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Sleep tracking and personal fitness gadgets are nothing new, and even the cheapest knock-off wearables will do a decent enough job of monitoring the main criteria, so companies are constantly looking at ways to make their devices even more useful. Polar‘s latest watch, Polar Ignite, does exactly that by combining comprehensive sleep data with personalized training, helping wearers achieve optimal workouts.

As well as the usual sleep quality insights, Polar Ignite also offers recovery insights, which measure how well you’ve recuperated from stress and training throughout the day. Using an optical sensor in the watch, the feature measures the status of your autonomic nervous system, which reveals how recovered you actually are, regardless of how well-rested you feel. The watch then combines this data with FitSpark, a daily training guide, for personalized cardio and strength training based on what it believes your body is capable of.

The watch comes with a host of other features, such as guided breathing exercises, run and swim metrics, calorie tracking and so on, but it’s certainly its recovery insights function that sets it apart from other wearables. Having a lousy workout can be pretty disheartening if your tracker is urging you to go for it all guns blazing — the Polar Ignite at least recognizes when you’re at the top of your game, and knows when to give you a break if you’re not. The watch costs $230 from Polar.com, with optional silicon accessory bands costing $25.

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My DNA test confirmed it: I’m not a morning person

There’s a coded judgment that people who do well in the mornings hold against those of us who do not. “You’re just not a morning person,” they say, the words dripping with the implication that our sluggishness in the AM is a result of slovenliness. It’s the same subtext you see held against fat people, as overweight bodies are viewed as the result of some moral failing. Thankfully, I have in my hand a piece of paper — well, on my computer, a PDF — to refute those biases. I’m not a morning person because I’m lazy, but because it’s coded into my genes.

I’ve learned this thanks to DNAfit, a company which knows more about me than I do at this point. It has previously examined my genetics to determine my perfect diet and exercise, as well as peering into my blood to help me get healthy. Now, I’ve tested its latest product, a Sleep and Stress examination to see how I can get calmer in the day and more rest in the night. As before, that required me to take a swab inside my cheeks and send it off to the lab for analysis.

My expectation that, as Engadget’s former “Mr. Chill,” (a nickname I have since passed along), my response to stress would be poor. I can’t count the number of panic attacks, heavy breathing and aggressive displacement activity I’ve undergone in the face of a looming deadline. I expected the results to say that my response to stress would make Niles Crane look tough.

“In your case,” said DNAfit’s Amy Wells, “you have a higher tolerance to stress than some people.” The company’s lead dietician and wellness manager walked me through my results, explaining that I don’t “have a genetic predilection for feeling overwhelmed.” In fact, I can take more stress, for longer, without any detriment to my health, than plenty of other people. Who knew.

DNAfit also looks at what the company calls the Warrior / Strategist gene, although it’s more commonly known as Warrior / Worrier. The genotype inside the COMT genes dictates how much dopamine — happy hormone — you release during periods of stress. The more dopamine, the thinking goes, the less clear-headed you are, reducing your ability to plan a clear response.

In an era where our bodies no longer face the threat of, say, wild animals every day, those stresses now come from more mundane sources. Wells suggested that the modern equivalent is when your boss rocks up to you at 4pm on a Friday, demanding you do a job by 5. “Knowing that you haven’t been able to prepare, or comprehend [the task at hand],” said Wells, “means you’ll deal with it less effectively.”

DNAfit’s guides offer tips and tricks on how to overcome and manage our genetic responses to stress. In my case, that’s to be mindful, do regular cardio and practice deep and slow breathing so that I’m better prepared for stress. “You need to sit down and comprehend what is going on, then plan your steps to handle the situation.” The advice is common for all genetic types, but the extent will vary; very stress-intolerant people should exercise and meditate more than others.

Of course, what was more interesting to me was the examination of my chronotype, the genetic clock lurking inside all of us. Essentially, there’s no ideal sleep pattern that we can, or should, follow and feel smug about. Instead, we should organize our days around what suits us, depending on when we’re going to be the most effective.

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The documents told me that I had what’s called a Night Owl bias. “From your genetics,” said Wells, “you’re more productive in the afternoon than in the morning.” My hormone production spikes later in the day, which explains why I hate mornings so damn much. It also explains why, around 3pm, I get a burst of energy, and my days often finish with more writing than in the morning.

