Best Mattress for Neck Pain

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We’ve probably all woken at one point or another in our lives with some sort of pain in our necks, either from strenuous activities during the day, how we slept, injury, herniated discs, or other chronic cause. Whatever the reason, it’s never a comfortable feeling, and if you wake with neck pain more often than not, then you need to pay attention how to best support it during the night.

Not only is neck pain disruptive to our sleep, since our necks support the head and is the passageway for your spinal column, neck care should be a pretty vital step in your overall health awareness. Most incidences of neck pain are fleeting, and not cause for serious concern, but if it is consistent, or associated with a specific disability or injury, then how you approach alleviating that pain each night is important. The best mattress for neck pain is going to be personal to you and your preferences, and how to determine your best choices are explained below.

We’ve compiled five of our best mattress reviews that support a variety of neck problems and sleeping styles for you to peruse below. Take a look at what we personally tested.

Best Mattress for Neck Pain Comparisons

MattressSurface ComfortComfort ThicknessComfort DensityMattress ThicknessWarrantyReview

Helix Hybrid Mattress
can be customized2-4” helix foam1.8+ lb/cu.ft.10”10 Year Limited + 100 night guaranteeRead Our Review

Avocado Hybrid Pillowtop
medium-plush4” Dunlop latexn/a13”10 Year Limited + 100 night sleep trialRead Our Review

Amerisleep Liberty Memory Foam
medium 3”4.0lb/cu.ft.12”20 Year Limited + 100 night sleep trialRead Our Review

Novosbed Memory Foam
Can be customized2”5.0lb/cu.ft.11”15 Year Limited + 120 night sleep trialRead Our Review

Spindle Natural Latex
can be customizedtwin, twin xl, full, queen, kingn/a9”10 Year Limited + 360 comfort adjustment periodRead Our Review

Dreamfoam Eurotop Latex
can be customized3” talalay latexn/a12.5”10 Year Limited + 90 night sleep trialRead Our Review

My Green Mattress Natural Escape
Medium-firm3” latex foam4.1lb/cu.ft.11”10 Year Limited + 100 night guaranteeRead Our Review

Causes of Nighttime Neck Pain

Neck pain is generally a result of poor posture or the weakening of neck muscles due to misuse. Since a lack of sleep also increases how our brain receptors ‘read’ pain, this discomfort often feel amplified when at rest. Trying to get comfortable due to neck pain can often feel impossible each night, which can start a vicious cycle of poor recovery. This is especially true if your nighttime sleep habits contribute to the pain.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important, as explained above. And some of the best ways to do so when neck pain is a problem include:

  • A supportive sleep position for your spine.
  • Using the correct pillow for your sleeping position.
  • Your sleep surface should support your sleep position properly.
  • Use the correct aides to help keep your spine in alignment.

Alleviating Neck Pain

When we sleep our bodies essentially slow down. Our breathing and heart rates slow, our temperatures drop, and our brain enters into a series of sleep stages. During this time our blood pressure drops and increases the oxygen flow throughout our bodies to promote healing and growth. Interrupted sleep disrupts these processes making us feel much more than sluggish and tired throughout the day. Our bodies have literally struggled to recover from the previous day, and pain association will feel amplified.

Proper neck support due to existing neck pain, or to keep neck pain from occurring, is important not only to keep you asleep through the night, but to allow your body to recover from the pain itself. This allows you to better deal with it, and promote healing of the areas in question.

Some ways to support your neck through the day to help reduce the stress you feel each night include:

bad and correct sitting posture
    • Proper posture while working at your desk or in front of a computer
  • Rolling your shoulders
    • Rolling your shoulders, or getting therapeutic massage to loosen the muscles along your neck and shoulders that may be pulling the soft tissues out of place.
  • hot and cool gel pack
    • Use heat and/or cooling packs to loosen muscles along your neck and reduce any tissue swelling.
  • soft neck collar
    • Short term use of soft neck collars to help reduce pressure along neck muscles and promote healing.
  • Your Natural Sleep Position and Pillow Choices

    What position your body naturally falls into is something that is difficult to alter as you are likely to move into that position while you sleep. If your neck pain is worsened, or even caused by this position, you need to address this concern by using both the correct mattress and pillow combination.

    Back Sleepers

    Sleeping on your back is the most supportive position for your neck and spine alike. Especially if you have a pillow that conforms to your head and neck and doesn’t lift it too much. Back sleepers need a more firm mattress choice in order to provide the proper support for your natural spinal curvature. Your hip and shoulder pressure points needs to be well supported in order to keep them from sinking into the mattress, placing more strain on your soft tissues. You can also place pillows under your knees to provide for less stress on your lower back.

