Scoliosis affects an estimated 6-9 million people in the United States, mostly women. This disorder causes the spine to curve abnormally in either an S-curve or C-shape. It’s critical scoliosis-sufferers choose a mattress that won’t exacerbate their pain or throw their spine out of alignment any further.
Scoliosis is usually diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence and it can be corrected with proper treatment. However, those diagnosed are still prone to other symptoms such as chronic back pain, muscle spasms, numbness, inflammation, and heat sensitivity. The wrong mattress can make these issues multiply.
In this guide, we’ll go over some of the best mattresses for scoliosis on the market today.
Best Mattresses for Scoliosis
|Brand||Mattress||Highlights||Sleep Trial & Warranty||Price (Queen)|
|Amerisleep AS3||Bio-Pur® foam offers the perfect blend of softness and support|
HIVE® layers relieve pressure
Celliant® cover dissipates heat
|100 Nights & 20 Years||$1199
|Layla||ThermoGel cover regulates body temperature|
3” copper-gel infused memory foam, 2” zoned SMT layer, 4.5” support layer
|120 Nights & Lifetime Warranty||$999|
|Zenhaven||Pin-hole Talalay latex layers are breathable and supportive|
100% organic New Zealand wool cover
|120 Nights & 20 Years||$1899|
|Saatva||Euro pillow top|
416 individually wrapped comfort coils
Spinal zone technology
|120 Nights & 15 Years||$1099|
|Tuft & Needle||T&N Adaptive® foam infused with graphite and gel is pressure-relieving|
Support layer won’t sag
|100 Nights & 10 Years||$595|
|Wave||Latex foam combined with pressure-relieving memory foam and targeted gel pods support your hips and core||100 Nights & 10 Years||$2095|
|Loom & Leaf||Cooling spinal gel|
Eco-friendly 5lb premium foam
Multi-layer breathable support
|120 Nights & 15 Years||$1499|
|WinkBed||Euro-pillow top made of gel-infused foam|
Individually-wrapped coils support system
|120 Nights & Lifetime Warranty||$1599|
- Support layers: Every type of mattress has a different construction and therefore different support layers. In foam beds, such as memory foam or latex, these look like heavier, denser foams that don’t bounce back. In hybrid or innerspring mattresses, the support layers consist of coil systems.
- Pressure-relief: All of the beds we recommended offer exceptional pressure-relief. This is accomplished differently across various brands, but they all give the user some kind of pressure relief.
- Spinal alignment: We mentioned earlier that medium mattresses are the best firmness level for those with scoliosis because they keep the spine neutral and straight. If, however, you are a heavier sleeper with scoliosis, you may need a medium-firm mattress. To give you variety, most of the recommended brands in our list offer different firmness options.
1. Amerisleep AS3— Editors’ Choice
The Amerisleep AS3 is great for scoliosis due to its medium feel, which translates to about a 6 or 6.5 on a scale from 1-10 (one being super soft and ten being extremely firm). It is also the best mattress of 2019.
Scoliosis is not life-threatening, but it can disrupt sleep enough to affect the quality of life. A too-firm mattress can cause pressure to build in the joints, spine, hips, and back, while one that’s too soft can throw your spine further out of alignment. A happy medium (literally) is the way to go, and the Amerisleep AS3 fits the bill.
Each layer of the Amerisleep AS3 offers something different for scoliosis patients.
The top comfort layer is made up of 3” of Amerisleep’s comfy Bio-Pur®, which is 5 times more breathable than traditional memory foam and bounces back very quickly. This means you won’t sink in or feel trapped in the mattress, which can further aggravate pain, causing you to toss and turn.
The Bio-Core® layer in the bottom of the mattress creates a sturdy support system for your back, shoulders, and spine.
One of the most innovative parts of the Amerisleep AS3 is the Affinity transition layer which contains HIVE® technology, which stands for Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation and Energy. This technology offers support in the head, back, and feet as well as softness in the shoulders and hips. Scoliosis-sufferers may find that this technology prevents them from waking up with any additional pain.
- Medium mattresses are the perfect firmness for scoliosis because they keep the spine properly aligned and cushioned.
- Pressure-relieving Bio-Pur® delivers exceptional pain relief and prevents further discomfort.
- Affinity transition layer with HIVE® technology keeps pressure from building up and can reduce pain.
2. Layla Memory Foam
The Layla Memory Foam mattress is unique because it offers the user two firmness levels in one. The firm side is rated as a 6.5 on the firmness scale, and the soft side is rated at a 5.5. From this scale, we can tell the firm side is definitely more of a medium-feel, so it would be a good option for scoliosis patients.
