help you adjust better once you land.

If you’re not already an exerciser, that’s okay. Start a couple of weeks before your travel.

Don’t forget to keep up the exercise during your travels!

Avoid Alcohol & Caffeine

Both alcohol and caffeine reduce your body’s ability to fall and stay asleep.

Don’t drink any before, during or after your flight.

Alcohol may trigger nausea and cause dehydration, while caffeine could intensify the traveler’s anxiety.

You don’t want either!

Drown Yourself in Water

Flying dehydrates your body because there’s less moisture in the air so up high.

Prepare for this by drinking lots of water before boarding the plane, during the flight AND after you land.

Yup, this means that you’ll be getting up to go use the restroom. A lot.

Which leads me to my next point.

drink water to get over jet lag
Pick an Aisle Seat

I know a lot of people who think window seats are the best.

I used to be one of them until I realized all the awesome things with an aisle seat.

You can get up whenever you want (but only if the seat belt sign isn’t on!) to stretch or go to the restroom.

Moving around will help get your blood flowing and reduce the chance of getting a blood clot in your legs.

Even the smallest movements and stretches can help relieve stiffness and refresh your body.

Shift Your Schedule Beforehand

3-4 weeks before your trip, adjust your daily routine by setting it back or forward an hour each week.

Set it back if you are traveling east.

Set it forward if you are traveling west.

For example, for the first week, set your time back one hour and for the second week adjust another hour back.

This’ll help you ease into the new schedule and mentally prepare for the change.

Since your sleep-wake cycle is related to your digestive tract, if your sleep schedule is shifted back 3 hours, you’ll need to shift your meals 3 hours back too.

Take Supplements

On a plane, your body won’t know when it should produce melatonin.

Melatonin is a highly effective supplement and experts recommend it to help prevent jet lag.

Once you land, if you have trouble sleeping naturally, try taking melatonin about 20-30 minutes before bedtime.

Pair it with a sleep mask and earplugs, so you can eliminate light or noise exposure.

Groggy with melatonin?

Take magnesium supplements instead.

Magnesium is a natural essential mineral that our body doesn’t produce, so we have to eat our dosage in food.

One of its natural effects is relaxing muscles, making it easier for you to fall asleep.

Jet lag is a temporary sleeping disorder, but there are many ways you can prepare for it.

Social Jet Lag

Despite the name, jet lag isn’t only caused by traveling.

I’m sure at one point in time, you’ve been guilty of staying out late on a Friday night and sleeping in on the weekend.

social jet lag is a circadian rhythm disorder

Unfortunately, this messes with your circadian rhythms.

Social jet lag is actually considered a chronic condition because you throw off your routine WEEKLY while in the same location.

If you work a typical 9-5 job, whether at the office or as a stay-at-home mom, your body is synced to that routine.

If you stay out late one night, your body won’t expect a sudden change and will have a harder time adjusting.

We also have our preferred time of sleep and wakefulness known as chronotypes.

Being a night owl or an early bird play a part in social jet lag.

Night owls tend to get less sleep during the week and try to make up for it on the weekends by sleeping in.

While the early bird experiences the opposite. They’re able to function better throughout the work week.

Shift Work

You’ve heard of the graveyard shift before, right?

It’s when you work during the night and sleep during the day.

This kind of schedule is the worst for your health!

If you’re a shift worker (especially rotating shifts), you probably have trouble falling asleep.

The light from outside is making your body produce more cortisol and less melatonin, which are the hormones that make you alert and tired.

The cortisol will keep your body awake…even though you really need to sleep.

firefighters working night shift is also a circadian rhythm disorder

If you don’t sleep on the traditional sleep schedule, here are some tips to help with your sleep routine:

  • Quit your job (or at least seriously consider switching to day shift)
  • Turn on a bright light as soon as your alarm goes off
  • Wear sunglasses home from work
  • Sleep with blackout curtains

You are essentially tricking your body into thinking it’s night time when it’s really day time.

Remember, your sleep-wake cycle is directly affected by the light your eyes take in.

So if you’re not taking in any light (natural or artificial) during the real day, your body thinks it’s night time and will produce more melatonin to help you sleep.

But the BEST thing you can do for yourself is prevention.

So, try NOT to work any graveyard shifts at all.

Daylight Saving

Your sleep-wake cycle will get disrupted during daylight saving time whether you “lose” or “gain” an hour.

That one hour of change can dramatically affect your circadian rhythm.

Studies show that night owls have a harder time shifting to daylight saving in the spring and morning larks have a harder time shifting in the fall.

Why we think shifting an hour ahead is a good idea is beyond me!

We aren’t actually gaining anything and it just messes up our rhythm.

Don’t you agree?

How can I reset my circadian rhythm?

Adjusting your circadian rhythm is just like overcoming jet lag.

Reset in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Eat at a Consistent Time
    • Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the same time each day
    • Don’t eat a big meal less than 3 hours before bedtime

  2. Fast if you can
    • Going without food for 12-16 hours mimics sleep
    • The first meal after the fast tricks your brain into thinking it’s morning
    • Continue regular eating patterns after you break your fast

  3. Stick to a Consistent Sleep Schedule
    • Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day – even on the weekends
    • Expose yourself to light as soon as you wake up to boost your cortisol levels
    • Limit your light exposure before bed – this means no screens or checking your social media right before bedtime

Keep a Healthy Sleep Routine

After you reset your circadian rhythm, keep it on track.

Practice healthy habits throughout the day and limit the bad ones.

Do:

  • Maximize activity throughout the day – if you work a desk job, try to walk around or stretch every hour to get your blood flowing. Better yet, exercise regularly.
  • Outdoor activities – increase your light exposure to keep cortisol levels up so you won’t get sleepy during the day

Don’t:

  • Nap during the day – a big no-no. If you get sleepy, it’s a good sign you need to move around more
  • Eat heavy or spicy food before bed – messing with your digestive system will disrupt your sleep.
  • Drink alcohol or caffeine before bed – either will keep your body “buzzing” throughout the night and you won’t get a good night’s rest.
  • Work, exercise or checking social media before bed – limit blue light exposure

Doing activities that expose you to light, make your brain work or promote blood flow will make your body more awake.

establish a healthy sleep routine to keep circadian rhythm

Remember, everyone’s circadian rhythms are different depending on if they’re a night owl or a morning lark.

