Shoulder pain is an all-too-common occurrence for sleepers with incompatible beds. For this reason, it’s important to find a bed that cushions your shoulders properly — without giving up too much support.

Our team has personally tested hundreds of mattresses. To bring you the picks below, we chose beds that excelled at cushioning and pressure relief for the shoulders. Testers with existing shoulder pain reported whether their discomfort was alleviated or aggravated. Other testers documented any new shoulder pain that occurred while lying on the mattress. We also used body-mapping technology to determine areas where pressure buildup was most prevalent.

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Best Mattress for Shoulder Pain of 2024

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The WinkBed is a well-rounded luxury hybrid with a wide range of firmness options to accommodate different sleep positions and body types, making it our best overall choice for people with shoulder pain.

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These mattresses earned the highest ratings from our team after testing them for shoulder pain relief. We’ve awarded each one an accolade to showcase one of its biggest strengths. Below, we’ve included product profiles with more information about our standout picks. Further down, you’ll find a detailed buyer’s guide geared toward mattress shoppers with shoulder pain. We’ll cover which mattresses alleviate shoulder pain – and which ones might worsen the problem – as well as pricing and size information, other considerations for mattress buyers, and a rundown of mattress sleep trials and warranties.

In-Depth Reviews

“The WinkBed pairs dense comfort materials with zoned pocketed coils, and the result is a hybrid design that nicely balances support, pressure relief, and responsiveness. You can choose from four firmness levels — for me, the Luxury Firm and Firmer models felt most comfortable during our hands-on tests.” – Logan Foley, Editorial Director

  • Pros

    1. Comfort layers contour to the body without sinking too much

    2. Available in four firmness levels

    3. Zoned coils provide extra support for the midsection

  • Cons

    1. Models with foam layers emit strong initial off-gassing odor

    2. Limited options for people seeking an exceptionally soft design

Mattress Type

Innerspring

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,149 – $2,049

Trial Period

120 nights (30 night requirement)

The WinkBed comes closer to providing universal comfort than most competing models on the market today. This well-made hybrid is sold in four firmness levels ranging from medium soft to extra firm, ensuring most people can find a comfortable option regardless of how much they weigh or which sleep position they prefer. WinkBeds’ generous sleep trial allows you to exchange the mattress for a softer or firmer model if you aren’t satisfied with your initial selection.

How It Performed

Side sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds awarded the Softer WinkBed (4) its highest tester ratings. This model’s adaptive foam comfort layer contours closely to cradle the body and alleviate pain in the shoulders and other areas along the spine prone to pressure buildup when you lie on your side. Heavier side sleepers and most back sleepers on our team preferred the Luxury Firm (6) and Firmer (7) models, which conform to a lesser extent and feel exceptionally supportive. Back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may also enjoy the WinkBed Plus (8), which is specifically designed for this weight group.

All models feel sturdy beneath the torso and hips thanks to the zoned coil system. We also found the mattress excelled at temperature control, which we’ve attributed to steady air circulation through the coil layer and the cover made of breathable, moisture-wicking Tencel fabric. The Softer WinkBed performed well during our motion isolation and pressure relief tests, while firmer models earned more favorable ratings in categories like edge support and ease of movement.

What It’s Made of

Softer, Luxury Firm, and Firmer WinkBeds all begin with a layer of adaptive foam quilted into the cover, followed by another foam layer for additional cushioning. The WinkBed Plus swaps out the second foam layer for 2.5 inches of zoned latex, making this model much bouncier and more responsive than its counterparts. Zoned pocketed coils make up the support core, and the cover is composed of eucalyptus-derived Tencel fabric.

The WinkBed is reasonably priced, though the Plus costs a bit more. Standard ground shipping is free of charge within the contiguous U.S. Your purchase comes with a 120-night sleep trial. If you opt to exchange your original choice, the replacement has its own 60-night trial period. All WinkBed mattresses are further backed by lifetime warranties covering workmanship defects as long as you retain original ownership.

“We’ve tested a lot of memory foam mattresses and the Nectar is one of the most supportive models in the bunch. This is a true medium firm, with just enough give to cushion your body in sore spots. Our field tester, who’s slept on the Nectar for around 3 years, is impressed by how well it’s held up over time.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Memory foam layers contour evenly for a cloud-like feel

    2. All-foam construction offers excellent motion isolation

    3. 365-night sleep trial with all orders

  • Cons

    1. Back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may sink excessively

    2. High potential for harsh off-gassing smells after unboxing

Mattress Type

Foam

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$359 – $1,098

Trial Period

365 nights

The Nectar Mattress is a good option for anyone with shoulder pain who enjoys the even conforming of memory foam. Compared to other all-foam beds, the Nectar has a very approachable price-point for those on a budget.