This truth erases years of psychic self-flagellation that strike whenever I think about my failed attempts to become a “morning person.” My New Years’ Resolutions in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006. 2011 and 2012 all saw me resolve to wake up at 6am to exercise. Each year, I managed until January 4th or 5th before conceding that I wasn’t up to the task, and slept in.

“Oh, it’s far better for you to exercise in the evenings,” said Wells, “and you’ll have a more effective training session by comparison.” That’s not to say that I couldn’t or shouldn’t, have tried to exercise in the morning, but Wells explained that “it’s something you would struggle with, because of your hormonal activity later in the day.”

The rest of the test was similarly validating, saying that I’m a poor sleeper with a higher than normal sensitivity to caffeine. I knew that already, and haven’t had tea or coffee regularly in the past six or seven years. That was wise, because my DORA genes are sensitive enough that caffeine will prevent [sleep hormone] adenosine from binding, keeping me awake.

Even when I do sleep, I’m still at risk of rousing thanks to the fact that my genes say that I’ll wake up several times in the night. Wells said that I should try and remove anything from my room that could risk disturbing me, like standby lights or weird noises. That’s easier said than done when you’re sleeping two feet away from a newborn, but it’s still instructive. I had to laugh, though, there are small pieces of blu-tack on every device’s standby light in my bedroom, and every night I sleep with an eye mask and earplugs.

Now, unfortunately, this test isn’t going to be available as a separate test for anyone to take, as with the others. Essentially, the Sleep and Stress tests are only available through a new sequencing process that only works as part of the Health Fit product (currently available for $195 / £145). So, if you want to learn about those issues, you’ll need to go for the company’s flagship test. The company is looking for ways of breaking out the examinations, especially for existing customers, but that will take time.

On one hand, it’s the sort of inessential test that you’d struggle to justify paying for on its own merits anyway. On the other, it doesn’t hurt to have this information if you’re the sort of person already shelling out cash to push your #marginalgoals to the limit. If you’re curious, DNAfit’s recommendations suggest that to be more productive, you should look after your health and balance your day when you know you’re at your best. Pretty much.

In my case, that means working more in the afternoon and less in the morning. Don’t believe me? Shut up, because I’ve got a note from my geneticist.

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After training to be an intellectual property lawyer, Dan abandoned a promising career in financial services to sit at home and play with gadgets. He lives in Norwich, U.K., with his wife, his books and far too many opinions on British TV comedy. One day, if he’s very, very lucky, he’ll live out his dream to become the executive producer of Doctor Who before retiring to Radio 4.

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Meet Hatch Baby’s portable, WiFi-enabled sleep device Rest+

Menlo Park-based Hatch Baby has prided itself on introducing “smart” nursery devices — including Grow, a changing pad with a built-in scale and Rest, a device doubling as a sound machine and night light.

Now, the company is introducing an updated version of Rest with Rest+ as part of an effort to help further establish Hatch Baby in the family sleep space.

The Rest+ device will still have the sound machine, night light and a “time to rise” feature found in the original. But, with feedback from many customers and Amazon reviews, Hatch Baby has now included the addition of an audio monitor and a clock.

The audio monitor is essential for letting parents check in on baby while they sleep without going into the room and potentially waking the baby up.

The clock is also a fantastic addition, in my opinion, especially for those with toddlers who can read numbers. These little people are big enough to get out of their beds but not mature enough to know moms and dads need to sleep at 4 a.m. Often advice passed from parent to parent is to put a clock in the baby room and tell kids not to come out until it shows a certain number.

It also helps establish healthy sleep habits in little ones. Most toddlers (ages one to 3) need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep in a day, spread out between nighttime and naps, according to the National Sleep Foundation. However, as any parent knows, the older a baby gets, the harder it is to get them to want to go to bed.