You should try your best to adjust your daily routine to what works best for your body.

But here are the two most important things to remember about resetting your rhythm:

  • Try to expose yourself to light earlier in the day, and
  • Eat at the same times throughout the day.

Now that you know how your circadian rhythm works, it’s time to get them back on track and in sync!

Goodbye daytime sleepiness, hello restful nights!

Yes, there’s a lot of science behind the human body and brain! Which is why you should try to learn as much as you can about yourself!

>> Check out these other sleep resources here! <<

Best Mattress for Sciatica: The Top 5 Reviewed (2019)

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Sciatic pain got you down?

Having a cloud-like mattress to rest your body on is essential for sciatica sufferersIt should do the hard work for you and take the pressure off your joints.

With so many options out there, which one should you choose??

Don’t worry, we got a line-up of best mattresses for sciatic waiting to sweep you off your feet!

Best Mattress For Sciatica Reviews 2019

Tuft & Needle Foam MattressZinus Sleep Master MattressAmerisleep AS2 Memory Foam MattressAccord Copper-Infused Latex MattressInnoMax Genesis Waterbed Mattress
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Want to find out more about choosing the right mattress for your sciatic needs?

Take a look at our buyer’s guide below!

Here is our review of the best mattress for sciatica in 2019:

T&N is a mattress company with a big heart. Best Overall Mattress Award

Based in Phoenix, they make it a priority to support their local community.

Recently, they donated $100,000 to Team Rubicon, an international nonprofit organization working with communities affected by natural disasters.

Since 2012, they’ve kept their products affordable, offering a standard 10-year warranty along with a 100-day sleep trial.

Due to the medium firmness of these mattresses, I’d recommend this brand mainly for back and side sleepers.

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Inflammation causes irritation, which leads to restless nights.

T&N’s adaptive foam is fully breathable.

With open-cell foam technology, this mattress is made with graphite and cooling gel.

Graphite is a natural conductor, pulling heat from the body as contact is made. This means you’ll never sleep hot again!

With only two layers, less glue is used to keep them whole. Air is able to freely flow in and out from the sides and bottom.

A chemical-free mattress for your family.

GREENGUARD Gold

T&N mattress meets the GREENGUARD Gold standard for low chemical emissions.

This certification is only given to products that pass rigorous testing to make sure its emissions of volatile organic compounds is low. These types of emissions contribute to many health issues, like asthma.

You can rest with peace of mind that you and your family are sleeping on material free from harmful chemicals.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX

Tuft and Needle is the first company to earn the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX Certification.

This certification is only given to products that are free from 300+ concerning chemicals emitting at harmful levels.

OEKO-TEX® is an independent third-party organization helping consumers ensure safety standards in products around the world.

CERTIPUR-US Certified

You can rest assure that this foam meets the high standards of CERTIPUR-US.

Environmental health risks such as heavy metals, like mercury or lead, formaldehyde, ozone depleters won’t be found inside your polyurethane foam.

More about these certifications in the buyer’s guide below

It’s bouncy, it’s supportive, it’s “one single mattress designed to work for everyone”.

When a mattress can contour to you, and not the other way around, that’s gold!

The foam helps to reduce the pressure on your spine, muscles and tendons by providing an even level of support to the sciatic nerve. This means you’d feel less aches and pains.

There are two pieces to the mattress puzzle here:

The top comfort layer and a supportive base layer.

Both are premium high-density foam. Designed and poured in the USA.

Providing more bounce than traditional foam, this is a great choice if you find yourself tossing and turning in the night to find your sweet spot.

Pros

  • Graphite absorbent for hot sleepers
  • Pressure relief & body contouring from active memory foam
  • Certified by GREENGUARD Gold, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and CERTIPUR-US
  • 100-day sleep trial & 10 year limited warranty
  • Made in the USA
  • A company that supports its community

Cons

  • A bit on the soft side, so not for people wanting firm support

Best Value for Mattress AwardBased in Seoul, this company has grown to include 9 locations over 6 continents in 16 years, while always focusing on the customers’ comfort.

For people who want a foam feel with innerspring support, this one’s for you.

In a world moving towards all foam, some of you just need that extra support.  

The firmness of the mattress is also ideal for stomach sleepers and heavier body types.

It’s affordable, CertiPUR-US® Certified and offers a 100-Night sleep trial with a 10-year warranty.  

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What puts the ‘i’ in iCoil? That’s a great question.

Unlike older spring mattresses held together internally by wire, iCoil springs are free, independent and individually-wrapped.

Each of the 660 springs hold up the weight on their own without relying on their next door neighbor.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you won’t feel any movements in your sleep even with your partner tossing and turning!

Zinus states that their “soft-as-croissant” foam gives a luxurious yet pressure-relieving sleep.

High-density comfort foam on top of an already supportive spring coil system is a must if you’re someone who’s used to waking up with tension in the back.

Why?

Well, the memory foam will help reduce common, recurring muscle and joint pain.

While the individually-wrapped innersprings will support you and encourage spinal alignment, like no other mattress.

Ah, the best of both worlds.

Have you ever slept in the same bed with someone on a spring mattress?

They move, you feel it, you hear it!

The individual coils not only hold your weight evenly but also isolate any movement.

Any trips to the bathroom, or focused pressure where pain strikes won’t even be noticeable.

Pros

  • iCoil technology
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • Offers Good Pressure Relief
  • High-density support
  • Motion isolation
  • Good for lovers of extra firmness

Cons

  • Not great for side sleepers

Most Green Natural or Organic Mattress AwardAmerisleep was founded in 2007 and is now based in Arizona. They’re one of the fastest-growing online mattress companies around.

Their priority?

Providing value and a great experience to customers over profit.

Their intention?

To delivery eco-friendly sleep solutions that push the boundaries by using new technologies.

They aren’t about one-shoe-fits-all. Amerisleep offers 5 different mattresses for all types of sleepers.

All mattresses are made in the USA (Indiana!) and are compatible with adjustable bed frames.

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Fun fact: At the Amerisleep headquarters, they have nap rooms for their staff. Talk about sleep enthusiasts! 