What It’s Made of

A memory foam comfort layer molds to the unique contours of your body without sagging or hugging too closely, while denser polyfoam layers provide transitional and base support to prevent you from sinking excessively. A cover made of soft, breathable Tencel fabric encases the entire mattress. The memory foam is also infused with gel for added temperature regulation.

How It Performed

The Nectar Mattress is considered medium firm (6), making it particularly well-suited for side and back sleepers weighing 130 to 230 pounds. A major perk of this mattress is motion isolation. The foam layers absorb movement and nearly eliminate transfer across the surface, resulting in fewer disruptions for couples and co-sleepers. The mattress is also completely silent when in use, so you and your partner can sleep soundly even when the other person gets up during the night. While the Nectar Mattress may retain too much heat for some people, the cooling gel and Tencel fabric help it sleep relatively cool compared to some other memory foam models.

The sticker price for this mattress is quite approachable and Nectar offers free ground shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. Each purchase includes a sleep trial that allows you to test out the mattress for up to 365 nights, as well as a lifetime warranty for those who keep the mattress after the return period expires.

“The Midnight Luxe has just the right amount of softness and bounce to cushion your shoulder but also keep you from sinking too deeply into the bed. Our field tester has owned the mattress for about 2 years and raves about how plush the mattress feels while still being incredibly supportive.” – Danny Noyed, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Plush Euro-top provides deep cushioning

    2. Zoned coils support your midsection and bolster the perimeter

    3. Breathable Tencel cover and steady airflow through the coil system

  • Cons

    1. Minimal support for back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds

    2. Euro-top design lacks responsiveness for sex

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,099 – $2,299

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

The Helix Midnight Luxe is a sophisticated pillow-top hybrid with a balanced design to serve different sleeper types. Most sleepers across weight and sleeping position groups should find the cushioning quite comfortable.

What It’s Made of

Memory foam cushions the pillow-top to give the surface an invitingly plush feel, while the pocketed coil support core is zoned to reinforce the midsection – where many people carry a disproportionate amount of weight – and protect the edges from deep sinkage. The result is a medium firm (6) mattress that is comfortable, stable, and easy to move across for most people who weigh up to 230 pounds. The cover is composed of a silky-soft Tencel fabric.

How It Performed

The Midnight Luxe should feel most comfortable for side sleepers in the range of 130 to 230 pounds, and back and stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. These sleep positions need a mix of cushioning and support to maintain healthy spinal alignment, and this mattress provides just that.

The breathability of the Tencel cover and the steady air circulation throughout the coil interior help the mattress maintain a comfortable temperature, especially for those who sleep hot. Couples may also benefit from this mattress due to its above-average motion isolation. While many hybrids are too responsive to reduce much transfer, the Midnight Luxe’s pillow-top absorbs a significant amount of movement.

The Midnight Luxe’s price-point is on par with that of the average luxury hybrid. If you’re shopping with a limited budget, a standard Helix Midnight hybrid is more affordable – though this mattress lacks the pillow-top and zoned coils of its Luxe counterpart. Ground shipping is free of charge for all orders in the contiguous U.S. Each Midnight Luxe is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

“The Evolution 15 is a Euro-top mattress that doesn’t sacrifice support. Back and side sleepers on our team appreciated the pairing of the thick comfort system and responsive coils.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Luxurious Euro-top  gives the surface a plush initial feel

    2. Zoned coils ensure sturdy edge support

    3. Graphite-infused foams and airflow through the coil support core help regulate temperature

  • Cons

    1. Thick profile may require a deep-pocket fitted sheet

    2. All returns incur a $99 transportation fee

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,004 – $2,143

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement), $99 return pickup fee

The Nolah Evolution 15 is a luxuriously crafted hybrid with a thick profile and a foam-padded Euro-top that makes the surface feel quite plush. The soft surface offers excellent relief to painful or uncomfortable pressure points at night. The Evolution 15 is available in three different firmness levels – medium (5), medium firm (6), and firm (8) – so most sleepers can find a comfortable option.

What It’s Made of

The mattress contains a comfort layer of graphite-infused polyfoam that contours to the body without excessive hugging or heat retention, and an additional polyfoam layer provides transitional support and prevents you from sinking too much. The support core consists of pocketed coils divided into different zones based on thickness. Stronger coils bolster areas of the body where people tend to carry a disproportionate amount of weight – such as the torso and hips – and also reinforce the perimeter to prevent sagging whenever you sleep near or sit along the edges.