Rest+ features include:

  • Audio monitor: Parents can now check in on their child in their room without the risk of disrupting their little one’s sleep right from their phone — no extra gadgets necessary.
  • Sound machine: Parents can choose from a range of sound options, from white noise to soft lullabies. They can simply crank up the volume remotely when the dog barks or the neighbors throw a party.
  • Night light: This feature, which stays cool to the touch, provides soft and soothing
    lighting for midnight feeding sessions or bright and reassuring light when the dark feels scary for older kids. Parents and kids can choose from a rainbow of colors to make it their own, but the optional patented toddler-lock setting makes sure that parents are the only ones in control when needed.
  • Time-to-Rise: Green means go! This feature enables parents to teach toddlers and
    preschoolers to stay in bed until it’s time to rise once the light changes color (and enjoy those extra minutes of sleep).
  • Clock: Rest+ features an easy-to-read clock so that parents can stay on track with their busy schedules and can help teach children to read numbers.

Any one of these features could cost parents a good amount of dough when purchased separately. A Phillips Avent audio monitor runs just under $100 on Amazon, for example. However, Rest+ is just $80 (slightly more than the original $60 price tag for the Rest device), for all five features.

Something else that may make the Rest+ attractive to parents — it is WiFi-enabled and portable so you can take it with you when you travel.

Whipping a sound machine, nightlight, audio monitor and clock all into one portable, WiFi-enabled device can also save precious space in the nursery and makes this a must-have item for many parents hoping for just a little bit more sleep.

Hatch Baby co-founder Ann Crady Weiss tells TechCrunch the Rest+ will only be available on the Hatch Baby site and is part of a plan to launch a full line of products aimed at getting parents — and their children — more precious sleep. Though she wouldn’t say what the company was working on next, she did mention we’d hear something about it in the coming months. So stay tuned!

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Your sleep tracker might make insomnia worse

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Sleep tracking can help you determine if you’re getting a good night’s rest, but it might exacerbate your problems in some circumstances. Scientists talking to the New York Times have warned that sleep tracker apps and devices can worsen insomnia both through inaccurate data and by making your anxieties that much worse. In a study, for instance, it led to people both spending too much time in bed (to boost their sleep stats) and reporting non-existent conditions that resulted in wasted treatment.

This doesn’t mean the devices tend to be unreliable, and manufacturers have unsurprisingly rushed to defend their products. Fitbit’s Dr. Conor Heneghan claimed that few users deal with serious sleep anxiety, and that the tracking data could stress the effects of consistent sleep schedules and harmful habits. They can also pinpoint heart rates and movement associated with different sleep stages.

However, they’re still not as accurate as people — Fitbit’s own study showed matches between its trackers and medical equipment just 70 percent of the time versus 90 percent for humans. And without regulation or standards, the results you get could vary from one device to the next. While the data can still be useful, you may want to take it with a grain of salt or even avoid sleep tracking altogether.

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Got back pain? Online reviewers recommend these 10 mattresses.

Back pain, be gone: Redditors, Amazon reviewers, and other verified customers say these mattresses helped them finally get a good night’s sleep despite their aches and soreness.
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You know, these meat suits we walk around in for 70 to 80 years can be a real pain in the ass sometimes — or should we say, pain in the back. 

The American Chiropractic Association estimates that at any given moment, about 31 million Americans are experiencing lower back discomfort — a painful, pesky, and periodically recurring condition that’s one of the leading causes of missed work days. It notes that most back pain cases are “mechanical or non-organic,” or not linked to serious medical conditions “such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fraction, or cancer.” Sometimes a too-sedentary lifestyle or a torn ligament is to blame, but even just a too-heavy purse or backpack can result in serious lumbar discomfort. 

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Collectively, we fork over at least $50 billion every year ($100+ billion, if you factor in lost wages) on health care costs for back pain relief, the causes of which can be complex. But for many back pain sufferers, the solution can be as simple as investing in a new and improved mattress — one that’s firm but not not *too* firm, contrary to popular belief, with ample cushioning around your body’s pressure points but enough support to keep your spine straight all night long.

Taking to the interwebs for mattress advice is a tactic that appeals to lots of shoppers — after all, there are no salespeople to hound you or upcharges to cover commission costs. Plus, available bed-in-a-box options have increased in both quantity and quality within the last few years. But finding authentic reviews from legitimate customers is actually quite challenging, with lots of mattress-review blogs being compensated by brands to plug their products. Not even Reddit is safe — in fact, there’s been at least one threadlong fight on r/Mattress over who is and who isn’t a secret shill for Big Mattress. (What a time to be alive, huh?)