There’s a lot to unpack with this foam. So I’m gonna break it down for y’all.

Top Layer

The cushy soft surface is the layer you’ll feel the most.

HIVE® (Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation & Energy) Technology is made up of foam hexagons, grouped into five comfort zones: your head, shoulders & back, hips, upper leg & knee and lower leg.

Clinically-proven to reduce pressure points by 49%, this type of multi-zone mattress provides firm support where you need it the most, and soft contouring where you crave it.

If you have a bed that isn’t giving you the support your body needs, you’ll get misaligned. This can further disrupt your health issues and cause more sciatic pain.

Middle Layer

This is what Amerisleep calls the Affinity Layer.

It’s got this great wavy design that lets air flow through and body heat to escape. You’ll stay cool, dry and fresh for longer!

The advantage of this layer is that it’s a firm foam with some bounce. This helps you stay afloat on the mattress. This is excellent when you have shooting pains and need to reposition yourself.

Bottom Layer

The foundation of the mattress is 7” of high-density Bio-Pur foam, described by Amerisleep as “the seed to your comfort”.

Bio-Pur is made from the most environmentally-friendly, plant-based materials instead of petroleum.

The large open-cell structure helps move air around, so your body stays cool throughout the night, allowing you to rest in peace.

Most importantly, this foam also provides deep compression support, which is key to your sciatic pain relief.

The cover is made from a blend of polyester, spandex, and Celliant

Celliant is clinically-tested by the FDA (Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act) and is certified as a responsive textile technology.

Simply put, it helps your blood circulate better, which allows your muscles to recover faster.

This is great news for sciatica sufferers – you heal as you sleep.

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Amerisleep’s manufacturing process is the only one that meets the standards set by the Clean Air Act.

The CAA is a federal law that regulates air emissions to protect the public from harmful air pollutants.

CertiPUR-US Certified

Rest assured, this foam causes you no harm. Being CertiPUR-US Certified means that the foam used complies with certain content, emissions and durability standards.

More about this certification in our buyer’s guide below. 

Two decades?! Now that’s a marriage worth the hype.

Amerisleep claims that even after decades of use, the supportive layer won’t sag.

This warranty coverage is like this: 100% coverage from Year 1 to 10, and 50% coverage from Year 11 to 20.

Amerisleep has a 100-day sleep trial, which begins as soon as it arrives at your doorstep.

100 days is 3.5 months – that’s a whole season. More than enough time to see if it’s the right mattress for you.

Pros

  • Celliant® cover speeds up muscle recovery
  • Bio-Pur® foam to keep you cool
  • HIVE Technology - multiple purpose support zones
  • 20-year warranty
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • Not the best for side sleepers

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How?

By focusing on the finer details and never skimping on quality.

Their mattresses are constructed in the USA.  Meaning that Accord Comfort Sleep System (ACSS) has complete control over the manufacturing process, so you know only quality material is used to make it.

ACSS claim that their Copper Rest Sleep is ‘the world’s healthiest mattress’.

Why?

This mattress has 6 layers of goodness! Notable layers include:

  • A gel-infused memory foam. Offering you a cooler sleep and added assistance to some much-needed pain relief.
  • A copper-infused gel latex layer boosts coolness. More on the benefits on copper below!
  • The support foam base gives you sturdy comfort. When you’re looking for a mattress for sciatic nerve pain, this support is essential.

Copper isn’t just trendy, it’s also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and conductive in nature.

Used for healing since Ancient Greece, copper can improve iron levels in your blood.

This speeds up the healing process of bones and connective tissues by reducing the buildup of lactic acid in your muscles.

It means that your body recovers while you sleep, so you won’t wake up to any pain.  

Did you know that copper is one of the most conductive materials on earth?

The copper particles in the foam transfers and stores your body heat. Making you cooler and more comfortable while you sleep.

It’s 20,000 times more effective at transporting heat out of the mattress than a standard polyurethane form!

Pros

  • Fast recovery
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Anti-microbial/anti-bacterial
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • On the firm side

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Growing up, I thought sleeping on these floatation devices were the norm because my family all slept on them.

My parents, who worked long hours, swore by the support and comfort their waterbed gave them.

Since 1975, INNOMAX has been one of the most respected and trusted brands on the market.

All their mattresses have a vinyl cover which is hygienic and easy to clean, so you make not even make good use of its 20-year warranty afterall.

Interested in more waterbed selections? Check out our top waterbed mattress review here!

A modern waterbed can be just as supportive as a firm innerspring mattress. Think of it more of a mud-bed.

When you lie down on water, pressure on your body is gone and your spine can relax.

The equal weight distribution lessens the muscle tension in the joints and any sciatic pain.

It doesn’t matter if you sleep on your side, belly or back (the best sleeping position!). Or if your body weight is light or heavy, you’re supported throughout.

A HUGE advantage of waterbeds is that you can heat it to the degree you want.

In the winter, when your joints are seizing up from the cold weather, adding heat to an already comfy bed is luxury!

In the summer months, you can set it to a lower temperature or just turn it off altogether (though that may be too cold for some people).

Heat can relieve tightness and soothe sore muscles by promoting blood flow around the body.

Applying cold and heat therapy to the sciatic nerve helps reduce inflammation and relieves any joint or body pains.

The INNOMAX has an 8-layer system to support the mid-body, which also makes the bed 100% waveless!

The sciatic nerve may cause an uncomfortable night’s sleep. You might have to reposition yourself multiple times throughout the night.

Each layer of this support system is like a sponge. It’ll absorb all motion to give you a customized sleep.

Focusing on what you need the most – full body support.

Pros

  • Soothes muscles through heat
  • Customized temperature to you
  • Aligns to your body in any position
  • Relief from pressure point and joint pain
  • Offer decent support to the whole body
  • Practically waveless motion

Cons

  • Heater sold separately
  • Extra cost of the electric bill

Buyer's Guide: What to Look For in a Mattress for Sciatica Sufferers

There are many different factors but here are the major ones to consider.

Firm Or Soft Mattress Better For Sciatica Considering that sciatic pain is all about the pressure of the largest nerve in your body, you should find a mattress that helps with that.

When thinking about firmness, think of Goldilocks – not too hard, not too soft.