How It Performed

The plush option is considered medium, making it best suited to side and back sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds. The luxury firm, or medium firm, provides a bit more support for sleepers of any position in the range of 130 to 230 pounds. Lastly, the firm feel offers excellent reinforcement for sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds.

Hot sleepers should also find the mattress appealing. In addition to the graphite-infused comfort layer, the coil system promotes steady airflow to help the mattress maintain a comfortable core temperature. The cover is made of cooling fabric for added breathability.

Nolah offers free ground shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. Your Evolution 15 purchase will include a 120-night sleep trial with free returns and a lifetime warranty that covers structural defects for as long as you own the mattress.

“The Helix Sunset is one of the softest and most adaptive hybrids we’ve tested in our lab. Thick comfort layers and deep contouring make this mattress more akin to an all-foam model, and it earned great ratings for pressure relief and motion isolation as a result.” – Colin Simpson, Product Research Manager

  • Pros

    1. Exceptionally soft hybrid design contours closely to reduce pain and pressure

    2. Above-average pressure relief and motion isolation

    3. Affordable pricing and two free pillows with each purchase

  • Cons

    1. Foam layers may trap heat without cooling cover upgrade

    2. Too soft and prone to deep sinkage for stomach sleeping

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Soft (3)

Price Range

$749 – $1,399

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

Helix offers a wide range of hybrid models meant to accommodate different people based on their body type and sleep position. The Helix Sunset is among the brand’s softest mattresses, registering as a 3 on our 10-point firmness scale. Thick foam layers contour closely to your body and alleviate pressure in sore spots along the spine. Our hands-on tests reveal the mattress is well suited to anyone who prefers a combination of deep cushioning and coil support.

What It’s Made of

The Sunset’s comfort system begins with a memory foam comfort layer. This adaptive material responds slowly to your body, resulting in close cradling some of our testers described as “cloud-like.” Transitional polyfoam provides additional conforming while serving as a buffer between you and the support core.

Pocketed coils over dense base foam stabilize the mattress without reducing overall softness. Thick coils along the perimeter are intended to make the edges feel secure, though we noticed some sinkage during our edge support tests. The cover is composed of knit polyester. For an extra fee, you can upgrade to the Sunset Luxe, which features an additional foam layer encased in a Euro-top, a moisture-wicking Tencel cover, and zoned coils that feel thicker and more supportive beneath your midsection.

How It Performed

As a softer-than-average hybrid, the Sunset performed well in performance areas where other hybrids typically falter. Our body-mapping technology showed little to no pressure buildup for side sleepers, and we awarded favorable ratings to the mattress during our motion isolation tests. At the same time, the Sunset earned relatively low ratings in categories that are normally strong for hybrids, such as edge support, ease of movement, and temperature control.

The highest sleeper ratings came from our side and back sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds. These testers enjoyed the Sunset’s deep contouring. Other testers found the mattress too soft and prone to uncomfortable sinkage. If you weigh at least 130 pounds or primarily sleep on your stomach, we recommend one of Helix’s firmer hybrids instead.

The Sunset’s sticker price falls below average for a hybrid and each order comes with two Helix pillows at no extra cost. Customers in the contiguous U.S. enjoy free ground shipping. Your order includes a 100-night sleep trial. Should you decide to keep the Sunset, you’ll also receive a 10-year warranty against structural and material defects.

“The Leesa Sapira contains three foam layers, making it plusher and more adaptive than most competing hybrids. Our team thoroughly enjoyed the deep cushioning and close, even contouring, but most of us did not notice excessive sinkage.” – Danny Noyed, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Ventilated foam promotes airflow near the surface

    2. Deep comfort system cushions the body for excellent pain and pressure relief

    3. Reinforced perimeter coils protect the edges from deep sinkage

  • Cons

    1. Off-gassing smells can be strong after the mattress is unboxed

    2. May not be supportive enough for back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,349 – $2,299

Trial Period

100 nights (30 night requirement)

If you struggle with frequent shoulder pain, a mattress that cushions the body can make a world of difference. The Leesa Sapira Hybrid’s comfort system consists of three individual layers, each one progressively denser to cradle your body when you get into bed and support your weight as you settle into the mattress. A true medium firm (6), our team found this mattress comfortably accommodated a wide range of sleeper types.

How It Performed

During hands-on tests, the Sapira Hybrid earned rave reviews from side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds and back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds. These testers cited adaptive contouring and even weight distribution as two of the mattress’ defining strengths. The perimeter feels stable thanks to thicker coils located around the edges, and the polyfoam layers are somewhat responsive — this helps you move across the surface without feeling stuck.