    Side Sleepers

    Side sleepers also have decent spine and neck support as long as they have a softer mattress surface to allow for pressure point contouring. The best mattress for side sleepers with neck pain is paired with a pillow that is slightly raised where your neck rests to allow it to fully relax and decompress. Pressure points on the body need to be able to sink into the mattress surface in order to keep the spine straight. Too soft a surface means these areas may sink into an unnatural position, but too firm: and the spine will not be able to properly align.

    Stomach Sleepers

    This is truly the worst position to sleep in as your lower back is often pulled out of alignment by improper support, and your neck is forced into a position that is out of alignment with the rest of the spine. But if it’s the position you sleep in naturally, then there are ways to make it more supportive. First, a firm mattress will help hold up your hips to keep it from sinking and causing lower back pain. Using no pillow, or a thin pillow that allows your head to rest inline with the rest of your spine, is the best you support you can provide your neck. A body pillow is also often helpful for this position to keep your neck well supported.

    Mattress Construction

    Recognizing the mattress materials commonly found in mattresses will help you better determine the comfort necessary for proper support. Not all materials are equal, and if you are unsure of how each differ from each other, I suggest visiting a local mattress showroom so you can experience them yourself.

    memory foam

    Memory Foam

    Memory foam and foam mattress construction uses layers to help distribute both weight and provide airflow for a contouring, comforting night’s sleep. These do come in everything from soft to firm options depending on the company, but since they are conforming to your body, they will create a slight sink under your weight. These are very popular choices for side and back sleepers.

      latex foam

      Latex Foam

      Latex foam provides a slight give without the deep contouring properties many memory foams offer. Again, offered in varying degrees of firmness, they provide a more uplifting support with excellent pressure point relief.

        innerspring and hybrid

        Innerspring and Hybrid

        Often more affordable than foam, innerspring and innerspring hybrids are popular due to their overall back support, particularly for back and stomach sleepers. Hybrids include layers of foam for a contouring give and are generally a great choice for combo or side sleepers.

          Quality

          What you are getting for your investment is important to consider, and how to gauge the quality of your choices is important to the longevity of your purchase. There is generally is a mattress available for any budget, but lower costing mattresses may also be of lower quality and serve as more of a temporary solution.

          Foam Density Measurements

          Foam density (measured in pounds per cubic foot) is a direct indication of foam quality. General poly foams are not as long lasting as memory and latex foams but are often used to support and create a foundation for your surface comfort foam choices. A good indication of average quality weight places memory foams between 3.5 and 5.0 lbs/cu.ft, with anything higher of obvious higher quality.

          Innerspring Size and Placement

          Quality coils are of a lower gauge (thicker) made of twice-tempered steel to provide a long lasting, supportive spring that won’t break down over the life of your mattress. How coils are placed can also determine comfort quality. For example, pocketed coils move independently of one another and adjust to different weights and pressure points. A continuous coil will move as one and not provide as much contouring.

          How to Choose the Best Mattress to Alleviate Neck Pain

          Obviously the best way to get started in your search is to determine the proper firmness level for your natural sleep position. Since mattresses are not a one size fits all product, knowing your needs is important.
          Affordability
          What you can afford is always a driving factor of any major investment. If you find yourself on a budget, be sure to consider the above tips to help keep your body properly supported for the time you plan on using the mattress. Shopping around for your best pick may also help in keeping costs down.
          Your Preferences
          Above all, keep in mind your sleep position preferences. Don’t just choose a soft surface because you love how you sink into it. Be sure to consider if that surface supports how you sleep. It’s hard to determine what you will wake feeling like with only a ten minute trial in a showroom .
          Type of Neck Pain
          If you wake with neck pain, whether chronic or not, you need to address the support of your neck and spine to avoid further discomfort. The best bed for neck and back pain will properly support your overall spine, and also proper pillow choices will help.
          Sleep Trials
          Most companies offer pretty healthy sleep trials. Changing your surfact comfort may cause some initial discomfort, but generally you should have a good idea of how well your body has adjusted to a new bed within 30 days. If after 30 days you still are uncomfortable, then you may need to decide that this is not the best choice for you and look for an exchange, or return to find what best suits you.

          Our Top Reviewed Mattresses to Consider

          We have reviewed dozens of mattresses, and below is a sample of our top picks for varying sleep positions to help alleviate neck pain. Choosing only one type of bed is impossible due to how varied and unique each of us are. Weight, height, and position preferences are only a few variables that determine our overall comfort, but the following are worth taking a look at when searching for your needs.

