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Best Mattresses for Sleep Apnea

by Angela Maple

woman sleeping with sleep apnea machine

At a Glance:

What is Sleep Apnea?

Are There Other Types of Sleep Apnea?

What Are Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

Best Mattresses for Sleep Apnea

Best Adjustable Bed Bases for Sleep Apnea

Tips for Sleep Apnea


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Have you been waking up exhausted? If you think you've gotten a full night's sleep but still feel groggy in the morning, you may have sleep apnea, a common sleep condition in which you stop breathing while sleeping, potentially many times in a night.

Over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with many unaware they have the condition since symptoms occur while sleeping. If the condition progresses into a more severe problem, it might pose a major health risk.

One of the simplest methods to address this issue is to sleep on a supportive mattress that allows for effortless breathing. Proper sleep is vital for your health and happiness; therefore, we've compiled a list of two of the finest adjustable bed bases for sleep apnea that may be able to help you minimize these issues and live a full and peaceful life. Continue reading to discover more about sleep apnea, common symptoms, sleep apnea variations, and our top picks for power bases.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat relax, obstructing the airway and causing a brief pause in breathing. The individual then wakes up, gasps for air, and returns to sleep. Sleep apnea can occur hundreds of times every night, preventing the body from entering deep sleep and depriving it of vital oxygen. This can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Are There Other Types of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is classified into three types: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and a mix of the two that's known as complex sleep apnea syndrome.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The most common kind of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when your tongue, tonsils, or other tissues at the back of your throat block your airway. Sleep for patients with OSA is restless, with shallow breathing and then pauses in breathing lasting 10 to 30 seconds. Jolts, coughs, and snorts frequently follow these pauses and gasping sounds as the individual tries to resume breathing, which may be rather frightening for anybody else in the room.

Central Sleep Apnea

OSA is a little different from central sleep apnea (CSA). This occurs when the brain fails to send a breathing signal to the muscles. Breathing stops not because of soft tissue collapse but because the muscles are not getting brain inputs to contract, allowing air to enter the lungs.

Complex Sleep Apnea

Obstructive and central sleep apnea can occur concurrently, resulting in complicated sleep apnea syndrome. The soft tissue at the back of the neck collapses, and the brain's impulses to the breathing muscles are not received.

What Are Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

"The list of signs associated with sleep apnea is long and can vary widely for each person," The American Sleep and Breathing Academy president and board-certified dental sleep medicine specialist, Kent Smith, DDS, says.

Dr. Smith does, however, encourage patients and their loved ones to keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Loud or persistent snoring
  • Lack of focus/inability to concentrate due to fatigue
  • Silent pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Nighttime gasping, coughing, or choking
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Irritability, depression, or mood swings
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
  • A frequent need to urinate during the night
  • Dozing off while driving or doing other daily activities
  • Insomnia of unknown origin
  • Night sweats

*The most obvious indicator of sleep apnea is loud, persistent snoring. Snoring occurs when the tissues at the back of the throat vibrate as they fight to allow air to pass through (followed by those snorting and gasping sounds). However, it is crucial to note that not all snorers have sleep apnea.

Best Mattresses for Sleep Apnea

Are you positive that a sleep apnea mattress is your best choice? If this is the case, consider the various types of mattresses before making a purchase. With the exception of a few hybrid models that would be fine alternatives as well — but less effective — the ideal mattress for sleep apnea is constructed of memory foam or latex.

Latex Mattress

Latex is manufactured from rubber trees and begins as natural sap that is whipped into a light, airy substance. Latex comes in two varieties: Dunlop and Talalay. The difference between the two is that rods are carefully put in the latex during the Talalay process, offering more comfort and support to the body.

Latex is hypoallergenic, which will help you breathe more easily at night. Although when shopping for a latex mattress, avoid synthetic latex. It contains a petroleum basis and emits an off-gassing odor, which may worsen sleep apnea symptoms.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam provides improved pressure point relief, which is essential for side sleepers. It provides support to the body by cradling the hips and lumbar regions for optimal spinal alignment. We suggest choosing high-quality memory foam instead of "discount" options. Many low-cost memory foam beds appear to be a steal, but after a year of usage, they droop.

Hybrid Mattress

Hybrids have an innerspring foundation with latex or memory foam comfort layers on top. Although hybrid mattresses are not as vulnerable to dust mites as innerspring mattresses, they are, however, still at a higher risk than memory foam and latex mattresses. Certain hybrids might not work with an adjustable base if you're searching for an adjustable bed. Before making a final decision, consult with one of our Mattress Land experts.

Best Adjustable Bed Base for Sleep Apnea

Although changing your mattress or adjustable base won't completely cure your sleep apnea, it can help reduce your symptoms and enhance the quality of your sleep. Continue reading for our best selections for adjustable bed bases.