Temperature control was another testing highlight. Many foam hybrids absorb and trap heat, but the Sapira’s ventilated top layer effectively mitigates this issue. A breathable cover and steady airflow through the coils also contribute to the breathable design. Since the comfort system is so deep, this mattress also earned above-average ratings in the motion isolation and pressure relief performance categories.

What It’s Made of

The Sapira Hybrid’s comfort system contains a top layer of ventilated polyfoam, followed by memory foam and transitional polyfoam. These materials combine to create a cradling, cloud-like surface that alleviates pain and pressure while keeping your body on an even plane. Pocketed coils with a reinforced perimeter and dense base foam make up the support core. A knit polyester cover styled with Leesa’s signature stripe pattern encases the mattress.

An approachable sticker price and free shipping to all 50 states make the Sapira Hybrid a solid choice for budget-conscious shoppers. Leesa’s sleep trial runs for 100 nights. If you choose to keep the mattress after the trial ends, you’ll also receive a 10-year warranty against structural and materials defects.

“We enjoyed the Bear Elite Hybrid for its balance of cushioning and support, which comes from adaptive memory foam beneath the surface and zoned transitional and coil layers. The thick foam layers absorb a fair amount of motion, so we recommend the bed for anyone who sleeps with a restless partner.” – Lauren Fountain, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Thick foam layers cushion the body to alleviate aches and pains

    2. Available in three distinct firmness levels

    3. Zoned transitional and coil layers push back against extra weight in your midsection

  • Cons

    1. Foam layers provide limited responsiveness and may hinder movement

    2. Expensive pricing compared to the average hybrid

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,231 – $2,548

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night break-in period)

Pressure buildup can be a source of chronic or frequent shoulder pain. If you invest in a mattress designed to alleviate pressure, your shoulders may feel less sore or stiff when you wake up in the morning. The Bear Elite Hybrid is constructed with thick foam layers and supportive pocketed coils to cradle your body, promote even alignment, and reduce pain in the shoulders and other sensitive areas along the spine. You can choose from three firmness levels depending on which sleep position you normally use and how much you weigh.

What It’s Made of

The Bear Elite Hybrid’s comfort system consists of adaptive memory foam over transitional polyfoam. The top layer is infused with copper gel intended to capture and release body heat from the surface. This helps ensure a comfortable surface temperature. Another cooling component is the cover woven with Celliant fibers and phase change material, both engineered to dissipate heat on contact. The transitional layer is divided into five firmness zones, resulting in enhanced support for your chest, stomach, and hips.

The coils are also zoned to push back against the extra weight in your midsection and cradle lighter areas of the body like the head and legs. Thick perimeter coils also help stabilize the edges and prevent uncomfortable sinkage when you get in and out of bed. Dense base foam completes the hybrid design. The Elite Hybrid is available in medium (5), medium firm (6), and firm (8) designs.

How It Performed

The medium Elite Hybrid was most popular among the side and back sleepers on our team who weigh less than 130 pounds. Other testers were divided among the medium firm and firm designs. We noticed extra support and minimal contouring from the latter, making it ideal for testers weighing more than 230 pounds. The medium firm mattress was the most balanced of the three, and earned stellar ratings from our team members in the range of 130 to 230 pounds.

Temperature control was a testing highlight, as our thermal sensors and heat guns both revealed excellent cooling and breathability for all three firmness levels. The medium model received the highest ratings in our motion isolation and pressure relief testing categories, while the two firmer designs performed better during edge support and ease of movement tests.

The Elite Hybrid is available in seven sizes, including a split king for couples who use adjustable beds. This option allows you to choose a different firmness level for each side. Ground shipping is free of charge, and each order comes with a 120-night trial period. Bear’s standard lifetime warranty covers various structural defects for as long as you retain original ownership. You can also add an accident protection plan for stains and other types of physical damage lasting up to 10 years.

“Our product testers found that the Saatva Memory Foam Hybrid offers the contouring that foam is known for without excessive body hug, thanks in part to the supportive coils and the strategically placed lumbar pad. I recommend this model if you want the pressure relief of foam without deep sinkage.” – Logan Foley, Editorial Director

  • Pros

    1. Memory foam gently contours to the body

    2. Zoned design in comfort layers enhances support for the lower back

    3. Free White Glove delivery and 365-night sleep trial

  • Cons

    1. $99 fee for all returns

    2. Back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may need a firmer mattress

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$925 – $2,630

Trial Period

365 Nights ($99 Return Fee)

The Saatva Memory Foam Hybrid has a foam and coil design that offers just enough cushioning to cradle the shoulders while still delivering plenty of support to your lower back. We found this pressure relief goes a long way toward reducing potential soreness in the shoulders while you sleep.