You’re looking for a mattress that let your hips sink in slightly to allow correct spinal alignment.  

Bed Too Firm

If your bed is too firm, your hips will just lay on the surface, causing more intense pressure on your shoulders and heels.

 This leads to the sciatic nerve being ill-supported, causing more pain.

Bed Too Soft

Too soft and there will be a lack of spinal support causing more pressure on your sciatic nerve.

Here’s a loose rule of thumb on mattress firmness according to body weight:

  • Firmer is better for a larger body  
  • Softer is better for a smaller body

The right firmness will hold you in ways that relieve pressure but is firm enough to support your spine. A medium-firm mattress is a good starting point.

For sciatic pain, the aim of the game is to find a mattress that has the right balance.

Comfort and support that relieves pressure, help with spinal alignment and cushions throughout.

Anything less than that may further disrupt your sciatica and cause more pain.

If you have a co-sleeper, then motion isolation is something to consider.

The tossing and turning of another shouldn’t disturb your sweet dreams.

Look for foam material that has been tested for movement transfer. Or, innerspring coils that are individually-wrapped instead of all links together. 

This is pretty important!

CertiPUR-US Certified

You know you’re in good hands, when you see the CertiPUR-US label.

It means that the rigorous testing standards have been met in terms of materials used and that the product isn’t emitting harmful toxins into your home.  

The foam must comply with standards relating to harmful toxic chemical emissions and testing is only analyzed by accredited laboratories.

GREENGUARD Gold

We spend a majority of our time indoors, and the exposure to air pollutants causes both immediate and long-term health problems.

Now, this doesn’t directly affect your sciatic nerve, but it’s something to look out for to support your health.

Reducing or even better, eliminating the source of harmful chemical emissions found in your bed and bedding (and other household items) can have a huge benefit to respiratory conditions such as asthma.

This GREENGUARD Gold certification is met by passing rigorous standards of low emissions from volatile organic compounds known to be correlated with asthma.

Schools and healthcare facilities will look for this certificate to ensure more sensitive groups are cared for.

How is it tested?

To meet these thorough standards, a product is scientifically tested in a closed environment for low emissions of chemicals and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and phthalates.

Few mattresses and pillows qualify for this gold standard.

You can rest with peace of mind that your head is on material free from harmful chemicals when selecting a product with this certification.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX

OEKO-TEX is an independent third-party certification helping you find transparency and integrity in products around the world.

The focus of STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® has been to test the safety from the viewpoint of the consumer.

They check on-site in the factory as well as with the mattress to make sure there are no harmful chemicals being used.

No mattress should be harmful to sleepers.

Copper

The healing properties of copper can improve iron levels in your blood.

It’s an essential trace mineral needed for survival. You can find it in all body tissues. It plays a role in making red blood cells, maintaining nerve cells and the immune system.

This helps with the healing process of bones and connective tissues, giving your body a fast recovery while you sleep.

A mattress that’s made with copper particles can relieve joint pain and other inflammation in your body.

It’s also a known antibacterial. With it in your mattress, it stops unwanted bugs and germs from sleeping and staying in your haven.

Graphite

Carbon graphite is a natural heat conductor.  It’s not the most commonly used material in mattresses…yet.

Infused in the mattress foam is the power of carbon to transfer heat away from your body and disperse it elsewhere.

Graphite has many uses. You can find it through electronics and computers as a hat conductor but also in water filters and the medical industry as a way to remove poisons from the body.

Celliant

Celliant® is clinically tested and responsive textile technology.

The FDA (the Food and Drug Administration)  has determined that products containing Celliant® are medical devices and general wellness products.

Why and how is that possible?

The patented technology in the fabric’s fibers converts body heat into infrared energy, or better know at heat radiation.

Products that use Celliant fabric have been clinically proven to enhance sleep quality, health, wellness, and much more.

That’s because the patented technology in the fibers makes use of the body’s energy and recycles it. Think of the thermo-reactive fabric that is used in your gym clothes, that keeps you drier for longer.

This fabric is also known to promote better blood flow. So that more oxygen is circulating to your fatigued muscles.

Which is great news for sciatica sufferers, as a faster recovery can be happening as you’re sleeping.

That’s one way to get you waking up fresh and rejuvenated!

Sleep Trial

100% free to sleep on during this trial period. We’ve seen 100 days so far.

What would I be looking for during nights?

Am I still in love with you on Day 10? Day 30? Day 90? I want to know that the mattress will take care of me as much as I’ll take care of them.

It takes time and patience to get over the teething period. 30 days in fact.

One thing I’d say is that even when times are tough, you stick it out with the mattress.

Consistently is key in the break-in period.

The faster you adjust to your new mattress, the better your body can relax into it.

Warranty

Make sure the promise you’re getting from the manufacturer is one that covers the test of time.

A 10-year warranty is pretty standard, But a lot can happen in a decade!

Depending on the company’s warranty policy.

You could get 100% coverage for a replacement in the first half of the warranty period, and then only 50% or less for the second half.

For the case of back pain and sciatica, look up in the warranty to see if misshape of the mattress due to body impressions is covered.

That’s why it’s important to read the fine print and know what you’re getting yourself into BEFORE your purchase

Best Mattress for Sciatica FAQs

First time shopping for a new bed with sciatic nerve pain? 

No problem! Check out the frequently asked questions below to help you out.

relief sciatic pain with the best mattress for sciaticaNo, sciatica can’t be caused by a bad mattress…but a poor mattress can sure aggravate it!  

The impact of your mattress can have a significant impact on your health.

It’s time to think about the well-being of your sciatic nerve and spinal cord.

Are you doing all you can for your body?

Sleeping on a low-quality mattress can cause damage to your spine, nerves, and muscles.

A good way to tell if your mattress is causing your sciatica to flare up is to ask yourself these questions:

  • How is my pain in the morning?
  • How often did I wake up last night from my sciatica?

If you find that you’re tossing and turning frequently, that’s a sign that your mattress isn’t suitable for your condition.

…Which leads up onto our next question.

Both a soft or a firm mattress can be bad for sciatica – it depends on your preference and your body. 

  • If you’re a lighter weight person, a softer mattress would be more suitable to you as your body mass doesn’t need as much support.

