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Dec. 4, 2021, 9:49 a.m. EST

I’m an orthopedic surgeon and head doctor for the LA Kings. This is the ‘well-balanced’ and ‘cozy’ $1,400 mattress I sleep on each night for back support

Alisa Wolfson

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Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon Frank Petrigliano has treated plenty of adults with strained joints and aching bones and muscles in his life, as he’s the head physician for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the team physician for USC Athletics and the director and chief at the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine. He’s quite familiar with the fact that the type of mattress you have can help support your spine and prevent or alleviate minor aches and pains — something he’s thought a lot about himself. Indeed, he’s returned mattresses that weren’t right, until he settled on the Nest Bedding’s Natural Hybrid Latex in firm (now on sale for $1,399 for a queen, with a 100-night free trial and lifetime warranty) three years ago.

What Petrigliano likes most about the Nest Hybrid —which is made from a blend of organic cotton, wool and latex — is the mattress is firm enough to promote spinal alignment in all positions, but it doesn’t feel like a traditional firm mattress. “The foam layer is conforming so it has more of a forgiving and cozy feel,” says Petrigliano. And as a self-professed combination sleeper, meaning he sleeps on both his back and stomach, he likes a hybrid mattress that’s relatively firm with good support for the spine, but also forgiving for pressure points like the hips, he says. “The Nest Hybrid is a really well balanced mattress for combo sleepers,” says Petrigliano.  Since he sleeps with his partner, “good movement, dampening and isolation were also important as we are both active sleepers and I tend to get up earlier than her, so I’m less likely to disrupt her in the morning. The mattress also stays pretty cool, which encourages better sleep,” adds Petrigliano.

This mattress has gotten good reviews from some reviewers, too.  SleepAdvisor.org named it the best latex mattress and one of the best adjustable beds, as a zipper around the comfort layer allows you to change out the latex if you decide you need a different amount of firmness. And Sleepopolis lists this as a good mattress option for back sleepers and those who alternate between their back and side, as well as anyone who doesn’t sleep alone because it isolates motion. Learn more: Nest Bedding’s Natural Hybrid Latex in firm (now on sale for $1,399 for a queen, with a 100-night free trial and lifetime warranty)

Of course, it’s not for everyone. Latex mattresses can be significantly heavier than memory foam mattresses and some companies use synthetic latex which isn’t eco-friendly, so it’s important to look into the exact components of the mattress you’re considering. And, it’s not cheap. If Nest Bedding’s Natural Hybrid Latex is out of your budget, or it doesn’t seem right for your needs, here are some other well-reviewed mattresses that reviewers say can provide back support or alleviate back pain that are slightly cheaper than Nest’s mattress.

Saatva Classic (Luxury Firm), $1,374

Wirecutter lists this as their top pick for people with back pain because it pairs a classic innerspring bounce with a cushy Euro top that doesn’t give too much when you lay on it. According to their review, “The pocketed coils, quilted polyfoam and a touch of memory foam conform to your curves and support your spine.” Learn more: Saatva Classic (Luxury Firm), $1,374

Amerisleep H2 Hybrid, $1,014

CNet lists this as the overall best mattress for back pain as it was designed specifically for a sleeper who requires back pain relief. It’s made using a proprietary memory foam called Bio-Pur that’s supposed to be more responsive and breathable than traditional memory foam.Learn more: Amerisleep H2 Hybrid, $1,014

DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid, now on sale for $999 for a queen

Made with a mix of memory foam and innerspring coils, this five-layer mattress features a cashmere blend cover, high density gel memory foam, a 365-night free trial, free shipping and delivery, and a lifetime warranty. Sleepopolis notes that it “strikes a super satisfying balance between pressure relief and support.” Learn more: DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid, now on sale for $999 for a queen

Zoma Hybrid, now on sales for $999 for a queen

Designed to relieve pain and keep you cool, this gel memory foam mattress also boasts a sturdy base and a bouncier feel. MattressAdvisor writes of this mattress: “With great scores in spinal alignment, motion isolation, and responsiveness, this bed works well for most types of sleepers.” It’s made in the USA, has free shipping and returns and the company offers a 100-Night risk-free trial. Learn more: Zoma Hybrid, now on sales for $999 for a queen

Also see: I ‘m one of America’s top spine surgeons, and this is the $800 mattress I sleep on each night: ‘A proper mattress can prevent chronic back pain’

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