Best Sealy Power Base: Sealy® Ease™ 3.0 Horizontal California King Adjustable Foundation

Sealy® Ease™ 3.0 Horizontal California King Adjustable Foundation

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This premium Sealy® Ease power base lets you and your sweetheart set yourselves in the most comfortable positions to watch TV, read at night, work, or sleep in an anti-snoring position. Experience the deepest and most peaceful sleep possible with settings that provide tailored comfort, such as the Flat & Zero G buttons, letting you sleep as light as a feather. You may also utilize the head and foot adjustment settings to elevate your pregnant partner's swollen ankles or lift your head to a comfortable position, so you can sleep without difficulty while wearing your CPAP mask.

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Best Tempur-Pedic Power Base: Tempur-Pedic® TEMPUR-Ergo® 2.0 Split California King Adjustable Foundation with SleepTracker

Tempur-Pedic® TEMPUR-Ergo® 2.0 Split California King Adjustable Foundation with SleepTracker

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These Tempur-Ergo smart bases driven by Sleeptracker-AI will elevate your and your partner's slumber. This smart base's integrated technology provides individualized sleep analytics and coaching to help you and your partner have the most restful night possible. This Tempur-Pedic adjustable bed foundation also responds and adapts to snoring, allowing you to sleep soundly, knowing your companion is breathing easier and in a better posture. Don't forget to activate the quiet mode while your head and feet are elevated into a pressure-relieving position for better sleep or if you want to stay up late reading to finish that cliffhanger chapter.

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Tips for Sleep Apnea

If you're not getting enough rest because of your sleep disorder, there are a few things you can do to alleviate symptoms and, ideally, reduce the number of episodes you have each night.

Looking into a CPAP therapy

If your sleep specialist concludes that you have sleep apnea, he or she will almost certainly prescribe a CPAP machine, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP devices function by continuously delivering air into your throat and keeping your airway open while you sleep.

Use a CPAP pillow

A CPAP pillow is especially useful if you sleep on your side or in a position where the CPAP mask comes into contact with your pillow. These are particularly intended to assist in holding the mask in place while sleeping and are widely available at stores or online.

They are frequently composed of memory foam with additional characteristics such as cooling gel and have shapes that fit well with the form of a mask.

Sleep on your side

Sleeping on your side is advantageous even if you don't have a sleep issue. It reduces snoring and acid reflux and has also been demonstrated to lower the number of apnea episodes in half.

Managing sleep apnea isn't always easy. While a CPAP machine is the most popular and successful therapy for sleep apnea, your sleeping posture and mattress can also help alleviate symptoms.

Invest in an adjustable bed base

While sleeping on your side is typically suggested if you have breathing problems; however, some individuals prefer to sleep on their backs. As you may expect, this is a difficult position. Nevertheless, an adjustable bed frame makes this position more manageable.

Elevating your head and upper body allows your airways to stay open throughout the night. If you don't have an adjustable bed frame and are hesitant to purchase one, a wedge pillow positioned beneath your shoulders will assist.

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Mattress Land sells the adjustable bed bases you need for a good night's sleep. Shop today in-store or online!

Adjustable Bed Bases

In order to keep your airway open while you sleep, if you have sleep apnea, it is advisable to sleep on your side or with your head elevated in bed. Mattress Land has a wide selection of high-quality mattresses that are ideal for side sleepers and adjustable bed frames that make it simple to lift your head and achieve the ideal position.


It's critical to have all the necessary knowledge to choose the finest sleep products, whether someone you love has been diagnosed with sleep apnea or you believe that your snoring may be more severe than normal. Here are some of the questions our sleep specialists have received from existing customers over time.

Q: Is sleeping on a firm or soft mattress for sleep apnea better?

According to Meg Riley, Certified Sleep Science Coach and Editor-in-Chief at the sleep health resource Sleep Junkie, "If you're looking for a mattress to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea, we suggest a bed with medium-firm firmness as well as an adjustable base. Medium-firm mattresses are effective at keeping you lifted on 'top' of the mattress in a neutral position, which helps keep the airways open. On the other hand, softer beds can allow for more sinkage, worsening sleep apnea symptoms."

Q: What can aggravate sleep apnea?

Lying on your back might exacerbate your sleep apnea because it allows soft tissues in your throat to collapse and restrict your airway. Weight can cause swelling in the tissues surrounding your airway, increasing the likelihood of a blockage. A simple physical anomaly, such as a small airway or swollen tonsils, might raise your sleep apnea risk.

Q: Can sleep apnea be cured?

Sleep apnea cannot be cured. However, CPAP machines and oral appliances perform effectively to keep this sleep disorder under control. Furthermore, if your sleep apnea is caused by obesity, decreasing weight may help reduce symptoms.

Why Trust Mattress Land?

Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We'll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

Shop Power Bases at Mattress Land

At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you find a bed frame adjustable for sleep apnea. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. We are more accessible than ever! You can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone's favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

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