What It’s Made of

The mattress features an organic cotton cover quilted with polyfoam to lightly cushion the surface. The quilting has a zoned design that enhances support to the lumbar region. A thin layer of memory foam is placed underneath the midsection of the mattress to further boost support to the lower back. The foam is infused with a cooling gel to help reduce heat retention.

Next is a memory foam layer that conforms closely to your body, with a convoluted design to promote air flow through the interior. A layer of pocketed coils forms the base of the entire mattress, generating sturdy support. Rails made of high-density foam line the perimeter of the bed to increase edge support.

How It Performed

With a medium firm (6) feel, the Saatva Memory Foam Hybrid is a well-rounded mattress that strikes a nice balance between contouring and support. The side sleepers on our test team give high marks to the mattress, which offers excellent cradling for the shoulders and hips. It’s especially beneficial to side sleepers over 130 pounds since this group will sink into the bed just enough to experience strong pressure relief. The bed is also well suited for back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds.

The mattress stays fairly cool, thanks to strong air circulation through the coils and the convoluted design. The memory foam comfort layer is thinner than some hybrids we’ve tested, so it’s fairly easy to move across the surface without too much sinkage. The reinforced perimeter is helpful for sleepers who often sit or sleep near the edge of the bed.

Saatva offers a generous year-long sleep trial so that you can try out the bed at home. Shipping is free to the contiguous U.S. and includes White Glove delivery, which means set-up in the room of your choice and removal of your old mattress.

“The Birch Luxe contains some of the most luxurious materials you can find in a mattress, and eco-friendly certifications ensure you’re getting a mattress that’s been designed with safety and sustainability in mind. You won’t find that in many competing models.” – Logan Foley, Editorial Director

  • Pros

    1. Wool and cotton comfort layers gently cushion the body and alleviate pressure

    2. Latex and coils produce slightly bouncy feel

    3. Polyfoam base designed to minimize sinkage

  • Cons

    1. Price-point may be too high for shoppers on a budget

    2. Responsive design generates some motion transfer

Mattress Type

Latex Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,299 – $2,499

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

If you’re in the market for a high-quality mattress, the Birch Luxe is made with premium materials that stood out to our testers for their luxurious feel. The mattress should also appeal to anyone who prioritizes eco-friendly products, as it holds a handful of certifications that indicate it has met strict standards for safety and sustainable sourcing.

What It’s Made of

The Birch Luxe begins with a quilted cotton Euro-top cover and a layer of wool batting that acts as a natural fire barrier for the mattress. This is followed by several comfort layers of wool that are not only soft but also naturally breathable and moisture-wicking, resulting in a cloud-like surface that won’t retain too much heat. A latex layer completes the comfort system, conforming gently to the body and producing a light bounce that can help you move across the surface without sinking.

The support core contains pocketed coils and a wool base layer for additional fire protection. Thicker coils rest beneath your lower back and provide extra pushback for your lumbar region, while thinner coils cradle lighter areas of the body. The cotton holds certification from the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Additionally, a GREENGUARD Gold certification ensures the mattress has been rigorously tested for the presence of harmful chemical compounds.

How It Performed

While the Luxe earned stellar sleeper ratings across all weight and position categories, the highest marks came from our side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds and our back and stomach sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds. The medium firm (6) feel should appeal to anyone who needs gentle contouring and strong support to sleep comfortably.

Our temperature control tests have shown the Luxe excels at cooling and moisture control. Little to no heat buildup and steady airflow throughout the interior make this mattress a solid pick for any hot sleeper. Since latex is naturally responsive, we also encountered minimal sinkage when testing the mattress for ease of movement and edge support.

The Luxe ships free of charge and each customer receives two complimentary pillows with their purchase. Birch offers a sleep trial running 100 nights in length. If you decide to keep the mattress, you’ll also receive a 25-year warranty.

“Our testers appreciated the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid’s range of firmness levels. The hot sleepers on our team also found the pocketed coils in the support core enhanced air circulation to keep them cool.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Available in three firmness options

    2. Comfort system made from proprietary polyfoam contours to the body to alleviate pressure buildup

    3. 120-night sleep trial

  • Cons

    1. Foam layers may emit strong off-gassing odor for the first few nights

    2. Firmness exchanges not available during trial period

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$499 – $1,199

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

The Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid comes in three firmness levels to support a wide range of sleepers. Customers can choose from a medium soft (4), medium firm (6), or firm (8) feel to achieve optimal support. Those with pain in their shoulders or hips should appreciate the combination of pressure-relieving comfort layers and supportive pocketed coils.