  • If you’re a heavier set and sleep on a bed that’s too soft, then you run the risk of putting more pressure on your pain. When you sink, your spine gets misaligned, and that leads to more pain.

  • When in doubt, opt for medium-firm. It’s considered a ‘universal’ medium for most people.

The universal best position to sleep in is flat on your back, the same goes for people with sciatica.

While it’s really up to your preference but remember one thing:

No matter if you sleep on your side, front or back, your spine should be completely straight.

Check out our article on different sleeping positions and how-to-sleep-on-your-back training guide.

Get Ready to Sleep Pain-Free!

Armed with our review of the best mattress for sciatica and a buyer’s guide, you’re now ready, young padawan.

Of course, everyone’s situation is different, so pick the one that best suits you.

>> Check out our review of other mattresses here! <<

Best Mattress for Scoliosis: The Top 5 Reviewed (2019)

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We all know how important a good mattress is.

Especially if you have a condition like scoliosis!

Getting into a comfortable position may be more difficult since your spine is curved.

Not to worry!

We’ve found the best mattresses to keep your scoliosis under control. No matter what position you sleep in or how severe your condition is.

Best Mattress for Scoliosis Reviews 2019

Nod by Tuft & Needle Foam MattressLINENSPA Hybrid MattressOlee Sleep Galaxy Hybrid Mattress
LUCID Gel Memory Foam MattressZinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattress
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Want to find out more about choosing the right mattress for your scoliosis needs?

Take a look below at the buying guide first!

Here are details of our best mattress for scoliosis reviews in 2019:

Best Overall Mattress AwardFounded in 2012, this American company became popular in a short time.

Two software engineers from Silicon Valley were fed up with the mattress industry’s lack of transparency and fairness for consumers.

And decided to do something about it.

Tuft and Needle (T&N) believe in conducting honest business, selling only premium products at a good price.

All of their mattresses are designed and crafted in the US and support American manufacturers.

Their fabric comes from a family-owned textile mill in the Carolinas and their foam is poured and cut in the US.

All of the finishing touches are done in South Carolina before they send out your new mattress to you.

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It was really hard to pick our favorite but as difficult as it was, we had to decide…

And our favorite is Nod by Tuft & Needle 8” Mattress.

It’s simple, honest and created by regular people like you and me who were looking for an affordable bed.

The Adaptive foam is perfect for those with scoliosis who need pressure relief in areas like their hips and shoulders.

And it also provides great support for your back and spine with the high-density foam layer.

Hot sleeper?

No problem! T&N takes care of that with their gel-infused memory foam.

The 100-night trial gives you ample time for your curves to adjust to your new mattress.

This bed has FOUR separate certifications:

  • CertiPUR-US certification
  • Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX
  • Greenguard certification
  • Parent Tested Parent Approved certification

You won’t have to worry about any sort of chemicals affecting your family or the environment.

All of the materials put into making this bed are made in the US. They also support family businesses in the Carolinas.

Although Nod by T&N is our favorite, we’d also recommend Lucid Memory Foam for the best value and the Olee Sleep Galaxy Hybrid for a luxury feel. 

Remember to choose one that best fits your budget and scoliosis needs!

People with scoliosis usually feel more pressure on their hips and shoulders when they sleep.

Why?

Because the curve of the spine makes those parts stick out.

Adaptive Foam

T&N’s dual-layer, high-density Adaptive Foam gives you the support, pressure-relief, and bounce-back you need in a mattress that contours to your unique spinal curve.

Specially-designed based on customer feedback, this foam is made for any type of sleeper and all body weight.

Because of the spring-like support of the base layer, the more pressure you put on the bed, the better the support it gives you.

The top layer of the Adaptive Foam is infused with graphite and cooling gel.

Cooling Gel & Graphite

Graphite is a grey, carbon mineral, commonly found in your pencils at home.

It’s used in foam because it helps to neutralize temperatures. Simply put, it absorbs the heat and cools you down.

Besides the foam itself being breathable, the cover around the mattress is made from a blend of micro polyamide and polyester.

Micro Polyamide

Commonly used in clothing, Micro polyamide is as an alternative to cotton because it’s very comfortable and dries 6-8 times faster.

If you tend to sleep hot, this is a great option for you!

You’ll be able to sleep cooler and longer on this mattress!

Many companies only offer you 30 days to try out your mattress.

Tuft & Needle gives you 100 nights to try it out – that’s a whole season!

Take this opportunity to test your new bed out during that time and see how you like its cooling feature.

It takes about 30 to 90 days for the average person to adjust and “break in” a new mattress.

For someone with scoliosis, you’d probably notice a difference in how your body feels within a couple of days.

Still not satisfied with your new bed after a couple of months? Just return it within your trial period, no problem!

Remember your trial period starts the day your new bed arrives at your door.

Rest assured, this mattress has been tested again and again. It’s got:

It also has low emissions and is better on indoor air quality.

Most mattresses have the CertiPUR-US certification, but T&N has gone above and beyond with their certifications and have 3 more!

The Greenguard Gold certification, given by Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety-consulting and certification company, these products satisfy the strictest chemical emissions standards.

Basically, products with this standard help reduce indoor air pollution and create a healthier environment inside your home.

T&N mattresses have all been tested for harmful substances in their textiles and materials and because of this, they hold the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX.

This certification is very strict because the materials used in mattresses will be in close contact with your skin.

Sensitive skin? No worries.

All of T&N’s products hold this high standard of certification so your skin will have no bad reactions to any of the materials used in their products.

Lastly, but certainly not least, their mattresses have been tested by real parents and their families.

By doing this, they received the Parent Tested Parent Approved certification.

Overall this bed is healthy for everyone in your family to use and safe for the environment.

“Limited warranty” might be misleading because this warranty covers A LOT!

This one, like many others, covers things like your average manufacturer and workmanship defects, but what else comes with it?

Any material breakdown of the foam like splits or cracks, body impressions that are ¾ of an inch or more and sagging of any kind are all included and will be taken care of.

This is a perfect guarantee for someone with scoliosis.

Although it shouldn’t be an issue, if your T&N mattress starts to take on any impressions left by the more prominent curves of your spine, you can get it replaced.

