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Are you tired of waking up with aches and pains, feeling like you barely slept at all? For those with back and joint pain, finding the right mattress can be the difference between a restful night’s sleep and a sleepless night filled with discomfort.
But with so many mattresses in the UK claiming to be “orthopaedic”, it can be tough to know which one is right for you. That’s where I come in: in this article, I’ll guide you through what to look for in an orthopaedic mattress and recommend some of the best options available in 2023 (for all budgets). So whether you’re a side sleeper or a back sleeper, a heavy person or a light person, I’ve got you covered. Say goodbye to restless nights and hello to deep, restorative sleep.
Quite simply, an orthopaedic mattress is one that aims to reduce stress on your muscles and joints as you sleep. If you’ve got condition(s) like arthritis, sciatica, or back & joint issues that cause pain or discomfort, then you will likely benefit from an orthopaedic mattress.
Firmer materials, like high-density foam or pocket springs, are commonly used in the construction of orthopaedic mattresses because of their ability to give proper support and alleviate pressure points. To aid with spinal alignment and alleviate stress on the body, they may also include padded elements in strategic places, such as the hips and shoulders.
However, not all mattresses labelled as “orthopaedic” genuinely give the level of support required by people with orthopaedic issues. Before purchasing a mattress, shoppers should do their homework to make sure it will suit their demands in terms of materials and construction.
Although it sounds like something special, often an orthopaedic mattress is just one that is extra-firm. But extra-firm mattresses are not to be mistaken with firm mattresses, which many people without back issues find comfortable to sleep on.
Which companies make orthopaedic mattresses?
Some of the best mattresses for those with back problems are, in my opinion, made by well-known brands – such as Emma, Eve and OTTY.
Saying that, despite being known as orthopaedic mattresses, extra-firm mattresses aren’t necessarily always good for your back. What’s best for your back is a very individual thing. It all depends on the level of support being offered by the mattress. The most important thing to do is find the right mattress that suits your own weight and your own build. Firmer mattresses tend to work best for heavier or larger people. Conversely, lighter or smaller people will be best suited to a soft mattress.
If you are of the heavier build and know that you can sleep better when lying on an extra firm mattress, then an orthopaedic mattress is probably going to be right for you. As with any type of mattress, there are several signs of quality to look out for.
How firm should an orthopaedic mattress be?
There’s no standard industry-wide agreement as to the firmness of a mattress, so one manufacturer’s ‘extra firm’ could be another one’s ‘firm’. Annoying, I know, but that’s the way it is.
As a way of gauging the firmness, I’ve come up with my own rating system, called the WhatMattress Rating – catchy or what!?
So without further ado, here is a detailed explanation & review of the best “orthopaedic” options on sale right now:
1. Simba Hybrid Luxe – Best Overall
Stop right there if you’re looking for a mattress that can actually alleviate your symptoms, because the Simba Hybrid Luxe is likely to be able to do just that. While it does come with a steep price tag, it offers a level of comfort and support that is, frankly, very hard to beat.