What It’s Made of

The mattress’ comfort system features Brooklyn Bedding’s proprietary TitanFlex polyfoam. Gel is infused into the foam to absorb and dissipate excess body heat. A transitional layer of VariFlex polyfoam adds cushion between the comfort system and the support core. Pocketed coils make up the support core, with some coils zoned along the perimeter of the mattress for extra supportive edges. The coils rest on a base layer of polyfoam for stability.

How It Performed

Hot sleepers should find they sleep quite cool on the foam hybrid model. The pocketed coils help circulate air throughout the mattress to regulate the temperature. The three firmness options offer benefits to sleepers of differing body weights and preferred sleeping positions. Side sleepers and those under 130 pounds should appreciate the softer model, allowing them to sink deeper into the mattress. Side and back sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds may prefer the firmer models.

Brooklyn Bedding ships free to the contiguous U.S. and offers a 120-night sleep trial. Signature Hybrid purchases come with a 10-year warranty.

Data-Driven Results You Can Trust

We’ve personally evaluated hundreds of mattresses, and each one undergoes a rigorous testing process that looks at various facets of construction, durability, and overall performance. Our team consists of people who belong to different weight and sleep position groups. This versatility allows us to make product recommendations for all types of sleepers. For this particular guide, we largely drew from testers who experience chronic or occasional shoulder pain.

How Our Testing Process Works

To choose the best mattresses for shoulder pain, we focused on models with features that alleviate existing pain and help prevent new aches and pressure points. Mattresses that cater to sleepers with shoulder pain typically require a balance of contouring and even support, so you’ll notice all of our top picks are considered middle of the road in terms of firmness and conforming level. While our mattress testing process includes many different stages, for this guide we focused on pressure relief, ease of movement, expected lifespan, and edge support.

For a more in-depth look at how we test mattresses, read our product research methodology below:

motion isolation

We perform various standardized tests to measure how much movement a bed absorbs when sleepers move on the surface. Mattresses that excel in this category are ideal for couples who tend to wake each other up with nighttime movement.

temperature control

To gauge how well a mattress can stay cool at night, our team runs thermal tests on the surface. We also consider the bed’s construction, since materials like latex and cotton promote ventilation better than others.

pressure relief

Pressure relief is one of the most important mattress criteria we consider for sleepers with shoulder pain. We test how closely and evenly a bed conforms to a sleeper’s shoulders, thus reducing pressure buildup.

Off-Gassing

Many mattresses, especially those made with synthetic materials, give off an unpleasant odor after you remove them from their packaging. This odor is temporary and should dissipate in a matter of days.

ease of movement

We perform tests to evaluate how easily sleepers can move on a bed’s surface. Latex and innerspring models typically outperform foam beds in this category.

edge support

This criteria is important for people who sleep or sit near the edge of the mattress, or who have trouble getting in and out of bed. We measure the degree of sagging when testers sit on the edge, while also considering construction features aimed at bolstering perimeter support.

sex

To determine a bed’s suitability for sex, we consider factors such as bounce and responsiveneness, noise reduction, and temperature neutrality. That said, sleeper preferences for beds in this category will vary.

body weight

The amount of support and cushioning you need from your mattress will depend in part on your body weight. For this reason, our testers keep this criteria in mind when evaluating mattresses.

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How to Choose a Mattress for Shoulder Pain

If you’re dealing with chronic shoulder pain, you’ve probably experienced firsthand how a good or bad night’s sleep can affect your pain levels. With the right mattress, you can give your body the support it needs to recuperate and recover.

Finding the right mattress, though, requires understanding the relationship between sleep and pain and knowing what to look for when mattress shopping.

Why is Sleep Important for Pain?

Sleep is a fundamental biological need that affects all aspects of health, including pain. Research indicates that sleep and pain have a bidirectional relationship, meaning that each influences the other.

Getting good sleep has been found to reduce perceived daily pain levels of chronic pain sufferers. Quality sleep may reduce anxiety, stress, and other negative emotions that can exacerbate pain.

In addition, being in pain can make it harder to sleep. Physical discomfort may prevent falling asleep or lead to nighttime awakenings. Worries about pain can spread to sleep, complicating a person’s ability to get consistent rest.

The fact that sleep and pain are so interlinked means that taking steps to sleep better, including choosing an optimal mattress, can provide a welcome means of pain relief. That pain reduction can facilitate even better sleep, fueling a positive cycle of nightly rest and decreased pain.

“Sleep and pain have a bidirectional relationship, and the current data suggest that the effects of sleep on pain are likely stronger than the effects of pain on sleep. Focusing on improving your sleep quality may help with your overall pain level. Common changes to sleep quality could include difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, more sleep fragmentation (i.e., more awakenings during the night), early morning awakenings, and unrefreshing/non-restorative sleep.”

