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What is the best mattress for RA?

I am having issues with my hips and back. I wake up in pain everyday. So, what kind of bed do you feel is best for this?


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  • Ult1mat3X
    2 weeks ago

    There is so much advice on the internet as to the “best” mattress for someone with arthritis. You will be able to find endless suggestions on arthritis and general health message boards, and they may all be totally different. This is because everyone’s condition affects them differently, and everyone has different preferences and needs – not to mention height, weight and body differences that will affect the way you sleep.

    Some people will tell you without fail, for example, that a stiff wooden board under the mattress is the best way forward, while others will tell you that it caused them no end of extra discomfort when they tried it. There’s no universal solution.

    Ultimately, finding the right mattress is such an individual thing that your best bet is to head out to a showroom and try them out for yourself before you buy – but here are some points to consider:

    Support is the most important thing. Your mattress absolutely has to provide you with adequate support for your spine, neck and shoulders, but the waist, hips, legs and knees are just as important too.

    Support doesn’t mean firmness. We often think that a supportive mattress means the one with the least amount of give in it – the firmer the better. While some people love a firm mattress, a mattress for someone with arthritis should reduce contact pressure on your most sensitive joints – so there needs to be some softness.

    Stability is also essential. Yes, we just said a mattress needs to be soft – but not too soft! Whether you’re a fidgety sleeper or not, it’s important to move around in your sleep to reduce stiffness caused by staying in one position, and if you’re sunken into a too-soft mattress then it’ll be harder for you to move with ease.

    Consider orthopaedic mattresses. Orthopaedic mattresses are designed to provide optimum support, and they can have great benefits for people suffering from chronic pain. Pocket spring ortho mattresses usually have a higher concentration of individually-contained springs to provide more flexible support. Memory foam and latex mattresses or toppers conform to your body shape to provide that firm, flexible support.

    Many find that an orthopaedic pocket spring mattress with a memory foam topper provides the right balance of firmness, softness, support, flexibility and comfort – but then, others don’t. If you find orthopaedic mattresses don’t help, then don’t force yourself to use one just because it’s supposed to be better. The most important thing is what you find comfortable.

  • Ult1mat3X
    2 weeks ago

    If you interested to read some review on the topic provided, feel free to check it out https://www.talkaboutsleep.com/best-mattress-for-arthritis/

  • ElmaHarrison
    1 year ago

    Hi. If you are having pain in your back, then you can try changing your mattress. A change in mattress might benefit you. For your help, I am sharing about the organic mattresses Boca Raton https://palmasleep.com/organic-mattress-boca-raton/ that has benefited my friend. She now has a comfortable and good sleep after choosing this mattress.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi dawnvg. As you can see, pillows are a popular way to try to find some comfort while sleeping. One of our contributors writes about the strategic placement of pillows to help with various RA issues in this article: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/the-pillow-queen/.

    Concerning a mattress, you may want to ask your doctor about your specific issues and areas of concern to help determine where support or a little more softness is most necessary. A physical therapist may also be able to offer some guidance. Wishing you well and keep us posted on how you are doing. Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • Monica Y. Sengupta moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks Richard for that article…I’ve just started having an issues myself with bed rest so this will be very helpful for me!

  • Larry Sawyer
    1 year ago

    I have a 2 foot long hot pad which covers either both hips, my back, across my shoulders, both knees. It lays on a firm mattress, with a stiffer pillow. i have a small pillow which shims the upside wrist when sleeping on my side. both wrists have a flat platform and neither wrist or elbow is stretched (hanging down). Ill build a nest that supports everything that stretches and when it hurts i turn on the heat.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi dawnvg! That’s a great question. Everyone has their own opinion on the best mattress and I do hope you get some feedback from our community members. Some people prefer a very hard mattress, while others prefer a soft mattress. I know some members have enjoyed sleep number type beds or adjustable beds (like a Craftmatic). I am in no way endorsing any of these products, I am just sharing what I have read within our community. If you are not ready to take the dive into a big purchase like a mattress, some of our members have found foam toppers, heated mattress pads, or body pillows to be great additions to their sleep routines. You can read more about these suggestions here — https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/10-ways-to-get-comfortable-during-a-flare-tips-from-the-ra-community/. I hope this helps give you some ideas! Thanks for reaching out and I wish you luck getting a good night’s sleep! Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

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