At any rate, we’re here to help: After combing through review after review for real customers’ takes on various models, we’re confident that your best mattress for back pain relief can be found in the following list of highly rated beds. (More of a side sleeper? Go here.)


Free white glove delivery in the contiguous U.S. • Good customer service • Reviewers say it’s great for all sleeping styles and positions • Free premium Purple pillow or sheets with every order (for a limited time) • Doesn’t need a box spring • Doesn’t need to be flipped • 0% APR financing options

Some reviewers report delivery issues • Expensive for a bed in a box • No standard twin size • Brief off-gassing period after unboxing

The Bottom Line

For a slight premium, this firm bed-in-a-box from Purple’s latest generation of mattresses will have you kissing your back pain blues buh-bye.

1. Purple.2 11-inch Firm Mattress

For a slight premium, this firm bed-in-a-box from Purple’s latest generation of mattresses will have you kissing your back pain blues buh-bye.

  • Price:
    $1,299 to $1,899
  • Type:
    Hybrid
  • Sleep Trial:
    100-night sleep trial
  • Warranty:
    10-year limited warranty
  • Weight Limit:
    300-pound suggested weight limit per sleeper
Purple makes its mattresses bright violet because the hue “signifies treating everyone like royalty,” a concept the company clearly took to heart when designing its ultra-supportive new mattress collection. 
The firmest model in the lineup, the New Purple.2 utilizes polyurethane foam and two inches of its patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material on a coil base to provide adaptive comfort and top-tier pressure distribution while retaining a decent amount of bounce. It’s great for single sleepers and couples alike, as there’s virtually no motion transfer, and its breathable Smart Comfort Grid™ design ensures you’ll sleep cool no matter your body type. 
Purple also makes a variety of other sleep products (including pillows, bedding, and bases); last we checked, it’s offering a promotion where customers can get a free premium sheet set or pillow with every Purple mattress purchase. 
Redditor stefjay10 writes:

“Ive [sic] has my purple.2 about 30 days now and I can say the mattress is soft but firm in all the right places, if that makes sense. … Since switching over to the purple I’ve had much less back issues and it sleeps really cool.”

Redditor MissMindantyn has had a similarly positive experience with Purple, writing:

“I own a Purple bed. I have cancer and I can sleep like a baby in it, cancer hurts everywhere and this bed solved it for me.

Buy it here starting at $1,299 for a twin XL.


Almost no off-gassing • Very affordable • Free shipping • Mattress and frame/base set bundles available • Doesn’t need a box spring (although a platform of some sort is recommended) • Doesn’t need to be flipped or rotated

No trial period (refer to Amazon’s return policy for replacements/returns/refunds) • Can be too firm for lightweight sleepers and side sleepers • Reviewers say some units aren’t true to size • Information on Amazon and Classic Brands website is limited

The Bottom Line

Budget mattresses can be real hit or miss, but this one’s generally a winner in the eyes of Amazon customers seeking back pain relief via their bed.

2. Cool Gel and Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress from Classic Brands

Budget mattresses can be real hit or miss, but this one’s generally a winner in the eyes of Amazon customers seeking back pain relief via their bed.

  • Price:
    $185.17 to $454.79
  • Type:
    Memory foam
  • Trial Period:
    No trial period
  • Warranty:
    10-year limited warranty
  • Weight Limit:
    No weight limit specified
Fire up your Amazon Prime account for a budget-friendly mattress that comes pretty highly recommended by reviewers with lower back and spinal pain.
Designed for maximum comfort and breathability, this model is built from two-and-a-half inches of cool gel-infused memory foam that regulates your temperature; three inches of just-soft-enough poly foam that confirms to your body; and six-and-a-half inches of high-density base foam that keeps you supported throughout the night. It can be propped up on almost any bed frame or foundation — even an adjustable one — and ships compressed in a box right to your doorstep.
It should be noted that since the mattress is being sold through Amazon, it abides by Amazon’s policies — as in, there’s no X-night trial period. Maybe that’s a dealbreaker for you, maybe it isn’t, but either way, you can learn more about the specifics here
Amazon reviewer Rios family writes:

“Arrived on time. Unpacking and unrolling was a breeze. Bed inflated to its full size within 5 min and there was no material odor, but I let it air out for the recommended 24 hours. The bed is firmer than expected but I suspect that will change after a break in period. All in all, as someone that suffers from chronic back pain I have had the best sleep in my life and have woken up more refreshed and with drastically decreased pain. For under $400 delivered you won’t regret buying this bed.”