The Layla mattress contains 2” of Zoned SMT foam (Surface Modification Technology, or grooves in the surface). This layer has deep channels to provide variable support where you need it and softness where you don’t.
A 4.5” support core layer provides maximum motion control and, most importantly, minimal bounce. Those with scoliosis will want a bed with minimal motion transfer, as increased movement in the bed can cause further irritation and throw things out of alignment. This support core plus the Zoned SMT layer will help the user sleep more soundly and with less pain.
Layla uses copper-infused foam, which is antimicrobial, cooling, and supportive. Many customer reviews noted their back pain decreased after sleeping on the Layla, making it a wonderful option for those with scoliosis.
- Copper and gel-infused foam is antimicrobial and cooling.
- Zoned SMT and support core layers offer superior pressure-relief and cushioning.
- Minimal motion transfer helps the user sleep soundly without additional irritation.
3. Zenhaven Gentle Firm
Zenhaven uses natural latex in their beds to create the ultimate comfort experience for those who want to shop eco-friendly. If you’re unfamiliar with latex, it’s a great foam option for “green” shoppers because it’s plant-derived. Plus, many companies offering latex mattresses use eco-friendly manufacturing processes. Latex is bouncy, soft, and holds up for quite a while thanks to the rubbery, sturdy material.
Latex is processed for mattresses using one of two methods: Talalay or Dunlop. Zenhaven uses Talalay latex.
The main difference is the feel—Talalay is typically more bouncy than Dunlop, which has more of a “spring” to it. Dunlop is also denser than Talalay, but this does not necessarily mean it’s firmer. Either one of these options can be beneficial to scoliosis patients because both are extremely durable and responsive while also being soft and supportive.
The Zenhaven mattress is flippable, letting you choose between two different firmness levels: Gentle Firm or Luxury Plush. We recommend the Gentle Firm side for those with scoliosis because it allows you to feel cushioned on the mattress without sinking in. For context, the Luxury Plush side rates at a 4-5 on the firmness scale, while the Gentle Firm is a 7-8.
The layers of the Zenhaven speak to its luxury and ample support for scoliosis patients. First, they include a Latex “5-Zone” Comfort Layer of Talalay latex, giving you firm support where you need it and aligning your spine.
The support cores are 100% Talalay latex, making the base incredibly supportive. Another bonus of latex is that it resists sagging much more than other popular mattress materials, so users with spinal or back issues don’t need to worry about their bed gradually losing support over time.
- Talalay Latex foam gives the user ample support and bounce.
- Latex support layers hold up against wear and tear.
- Flippable with a Gentle Firm and a Luxury Plush side.
4. Saatva Luxury Firm
The Saatva mattress is a 5-star bed designed specifically for back pain relief. It’s the only innerspring mattress on our list. Inside, it has 416 individually-wrapped coils to deliver highly-targeted pressure relief, and it also contains their Spinal Zone Gel to promote healthy spinal alignment.
It may seem counterintuitive for scoliosis-sufferers to try out an innerspring bed, but most innerspring beds today are much higher quality than those of the past. Innerspring beds are an ideal option for scoliosis due to their durability and their resistance to sagging.
The top comfort layer in the Saatva is a Luxury Euro Pillow top— a layer of memory foam quilted in organic cotton. The foam acts as a buffer between the sleeper’s back and the support cores of the bed, so you shouldn’t wake up with more aches or pains.
The second layer are responsive micro-coils that contour to your body while minimizing motion transfer. A close-contouring bed is a great option for scoliosis patients because gaps between your body and the mattress can cause misalignment or other issues. Due to the arch of your spine, these gaps commonly occur in your lower back if your bed cannot contour to you properly. Over time, this can lead to chronic back pain.
The Saatva also includes Spinal Zone Technology, an innovative addition that enhances back support in two different ways. First, the high-quality foam layer adds cushioning and pressure relief to reduce tension. Second, the active wire Lumbar Zone Technology adds additional support to the middle of the mattress where your back or spine usually fall.
Finally, the supportive base in the Saatva is made up of 884 durable steel coil supports that should prevent sagging after years of use. Additionally, the entire bed is encased in a foam Dual Perimeter Edge support system.
- Individually-wrapped coils and pillow top isolate motion and offer support.
- Spinal Zone Technology maximizes pressure relief and supports the back and spine.
- Dual Edge perimeter edge support provides extra durability and deters sag.
5. Tuft & Needle Original
Tuft & Needle is one of the more popular bed-in-a-box companies thanks to their competitive pricing and high-quality foam. The Original is the one that started it all. This mattress could cater to scoliosis-sufferers who prefer not to sleep on memory foam, thanks to its T&N Adaptive Foam®.
