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Combination sleeping refers to using more than one of the three primary sleep positions – side, back, and stomach – on a nightly basis. Some combination sleepers favor one position, while others have preferences that regularly shift. Combination sleeping can be beneficial for people with poor circulation, as the constant movement improves blood flow. It can also be helpful for those who snore heavily (including people with sleep apnea).
Like those who prefer singular sleep positions, combination sleepers should carefully choose a mattress based on their individual preferences. Body weight is an important factor, as sleep surfaces will feel differently to those in the light, average, and heavy weight groups.
A mattress for a combination sleeper should also feel comfortable regardless of which position they use night to night. For example, someone who shifts between side and back sleeping should select a mattress that provides adequate support and helps align the spine.
Read on to learn more about important considerations for combination sleepers. Below you will find our picks for the top six mattresses for combination sleepers sold today. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
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Balance is the key to comfortable sleep for many combination sleepers. Surfaces that offer a mix of body conforming and support, as well as average thickness profiles, tend to be the best option for sleepers that switch between different positions.
Our Editor’s Pick, the Nectar, exemplifies this balanced mattress design. The bed is ‘Medium Firm,’ or a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale, which should be suitable for anyone weighing 130 pounds or more, as well as lighter individuals who prefer firmer beds. The Nectar’s 11″ profile is on par with the average mattress thickness too.
The Nectar features comfort layers of gel memory foam and standard memory foam that provide moderate but consistent conforming. Side and stomach sleepers experience better spinal alignment, while back sleepers enjoy even support.
The bed also has a dual-layer high-density polyfoam support core for added reinforcement, especially around the edges where people tend to sit. A breathable cover made from cotton and lyocell also allows the Nectar to sleep cool, which can be helpful for hot sleepers. Other benefits include great motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight.
Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free standard delivery when they purchase a Nectar mattress, and White Glove delivery – including in-home assembly and old mattress removal – is available for an extra charge. The Nectar is backed by a 365-night sleep trial, which is one of the longest sleep trials offered anywhere, along with a 10-year warranty.
Our best value pick, the T&N Mattress, is a high-value pick at an affordable price-point. The T&N Mattress offers a fairly responsive, medium-firm feel that performs well for most sleeper types and sizes, but particularly suits average weight sleepers.
The bed is constructed with a 3-inch comfort layer of polyfoam infused with graphite and gel, both of which are intended to help the mattress sleep cooler. Beneath the comfort layer is a 7-inch support core of high-density polyfoam. This construction lends the bed very good pressure relief and motion isolation. If you like a combined feeling of sleeping “in” and “on” your mattress, the T&N Mattress could be the perfect choice.
The T&N makes virtually no noise when bearing weight and isolates motion transfer very well, making it an ideal choice for those who share a bed with a partner. In our testing, sleepers in the average weight group rated this mattress the most favorably due to the bed’s balance of body-conforming and support.
Tuft & Needle ships the mattress for free to customers in the contiguous U.S. They also offer a 100-night sleep trial and back the mattress with a 10-year warranty.
The Helix Midnight Luxe – our Best Luxury pick for combination sleepers – is part of a hybrid line Helix Sleep released in 2018. The Midnight Luxe, like other models in the Luxe series, is constructed with comfort layers of gel-infused memory foam and support polyfoam, along with a quilted pillow-top for extra cushioning.
The mattress also has a polyfoam transitional layer and a zoned pocketed coil base. The coils are arranged in a multi-gauge configuration, with denser coils beneath the sleeper’s chest, stomach and hips and thinner coils under the sleeper’s lighter areas, such as the head and legs. This results in great weight displacement and isolated support throughout the sleeper’s body.
The Midnight Luxe offers a ‘Medium’ (5.5) feel, which provides a good balance of body-conforming softness and sturdy support. This setting, combined with the bed’s 14″ profile, make the bed very suitable for sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds.
The Midnight Luxe also sleeps exceptionally cool even compared to other hybrids, due to good airflow through the coils and a gel-infused comfort layer. Other benefits include better-than-average motion isolation and minimal noise when bearing weight.
The Helix Midnight Luxe has a much lower price-point than the average hybrid, making it a high-value and luxury pick. Helix Sleep offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
The Casper is a mixed-foam mattress that supports sleepers with a thick comfort system featuring a layer of dense memory foam between soft and firm polyfoam layers.
The mattress is considered ‘Medium’ (5), and conforms somewhat closely without sagging; this makes it optimal for combination sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less. A high-density foam base offers substantial support and helps maintain a flat, even sleep surface.
Like other all-foam beds, the Casper provides very good motion isolation and does not produce any noise when bearing weight; these two factors make the mattress a great option for couples, especially if they awaken easily due to movement or noise.