Sarah Silverman, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist and holistic sleep wellness consultant who treats patients in New York and Florida.

Why Buy a New Mattress?

Some people purchase new mattresses to replace beds that have grown too worn, while other sleepers invest in new mattresses to find a model that can help relieve physical pain. We surveyed thousands of Sleep Foundation readers to find out some of the most common reasons people decide to buy new beds.

What to Look for in a Mattress for Shoulder Pain

To identify the best mattress for shoulder pain, you need to know what factors are most important. The mattress industry is replete with marketing jargon that has the potential to lead shoppers astray, but only a handful of factors are most likely to influence your satisfaction with a new mattress.

  • Price: No matter how great a mattress might be, if you can’t afford it, then it’s not really worth your time to consider. Your available budget is an easy-to-use filter to reduce the number of mattresses to research, but keep in mind that it’s very rare to pay the full mattress sticker price. Coupons and discounts are almost always available when shopping online. Most online mattress brands will ship for free anywhere in the contiguous U.S., and some extend this offer to Alaska and Hawaii. The mattress will be compressed, shrink-wrapped, and shipped as a “mattress in a box” before being delivered to your doorstep.
  • Sleeping Position: The way that you position your body during sleep can have an immense effect on your pressure points. Shoulder and hip pain is more common in side sleepers who put more impact on the mattress in those areas, and as a result, they usually need a softer, more contouring mattress. Lower back pain is more common in stomach and back sleepers who usually do best with a firmer bed.
  • Mattress Type: Each mattress type has pros and cons for different sleepers. Knowing which provides the characteristics you’re looking for makes it easier to narrow your options and find a mattress that you’ll be satisfied with.
  • Contouring: The ability of a mattress to conform to the body plays a big part in how well it can relieve pressure. With more hug, a mattress can deliver enhanced cushioning to heavier parts of the body, such as the shoulders and hips of side sleepers. But not everyone wants or needs deep contouring because it can sometimes create a feeling of being stuck in the bed.
  • Quality Materials: If you want high-end performance and durability, then it’s important to look for a mattress that doesn’t skimp on its materials. People with pain count on their mattress to function properly, and quality materials make that more likely. Some customers may also want materials that are produced to high standards of sustainability, such as those that are certified organic.
  • Firmness Level: How hard or soft a mattress feels is integral to your comfort. This is subjective, so every shopper should consider what feels right to them. In addition, proper support to relieve back, shoulder, and hip pain in some sleeping positions may require a mattress of a certain firmness level.
  • Pressure Relief: If you have ongoing shoulder pain, a mattress that provides pressure relief around the shoulders is crucial. Not only can this reduce impact and friction in that area, but solid pressure relief to the whole body can keep the spine well-aligned and avoid other potential sources of aches and pains.
  • Motion Isolation: Motion isolation is an important factor for people who share a bed. On a bed with good motion isolation, it’s easy to keep sleeping without feeling the tossing and turning of a person on the other side of the mattress. Of all mattress materials, memory foam usually offers the strongest motion isolation.
  • Ease of Movement / Sex: For many people, it’s important to be able to move easily on a mattress. A responsive mattress facilitates changing sleeping positions (especially important for combination sleepers) and sexual activity. Bouncier materials like latex and innerspring coils normally are the best at enabling movement.
  • Edge Support: Without enough edge support, it can feel like you may roll off the bed if you are trying to sleep or sit near its perimeter. Foam beds tend to have reduced edge support because of how the foam compresses while hybrids, innersprings, and latex beds typically hold up better in this area.
  • Temperature Regulation: Overheating at night can be incredibly disruptive to a good night’s sleep, and mattress selection can determine how likely you are to sleep hot. Memory foam beds tend to retain more heat than hybrid and latex mattresses. Many manufacturers employ special materials or features to try to improve temperature regulation.
  • Noise: A noise-free mattress can prevent unwanted awakenings at night. The most common culprit for a noisy mattress is an innerspring design, but many modern mattresses use improved coils and other manufacturing techniques to help keep beds quiet.

Importance of Pressure Relief for Shoulder Pain – Video

A mattress with strong pressure relief can help avoid or alleviate shoulder pain. Watch the video below to learn more about pressure relief and to see how we evaluate this performance feature in our lab.

Which Mattress Firmness is Best for Shoulder Pain?

In most cases, a medium or medium firm mattress is best for shoulder pain, but the ideal firmness level for any person depends on their sleeping position and body shape.

