Combination sleeping is what it sounds like: you switch sleep positions during the night frequently. The advantage of this is that it’s good for circulation, and helps to improve blood flow.

If you find yourself falling asleep on your side, but wake up on your back, or even your stomach, then you’re a combination sleeper. It’s not a bad thing; it just means you’re more flexible and are happy to alternate throughout the night. Most people usually have a single position they prefer.

Of course, this does mean you need a mattress that can support you in multiple different positions to ensure you get a wholesome night of rest.

Luckily, our guide will feature everything you need to know about combination sleeping. This includes considerations when choosing a mattress and our top picks for the best beds for combination sleepers.

Let’s begin!

Our Top Picks: Summary

The Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers: Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Nectar
Nectar

A memory foam mattress that offers a lot for its relatively low price.

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Why we Picked It

The Nectar is our best overall pick for combination sleepers. It’s a memory foam mattress that offers a lot for its relatively low price. Let’s quickly break it all down so you can see the value for yourself.

We have a bed that features high-density memory foam that affords long-term conforming and excellent support. Back sleepers will enjoy the robust support from the polyfoam at the bottom, while side sleepers will benefit from the gel memory foam at the top that relieves pressure points. Stomach sleepers will also love the medium-firm setting as the support prevents that sink-in feeling (and the subsequent misalignment of the spine) that some memory foam mattresses provide.

On top of that, the mattress makes next to no noise during use and has excellent motion isolation.

It’s already a good deal, but Nectar goes one further and throws in a leading 365-night trial too. In other words, you have an entire year to try the mattress out before you have to decide anything. That includes a lifetime warranty and free shipping and returns!

Keep in Mind

There’s so much to love about the Nectar, although it’s worth mentioning that the edge support could be slightly better.

In a Nutshell

  • Great conforming
  • 365-night trial
  • High-density memory foam
Best Value: Tuft & Needle
Tuft & Needle

For its extremely fair price, the Tuft & Needle is a polyfoam bed with a real sparkle to it.

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Why we Picked It

The Nectar mattress may be our best overall bed, but the Tuft & Needle beats it when it comes to sheer value.

For its extremely fair price, the Tuft & Needle is a polyfoam bed with a real sparkle to it. It’s a medium-firm bed with foams infused with cooling gel and graphite.

The conforming properties on offer are better than most polyfoam beds, which means excellent relief of pressure points. In use, the Tuft & Needle is virtually silent and offers superb motion isolation capabilities.

In short, it’s a bed that is ideal for multiple types of sleepers, including combination sleepers.

The value is enhanced further by a 100-night trial, free returns, and a 10-year warranty. It’s almost too good to be true!

Keep in Mind

We really can’t complain about the Tuft & Needle. It’s just worth keeping in mind that the edge support isn’t outstanding.

In a Nutshell

  • Exceptional value
  • 100-night trial
  • Close conforming
Most Luxurious: Aurora
Aurora

The Aurora is all about indulgence.

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Why we Picked It

The Aurora is all about indulgence, and if you can make the investment, you can’t go wrong with it.

The hybrid bed comes in three firmness settings (medium is perfect for combination sleepers) and features a 1.5 inch top layer of “CopperFlex” foam. This foam provides responsive contouring with pressure point relief and even offers the antimicrobial properties of copper.

Inside the bed, there is also elastic “TitanFlex” foam that provides plush comfort with technology that adjusts to your body each time you move. It’s ideal for combination sleepers who want the very best.

At the bottom of the mattress is a high-density foam base for added durability. In other words, it’s going to keep you supported throughout the night, no matter your sleep position.

The Aurora comes with a 120-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty.

Keep in Mind

The Aurora is a mighty mattress, but there is some potential for off-gassing in the first few days of use.

In a Nutshell

  • Multiple firmness options
  • Deep conforming
  • 120-night sleep trial
Best Organic: Awara
Awara

A hybrid mattress constructed from organic and natural materials.

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Why we Picked It

The Awara is a hybrid mattress constructed from organic and natural materials with a variety of green certifications. It’s our top pick for the best organic mattress for combination sleepers, and it comes at a relatively low price, too.

The bed features a top layer of 100% organic Dunlop latex. Under that are individually-wrapped pocket coils that offer effective support at the bottom. The latex provides the contouring, with a little bit of bounce, while the coils afford proper support for the spine. The Awara also provides a notably cool sleep.

