Sciatica is a medical condition characterized by pain and numbness in the leg, and it is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. In most cases, this painful condition develops gradually, between the ages of 30 and50, and it is often caused by prolonged sitting, or heavily lifting. Up to 40% of the population will experience some form of sciatica during their life.
There are surgical ways to treat its more severe forms, but lifestyle changes are always recommended. If you have sciatica, finding the right mattress is an important step toward getting back to a pain-free life – and finally getting a good night’s sleep!
The most important question to ask before choosing a new mattress is: what’s it made of? A good mattress isn’t too firm or too soft and doesn’t make the sleeper feel too hot. Allergies may be a significant concern for some buyers as well. It’s generally recommended to spend 20-30 minutes testing a mattress before you commit to it – but that’s not always an option! This makes refund guarantees another important consideration.
As a general rule, the thicker the mattress, the softer it is. Preferred softness varies from buyer to buyer – usually, people who sleep on their backs tend to go for firmer mattresses.
We have found the three highest-rating brands of mattress on the market, and tested them to identify the best one.
Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress
Here is a mattress with an unexpected bonus feature! It comes infused with green tea extract, as well as castor seed oil. This serves the purpose of killing bacteria and neutralizing odors and leaves the sleeper waking up refreshed.
The Memory Foam 12-Inch Green Tea Mattress is composed of four layers of CertiPUR-US certified high-quality foam.
The top layer is 3 inches of memory foam, which helps to minimize motion transfer and conforms to the body. Beneath that, there are 2 inches of comfort foam, which helps to redistribute the sleeper’s weight, and provides pressure point relief – this can be particularly useful to sleepers who tend not to move around much during the night. The next layer is 3.5 inches of high-density foam – this contains airflow regulation and helps to keep the mattress from heating up. The bottom layer is 3.5 inches of high-density support foam, which offers an overall elasticity to the mattress, as well as further airflow regulation.
All this is wrapped in a cover of knitted jacquard, very soft in its own right, and designed to keep the sleeper cool and comfortable overnight.
Zinus patented technology is used to compress the mattress for shipping. After unpacking, it needs 48 to 72 hours to decompress and take its final shape. Because this mattress is made with minimal use of harsh chemicals, there is little or no off-gassing – that is to say, you won’t have to worry about that weird new mattress smell.
This mattress comes with a limited 10-year warranty but it doesn’t come with a specific refund guarantee. Though it is possible to return it within 30 days, this it might take some work.
In short, this is a medium-softness mattress, recommended for any sleeping position and designed for a cool, refreshing night’s sleep.
Gel Memory Foam 10 Inch Mattress
For sleepers who need firmer support, the Gel Memory Foam 10-inch Mattress is a great choice, and a particularly eco-friendly one, as well.
The top three inches are created from a gel-infused Elux foam layer, which conforms to the sleeper’s body and helps ease pressure points. Beneath this are seven inches of 1.8 lb base foam, designed to keep the sleeper from overheating by maintaining air flow. Both layers are CertiPUR-US certified for quality and endurance, and created with no phthalates, ozone depleters, CFC’s, formaldehyde or heavy metals. This guarantees absolutely no off-gassing, and it is a great choice for environment-conscious buyers.
The base foam is compatible with adjustable bed bases, and offers a decent amount of elasticity, though it might come with a little sinkage. The gel in the top layer helps to minimize odors, as well as keeping the sleeper cool. The mattress comes with a simple washable cover, very easy to remove.
This mattress is shipped vacuum-packed in an easy-to-move container.
One of its biggest draws is the 120 night trial period – the longest one in the industry. It is clear that eLuxury cares about their buyers’ comfort. After all, it is impossible to tell in advance whether it will be the right mattress for you, so sending it back should always be an available option.
In addition to being eco-friendly, there’s one more great reason to buy this mattress – it is sold by a United States Veteran Owned and Operated company. 1 out of every 45 mattresses sold goes to charity!
Tuft & Needle
Here is the mattress that was rated “Best Buy” by Consumer Reports in 2016, and chosen “#1 Mattress brand” by CR in 2015. It is also No. 1 top-rated on Amazon, with over 90% five-star reviews.
What makes it so special? Tuft&Needle’s patented T&N Adaptive Foam! It is designed to have much better heat resistance than any other kind of memory foam. T&N Adaptive Foam “sleeps cool” – it does not heat up during the night, and lets you wake up cool and well-rested.
This mattress has also been extensively tested for the most ideal degree of firmness. It offers elasticity and support, which is of particular concern for buyers who have sciatica. It is ten inches thick and fits any kind of bed frame. This makes it a great choice for buyers looking for a firm mattress. T&N Adaptive Foam guarantees no “body-hugging”, making it an ideal choice for those who dislike the sensation of sinking into their bed. There’s very little motion transfer, like with latex mattresses, but it offers more support than latex usually does.
The cover is made from rayon and polyester, designed for softness and comfort.
Tuft&Needle guarantees that the mattress is entirely US-made, and it is still available at an affordable price. The company’s headquarters are in Phoenix, Arizona, and Tuft&Needle was rated #1 for company culture by Entrepreneur magazine. The 10-year warranty the mattress comes with is an added bonus.
The mattress comes with a 100-day return policy, which can be good in case the firmness doesn’t suit you. But if you want your mattress to keep you cool and provide you with quality support and no motion transfer, this is absolutely your best option.
We’ve examined all three mattresses, taking into account firmness, overheating, and general comfort. Tuft&Needle was the winner, because T&N Adaptive Foam guarantees a cool night’s rest, and a particularly good degree of firmness for sleepers who have sciatica. It is an affordable choice, with a comfortable return policy, and it is US-made.
If you prefer a softer mattress, and you’re willing to risk a more complicated return process, Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress might be the right choice for you, with its anti-odor technology and very body-confirming foam. eLuxurySupply’s Gel 10 Inch Foam mattress is another great choice if you’re looking for a firmer mattress, a very lengthy return period, and guaranteed eco-friendly production.