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The symptoms of menopause can make getting quality sleep more difficult. The National Institute on Aging lists an array of symptoms women might experience as their estrogen levels fluctuate. Hot flashes, night sweats, and aches and pains may be the most impactful on the sleep experience.
If you’re suffering from menopause symptoms, you may want to consult your doctor for advice and guidance. A mattress cannot completely eliminate menopause symptoms, but the right mattress could help promote a better night’s sleep by allowing cooling airflow and relieving aches and pains.
In this guide, we’ll share our picks for the best mattress for menopause. We’ll also detail the best type of mattress for menopause and explain what shoppers should consider when selecting the right mattress for them.
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The WinkBed’s breathable, heat-wicking innerspring design coupled with its four firmness options can help those experiencing menopause symptoms sleep cool while enjoying a good balance of support and contouring.
Firmness options include Softer, Luxury Firm, Firmer, and Plus. The Softer version of the mattress rates around 4 on the 10-point firmness scale, which is considered medium soft. Rating at a 6, the Luxury Firm version has a medium firm feel. The Firmer rates around 7, while the Plus version is considered an 8.
A Tencel cover encases each WinkBed Mattress. This material allows ample airflow while wicking away heat. A pocketed coil core gives bounce and breathability. Zoning in this layer adds support to the midsection of the bed to reduce sinkage around the sleeper’s hips. The perimeter is also reinforced to create a sturdier edge.
The Softer, Luxury Firm, and Firmer versions of the mattress have gel-infused polyfoam in their Euro pillow-tops. This material contours to the sleeper’s body to relieve pressure while the gel infusion redistributes heat. A layer of pocketed microcoils allows additional air circulation through the mattress.
The Plus is constructed with slightly different materials for more robust support. Its comfort system consists of polyfoam and 2.5-inches of latex. The latex layer is zoned for extra support.
Temperature neutrality, edge support, and durability are some of the WinkBed’s biggest strengths. Sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds may prefer the Softer version of the mattress, while heavier individuals may find the firmer models more comfortable.
Customers get a 120-night trial period to sleep on the mattress in their homes. The WinkBed also comes with a lifetime limited warranty.
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The Nectar Mattress has proven popular among shoppers for its strong performance and approachable pricing. A 3-inch comfort layer of memory foam cushions and conforms to your figure, creating a cloud-like feel as your body sinks into the plush material. That said, the Nectar Mattress is medium firm (6) and features 9 inches of dense base foam, so excessive sinkage shouldn’t be an issue for most side and back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds.
The mattress is also equipped to reduce the high heat retention that can make sleeping on memory foam uncomfortable for some sleepers. The memory foam is treated with phase change material, which is engineered to capture heat and release it from the surface. A breathable cover also contributes to the Nectar’s above-average temperature control compared to other memory foam models.
The mattress is also a great pick for couples. The slow-response foam layers absorb movement very well, allowing little to no transfer across the surface. Both you and your partner should be able to sleep soundly whenever the other person tosses and turns, changes positions, or gets on and off the mattress. Like other all-foam beds, the Nectar is also completely silent and won’t produce the creaks associated with coil mattresses.
In addition to an affordable sticker price, the Nectar Mattress qualifies for free ground shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The company offers a generous 365-night sleep trial, giving you plenty of time to test out the mattress and make a decision to keep it or return it. Should you choose the former, you’ll also receive a lifetime warranty against structural defects.
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Most side sleepers need a mattress that will correct uneven alignment and alleviate pressure along the spine, two common issues associated with this position. At the same time, adequate reinforcement is needed to prevent deep sinkage around the midsection where people tend to carry more weight than other areas of the body. With a medium (5) feel and an all-foam design that contours closely without sacrificing stability, the GhostBed Luxe is a great choice for side sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds.
The Luxe consists of a memory foam comfort layer, followed by two layers of dense polyfoam that form a supportive base. The memory foam is infused with phase change material intended to absorb and release body heat from the surface. The cover – made of proprietary Ghost Ice fabric – feels cool to the touch and also helps the mattress regulate your temperature. These components should appeal to people who have felt too warm on memory foam mattresses in the past.