There are only two layers to this bed: 3” T&N Adaptive Foam® layer and the 7” HD Poly Foam base layer. The poly foam is designed to be responsive, preventing that “quicksand” feel some users get on foam mattresses. For scoliosis patients in particular, this means they should feel generously supported without feeling too cradled.
This mattress rates as a 7.5 on the firmness scale— quite firm, so there is a slight risk of this bed being too firm for the marjority of scoliosis patients. Because of its firmness, it’s also great for back or stomach sleepers (although we do not recommend stomach sleeping).
Tuft and Needle Highlights
- T&N Adaptive Foam® combined with a dense foam base layer offer the ultimate support system.
- Foam infused with graphite and cooling gel keeps you cool, so you can avoid further inflammation.
- Medium-firm makes it firmer than other options on our list, but still a good pick for scoliosis patients who sleep on their backs.
6. Casper’s Wave
Casper makes three mattresses, and the Wave is considered their most advanced model. You can choose from all-foam or hybrid (foam and springs) options, with both of them offering superior motion isolation and responsive support layers.
If you prefer a more bouncy bed, a hybrid may be your best option, while the all-foam mattress is a little softer and less bouncy. If you have scoliosis, the best choice is based on personal preference— hybrid or foam beds are both solid options for scoliosis patients.
The Wave is made with a combination of memory foam and latex, plus targeted gel pods to support your hips and core— something people with scoliosis will be looking for in a bed. The hybrid option includes resilient springs and enhanced edge support, allowing you to move around the bed easily without too much motion transfer.
The ergonomic system uses supportive gel to align you at 27 key points along the body, keeping your spine neutral and the rest of you nice and comfortable. The Wave also uses layers of comfort foam, breathable latex foam, and pressure-relieving memory foam for maximum comfort.
- Three layers of foam plus supportive gel pods align your body and keep you comfortable.
- Hybrid and all-foam options let you choose between the additional support and bounce of innerspring coils or the soft but supportive foam.
- Endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association™.
7. Loom & Leaf Relaxed Firm
The Loom & Leaf mattress is a memory foam mattress with a pillow top. It doesn’t look like the average foam mattress and it doesn’t arrive like one either. Loom & Leaf believes a high-quality mattress shouldn’t be compressed in a box; instead, their delivery team sets up the mattress in your home.
Currently, Loom & Leaf has two firmness options for their mattress— Relaxed Firm and Firm. We recommend the Relaxed Firm side for scoliosis patients because it rates as a 6-7 on the firmness scale. However, heavier sleepers or back sleepers with scoliosis may prefer the Firm option, which rates as an 8 on the scale.
The Loom & Leaf mattress is chiropractor-recommended due to the unique combination of materials for greater body support. The Loom and Leaf can reduce pain on high impact areas such as the spine or back thanks to its high-density foam core base and transition loft pad.
The 2” transfer layer provides support while it conforms closely to the body, letting the sleeper relax— no more shifting around all night trying to find a comfortable position! The visco-elastic memory foam core weighs 5 pounds, making it quite dense, so it should resist sagging or dipping.
The 2” gel foam top layer cools and allows for better circulation, so inflamed areas and pressure points can get some much-needed relief.
Loom and Leaf is a subsidiary of Saatva, so it comes with their same 120-night sleep trial. This gives you the chance to test it out and decide if it’s going to help with your chronic pain, sleepless nights, or temperature regulation.
Loom and Leaf Highlights
- Chiropractor-recommended due to its hefty core support layers and contouring gel-foam.
- 5-lb core should resist sagging or dipping over time, so the user won’t feel trapped or stuck in the mattress.
- Transition support pad layer offers support and conforming abilities to keep the spine, hips, and back neutral.
8. The WinkBed Luxury Firm
The WinkBed comes with four firmness options, and we recommend the Luxury Firm for scoliosis-sufferers because it’s a solid 6.5 on the firmness scale— a perfect medium feel. Choosing a bed that’s too soft can be detrimental to those with chronic pain since plush beds tend to be a bit more cradling.
The WinkBed comes with a 3-step Back Relief system to eliminate muscle tension. It does this by aligning the spine and joints and providing multiple levels of back support.
The LumbarLayer™ uses foam enhancements to support the middle “lumbar” region of your body (the middle part of your spine and lower back). This keeps your back from sagging and your spine from slipping out of alignment any further— a welcome feature for scoliosis patients.
Next, the bed uses SleepCalm™ motion isolation technology in the form of stabilizing gel foam. This layer sits on top of the fabric-wrapped, high-grade steel springs, which keep motion transfer to a minimum and keep air flowing through the mattress.
- 3-step Back Relief system and LumbarLayer give extra support to those with spine alignment issues and back pain.
- SleepCalm™ motion-isolating foam minimizes movement.