Firmness is ranked on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the softest. A mattress that is too soft may cause the body to sink out of alignment, but one that is too firm may create heightened impact on the shoulder.

Firmness is a subjective preference and should be considered along with other factors, such as mattress type, price, pressure relief, and motion isolation, to choose the best mattress for any individual.

Which Type of Mattress is Best for Shoulder Pain?

Figuring out which type of mattress best suits your needs can simplify mattress shopping and guide you toward a top choice.

Mattresses that are built in a certain way will share some characteristics, but they won’t all be the same. Within each type, there is notable variation based on exactly how any specific model is built.

Hybrid

Definition: For a mattress to be a hybrid, it needs two components: a coil-based support core and a significant comfort system. That comfort system may be made with one or more layers and can feature materials like memory foam, polyfoam, microcoils, latex, cotton, wool, and/or other fabrics.
Blend of Features: A hybrid is designed to generate the bounce, stability, and temperature control found in innersprings while using the comfort system to strengthen pressure relief and motion isolation. This allows people with pain to take advantage of balanced and robust features offered by a mix of materials.

Innerspring

Definition: An innerspring mattress has a coil-based system as its only or primary component. These beds, a mainstay in the industry for decades, don’t have any significant comfort system and provide support almost exclusively through compression of the coils.
Economical and Modifiable: Most sleepers with shoulder pain won’t get enough pressure relief from an innerspring mattress alone. But these beds are often economical, and a latex or foam mattress topper can be placed on top to create a DIY comfort system. Some people find that this is a lower-cost way to construct a mattress that suits their needs.

Latex

Definition: When the interior components of a mattress are all made with latex, we refer to it as an all-latex, true-latex, or just simply a latex mattress. In most beds, manufacturers use natural latex, but some lower-cost options use synthetic materials. More than one type of latex is frequently layered within the bed to create a distinct support core and comfort system.
Responsive Support: Latex is a durable material that provides both bounce and mild conforming. With these characteristics, it can provide cushioning at the shoulders without any bothersome sinking or “quicksand” feeling.

Airbed

Definition: Airbeds have a distinct design based upon a support core of air chambers. In most airbeds, there is one air chamber on each side, and the inflation of that chamber can be adjusted in real-time to modify the firmness. In addition to this support core, there may be a comfort system using materials like foam or latex.
Full Firmness Control: People with pain may find that their firmness needs change based on how sharp their pain is at that moment. With an airbed, you can use a remote or smartphone to quickly and easily give the bed a different feel to provide comfort and pain relief.

Foam

Definition: In foam mattresses, there is no coil-based layer. The support core is almost always a high-density polyfoam, and the comfort system can include one or more layers of memory foam, polyfoam, latex, or textiles like cotton and wool.
Conforming For Pressure Relief: People with the sharpest pressure points, including at the shoulders, may need deep contouring to cradle the body and relieve pressure. Memory foam is a standout material for pressure relief. In general, foam beds provide high levels of hug and cradling.

Mattresses for Shoulder Pain FAQ

Can sleeping on a bad mattress cause shoulder pain?

Whether a mattress is “good” or “bad” depends on your individual sleep preferences. However, if you sleep on a mattress that is a bad fit for your body weight and sleep position, the mattress can cause pain in the shoulders as well as other areas of the body.

If you are wondering whether your mattress is causing your shoulder pain, pay close attention to when you experience the pain. If the pain is substantial soon after waking but eventually subsides throughout the day, your mattress is likely to blame. In these instances, it might be time to find a mattress that better suits your needs.

Why can a mattress cause shoulder pain?

Because you spend so many hours lying in bed every night, mattresses can contribute to unexplained shoulder pain. Mattresses cause shoulder pain by exerting prolonged excessive pressure on the shoulders during sleep. This pressure typically builds up when a mattress is too firm or offers insufficient cushioning for the shoulders.

There are many factors to consider if you are looking for a mattress that does not create pressure build-up in the shoulders. Your body weight and preferred sleep position are two major factors. Side sleepers lay on their shoulders and are thus more susceptible to shoulder pain than back and stomach sleepers, and heavier sleepers may require firmer beds to receive the right balance of support and contouring.

Can a mattress topper help if my mattress is causing shoulder pain?

If your mattress is the source of your shoulder pain, a mattress topper can help. Since shoulder pain typically occurs when a mattress is too firm or provides insufficient cushioning, you can purchase a mattress topper that includes the features your mattress lacks. A mattress topper is a relatively quick way to adjust the firmness and feel of your bed surface to alleviate shoulder pain. It is also a more affordable solution than purchasing an entirely new mattress. Keep in mind that mattress toppers are temporary solutions and do not replace the eventual need for a new mattress.

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