Buy it here starting at $185.17 for a twin. 


Amazing reputation

Very pricey

The Bottom Line

This would probably be our No. 1 overall choice if it weren’t so damned expensive.

3. TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt Mattress

BRB, buying a lottery ticket in the hopes of one day being able to afford this league-of-its-own memory foam mattress.

  • Price:
    $3,499 to $6,998
  • Type:
    Memory foam
  • Sleep Trial:
    90-night sleep trial
  • Warranty :
    10-year limited warranty
  • Weight Limit:
    No weight limit
For the best back pain relief (a lot of) money can buy, look no further than Temper-Pedic’s TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt mattress — a best-in-its-class model that’s supportive but not hard, cushioning but not squishy, and overwhelmingly beloved by bed-goers with back problems. (Honestly, it would probably be our No. 1 overall choice if it weren’t so damned expensive.)
While experts typically recommend choosing a firm-ish mattress if you experience back problems, reviewers say both the Soft and Firm models conform remarkably well to different body types to provide excellent relief. The main difference between the two is that the Soft model’s middle layer contains Tempur-Pedic’s plush, relaxing TEMPUR-ES® Comfort material, whereas the Firm model’s middle layer is comprised of Tempur-Pedic’s slightly more resistant Original TEMPUR® Comfort Layer. Other than that, the two mattresses are essentially identical.
At the end of the day, the right TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt mattress for you just comes down to personal preference after a few weeks’ trial. Feel free to take either mattress for a spin, and if you decide to switch within 90 nights, Tempur-Pedic’s awesome support team can help you exchange models. 
A verified buyer from Hurricane, WV, writes:

“My husband and I are both dentists. And back and neck pain are practically synonymous with our profession. We have gone through mattress after mattress before we found one that truly helped us and most importantly our bodies get the rest it deserves. We initially ordered the firm thinking that was the right fit for us, however we just couldn’t get use to it. The staff at tempurpedic were so kind and allowed us to exchange it for the soft. They guarantee you’ll love your mattress and they were right. The best week of sleep and thankfully our search for the perfect mattress has ended. Love love it!”

Buy it here starting at $3,499 for a twin long. 


Affordable • Zoned firmness based on your body’s pressure points • No foundation or box spring needed • Doesn’t need to be flipped • Free shipping in the contiguous U.S. • In-home setup available • Financing available through Affirm

Can be too firm for some side sleepers • Chemical smell tends to linger

The Bottom Line

A reasonably priced bed-in-a-box that strikes a happy medium between “soft” and “firm” with plenty of support for all body contact areas.

4. The Casper Mattress from Casper Sleep

Strikes a happy medium between “soft” and “firm” with plenty of support for all body contact areas.

  • Price:
    $595 to $1,196
  • Type:
    Foam
  • Trial:
    100-night trial
  • Warranty :
    10-year limited warranty
  • Weight Limit:
    No weight limit
Side sleepers generally need a mattress that’s right in the middle of the firmness spectrum to keep their spine perfectly straight while cradling the curves of their body. (And if it’s soft around your body’s contact areas, that’s even better.) If their back isn’t properly aligned because of a too-firm or too-soft mattress that elevates or dips their hips, respectively, there’s a decent chance they’ll wake up with lower back pain. Therefore, the type of mattress you’d typically enlist for back pain relief — i.e., one that’s fairly firm all over — is a no-go for side sleepers. 
The Casper Mattress from Casper Sleep, a medium-firm mattress with Zoned Support™ for one’s hips and shoulders, offers an ideal solution for side sleepers with back problems. Comprised of four layers of quality foam, the Casper provides targeted softness under your shoulders and target support beneath your hips, a winning combination that makes for nightlong comfort and pressure relief — and at a great price at that.
Amazon reviewer Stacy W. writes:

“I purchased a memory foam mattress about a year ago that was another brand (Lucid) and it took about a month to acclimate to my body and become comfortable and not too firm….no problems like that with this Casper! It is on the softer side but it isn’t too soft because I am a stomach and side sleeper and i have no back or neck issues at all after sleeping on it for week straight. It was super comfortable from the first night!”