Its 10″ profile – on par with the average mattress thickness – is also a good compromise for lighter sleepers who often prefer lower profiles and heavier people who tend to feel most comfortable on thicker beds.
The Casper has a price-point that is lower than that of the average memory foam mattress, making it a high-value pick. Casper offers free mattress shipping to all 50 states, and the mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Combination sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds) typically prefer mattresses in the ‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Medium Firm’ range that provide a balance of body conforming and strong support.
The Saatva is our pick for this weight group because it is available in two moderate firmness settings – ‘Medium Soft’ (4) and ‘Medium Firm’ (6) – as well as a ‘Firm’ (7.5) option for heavier individuals. The Saatva is also offered in 11 1/2″ and 14 1/2″ profiles to accommodate sleepers with different thickness preferences, though both are considered thicker-than-average.
Unlike most other innersprings, the Saatva is constructed with a thick comfort system that offers pain and pressure relief for most. These include memory foam, polyfoam, and pocketed coil layers, as well as a foam-padded Euro-top for added cushioning.
The support core features bonnell coils, which are more durable than other coil types and provide excellent reinforcement to the entire bed. Good air circulation through the coil layers ensures good temperature neutrality too.
Free White Glove delivery – including in-home assembly and old mattress removal – is available to all Saatva customers. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty, both of which are considered longer than average.
It comes as no surprise that the WinkBed Plus is a standout mattress in this category — after all, it was designed specifically for heavyweight sleepers. It makes use of reliable materials to provide meaningful support and top-end performance for higher weight people in any sleeping position.
The WinkBed Plus has a 14.5” profile, making it taller than most mattresses. Its internal construction includes a support core of 7.5” of pocketed innerspring coils that rest on a 2” layer of high-density polyfoam. These coils provide a strong and stable base for the mattress while contributing the first element of responsiveness in the bed.
The comfort system is a 1” layer of gel-infused polyfoam, a 2.5” layer of latex, and a cotton lumbar pad. The polyfoam has notable contouring to provide padding at pressure points, and the latex layer furthers the responsiveness while holding strong against excessive sinking into the mattress. This resilience makes it easier to move on the mattress, an especially important feature for combination sleepers who are often moving in the night.
The Firm feel (8) provides a balanced feel that is comfortable in any sleeping position. All of the layers contribute to exceptional edge support, the lack of which can be a problem for heavyweight sleepers on other mattresses. The WinkBed Plus keeps cool as all of the materials effectively resist heat retention.
WinkBeds offers free shipping and a 120-night sleep trial. A lifetime warranty demonstrates the company’s confidence in the mattress design and materials and offers purchase protection in the event that any defect arises in the future.
The term ‘combination sleeper’ refers to anyone who regularly sleeps in more than one side, back, and/or stomach position during the course of a single night. Most people are technically combination sleepers, even if they largely prefer one specific position over other options.
Combination sleeping is not technically ‘correct,’ nor is is ‘better’ than singular sleep positions. The health benefits of combination sleeping largely depend on the sleeper’s unique routine, although exercising multiple positions can improve blood circulation and minimize the risk of limb numbness.
Finding a mattress that provides adequate support regardless of sleep position can be a tricky undertaking. This guide will look at some important mattress considerations for combination sleepers.
Spinal alignment is a key factor for combination sleepers. Whether they are sleeping on their side, back, or stomach, the spine should be aligned with the shoulders and pelvis. Spinal misalignment can cause pressure points to develop all over the body, particularly in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips. Here are some factors to keep in mind about spinal alignment in different sleep positions:
If a combination sleeper develops aches and pains during the night, this may be the result of either sleeping in a position that leads to discomfort or using a mattress that does not provide adequate support in any position. It’s important to note that some mattresses are specifically designed to accommodate sleepers in singular positions. These models may not be suitable for combination sleepers.
Because spinal alignment is so important to combination sleepers, support should be one of their first considerations when selecting a new mattress. Support refers to the mattress’s ability to provide a flat, even surface that conforms in certain areas to properly align the spine. Unsupportive mattresses, either too firm or not firm enough, have uneven surfaces that lead to misalignment.
Mattress firmness is assigned on a scale of 1 to 10, with ‘1’ being the least firm and ’10’ being the firmest. Most mattresses sold today fall between a ‘3,’ or ‘Soft,’ and an ‘8,’ or ‘Extra Firm.’ The right firmness for a given sleeper will largely depend on his or her weight. Those in the average weight group — 130 to 230 pounds — tend to prefer mattresses that offer a balance of softness and firmness, but preferences differ for those weighing less than 130 pounds or more than 230 pounds.