But that’s not all!

T&N’s warranty extends to the mattress cover as well.

If you notice any stitching coming undone or the zipper isn’t working, they will help you out with that too!

Pros

  • 100 night sleep trial & 10-year warranty
  • Pressure Relief with responsive foam
  • Breathable with open cell foam
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • GREENGUARD Gold certified
  • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certified
  • Designed and crafted in the US

Cons

  • Cover can’t be removed or washed
  • May have slight odor at first

Best Value for Mattress Awardir?t=sleepsavvy 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B01IU6RQW0Created in 2003 by Malouf, this brand set out to provide quality comfort for any budget.

Linenspa wants to provide a comfortable bed for all because they understand life happens differently for everyone.

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This mattress is perfect if you’re on a tight budget!

It’s so affordable, you can probably buy a few extra for your children’s room and guest rooms.

Lower price doesn’t always mean lower quality, especially not in this case.

Because the supportive foundation is made from metal coils, this makes the mattress extremely durable and less likely to “give” and sink in over the years.

Sinking into your mattress is the LAST thing you need when managing your scoliosis.

You need all the support you can get!

There is also a felt pad placed between the springs and the layer of foam to keep the coils from rubbing against it, reducing wear and keeping the bed in great condition.

I’m sure a longer lasting mattress also sounds good to your wallet.

You won’t have to replace your mattress as often when you have a really durable one to use in the first place.

Not having to replace your mattress as often in your lifetime = more money in your pocket.

That sounds like a win to me!

These beds are considered “hybrids” because they are made from the traditional model of a spring mattress but have the added benefits of a memory foam mattress.

The best of both worlds.

You get the durability of the springs AND the conforming comfort and support of the foam.

Innerspring

The bottom layer of the LinenSpa offers the reliable and traditional support of the innerspring mattress.

The 6 inches of steel coils give you the bounce needed to distribute your weight evenly throughout the night.

Evenly distributed weight is definitely something you need when you have scoliosis.

Since your spine typically sticks out in more places and more severely, it can put more pressure on places like your neck, shoulders, and hips.

With the weight being distributed, those pressure points will now be relieved.

Because of how spaced the springs are, this bed also lightweight and breathe easy.

Memory Foam

Making up 1.5 inches of comfort foam, this layer conforms to the unique curves of your body and gives you the pressure relief you need for that scoliosis pain.

The foam layers also act as insulation for the springs so you will have just the right amount to bounce while still giving you the back and spine support you need.

Memory foam is also quilted into the cover of the mattress taking up the remaining .5 inches.

Because this layer is so thin, it doesn’t retain any heat, unlike your typical memory foam.

This last bit of comfort will take the edge right off those pain areas your scoliosis is causing you.

Pros

  • Budget-Friendly
  • Hybrid - benefits from both innerspring and foam
  • Quilted memory foam
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Springs help with durability and breathability

Cons

  • 10 year warranty is only for manufacturer defects
  • Edges aren’t firm - you can “slip” off the edge

Most Green Natural or Organic Mattress AwardAlthough new to the mattress scene (2015)  and not very well known, this brand is part of the Zinus family.

Zinus is a Korean-based company with its manufacturing factories in China.

Because their brands come directly from their own factories, there is no middle man.

That means they can keep their prices low = more money in your pocket.

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I know what you’re thinking.

How can 13” of foam be very supportive?

Well, this plush memory foam mattress has something that many others don’t have.

It’s placed on innersprings.

A bottom layer of 7.5” to be exact.

When you suffer from scoliosis, one of the most important factors when choosing a bed is how much support it offers.

This bed offers an incredible amount!

It’s a bit more on the firm side, but still offers you the plush comfort of memory foam.

With pocket springs!

Pocket what?

The springs in this bed are individually placed inside fabric pockets, so they can work on their own.

Rather than being connected by their coils, they’re connected by these pockets.

What does this mean?

Since the springs work on their own, they’re able to bend and compress to the shape of your body.

This is good because it distributes your weight evenly.

You’ll be able to get the pressure relief for your curved spine and the firm support needed for your scoliosis.

This mattress lasts for many years – the pocket springs are protected by 2” of multi-high definition (HD) memory foam.

Not only are the coils separated with their own little fabric pockets, but they also have another layer of protection from this HD foam.

There’s no way these guys are going to be rubbing against each other and wearing down any time soon.

A longer lasting mattress means you don’t have to replace it as often, which translates to more money in your pocket!

Another advantage of having pocket coils in your mattress is that it cuts down on the movements you feel from your sleeping partner.

Maybe they’re a tosser-and-turner, late owl or early bird, or maybe they habitually go for their midnight pee break.

Whatever it is, you don’t want to wake each other up if you can help it.

Olee claims these coils eliminate motion disturbances throughout the night. It’d feel as if your co-sleeper wasn’t even there.

I don’t know about you but that sounds like a fantastic night’s rest to me!

 

All of Zinus’ memory foam mattresses are made from BioFoam.

What’s that?

Many memory foam mattresses are made with petroleum-based materials and are bad for the environment, Olee Sleep isn’t.

It’s naturally antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites.

The gel memory foam in the Olee Sleep 13” takes up just 1” of the bed itself.

But this 1” will work wonders on you, especially if you tend to sleep hot.

Your body temperature will be regulated while you sleep because the gel in the foam will absorb your heat and cool it down.

Besides being made from BioFoam and being infused with gel, this Olee Sleep bed also has a cover made from poly-Jacquard that also helps you sleep cool.

Pros

  • Gel infused - cooling effect to forever sleep cool
  • Pocket Spring to distribute weight evenly
  • Durability - coils are protected by multi HD and memory foam layers
  • Reduced motion transfer
  • Cover - Polyester Jacquard Fabric

Cons

  • Not CertiPUR-US certified
  • Cover isn’t washable
  • 10 year warranty only covers manufacturer defects

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The two operate as separate and distinct brands.

Lucid believes you deserve to sleep on a bed made just for you.

Best known for “beds for the whole family,” they offer just about every type of bed for all unique sleepers.

With so many mattress options, you’re bound to find the perfect one for you or anyone in your family with scoliosis.

Don’t worry about sleeping hot with this bed!

