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Mattresses from Saatva, Cocoon, and Tempur-Pedic provide some great sleeping comfort options for seniors. See what other mattresses made our list.

As people age, getting a solid night’s sleep may become harder. Your mattress can affect how your body feels and your overall sleep quality.

There’s no one-size-fits-all mattress, so we’ve included a wide range of mattresses that come in a variety of support levels.

We’ve addressed issues such as hot sleeping and features like motion isolation and support along the edges to help you find the best mattress for your needs.

PriceMattress typeWarrantyFirmness available
Saatva Classic$1,995hybridlifetimeplush soft, luxury firm, firm
Brooklyn Aurora Luxe Cooling$1,865hybrid10 yearssoft, medium, firm
Nectar Memory Foam$699foamlifetimemedium firm
DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid$899hybridlifetimemedium firm
Casper Original$1,295hybrid or foam10 yearsfirm
Cocoon by Sealy$1,239foam10 yearsmedium soft
The WinkBed$1,799innerspringlifetimeluxury firm
Layla Memory Foam$1,099foamlifetimedual sided: medium, firm
Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt$3,399foam or hybrid10 yearssoft, medium, medium hybrid, firm
Leesa Original$1,299foam10 yearsmedium
  • Customer reviews. To choose the mattresses on this list, we looked at customer reviews on multiple sites. We only included mattresses that got more raves than nays.
  • Features. We took specific note of features important for older adults, such as versatility and choice around coolness and firmness levels. We included mattresses of different thicknesses. And each one can be used on height-adjustable bases.
  • Company reputation. We took manufacturer reputations and transparency into account, and only included mattresses that come with warranties and generous at-home sleep trials.
  • Materials and certifications. Each foam mattress is made from CertiPUR-US certified foams. This means they’re made with eco-friendly materials.


Mattresses can be expensive. We tried our best to include a broad range of price points and included mattresses that come with financing options.

Mattresses go on sale many times a year. You may also be eligible for discounts if you are or were a healthcare professional, member of the military, or an educator.

Some university and college alumni organizations offer discounts on mattresses as well as other perks, so check out yours if you’re a college grad.

Body aches and pains

Do you have back, neck, or hip pain? Lots of older adults do, thanks to conditions such as arthritis and spinal stenosis.

Research suggests that medium-firm mattresses help promote spinal alignment and overall sleep comfort.

Here’s what else to keep in mind while mattress shopping if you have chronic pain.

Sleep issues

Is snoring or acid reflux an issue for you or your partner? If so, an adjustable bed frame that lets you raise the head of the bed may make any mattress you choose more comfortable and effective at managing these issues.

Bed height

Do you have trouble getting in and out of your current bed? Bed height may make a difference. If getting in and out of bed is difficult, undue stress may be placed on your legs, lower back, and hip joints.

A bed that’s too high or too low can be especially challenging if you or your partner use mobility devices, such as a wheelchair or cane.


Do you sleep hot? If so, look for a bed that has cooling properties.

Memory foam tends to retain heat, unless it’s structured with channels or layers that let some airflow through or are infused with a cooling agent, such as graphite or copper.

Some mattresses are covered with fabrics designed to reduce body temperature. Others are designed to promote airflow and wicking.

What type of mattress is best for seniors?

A medium-firm mattress can be a good choice for all sleeping positions, but you may find that a softer or firmer mattress is more to your liking.

If you’re a stomach sleeper, you may prefer a firmer mattress that doesn’t sag under your midsection.

If you’re a side sleeper, you may prefer a softer mattress that provides support and sufficiently hugs your curves.

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You know your body changes as you age, but how about your sleep?

You may experience several changes to your sleep habits, including:

  • sleeping less or more
  • taking longer to fall asleep
  • spending less time in deep sleep
  • napping more

According to a 2018 review of studies, though, you’re most likely to experience changes in sleep during earlier adulthood. Findings suggest your sleep may not change that significantly once you enter your 60s.

So if you’re having trouble sleeping, don’t just chalk it up to aging. Talk with a doctor about what you’re experiencing. There may be an underlying issue at play, and your doctor may be able to help.

The same advice for a good night’s rest that applies to adults also applies to older adults. If you’re looking to improve your sleep, try:

  • sticking to a regular bedtime and wake time
  • skipping naps
  • avoiding screens before bed
  • winding down before bed
  • using blackout curtains or a sleep mask
  • taking part in regular physical activity
  • not eating a lot before bed
  • lowering the room temperature

Why do some seniors have sleeping trouble?

As you age, you’re more likely to experience aches and pains, which can keep you up at night. Older adults may also be more likely to be taking medications, some of which can mess with sleep patterns.

Is a firm or soft mattress better for seniors?

Firm mattresses are supportive, so they’re a great option for older adults with issues like arthritis. But there’s such a thing as too much support. A mattress that’s too hard may dig into your joints, causing uncomfortable pressure points.

Ultimately, personal preference and comfort are what matter most.

How does age affect sleep?

Anecdotally, older adults seem to have more trouble falling asleep than younger adults. But research from 2018 suggested that sleep doesn’t change that much after the age of 60.

It depends a lot on the person, though. If you’ve developed a condition or illness as you’ve gotten older, for instance, that might impact your sleep.

Do older adults need less sleep?

A 2018 review suggested that there’s no magic sleep number. But most people function best on between 7–9 hours of quality sleep per night.

A good night’s sleep can be one of life’s joys, but for many, this simple pleasure may be elusive.

Health conditions, social factors, and lifestyle habits can all contribute to chronic or acute insomnia in adults.

While more than your mattress may be affecting your sleep, the right bed (and bedding) can make it easier to get some rest.