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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  • ElmaHarrison
    9 months 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
    11 months 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
    9 months 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
    11 months 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
    11 months 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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