Combination sleepers will enjoy the fact that the Awara is a medium-firm on the scale. We’re also pleased to say that there’s sufficient enough support here for heavy sleepers.

The mattress comes with a leading 365-night trial and free shipping and returns.

Keep in Mind

The Awara is an excellent mattress, but it’s worth keeping in mind its weight. It could be difficult to move for some people.

In a Nutshell

  • Organic Dunlop latex
  • Leading 365-night trial
  • Excellent edge support

How We Chose the Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers

We take exceptional care to ensure the mattresses we choose meet a high standard in a variety of critical areas. From the conforming of the mattress to the edge support, the very best beds will meet and often exceed our high standards. You can learn more about our process here.

  • Material Quality
  • Durability
  • Conforming
  • Edge Support
  • Temperature Neutrality
  • Off-gassing
  • Motion Isolation

What is Combination Sleeping?

It’s fair to say that most people move at least somewhat while they sleep. However, many prefer a single sleeping position above all else.

If you’re a combination sleeper, then, you need to think about buying a mattress that is suited to all of the critical sleeping positions. This can be somewhat tricky, as most mattresses tend to excel in specific areas.

The good news is that combination sleeping is beneficial for people with poor circulation. The continual movement helps to improve blood flow, and it can also be useful for those who snore heavily. This fact includes those with sleep apnea.

In other words, if you find a mattress that covers all of the main sleeping positions, then you should be in for many enjoyable nights of sleep!

That said, for some extra clarity here, we’ve explained the three main sleeping positions below, along with the pros and cons for each.

Side Sleeping

Side sleeping is one of the most common sleeping positions. It’s a good way to sleep for those with chronic (long-term) back pain. It has its pros and cons, but generally, it’s a reliable sleep position.

Pros

  • It’s easy to keep the spine aligned in this position
  • It supports fetal health
  • It can help to prevent acid reflux
  • It may prevent snoring and sleep apnea

Cons

  • It can exacerbate arthritis (fetal position sleepers)
  • It can prevent deep breathing (fetal positions sleepers)
  • It can cause wrinkles and breast sag

Back Sleeping

Only a small percentage of people prefer sleeping on their backs—around 10 percent—despite the tendency to lie flat on our backs while reading. Like all sleeping positions, though, back sleeping has its pros and cons.

Pros

  • It helps to prevent acid reflux
  • It can prevent neck pain
  • It’s easier, in general, to keep the spine aligned
  • It should help to prevent wrinkles and sagging

Cons

  • It may worsen snoring and sleep apnea
  • It can sometimes cause lower back pain

Stomach Sleeping

Sleeping on your stomach isn’t the healthiest way to sleep. With that said, some people find it hard to get out of the practice of doing so. Around 7 percent of people sleep in this position.

Pros

  • It may prevent snoring and sleep apnea

Cons

  • It increases pressure on your joints, muscles, and primary organs.
  • It causes wrinkles and breast sag
  • It knocks the spine out of alignment
  • It can lead to back and neck pain

Special Considerations for Combination Sleepers

There are many points to consider when picking a mattress, apart from your budget. This is especially true if you’re a flexible combination sleeper.

To avoid discomfort in your sleep life, you will need to think about everything from the firmness of the mattress to the responsiveness.

Calm those worries. Below we’ve detailed all of the essential considerations you need to keep in mind when searching for the latest mattress for you.

Support

All sleepers need to keep their spine aligned. Essentially, support means an even sleep surface that promotes proper spinal alignment by conforming in some areas and holding others up. Without proper support, you’re more likely to suffer from back pain and stiffness. For example, stomach sleepers need a highly supportive mattress that will cushion the central part of their body—without sag that will cause misalignment of the spine. Combination sleepers will need a bed that offers decisive support for all of the primary sleeping positions.

Ease of Movement

Some beds make it more challenging to switch positions during the night than others. A combination sleeper will be doing this regularly. The best mattresses for ease of movement tend to be innerspring, latex, and hybrid beds, although this does depend on the materials used in each. Memory foam beds are largely considered to be the worst choice here, as it’s harder to move around on them due to their minimal responsiveness.

Responsiveness

As we’ve just mentioned, a responsive mattress allows for better ease of movement and will shift its contouring with little fuss. A responsive bed is there to support you quickly when you change positions — this is, of course, important for combination sleepers. In simple terms, a responsive mattress compresses quickly in proportion to the weight (and pressure) on it.