- Individually-wrapped coil support system in the base should resist sagging over time.
Risk Factors and Symptoms of Scoliosis
Scoliosis occurs most often during adolescence, and impacts about 3% of teenagers. Most cases are mild and self-correct with age, but some cases are more severe. A harsher curve can lead to breathing problems, uneven shoulders, uneven hips or waist, and lower back pain.
Doctors aren’t sure what causes the most common type of scoliosis, but genetics can play a large role in whether or not somebody is diagnosed. Other factors that can cause scoliosis are neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, birth defects, or injuries to the spine.
Signs and symptoms start to appear most commonly during adolescence or just before puberty.
Severe scoliosis may cause lung and heart damage or back problems that can carry over into adulthood. Other symptoms include heat irritation, joint pain, and numbness. A good mattress can ease these problems, but if you’re experiencing chronic discomfort, we recommend addressing your concerns with your doctor as well.
Different Types of Scoliosis
Idiopathic scoliosis develops on its own without a single identifiable cause. It is the most common form of scoliosis and affects as many as 4 out of 100 children between the ages of 10-18.
Congenital scoliosis is a rarer type and results from spinal abnormalities that develop in the womb. This form of scoliosis can lead to a sideways curvature of the spine, tilted shoulders, uneven waistline, head tilt, and more.
Neuromuscular scoliosis develops as a result of other disorders in the spinal cord, brain, or muscular system. As it worsens, it can affect the ability to walk.
How Does Scoliosis Affect Sleep?
No matter the severity of the scoliosis, those who have it will be looking for similar things in their mattress: spinal support, limited sagging, and pressure relief. Most people with scoliosis will want to look for a medium mattress that will keep their spine nice and straight.
If scoliosis patients need a more durable bed, they should consider the mattress’ thickness as well. A low-quality mattress can exacerbate scoliosis symptoms.
Mattress Types for Scoliosis-Sufferers
We suggest those with scoliosis look for a medium mattress since it’s the most versatile option for all sleeping types. While the meaning of “medium” may differ across various brands, there are a few things mattresses most suitable for scoliosis should have. Check out the table below for different mattress types and what you should look for in each:
|Innerspring Mattress||Foam Mattress||Latex Mattress||Hybrid Mattress|
|Conforming Ability||Good if there are comfort layers, such as foam or pillow-top.||Excellent||Good depending on latex manufacturing processes.||Excellent|
|Durability||Support layer is present in the coil base; durability largely depends on the coil type. Innerspring beds typically last 7-10 years||The denser the foam, the more durable the bed. Foam beds last about 10 years||Excellent. Latex beds last for up to 15 years.||Good, depending on the construction of foam and coil base. Anywhere from 6-10 years.|
|Motion Isolation||Depends on the coil-type; individually-wrapped coils are better for motion isolation.||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent|
|Pressure-Point Relief||Fair, depending on the coil type and if they are individually wrapped. It also depends on if there’s a layer of foam or a pillow-top.||Excellent||Excellent, depending on the latex manufacturing processes. Talalay is a bit softer than Dunlop.||Good, especially if there are at least 2 inches of foam.|
|Responsiveness||Good, they bounce back quickly. For some, they are too bouncy, however.||Excellent||Excellent, especially if the latex is Talalay, which is bouncier than Dunlop.||Excellent|
|Sinkage||Minimal initial sinkage, but more prone to sagging than other types.||Fair-Good amount of sinkage unless reinforced with denser foams.||Minimal sinkage||Fair-Good amount of sinkage depending on the type of latex.|
How Sleep Position Affects Scoliosis
The way you sleep each night – your sleep position – can impact the severity of scoliosis.
Often those with thoracic scoliosis (spine curving to the right) prefer sleeping on their sides. Side sleepers with scoliosis should sleep on the side with the higher spinal curvature (also known as the convex side).
Most with lumbar scoliosis (when the lower back or spine is curved to the left or right) find it’s more comfortable to sleep on their backs. Back sleepers with scoliosis, in particular, should look for a firmer mattress with ample support.
We do not recommend those with scoliosis sleep on their stomachs simply because of the high risk of misalignment.
What More Can You Do?
Selecting the right mattress is one of the more effective solutions to problems brought on by scoliosis. However, there are a few other things you can do to make your sleep experience more comfortable.
The right pillow should conform closely and not be too thick since this can misalign the spine. A mattress topper can improve support for scoliosis as well; if you decide to use one, make sure it’s at least 3 inches thick.
Did You Find Your Next Bed?
Scoliosis can cause nightly discomfort and make sleeping a pain, but it doesn’t have to. Choosing the right mattress can lead to more peaceful, restful nights for all.