Buy it here starting at $595 for a twin.


Long trial period • Good customer service • Compatible with all bed types (box spring, traditional frames, adjustable bases, etc.) • Free shipping in the contiguous U.S. • White glove delivery available • Financing available through Affirm • Doesn’t need to be flipped

Slightly complicated return process compared to other mattress companies (Nectar helps the customer donate or dispose of it locally) • Some reviewers report delayed deliveries

The Bottom Line

If the excellent lumbar support doesn’t hook you, the lifetime warranty will.

Stomach-sleeping should be avoided if you’re dealing with back problems, but if that’s your preferred position, the name of the game is even weight distribution and lower back support — two boxes Nectar’s just-firm-enough mattress ticks with its five different layers of premium foam. On the very top is a heat-wicking Tencel cooling cover, which sits on a layer each of body-contouring quilted gel memory foam, weight-distributing gel memory foam, adaptive hi-core memory foam, and a breathable, supportive base. 
Having pledged to supply “[the] last mattress you’ll ever need to buy,” Nectar offers its customers a yearlong trial period and a covetable Forever Warranty™ that covers your mattress for as long as you own it. What’s more, the company regularly offers awesome promotions on its site; the last time we checked, customers could take $125 off the mattress of their choice and get two free pillows with their purchase.
Verified buyer Justin S. writes:

“I purchased a brand name mattress from a B&M store about 4 years ago and it was amazing for about 2 years. The foam had lost its will to live and that is a problem for a stomach sleeper like me. The foam where I slept dipped in and my spine would be slightly bent while I slept which caused me to be in pain every morning. I got the Nectar mattress because of the price, reviews, and warranty. It was delivered quickly and was easy to set up with almost no smell to it. As soon as I thought it was fully expanded and good to go I jumped on and almost immediately fell asleep. The biggest difference between this mattress and my old one (even when it was new) is that I could feel the mattress supporting places like my lower back and shoulders. A full week in and no pain, less stress from fatigue, and finally feeling good.”

Buy it here starting at $524 for a twin. 


Doesn’t need to be flipped • Reviewers say Medium firmness level is great for couples with different sleep preferences • Free shipping • Almost no off-gassing odor

No trial period (refer to Amazon’s return policy for replacements/returns/refunds) • Some reviewers say it sleeps a little hot

The Bottom Line

A bed-in-a-box with two firmness options that sleeps similar to a sink-proof latex mattress, minus the budget-busting price tag.

Similarly to their stomach-sleeping peers, a back sleeper with back problems requires a medium-firm-to-firm mattress that does two things to prevent back discomfort: distributes their weight evenly, and resists too much sinkage in the center of the bed. Brooklyn Bedding measures up to that task with its Signature Hybrid model, a hybrid mattress with the cushioning capabilities of a luxury latex bed.
Each unit contains layers of gel-infused TitanFlex™ foam for cool yet cozy contouring; transitional Energex™ foam for a bit of firmness; up to 1,024 individually encased Ascension™ coils for minimal motion transfer; and high-density foam for extra support. Three different firmness levels are available, and reviewers say both the Medium and Firm varieties get the job done best as far as pain relief goes. (Try the Medium one if you weigh less than 200 pounds, and the Firm if you’re 200 or above.)
Verified buyer and back/side sleeper Alex J. purchased the Medium model; they write:

“Amazing. My back pain has all but stopped! This is the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on. You don’t truly know the difference a quality mattress can make until you finally make the switch.”