This memory foam is infused with gel to help air flow through the layers keeping you cool while you sleep.

The gel beads inside that react to your body’s heat and regulate the temperature accordingly.

What??

Time for a mini science lesson.

When the gel beads come in contact with your body heat they change from a solid to a liquid.

This phase change allows the material to absorb and take out more of your heat which in turn cools down your mattress.

This TENCEL polyester blend cover is pleasantly soft to the skin and durable.

What in the world is TENCEL?

This fiber is sustainably-sourced from wood and mixed with different fabrics to make them more durable and moisture-absorbent.

It’s found in many household items such as baby wipes, medical dressing, clothing, and towels.

This TENCEL layer on the mattress surface creates more airflow and soaks up sweat to keep you cool and dry.

Wanna know what else is great?

The cover is removable and machine-washable. Just make sure you wash it on a low and cold setting.

For most scoliosis conditions, you need a firm bed that offers great support.

But do you want to sacrifice that body-hugging feeling you get with plush beds?

With the LUCID 10” you won’t have to!

You get the pressure-relieving support for your hips and spine, but also can experience the luxury-feel from the soft gel memory foam layer.

Like with all memory foams, this one contour to your body, encasing you in a cloud.

Whether you sleep on your side or back, your body weight will distribute evenly to give your spine a great night’s rest.

Remember those ozone depleters and heavy metals I mentioned earlier?

Well, good news!

The support foam for this mattress is also certified, so only safe materials with low emissions were used to make it.

If you’d like to learn more about CertiPUR-US certification, jump down for more info.

Pros

  • Gel memory foam
  • Conforming Support
  • Zipper removable cover
  • Tencel/polyester blend cover
  • CertiPUR-US certified

Cons

  • 10 year warranty only covers manufacturer defects

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With over 25 years of experience, Zinus is a pioneer in the mattress industry.

Located in Korea, and owning their own manufacturing factories, they’re able to keep their prices down since they cut out the middle man.

This company provides its customers with comfortable beds at very affordable prices.

An inch of microfiber is sewn into the top cover of this mattress for added comfort.

This padding is helpful for relieving pressure from your shoulders and hips you may have from your scoliosis condition.

This poly-Jacquard knit cover is soft to the touch and moisture absorbent so you can say goodbye to night sweats!

Although it is not meant to remove and machine wash, you can spot clean it with some mild detergent and cold water.

Sleep Master uses BioFoam, created by Synbra Technology, instead of memory foam for all of their mattresses.

This plant-based foam bed is resistant to moisture and antimicrobial.

It’s a healthy alternative to memory foam for the environment and to your family because it doesn’t release any CO2 emissions into the air.

You can read more about BioFoam in our buyer’s guide below.

Underneath the poly-Jacquard cover is 3” thick layer of premium quality foam.

This is the layer that conforms to your body to give you the comfort feel.

The second layer is the pressure-relieving comfort foam that helps you with your shoulders and hips caused by your scoliosis.

The 2” of foam responds to your body weight and helps reduce pain where your pressure builds up.

The very bottom layer of this memory foam bed is made from 5” of high-density foam.

It supports the upper two layers and helps keep its form overall.

Because the foam is so dense, it offers full support and stability for your spine.

No harsh chemicals were used during the creation of this mattress.

Mattresses with the CertiPUR-US certification were tested in a lab and are free from:

  • Ozone depleters
  • Fire retardants (PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP)
  • Mercury, lead, other heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates (softening agent)

It’s not only safe for the environment, but it’s also safe for you and your family.

Jump down to our buyer’s guide to learn more about CertiPUR-US.

All of Zinus’ memory foam mattresses are made from BioFoam.

What’s that?

Many memory foam mattresses are made with petroleum-based materials and are bad for the environment, Olee Sleep isn’t.

It’s naturally antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites.

The gel memory foam in the Olee Sleep 13” takes up just 1” of the bed itself.

But this 1” will work wonders on you, especially if you tend to sleep hot.

Your body temperature will be regulated while you sleep because the gel in the foam will absorb your heat and cool it down.

Besides being made from BioFoam and being infused with gel, this Olee Sleep bed also has a cover made from poly-Jacquard that also helps you sleep cool.

Pros

  • Cover - Poly-Jacquard
  • Directly ships from manufacturer
  • Bio Foam- Memory foam is resistant to dust mites and naturally antimicrobial
  • Meets all US Fire Retardant standards
  • CertiPur-US certified

Cons

  • Cover isn’t machine washable

Buyer's Guide: What to Look For in a Mattress for Scoliosis

Here are some important factors to consider when you’re out shopping for your new bed.

When it comes to picking out a mattress specifically to help you manage your pain with your scoliosis, having the right support is a MUST.

We know everyone’s body is unique. Everyone’s scoliosis is unique too.

You want to stay away from plushier beds.

Experts recommend medium to firm mattresses to help with your spine alignment.

Soft

Why stay away from soft beds?

For someone who has scoliosis, you need comfort as well as support.

Although you may think the plushier beds will give you more comfort, they will actually cause you more pain because they don’t offer you the support your spine needs.

You want to manage your condition by making sure it doesn’t progress any further.

Soft beds don’t offer any support for your spine and can worsen the curve in your spine.

Medium

pick a mattress that supports your back for scoliosis

Usually, a medium is a universal “OK.”

Not too hard, not too soft. It’s juuuust right!

This is probably the best option when it comes to comfort and support.

It conforms to your body and offers the pressure point relief you need for your shoulders, hips, and neck.

It also gives you great back support.

Medium Firm

If you like a firmer feel or don’t need as much pressure-relief, go with medium-firm.

While not conforming as much, it offers really good back support because of the even surface.

We spend about a third of our lives sleeping.

A THIRD!

You will want a bed that will stay comfortable and in good condition while you manage your scoliosis.

Check things like the material it’s made of and how much the company trusts its own product.

A company that offers a trial period or a warranty that covers more than just manufacturer defects is a company that believes their bed is durable enough to stand by what they offer.

BioFoam

A healthy alternative to memory foam.

Many mattress foams aren’t safe for the environment or your home and family.

This plant-based foam is!

It doesn’t emit any fossil fuels like some traditional petroleum-based memory foams do.