Firmness

When you’re frequently changing your sleep positions, a medium firmness on the scale is usually the best option to provide adequate support throughout the night. When we talk about firmness, we mean the comfort or feel of the bed. If a mattress is too firm, it will be painful to sleep on, while a bed that is too soft will effectively swallow you, causing misalignment of the spine. It’s fair to say that firmness is subjective, but a medium setting is a safe option for most.

Body Weight

Inseparably linked with firmness is body weight. The ideal firmness of the bed depends, to a significant degree, on the body weight of the sleeper. For example, lighter sleepers (less than 130 pounds) will prefer a softer mattress that provides better contouring. On the other hand, heavier sleepers (more than 230 pounds) may well need a firmer mattress to feel comfortable. If you’re somewhere in between 130 and 230 pounds, you should be most satisfied with a medium to medium-firm on the scale.

The Best Mattress Types for Combination Sleepers

It’s fair to say that all of the key mattress types have pros and cons for combination sleepers. The decision ultimately depends on personal preference.

To make things easier, we’ve listed the four main types of mattress along with their pros and cons so you can get a good idea of the bed you need:

TypeProsCons
Memory foam
  • Excellent pressure point relief for sleepers
  • Multiple firmness options
  • These mattresses tend to isolate motion well
  • Good availability
  • They are usually very quiet during use
  • Can retain their heat, even with cooling technology
  • They usually don’t offer the best ease of movement
  • They don’t tend to be bouncy
  • Latex
  • Very bouncy and responsive
  • They can provide a cool environment during sleep
  • Often great motion isolation
  • Usually minimal noise
  • Often excellent durability; this depends on the specific components
  • Can be heavy and challenging to move
  • The off-gassing could be unpleasant, usually in the first few days of use
  • They tend to be expensive beds
  • Minimal edge support in general
  • Not as available as other types
  • Innerspring
  • Great responsiveness and bounce in general
  • Often feature great edge support
  • Widely available
  • Easy to move around on
  • These beds can be noisy in use, which isn’t great for couples
  • They don’t tend to be very durable
  • Motion isolation properties are usually weaker
  • They don’t offer the best conforming
  • Hybrid
  • Hybrids can offer a combination of good support and comfort
  • Can have excellent contouring properties
  • Often provide a cool sleep
  • Can be cumbersome and difficult to move
  • The durability can be weak, certainly if constructed from cheaper materials
  • They can still sleep hot, even with cooling technology
  • Other Considerations When Choosing a Mattress

    When it comes to choosing a mattress, there are other points to consider to ensure you get the best bed for the job. This is true for combination sleepers just as it is with any other type of sleeper.

    For example, what’s the material quality like in the mattress, and will it be durable? Below we’ve listed some other significant considerations for you:

    Material Quality

    The quality of the materials significantly affects the durability of a mattress, so it’s essential to look for a bed constructed from high-end components. A sagging mattress is the last thing you want!

    Consider the individual layers in a mattress, the type of material used, and make sure to take note of the thickness too.

    For example, cheaper foam will compress over time, and thinner coils will start to sag. It goes without saying that the higher the quality of the material, the greater the price — in most cases.

    Price

    Always look around for exclusive discounts, coupons, and any other offers that may be available online. There are beds out there that offer excellent value for money.

    Material quality will affect the price of a mattress, too, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find an affordable bed with high-quality components.

    Sleep Trial

    Most sleep trials average around 90 days. Some companies will also require you to pay for shipping if you choose to return them for a refund. Sleep trials are usually risk-free.

    Some of the best companies out there offer leading 365-night sleep trials, so you can get used to your new bed before choosing to keep it.

    Keep in mind the length of the sleep trial and any further details too. For example, check whether the trial still applies if you purchase the mattress from a site other than the manufacturer’s own.

    Warranty

    You should always keep in mind the sort of warranty your mattress comes with and the precise details. For example, how long is the bed covered? What type of warranty is it? Does it, for example, include a mattress sagging to a certain depth?

    Other specific defects, such as bent coils, or material bunching, are typically covered under most mattress warranties but always double-check. Remember that warranties tend to only cover mattress defects, and not ordinary wear and tear.

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    Jamie Giggs