Best Mattress for Scoliosis Sufferers of 2018 & Buying Guide

We all need mattresses with the right support and softness for our bodies and sleeping positions, but it’s especially important for anyone with back problems.

Scoliosis, a medical condition in which the spinal curve deviates from its natural position—a “C” shape, rather than an “S”—is very prevalent, especially in adolescents.  Choosing the right mattress can’t fix the issue, but it can (and should) provide much-needed pain relief.  At the absolute least, a mattress should stabilize your condition.

Some sufferers have back pain or pinched nerves, while others have no idea their spine is curved, and no symptoms whatsoever.  It can be caused by genetic factors, poor posture throughout adolescence, or related to neurological or muscular conditions, such as muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis.

No matter the cause, an improper mattress can dramatically worsen scoliosis symptoms—whereas the correct one can significantly improve them.  Our buyer’s guide will answer some common questions about scoliosis and how to choose the best mattress for your condition; we’ll also explore a few options to start your search.

Note: We are not doctors.  This article is not intended to diagnose your condition or recommend treatment options.

Product

Quality

Our Rating

Price

Live and Sleep Resort Ultra

A+

Smart Mattress by Eight

A+

The Novosbed

Brentwood Home Sierra

A-

Buying Guides

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Can the right mattress fix my scoliosis?

Unfortunately, No.

Scoliosis is a medical condition that requires treatment from qualified professionals—like your doctor.  He or she will recommend corrective procedures, such as a brace or surgery, and can suggest lifestyle changes help. One such change might be a new bed.

The right mattress can be an effective tool in mitigating your symptoms—as well as slowing or halting your condition’s progression, in some cases.  A suitable bed should support your spine, relieve pressure, and encourage restful nights without additional pain in the morning.

What should I look for in a mattress if I have scoliosis (or my partner has it)?

Memory foam and hybrid models are best for anyone with back pain, but the type and firmness will vary based on sleeping positions, body type, and preference.  Generally speaking, firm or medium-firm models are best.  They provide support for your spine, hips, and neck, while memory foam removes pressure from joints.

For severe cases with extreme pain, seek models with high motion separation, or the ability for one partner to move without disturbing the other.  When your partner gets up for work or to use the bathroom, or if they just toss and turn frequently, you won’t be jostled awake with unnecessary movement or pain.

My child or teenager has scoliosis.  Can I find a suitable model in a twin size?

Not all brands offer twin or XL twin (dorm regulation) mattresses, but many do.  In the event you find a brand that would suit them perfectly, but no twin size is offered, consider a full instead; it has an extra 16″ in width, is often priced similarly to a twin, and will allow for support pillows if needed—all without eating up valuable floor space in their bedroom 

For dorm rooms where personal mattresses or bed frames aren’t allowed, ask your child’s doctor to write a letter to the school explaining why an exception is necessary.

Are specialized pillows or adjustable bed bases important?

Unless your doctor specifically recommends add-ons like these, you can skip them.  Body pillows and memory foam pillows can help support your neck and spine, though, and get you used to better sleeping positions if your previous one aggravated your condition.  Stomach sleepers, for example, might need help to avoid rolling over during the night while getting used to a side or back position.

For side sleepers, a pillow between the legs can reduce stress to the knees and hips, which might alleviate additional pain.  U-shaped pillows (often used during pregnancy) are excellent options, too.

Smart Mattress by Eight

Smart Mattress by Eight

Adjustable bed bases (ones that can be raised or lowered with electronic controls) are a good accommodation for individuals with severe pain who find it difficult to get in and out of bed.  If you frequently read or watch television in bed, you might find an adjustable bed base gives you better seated support than pillows against your headboard alone.

If you decide to go this route, make sure your mattress is compatible with an adjustable base.  Most memory foam models up to 10″ will work, but it’s worth it to double-check.


Best Mattress for Scoliosis Sufferers Reviews

1. Live and Sleep Resort Ultra Review

Live and Sleep Resort Ultra

Scoliosis suffers require both softness for pressure relief, and firmness for support.  The Resort Ultra by Live and Sleep promises this balance, thanks to a 2.5″ layer of aerated memory foam, 1″ of gel-infused visco foam, and 8.5″ of high-density support foam.  It’s also available in every size, from Twin to California King—including extra-long dorm models, and a short queen for recreational vehicles or smaller bedrooms.

Pros

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    Contours to body’s natural shape and cradles hips and spine for less pressure, more support.
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    Gel infusion for body heat absorption and a cooler touch.
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    Good motion separation between partners.
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    Medium firmness; supportive but soft.  Ideal for couples who can’t agree on a mattress type, or individuals who need a firmer mattress for their back, but still want the comfort of memory foam.
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    Removable linen cover is washable and breathable.
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    Includes memory foam pillow as a free gift.