BioFoam is the first fully bio-based foam, made from renewable resources and is also biodegradable!

It’s lightweight and doesn’t hold in moisture, which makes it great for a cool night’s sleep.

Because it’s rot-free and fungal-proof, it’s naturally hygienic.

It’s not likely you’ll find any mold in a mattress made from BioFoam like you may find in other foam beds.

The shock absorption property will reduce any motion transfer.

Basically, you won’t feel the movements of your sleep partner and will both have a better night’s rest because of it!

BioFoam is durable and meant to be long-lasting.

Overall, it’s a great, environmentally conscious option for you and your family.

Memory Foam

No matter how severe your scoliosis is, these offer the best pressure point relief.

Memory foam was introduced to the medical field to protect and comfort people in intensive care and as cushioning in wheelchairs.

It distributes your weight evenly, relieving pressure points throughout your body.

Beds made from memory foam are great for any type of sleepers; side, back, stomach (although I don’t recommend sleeping on your front).

They conform to your body and also help keep your neck and spine aligned.

The one thing to keep in mind is that they do tend to retain your body heat.

So if you’re a hot sleeper, I would definitely take this into consideration.

Gel-Infused Foam

You already have a condition to maintain, you don’t want to have to maintain your body temperature while you sleep too.

With the gel-infused foam you won’t have to worry about sleeping hot again.

The gel beads inside will react to your body heat and cool you down while you and your partner rest.

Hybrid – Foam & InnerSpring

The hybrid beds are those that have a traditional spring support base layer topped with a foam layer of some sort.

The springs in the mattress offer the best support and stability.

While the foam layer offers you the best comfort pressure relief.

Since the hybrid beds bottom layer is made with springs, it is very lightweight and offers great airflow for a cooler nights sleep.

Beds that are made with only dense layers of foam tend to be on the warmer side since they trap in your body heat.

Hybrid beds also are the more affordable option since they are made with fewer materials.

A mattress is a big investment.

One you will be using every day (and night) for 8+ hours for years to come.

You’re going to want to pick a mattress that covers some wear and tear, especially since it’ll be shipped in the mail.

Something could happen during the time it leaves the factory and when it gets to your door.

You should know whether or not your warranty will cover that sort of thing and for how long.

Many warranties are 10 years but only cover things like manufacturer defects or damage during shipping.

What happens if your foam mattress starts taking on body impressions and won’t reshape?

Well if you choose a bed like Nod by T&N, you won’t have to worry about that since their warranty covers body impressions of ¾ of an inch or more.

It’s important to choose a bed for not only the quality of the materials but for the quality of the warranty as well.

CertiPUR-US

When foam is CertiPUR-US certified, it means it has been tested in a lab to be free of:

  • Ozone depleters
  • Fire retardants (PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP)
  • Mercury, lead, other heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates (softening agent)

It will also be low on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions for indoor air quality.

Greenguard Gold Certification

To get this certification the mattress must pass the volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions test.

VOC’s are organic chemicals commonly found in a variety of household products like paints, varnish, cleaning products, cosmetics, and furnishings.

All of these products can release organic compounds while you use them or even when you store them.

Products that get the Greenguard Gold certification do not emit any organic compounds into the air, making the indoor air in your home healthier.

Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX

This worldwide certification was introduced in 1992 and goes far beyond most national and international standards.

With several hundred regulated substances, the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX tests products for:

  • Banned Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel
  • Harmful chemicals that may not even be legally regulated yet
  • Environmentally relevant substance classes

And takes account of:

Parent Tested Parent Approved

PTPA is a community of parents, just like you, who get together and talk about the products they’ve tested where they offer tips and feedback for each other.

The feedback from the parents is also sent back to the companies to help them shape their products.

Meets Federal Mattress Requirements

All mattresses sold in the United States must meet certain requirements.

One of the main and most important requirements is Fire Retardant (FR) standards.

These standards basically mean that this mattress contains enough fire retardant chemical to withstand a 2 foot wide open flame for 70 seconds.

Your mattress probably won’t be catching on fire any time soon.

Scoliosis Mattress FAQ

Not too sure about mattresses for scoliosis?

Check out some of the frequently asked questions below!

the best position to sleep with scoliosis is not on your frontMany experts will tell you to sleep on your back because it’s the most natural position for your spine.

But if you find sleeping on your back uncomfortable, then you can turn to your side.

Side sleeping can still offer your spine a natural position but you might have to prop a pillow between your legs to make your hips more comfortable.

You can also use a pillow, like a roll, behind your neck to help support your spine.

You may try placing your pillow in different areas around your body to see what works best for you.

Sleeping on your stomach is never recommended. Even for people without scoliosis.

Stomach sleeping puts unnecessary pressure on your neck and spine and can further damage it.

Can’t help it? Actually, yes you can.

Learn how to train yourself to sleep on your back!

Yes, memory foam is a great choice for people with scoliosis. Whether you sleep on the side or on your back.

Mom moment: If you’re a stomach-sleeper, maybe it’s time to start training yourself to sleep on your back. Better for you and your body.

The foam is able to distribute your body weight evenly, relieving the pressure build-up you have in spots like your neck, shoulders, and hips without having too much sinking.

Memory foam also offers the responsive medium-firm support you need to help align your spine and prevent your curves from getting worse.

You will want to choose a bed that is medium to medium-firm that contours to your body, is responsive and offers pressure point relief.

What do I mean by a bed that contours?

A bed that contours to your body will be one that molds to your body’s curves, giving you that cradling feel.

While some contouring is helpful, too much give, like a soft bed, will actually make your condition worse because it won’t provide enough support.

You need a firmness that balances both comfort and support.

Pressure relief is probably the most important thing to look for in a mattress because it will ease the pain you may experience in your hips, shoulders, and neck.

Since these areas stick out more because of your scoliosis condition, they usually cause more pain while you sleep.

So depending on how severe your scoliosis curve is, you may need a bed that conforms more to your body and is slightly softer, like a medium firm.

All prepared for better sleep?

Scoliosis sucks, but a proper mattress can help you manage it easier.

Hopefully, our review of the best mattress for scoliosis helped you pick the one for you.

So, which one did you choose?

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