Amazon reviewer Michael D adds:

“I’ve had it for about 3 weeks now, and I’m loving it. I get hot very easily, and I’ve had no issues with that. I got the firm model. I’m a back sleeper, but I do occasionally sleep on my side. It’s definitely the most comfortable mattress I’ve had. Heavy as a motherF*er though”

Buy it here starting at $470.20 for a twin. 


Just enough bounce for lots of different positions • No springs means no noise • Made of temperature-neutral materials • Free white glove delivery in the contiguous U.S. • Good customer service • Free premium Purple pillow or sheets with every order (for a limited time) • Doesn’t need a box spring • Doesn’t need to be flipped • 0% APR financing options

Corners sometimes stay rolled up long after unboxing • Some reviewers report delivery issues • Off-gassing odor can linger

The Bottom Line

Whether you’re Netflix-and-chilling or just plain chilling, you can count on this high-tech hybrid for optimal pressure relief.

7. The Original Purple Mattress from Purple

Just enough bounce for lots of different positions and no springs means no noise.

  • Price:
    $649 to $1,299
  • Type:
    Hybrid
  • Trial:
    100-night trial
  • Warranty:
    10-year limited warranty
  • Weight Limit:
    300-pound suggested weight limit per sleeper
Sleeping isn’t the *only* thing you’re doing in bed, after all, so for a mattress that’s supportive enough to relieve back pain but springy enough for sexytime, look no further than the curve-cradling Original Purple Mattress.
Classified as medium-firm, Purple’s OG model is pretty similar to the New Purple.2 Mattress we chose as our top pick for back pain relief, except the former is only available in one firmness level and features a base made of dual-layer polyurethane foam (as opposed to a combination of polyurethane foam and coils). Kepe in mind, the signature Smart Comfort Grid™ technology is still there. You can’t go wrong with either as far as your shagging sessions are concerned, to be sure, but reviewers seem to like the Original Purple better for its bounce.
One Redditor writes:

“We got the purple mattress and frame. It’s not cheap. We are not lightweight people, we can f*ck as hard as we want and have no issue with this combination. … [At] 450lbs between us, and me pounding at full force, it’s all good.”

You heard it here first, folks. As for the mattress’ pain-relieving power, verified buyer Charles w. writes:

“I bought the original purple mattress and let me tell you it was the best choice I have ever made. My lower back pain is no more and I sleep all night. I wake up rested and ready for the day.”

Buy it here starting at $649 for a twin. 


Very budget-friendly • Long warranty • Good for all sleep styles • Every mattress comes with a free memory foam pillow • Free shipping • Doesn’t need to be flipped

Standard size sheets probably won’t fit • Some reviewers report lots of sagging • Short trial period

The Bottom Line

If there’s one thing you two won’t fight over, it’s this motion-limiting memory foam mattress with superb support for almost any sleeping position.

8. Resort Elite Memory Foam Mattress from Live & Sleep

Motion-limiting memory foam mattress with superb support for almost any sleeping position makes this a great pick for those who sleep with a partner.

  • Price:
    $199.95 to $379.95
  • Type:
    Memory foam
  • Trial:
    30-day trial
  • Warranty:
    20-year limited warranty
  • Weight Limit:
    No weight limit specified
Having struggled to find a quality memory foam mattress that cost less than $1,000, Live & Sleep’s team went ahead and made some themselves. Reviewers who both sleep with a partner and experience back pain are particularly smitten by the Resort Elite model, the company’s firmest mattress, citing its impressive motion isolation, body-cradling support, and ultra-cool feel.
Great for back, stomach, and side sleepers alike, the Resort Elite is structured as follows: There’s a luxurious, flexible cover on top, then 10 inches of memory foam, then two-and-a-half inches of premium memory foam, then a half inch of cooling gel-infused memory foam, and then finally a seven-inch base made of high-density support foam. A mattress with that many layers of support tends to cost at least $500, but you’ll find a king-sized Resort Elite on Amazon for just $380 (plus free shipping!)
Redditor Tigtoo writes:

“Looked at Leesa, but went with a Live and Sleep mattress. We had an innerpsring [sic] bed in the past and always felt the movement from each other. I reviewed many different types of mattresses online and found memory foam reduced motion the best and had the highest consumer satisfaction rating. …. We are very happy with the mattress and we love waking up with no pain now.”