The table below illustrates optimal firmness settings for combination sleepers in all three weight groups.
|Combination Sleeper Weight Group||Most Suitable Firmness Range||Explanation|
|Less than 130 pounds||Soft to Medium Soft||People who are lighter than average often require softer sleep surfaces that conform to their bodies more closely and align the spine better. A ‘Medium Soft’ mattress conforms to a noticeable extent without sinking too deeply. Firmer mattresses provide less conforming for the below-average weight group; excessive firmness can undermine overall support, and lead to increased discomfort and pressure.|
|130 to 230 pounds||Medium to Medium Firm||Combination sleepers in the average weight group typically prefer mattresses that conform to some extent and align the spine without sinking too deeply. A ‘Medium’ or ‘Medium Firm’ mattress is often the most suitable option for these sleepers.|
|More than 230 pounds||Firm||Combination sleepers who are heavier than average often need firmer mattresses with sleep surfaces that conform a little but do not sink. Softer mattresses tend to sink excessively, which can cause major pain and discomfort.|
The diagram below lists the optimal firmness settings for combination sleepers in all three weight groups.
In addition to spinal alignment and suitable firmness, combination sleepers should also take the material composition of a mattress into consideration. Some mattress types conform closer and alleviate more pain and pressure than others. Additionally, material composition can affect other factors such as odor and noise potential, durability, sleep temperature, and price-point.
The table below lists key similarities and differences between the five most common mattress types, including average prices and customer satisfaction ratings.
|Average Price (Queen)||$1,044.16||$1,970.51||$1,037.97||$2,076.70||$2,282.75|
|Average Lifespan||5 to 6 years||7 to 8 years||4 to 6 years||6 to 7 years||7 to 9 years|
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|Cons for Combination Sleepers|
|Rating for Combination Sleepers||Good to Very Good||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Good||Good to Very Good|
The most important consideration when choosing a mattress as a combination sleeper is to make sure that it’s supportive and comfortable regardless of which position you’re in. Mattresses made of foam and latex tend to provide the conforming and pressure relief needed for proper spinal alignment across all sleep positions. These types of beds also isolate motion well and make little to no noise when bearing weight, which is beneficial for combination sleepers who share the bed with another person.
Innerspring mattresses often do not provide enough conforming or pressure relief for combination sleepers to be comfortable in each position. Due to the springs in these beds, they are also prone to making noise and transferring motion when sleepers change position, which could be disruptive for light sleepers.
This depends largely on an individual’s body weight and personal preferences. Those weighing under 130 pounds tend to prefer beds in the Soft (3) to Medium Soft (4) range, while sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds often find mattresses in the Medium (5) to Medium Firm (6) range the most comfortable. Heavier sleepers (over 230 pounds) often find the best support with mattresses that fall into the Firm (7) category or above.
The health benefits of combination sleeping vary depending on the individual’s specific routine, but changing positions frequently throughout the night can improve circulation and avoid limb numbness. It can also be beneficial for people who snore heavily.
Once you have selected the mattress type that best meets your needs, here are some tips for ordering and purchasing your new bed:
The average mattress costs $1,000 or more, but individual models may be priced anywhere from less than $100 to more than $5,000. Use the mattress type you’ve chosen to determine a feasible price range, and then determine your personal budget.
Be sure to leave some wiggle room if you live in a remote location or outside the contiguous U.S., as extra shipping charges may apply. These costs can amount to hundreds of dollars on top of the purchase price.
Most mattress brands and retailers offer a ‘sleep trial,’ which enables purchasers to test out the mattress for a certain length of time (typically 90 nights or more). If they are dissatisfied with the bed before the trial period expires, then they will be eligible for a full or partial refund.
Sleep trials can be helpful, but also costly for those who don’t read the fine print. Some trials include a mandatory break-in period (usually 30 nights). Buyers will not be able to return the mattress for a full refund until the break-in period has elapsed. Additionally, the sleep trial may include costly return fees.
With few exceptions, mattresses sold today come with a 10-year warranty against excessive indentations in the sleep surface, manufacturing flaws, and other defects. However, these defects do not include normal wear and tear or physical damage (such as mold infestation or liquid stains).
Also, be sure to ask about the length of nonprorated coverage. During nonprorated coverage, owners may have their defective mattress repaired or replaced at little (if no) extra charge. When prorated coverage kicks in, the owner must pay a percentage of the original price in order to have the mattress repaired or replaced — and this percentage often rises with each successive year.
Read the warranty top to bottom. Many mattress warranties spanning 10 years or longer only offer one to two years of nonprorated coverage.
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