          Best Innerspring Mattress For Neck Pain

          Helix Hybrid Mattress

          Specs

          • Surface Comfort: can be customized
          • Sizes: Twin, twin xl, queen, king, CA king
          • Comfort Thickness: 2-4” helix foam
          • Comfort Density: 1.8+ lb/cu.ft.
          • Mattress Thickness: 10”
          • Warranty: 10 Year Limited + 100 night guarantee
        • Since your best rest is such a unique experience, choosing a mattress that that be customized to your needs is a definite perk. The Helix Hybrid does just that, and to top it all off you can also get a dual sleep system for your partner’s best rest as well. When you order the website takes you through a comprehensive quiz for your best match, but don’t worry if you aren’t happy with the results- you can change them.

          This is a layered hybrid innerspring design to take into account your sleep surface firmness levels through a patented, contouring foam surface. This is supported by a pocketed innerspring interior that is responsive to your weight and pressure points. The factory to porch delivery helps keep it an affordable choice, plus they back their mattress with a 100 night sleep trial with a hassle free return policy.

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          Pros

          • Dual comfort options available
          • Customizable sleeping surface
          • No off gassing
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          Cons

          • Weight limit
          • Sleeps hot
          • Weaker edge support
        • This is a good choice for neck pain sufferers due to how personalized you can create your sleep experience.

          Avocado Hybrid Pillowtop Mattress

          Specs

          • Surface Comfort: medium-plush
          • Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, CA king
          • Comfort Thickness: 4” Dunlop latex
          • Comfort Density: n/a
          • Mattress Thickness: 13”
          • Warranty: 10 Year Limited + 100 night sleep trial
        • The Avocado Hybrid is an eco-friendly choice that combines layers of latex and a pocket coil innerspring system to isolate pressure points and distribute weight where needed. The Avocado only comes in one comfort choice, a medium plush option, but it does offer a pillow top for increased contouring and pressure reduction.

          Innerspring coil zoning also supports your hips, back, and shoulders independently of one another to provide the support you need, where you need it. This is popular for spinal alignment and consumers who complain regularly of back and neck pain. Plus the latex provides the support needed for heavier sleepers.

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          Pros

          • Good weight distribution
          • Easy to move
          • Surface comfort choices
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          Cons

          • Motion transfer is noticeable
          • May be too firm for side sleepers
        • This is a particularly good choice if you are a back sleeper or side sleeper who needs spinal support through the length of your body. This in turn supports your neck for a better night’s rest.

          Best Memory Foam Mattress For Neck Pain

          Amerisleep Liberty Memory Foam Mattress

          Specs

          • Surface Comfort: medium
          • Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, split king, CA king
          • Comfort Thickness: 3”
          • Comfort Density: 4.0lb/cu.ft.
          • Mattress Thickness: 12”
          • Warranty: 20 Year Limited + 100 night sleep trial
        • As a medium comfort surface this particular mattress was created with every sleeper in mind and provides consistent support and contouring where needed for side, back, and stomach sleepers. Another eco-friendly product, the cover is a Cellient, thermo reactive (and washable) materials that helps recycle body heat and convert it into energy to ease trouble areas you may have.

          The memory foam provides good contouring with a minimal sink so your movement is not restricted, however it does retain a bit more heat that our other choices so if you sleep hot regularly this may not necessarily be the best choice for you. It is a good choice for combination sleepers, or partners who sleep in different positions to better help meet the needs of each.

          For neck pain this is a particularly good choice for side sleepers and back sleepers as it does both conform to pressure points, but also provides good uplifting support where needed through the shoulders and hips. For a stomach sleeper it may be a bit too soft and pull the lower back downwards, especially for heavier bodies.

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          Pros

          • No motion transfer
          • No offgassing
          • Eco-Friendly
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          Cons

          • Sleeps warm
          • Medium feels more medium-firm
          • Poor edge support
        • Good choice for side sleepers and back sleepers as it does both conform to pressure points.

          Novosbed Memory Foam Mattress

          Specs

          • Surface Comfort: Can be customized
          • Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, CA king
          • Comfort Thickness: 2”
          • Comfort Density: 5.0lb/cu.ft.
          • Mattress Thickness: 11”
          • Warranty: 15 Year Limited + 120 night sleep trial
        • Some of our favorite beds are customizable due to the repertoire you gain with the company’s customer service. The Novosbed is no exception and although you can choose from one of three comfort levels initially, if you are not satisfied you will be sent a completely free additional comfort kit to help better customize your sleep experience. Plus they have a 120 day sleep trial that really allows you try out your initial choice and any additions.
          Multiple foam layers provide your overall comfort and breathability, and since this is considered a cool sleep, heat retention doesn’t seem to be a problem. This is also a good mattress for varying weights and is both supportive and comforting.