Motion isolation is another major strength of the Luxe. The foam layers significantly reduce motion transfer across the surface when you or your partner moves in bed, allowing you both to sleep undisturbed throughout the night. The mattress is also completely silent when in use.
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Women going through menopause may appreciate the Saatva Mattress’s combination of cooling and pressure relief.
This hybrid model has a Euro pillow-top to cushion the surface of the bed. Depending on the firmness level, the Euro pillow-top contains between 1.25 and 1.5 inches of polyfoam. It also includes .75 inches of fiber fill and 1 ounce of Dacron. An additional .625 inches of polyfoam layer is under the Euro pillow-top, while .375 inches of memory foam support the lumbar region to support proper spinal alignment and relieve pressure. The transition layer consists of 4 inches of 14.5-gauge wrapped coils. This layer allows cooling airflow through the mattress.
The Saatva’s support core is made up of 13-gauge hourglass coils. This layer’s strong air circulation allows heat to dissipate further away from the sleep surface. The Saatva Mattress comes in two height options: 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches. The 11.5-inch version uses a 4-inch coil core, while the 14.5-inch version has a 7-inch coil core.
Three firmness options can accommodate sleepers from different weight groups with different position preferences. The Plush Soft (3) may be well-suited for sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds. The Luxury Firm version’s medium firm (6) feel may be a good match for sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds and partners from different weight groups. Sleepers who weigh over 130 pounds may like the even support of the Firm (8) version.
The Saatva also tends to perform particularly well in pressure relief, temperature neutrality, and ease of movement.
Free White Glove delivery is available with the Saatva Mattress. A 180-night trial period gives customers time to try their mattress at home. The Saatva also comes with a 15-year warranty.
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The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid uses advanced materials to cool the surface, which may help women suffering from hot flashes stay cooler and more comfortable.
A woven cover is infused with a phase change molecule that’s engineered to maintain a skin temperature of 88 degrees. The comfort system includes two layers that adjust to the shape of the sleeper to redistribute their weight. The top layer uses 1.5 inches of polyfoam. This layer has copper and phase change infusions to pull away excessive heat. A 2-inch layer of polyfoam is crafted for responsiveness.
The transition layer uses 1-inch of memory foam to act as a barrier between the comfort and support systems. An 8-inch layer or encased coils gives support, bounce, and breathability while isolating motion. The coils are divided into different support zones to ensure adequate reinforcement for heavier areas of the body and comfortable cradling for the head, shoulders, and legs. Finally, a 1-inch layer of polyfoam serves as the base of the mattress.
Three firmness options are available: Soft, Medium, and Firm. These correspond to medium soft (4), medium firm (6), and firm (7), respectively. Sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds are likely to prefer the plusher feel of the Soft version of the mattress. Those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds may like the support and conforming of the Medium version of the mattress. Individuals who weigh over 230 pounds are likely to get the best support from the Firm version.
The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid excels in several performance categories, including pressure relief, motion isolation, and sex. However, the different firmness options of the Aurora Hybrid vary slightly in their performance.
The Aurora Hybrid is protected by a 10-year warranty. Owners get a 120-night trial period to experience the mattress in their home.
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Thanks to its latex hybrid design, the Avocado Green Mattress is exceptionally breathable. Women experiencing night sweats and/or hot flashes might appreciate the Avocado Green Mattress’ strong temperature neutrality.
Four versions of the mattress are available. The original version is a firm (7) model. A vegan version of the mattress has the same firmness rating, but replaces the wool used in the original version with cotton. Pillow-top versions are also available for both mattresses. They have a medium firm (6) feel and add an extra 2 inches of Dunlop latex to the surface of the mattress.
All four versions of the mattress perform particularly well in temperature neutrality, sex, ease of movement, and durability. The Avocado Green and the Avocado Vegan may excel more for temperature neutrality, edge support, and sex. The pillow-top versions may offer more pressure relief and motion isolation due to their extra cushioning.