Cons

  • Not as inexpensive as some memory foam models; still very affordable for most budgets.

2. Brentwood Home Sierra Review

Brentwood Home Sierra

The Sierra model from Brentwood Home is another medium mattress.  Its price might turn away some shoppers, but it’s still less expensive than comparable memory foam options on the market.  With plush quilting, New Zealand wool, and a keep-you-cool gel infusion, it offers deluxe support and attention to detail you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in this price range.

Pros

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    Available in a full range of sizes.
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    Meets California standards for natural and non-toxic materials.
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    Wool cover wicks away moisture and regulates body temperature.  Good for hot sleepers and cold ones alike, since it naturally keeps you warm in winter yet cool in summer—adapting to your personal needs.
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    3″ gel-infused memory foam for impressive contouring and high resiliency.  Also has ventilated layer to avoid overheating, and a strong base foam for support.
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    Hand-stitched edging with elegance, craftsmanship, and function: will help mattress retain shape/avoid “bowing” over time.

Cons

  • Medium feel, but might be a little too firm for side sleepers.
  • Despite cooling technologies of gel and aeration, still a dense model overall; very hot sleepers, should probably skip this one.

For those with scoliosis and a preference for firmer beds, the Sierra from Brentwood Home might just be the winner.  It has pressure relief and support, and a unique adaptability for cold-to-medium sleepers.  Those who overheat easily might not find it comfortable; some side sleepers will decide the pressure relief on their shoulders or hips isn’t enough.  All in all, we think this model will be popular with back sleepers, and partners who sleep on their stomachs.

3. The Novosbed Review

The Novosbed

Novosbed is a unique company.  Not only can customers order soft, medium, or firm mattresses, but they can fine-tune their comfort preferences even after the bed’s been delivered.

Thanks to a zipper built into the mattress, you can access the foam inserts to remove or add some as needed. We’ll review the medium mattress, which is probably the most suitable option for those with scoliosis and other back issues.

Pros

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    “Zero-waste manufacturing”—company recycles every bit of excess material in their factories.
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    High-density memory and ventilation foam for a medium feel, which can be adjusted to suit needs and tastes through a Comfort+ kit, provided by the company per request.
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    Sides are upholstered in a durable fabric that, in the company’s words, is “the same textile grade found on high-end furniture.”
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    Impeccable motion separation between partners.
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    Washable top cover.
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    Full range of sizes available.
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    Manufactured in America.

Cons

  • Price is higher than shoestring budgets can accommodate.

4. Smart Mattress by Eight Review

Smart Mattress by Eight

The Smart Mattress from Eight utilizes an impressive array of modern technologies to provide you with a comfortable sleep—and improve it over time.

Using just your smart phone, you can set the temperature of each side to your preferences, track your quality of sleep, and even set an alarm to wake you up when the bed senses you’re in your lightest sleep stage, taking advantage of your natural clock.

Pros

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    Sensors track factors that can affect sleep such as movement, position, room temperature, and more.  See weekly and monthly trends, with recommendations to improve your sleep quality.
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    Independent temperature controls for each side, ideal for mismatched partners where one runs hotter than the other.
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    2″ of reactive foam and 2″ of contouring foam for quick response time when moving or changing position; also provides high motion separation.
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    2″ support foam and 4″ breathable base.
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    Pressure point relief and joint support make this a great mattress for scoliosis and back pain sufferers, with or without the accompanying app.
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    Option to wake up with peaceful, meditative cues that work with your body, as opposed to jarring alarms.

Cons

  • If you sleep with pets or children, the data will be thrown off.
  • Requires a 2.4GHz wireless internet connection to use smart features.

Perhaps our favorite thing about the Smart Mattress is that it makes us say, “Why hasn’t this been done before?” Eight has pored over 1,000,000+ hours of sleep research to craft what appears to be a complex system, but is, in fact, refreshingly simple: tracking your sleep and monitoring the trends and patterns will help you improve it.

It’s also pleasing to see the company isn’t just relying on its fancy tech specs to sell mattresses: even without the smart features, this is a well-constructed bed with both comfort and support.  The price is, as you’d expect, not on the cheap side—but it’s still surprisingly affordable for all its features.​​​​​

To Conclude

Scoliosis patients need pressure relief and contouring, not all mattresses can provide.  Luckily, the rising popularity of memory foam (and gel or aerated versions) has made finding a suitable bed easy and affordable.

Patients should consider memory foam or hybrid models with medium-to-firm feels; other options, like cooling technology or adjustability, will largely be up to preference, so keep those factors in mind after you’ve narrowed down your choices.  Hopefully, this guide has given you a confident start in your search for scoliosis- and back-friendly bed.