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          Pros

          • Good airflow
          • Customizable
          • No off gassing
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          Cons

          • Poor edge support
          • Difficult to move
        • For pain control, particularly dealing with your spine and neck, the customizable options and company satisfaction guarantee is well worth it.

          Best Latex Mattresses For Memory Foam

          Spindle Natural Latex Mattress

          Specs

          • Surface Comfort: can be customized
          • Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king
          • Comfort Thickness: 3” dunlop latex
          • Comfort Density: n/a
          • Mattress Thickness: 9”
          • Warranty: 10 Year Limited + 360 comfort adjustment period
        • Customizable to your comfort preferences and sleep positions, the Spindle Mattress is comprised of layers of durable, dunlop latex and supportive foam. Not only does the mattress come with a 360 day adjustment period, but they will also work with you to get you sleeping as you should be with comfort layer and topper choices available to you at no extra cost.

          What is truly unique about this particular choice is that that layers come unassembled, and you have to put it together, leaving room for comfort layer changes and additions so you can truly customize your sleep experience.

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          Pros

          • Customizable
          • Reduces motion well
          • Good hip and shoulder support
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          Cons

          • Edge is weak
          • Sleeps warm
          • Not a good choice for heavier weights
        • This is an excellent choice for anyone who suffers from pain issues and may need to try a few different things until they can get what works best for them.

          Dreamfoam Ultimate Dreams Eurotop Latex Mattress

          Specs

          • Surface Comforts: can be customized
          • Sizes: twin, twin long, full, queen, king, CA king
          • Comfort Thickness: 3” talalay latex
          • Comfort Density: n/a
          • Mattress Thickness: 12.5”
          • Warranty: 10 Year Limited + 90 night sleep trial
        • This is another customizable option that provides a one on one consultation with a customer representative upon placing your order to match you with the best sleep experience. This particular model comes with the optional 1.5 inch quilted bamboo top for added plush comfort and is not an overwhelming option if you do like a firm surface.

          The top three inches are a breathable, and durable latex foam to help distribute weight without too much sinkage. The rest of the mattress is a layered construction to provide consistent air flow and added weight distribution.

          If you are unhappy with your mattress, the company will exchange for no extra cost, plus a sleep trial is also available in order to truly experience the comfort correctly. This customization makes it a worthwhile choice for anyone suffering from any sort of painful afflictions, especially since latex is such a good choice for pressure point reduction.

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          Pros

          • Great air flow
          • Plush Eurotop
          • Customizable
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          Cons

          • Off gassing present
          • Weak edge support
        • Good choice for pressure point reduction.

          Best Organic Mattress For Neck Pain

          My Green Mattress Natural Escape Hybrid

          Specs

          • Surface Comfort: Medium-firm
          • Sizes: Twin, twin xl, full, full, xl, queen, king, CA king
          • Comfort Thickness: 3” latex foam
          • Comfort Density: 4.1lb/cu.ft.
          • Mattress Thickness: 11”
          • Warranty: 10 Year Limited + 100 night guarantee
        • My Green Mattress hybrid is a medium-firm sleeping surface for supportive spinal alignment through a layered latex and pocketed innerspring design. Latex doesn’t provide the same contouring a memory foam does, but does have a consistent weight distribution, and excellent air flow qualities. The mattress also has varied coil thickness throughout the design to help provide proper independent shoulder, back, and hip support.

          What’s even better is this is an eco-friendly design, and all materials are Greenguard Gold Certified. This means they go through a rigorous testing process to ensure safety measures in construction. This also works well for you as it is considered a safe choice for allergy sufferers or those who are sensitive to chemicals and odor.

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          Pros

          • No motion transfer
          • Good air flow
          • Good for heavy weights
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          Cons

          • May be too firm
          • Sleep trial is limited
        • This is a good choice for anyone who has trouble with their back or neck, and especially supportive for heavier body weights.

          Conclusion

          Your unique sleeping style, preference, and the pain you are experiencing should drive your decisions concerning the best bed for you. The above choices were chosen for their personalization details from companies that provide decent sleep trials and customer service so you can ultimately get what you need, and want.
          Neck pain and spinal health is best supported by the mattress that best supports your natural sleep position, and making sure to use the right pillow is also incredibly helpful for pain relief. If you have any questions, or comments pertaining to any of our above choices, please let us know below.