Sleepers who weigh over 130 pounds may prefer the Avocado Green or the Avocado Vegan, while those who weigh under 130 pounds may favor the pillow-top versions.
The original version of the mattress pairs a cotton cover with an organic wool fire barrier. These materials help pull heat and moisture away from the sleeper. A 2-inch comfort layer of Dunlop latex compresses over a wider area than most synthetic foam, which contributes to pressure relief without much hug.
An 8-inch coil core adds to the mattress’s bounce, responsiveness, and breathability. Zoning in this layer adds support to the midsection and perimeter of the bed. Reinforcement in the middle of the bed can reduce sagging and aid proper spinal alignment, while the sturdy edge can help sleepers feel more secure using the full mattress surface. Each coil in the support layer is also individually wrapped, limiting motion transfer between springs. These coils rest on a 1-inch layer of Dunlop latex.
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The Birch Mattress’ latex hybrid design enhances airflow and dissipates uncomfortable heat. Women dealing with hot flashes during menopause may find the mattress sufficiently cool.
Encased in an organic cotton cover, the Birch Mattress begins with a layer of breathable wool batting that wicks away moisture. The wool gives the surface a plush feel without sinking or trapping heat, and is also a natural flame retardant. A comfort layer of Talalay latex does not conform to the body as closely as foam, so it traps less heat and makes switching positions easier.
Individually wrapped pocketed coils make up the support core. They simultaneously provide airflow while supporting heavier areas of the body to promote healthy spinal alignment. Reinforced coils line the perimeter of the bed to support the edges. The extra support is excellent for people who tend to sleep close to the edges and those who need help getting out of bed.
Thanks to its balanced medium firm (6) feel the Birch Mattress is a strong choice for most people who weigh at least 130 pounds regardless of their sleep position. The latex comfort layer provides pressure relief without excessive sinkage, excellent for side sleepers. Meanwhile, the even sleep surface greatly suits back and stomach sleepers.
Birch offers free shipping to all 50 states and a 100-night sleep trial. The Birch Mattress comes with a 25-year warranty.
Each individual may prioritize different features in a mattress, but the symptoms associated with menopause may make some features more important than others. Considering the following factors may help you find the best mattress for you.
Mattresses can use a wide array of materials, but most models can be classified as one of the five main types. Individual mattress models may have some variations, but most mattresses in the same category share some similar traits.
Definition: Hybrid mattresses use a mixture of materials. While the core is made up of coils, the comfort system may contain memory foam, polyfoam, latex, microcoils, wool, or a combination of materials. This design aims to fuse the benefits of multiple types of mattresses without as many potential drawbacks.
Highlight: Balanced Pressure Relief and Temperature Regulation. Hybrid models usually have significant comfort layers that provide contouring and pressure relief that could help relieve aches and pains associated with menopause. Their coil cores tend to allow enough airflow to regulate the temperature of the sleep surface, which may be beneficial for women experiencing hot flashes or night sweats.
Definition: Innerspring models are made up primarily of springs. They may also contain thin comfort layers, but the bulk of an innerspring mattress is its coil core. Innerspring mattresses are usually considered more traditional than other designs. Since they have been on the market for a long time, they also tend to be more affordable.
Highlight: Breathability. Air flows through coil systems, so innerspring models tend to be quite breathable, and menopause sufferers might be able to enjoy a cooler night’s sleep. Additionally, innerspring models usually have thin comfort layers that are unlikely to conform closely enough to trap much heat or create a “trapped in the bed” feel.
Definition: Latex foam is generally made using the sap of rubber trees, but synthetic and blended versions are also available. Talalay latex has a bouncier feel and is generally more breathable, making it a popular choice for comfort layers. Dunlop latex is usually denser and more durable. It may be used in a comfort layer or support core.
Highlight: Contouring Without Much Sinkage. Latex has low point elasticity, which means it tends to compress over a wider area when weight is applied. It usually contours enough for good pressure relief, but the way it compresses limits the sinking sensation sometimes associated with all-foam models. Many sleepers liken this to a floating sensation.
