The Best Mattresses for People with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Hyper-mobile joints call for a special kind of mattress.
Remember the story of the Princess and the Pea? A royal family was able to tell that a girl was high-born because she could feel a single pea under a stack of mattresses. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m the Princess. I’ve got a high maintenance body, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Because my joints are so hypermobile, I’ve had an extremely difficult time finding the right mattress. But after years of searching, I’ve finally found it: my dream mattress.
It’s important to remember that every EDSer presents differently. It is absolutely essential that you try out many mattresses before purchasing one that isn’t returnable. The good news is, many mattresses are returnable nowadays. In fact, some companies allow you to donate the mattress and will still give you a full refund, which means that not only can you continue your search for the perfect mattress; you’re also helping out someone who deserves a good night’s sleep but is going through a tough time.
Although each of us is different, after polling many people with EDS, there are three companies that are brought up over and over again. I’ll share these, and then explain what works for me.
Brand #1: Tempur-pedic
Tempur-pedic is the grand-daddy of foam mattresses. They started the whole game, and they’re still killing it. They’re also insanely expensive. If you can stomach it, you can find lots of Tempur-pedics on craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. They’re used, but you can use a mattress protector.
Tempur-pedic has many different styles that have varied levels of firmness, so again, it’s important to go to a store and try them all out to find what fits your needs.
Check them out at www.tempurpedic.com.
Brand #2 - Sleep Number
Many EDSers swear by Sleep Number. The argument is that zebra bodies don’t always need the same thing. One night you may be flaring more and need a plusher mattress, and another night you may need something firmer. Sleep Number allows you to make adjustments at the touch of a button. They have stores all over the country, so it’s easy to try them out.
Check them out at www.sleepnumber.com.
Brand #3 - Purple
Many EDSers love Purple Mattresses. Purple ships a mattress to you, rolled up tightly, and you just have to cut off the plastic and let that bad boy inflate, which usually takes about 24 hours. Purple mattresses are made with gel in a grid design, which means that they don’t heat up as much as foam mattresses because of the superior air flow. They used to come in just one level of firmness, but Purple has recently added a plusher version. The original level is about a Medium firmness level.
Check them out at www.purple.com.
My review of all three
Tempur-pedic: Hands down, the best, for my needs. Incredibly plush and yet supportive, Tempur-pedic hugs your whole body and supports alignment. I’ve had the best nights with the least pain on my Tempur-pedic. I’ll go into this a little more below.
Sleep Number: For my needs, Sleep Number wasn’t plush enough. Yes, you can remove all the air, but unfortunately, below level 3, you no longer have that wonderful hugging-feeling that foam mattresses provide. You start to feel like you’re on a deflated air mattress. No thanks!
Purple: I had the original Purple for a couple of years. I loved it at first, but as my illness progressed, this mattress became too firm for me. I sold it on Facebook Marketplace for about $400 (not bad for a king-size), which I put towards my new Tempur-pedic.
What I use:
I found a heavily discounted Tempur-pedic mattress listed on Facebook Marketplace, brand new, by a local Georgia store called Mattresses and More. (They’re here, if you’re local.) I bought the Tempur-Cloud Supreme Breeze for just $550. (Because my husband and I need different firmness levels, we now have two twins pushed together, so this is the price for a twin.) When the mattress came, I found it to be still too firm, even though it’s very plush–what can I say, I’m a delicate flower. So I put a Tempur-pedic topper on top of it, making it even more plush. That topper cost $200 from Bed Bath and Beyond. So I spent a total of $750 for a twin mattress. That’s expensive, I know! But for brand new genuine Tempur-pedics, it’s incredibly cheap.
Remember, when shopping for a new mattress:
Go in person to test them out.
Use companies that accept returns or offer refunds until you’re absolutely sure.
Do the research to find a cheaper version if you need to.
Get creative with toppers
If you share a bed, use 2 different twins so everyone is happy
What mattress has worked best for you?