Buy it on Amazon starting at $199.95 for a twin.


Cool-to-the-touch top layer • Affordable • No box spring required • Financing available through Affirm • Doesn’t nee to be flipped but annual rotation is recommended

Shipping isn’t free • Specific memory foam types/technologies aren’t specified ᐧ • Iffy edge support

The Bottom Line

A memory foam mattress that doesn’t get hot AF? What is this, witchcraft?

9. The Allswell from Allswell Home

Top layer is quilted with CoolFlow™ gel memory foam and the coil base promotes plenty of airflow.

  • Price:
    $245 to $420
  • Type:
    Hybrid
  • Trial:
    100-night sleep trial
  • Warranty:
    10-year limited warranty
  • Weight Limit:
    No weight limit specified
Featuring a unique top layer that’s been quilted with CoolFlow™ gel memory foam and a coil base that promotes plenty of airflow, the relatively young bed-in-a-box company’s medium-firm, 12-inch-tall signature model is designed to stay comfortable and cool no matter the season.
For what it’s worth, Allswell Home doesn’t provide a ton of information about its mattresses on its website; whereas other companies offer detailed diagrams explaining their products’ construction, Allswell simply describes its mattress as having “[generous] layers of innovative memory foams layered for supreme comfort and support.” (Seems vague, but OK.) Still, the majority of reviewers seem to really love their Allswell mattresses, and for *that* kind of price, can you really go wrong?
Oh, and one more thing: If you’re ever in the market for an extremely chic tiny home, Allswell sells one of those too, for whatever reason. (On a related note, does anyone have $100,000 I can borrow?)
Mac is a verified buyer who submitted their review to Allswell as part of a free sample program. Here’s what they said:

“I have owned every type of mattress ever made, and I found the Allswell Hybrid to be a great product. Luxurious feeling, yet firm. Good support for my back and I awoke feeling rested after a great nights [sic] sleep. The addition of the gel foam layer provides a cool and comfortable sleeping experience. This is a wonderful mattress !”

Buy it here starting at $245 for a twin.


Free shipping • Great customer service • Durable • Doesn’t sag • Internal pump makes inflation/deflation easy • Some reviewers prefer it to traditional mattresses (although it’s not designed for daily use)

Might be too firm for some sleepers • Limited size options (choose from twin, queen, and king) • Somewhat expensive, although the twin and queen sizes were on sale for at least 33% off last time we checked ᐧ • Some reviewers report issues with air leakage

The Bottom Line

Whether you’re camping or couchsurfing, you’ll wake up without kinks in your back after a night or two on this extra durable air mattress.

10. SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

The unicorn of all blow-up mattresses, it’s firm and puncture-resistant and won’t leave you in pain the next morning.

  • Price:
    $149.95 to $179.95
  • Type:
    Air
  • Return Policy:
    30-day return policy
  • Warranty:
    One-year warranty
  • Weight Limit:
    500-pound combined weight limit
Air mattresses are by and large a no-no for sleepers experiencing back problems, but hey, you can’t sleep on a hotel-quality California king bed every night, right? For a quick and comfortable sleep setup almost anywhere, SoundAsleep Products has got you covered with its Dream Series Air Mattress. 
Highly rated for back pain relief, the mattress utilizes a quintuple threat of shape-retaining ComfortCoil Technology, a quiet and quick internal air pump, puncture-resistant and waterproof construction, integrated cord storage, and a SureGrip bottom that prevents sliding. Its surface is pretty flat when fully inflated, so it might be a little too firm for some sleepers, but the vast majority of Amazon reviewers think it’s *chef’s kiss*.
Amazon reviewer Mike Vedder writes:

“My mother in law has a bad back and was coming to visit. We do not have a spare room and were trying to find a quality air mattress so she would not be in pain the duration of her visit. Needless to say- she was pain free and had the best nights [sic] sleep she had in a long while! There was an issue with the mattress down the line, however, almost a year later. I was relieved to not have to jump through 7 hoops with a company to get some resolve on the issue. They were prompt, helpful and hassle free. This is a great product and Sound Asleep has absolutely wonderful customer service!”

Buy it here starting at $149.99 for a twin or king. 

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