Definition: Airbeds get their name from the air chambers that serve as their support system. Depending on the model, a crank, an app, or a remote may be used to fill and empty the chambers. Some airbeds also contain thin comfort layers for extra cushioning on the surface of the bed.
Highlight: Adjustability. The chambers of an airbed are usually easy to fill or empty, and doing so adjusts the firmness of the bed. Women who are going through physical changes that could affect their firmness preferences may appreciate this flexibility. Since many airbeds use separate air chambers on either side of the bed, they might also accommodate partners with different firmness preferences.
Definition: Memory foam and polyfoam are the most common materials used in all-foam models. Models can be constructed entirely of polyfoam, though many use memory foam in their comfort systems for closer conforming.
Highlight: Pressure-Relieving Hug. Foam mattresses, especially those that use memory foam, tend to have more hug than most types of mattresses. This close contouring can help redistribute the sleeper’s weight to ward off pressure buildup, so a foam mattress may appeal to women with a lot of aches and pains. Some sleepers also find the hug of foam comforting.
Poor sleep is a frequent symptom of menopause. However, rather than this being just one symptom, its root cause may actually be a combination of several symptoms.
During menopause, many women experience hot flashes and/or night sweats. Overheating during the night may lead to discomfort and sleep disruptions. Some mattresses trap heat near the sleeper’s body, which could exacerbate this problem. More breathable mattress models can help the sleeper stay cooler and drier throughout the night, which may be particularly important for women during menopause.
Menopause can also trigger aches and pains, including muscle pain, joint pain, and headaches. While a mattress may not relieve these symptoms, the right mattress may be less likely to exacerbate them. Mattresses can relieve pressure points and promote proper spinal alignment, so while women going through menopause may experience discomfort, the right mattress shouldn’t contribute to it.
Women may also be more likely to snore or develop sleep apnea as they age, which could interrupt sleep. Many people snore less when sleeping on their sides, so a mattress that is comfortable for side sleeping may be a good option for women during menopause. Sleeping on the back may lead to more snoring, so some back sleepers choose to use a wedge pillow to prop up their upper bodies.
Since many women gain weight during menopause, they may sink into their mattresses more deeply than they used to. If their mattress was the ideal firmness before, this extra sinkage could contribute to pressure buildup and/or make it more difficult to maintain proper spinal alignment.
Anxiety and depression are also associated with menopause. Psychology Today notes that these symptoms could both contribute to sleep issues and be the result of sleep problems, so it may be paramount to find the right mattress that helps the sleeper get the best rest possible.
While we’ve detailed some of the main factors that could come into play when purchasing a mattress, you may still have a few more questions. Here are a few final things to consider as you select the best mattress for your menopause symptoms.
Methods for getting relief on a budget are likely to vary based on your symptoms. If your primary concern is sleeping hot, investing in breathable sheets, a cooling pillow, and/or a good fan may be an effective way to modify your sleep surface without spending much money. If your mattress is still supportive but you want extra cushioning and pressure relief, a mattress topper may also be useful.
Mattresses are available at a wide range of price points, so customers can choose how much of an investment they’re comfortable making. Affordable models often perform well, but they may wear out faster. Higher-end mattresses often use advanced materials that can help improve their performance and longevity. Which option is best for you may depend on your goals, needs, and budget.
While many customers don’t look closely at company policies, they may be important to consider as you purchase your mattress.
Many direct-to-consumer mattress companies ship the mattress compressed in a box, so if you think your menopause symptoms could make it difficult for you to set up your mattress, you may want to look for a company with White Glove delivery. Additionally, the length and conditions of a company’s in-home trial may be influential, particularly if you’re unsure whether the mattress will meet your needs.
A company’s warranty policy may also be important to consider. Warranty policies vary a great deal in length, terms, and conditions, so looking at the warranty ahead of time can give you a better idea of what defects are covered. Plus, understanding your responsibilities can help you ensure you maintain the necessary documentation and avoid violating terms that could lead to voiding the warranty.
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