Mattresses and Sleep

How do you find the right mattress for how you sleep? Read on for more information about finding your perfect mattress match.

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Mattresses and Sleep

What is the Best Mattress for Couples?

What is the Best Mattress for Couples?

Sharing a bed with your significant other might be great for cuddle time, a movie marathon, and a rainy day in bed, but not so great when it comes to sleeping. Finding the perfect mattress is key to sleeping, lounging, and even cuddling better with your partner.

How do I choose a mattress for couples?

When you’re choosing a mattress, there are some big checklist items you should consider.

Motion Transfer

You and your partner may have very different schedules, and the last thing you want to do is wake each other up when you get in and out of bed. For this reason, many couples choose a mattress with the least amount of motion transfer, especially if one or both of them is a light sleeper. Memory foam mattresses are great if you’re trying to avoid motion transfer because the foam absorbs motion. The Leesa mattress passes the wine glass test for motion transfer. That’s right, you can climb, jump, or roll into bed without spilling the glass sitting on the mattress – minimal motion transfer.


When it comes to mattress support, the goal is to maintain a neutral spine, so a good mattress will support you in many different sleeping positions. For couples, this is even more important. It’s simple science: the more weight on the mattress, the more pressure, and therefore, the more support the mattress needs to have. If you’re sleeping on a mattress with poor support, it will slope toward the heavier partner, which will cause the other to roll toward them. Support is directly related to what the mattress is made of, from foam to innersprings to latex. A foam mattress, for example, supports each partner where they need it, despite different body types and sleeping positions.


  • Mattresses with an adaptive feel, which are designed for every body type and sleeping position,

  • Split mattresses, with two mattresses side by side for partners who can’t find a middle ground in one mattress, and

  • Fully customized mattresses, where you get one mattress that is adjustable on both sides.

When you’re choosing a mattress for a couple, it’s important to keep in mind that firmness and support should be separate considerations. Firmness is something you feel as soon as you lay down. Is the mattress plush and cloud-like, firm and hard, or somewhere in between? Support, on the other hand, is how well the mattress keeps your spine aligned.

Living on your Mattress

For couples, the bed is about more than sleeping: you fold laundry on the bed, discuss your day in bed, cuddle up and watch TV, and spend intimate time together. For this reason, the bounce and edge support, as well as support and comfort are important things to consider. Many mattresses have a good bounce, but you and your partner need the mattress that does both: support when you’re bouncing and when you’re sleeping.

Aside from the struggle of finding a mattress that makes both of you happy, sharing a bed with your partner may not be the easiest thing to do either. Maybe your partner snores or steals the covers or both! Not to mention you may have different bed times and bedtime rituals. His headlight reading lamp can really interfere with your nighttime meditation. Once you’ve found the right mattress, try some of these sleep tips and ideas for couples sharing a bed.

What size mattress is best for us?

The size mattress that’s best for you and your partner varies depending on your sleeping style and is completely between the two of you. Do you sleep cuddled up? Do you mind touching in the middle of the night? If you and your partner like to sleep close together, a full or queen mattress is probably a good option. Maybe you’d rather have some personal space when you’re snoozing. In this case, you should consider a queen or king mattress. This way you have the option to spoon when you want to, but you’re not forced to from lack of space.

How do we know it’s time for a new mattress?

Have you looked at your mattress recently? There are few reasons it may be time for a new mattress. Think about how old your mattress is. Typically, a mattress' life averages seven to ten years, but it can be longer than that if you purchase a quality product and take care of it. If your mattress is lumpy or saggy, that’s a visible warning sign that it may be time for a new one. If you don’t feel rejuvenated when you wake up, or if you wake up with aches or pain, that’s another indication that you may need a new mattress. Do you have squeaky springs or a creaking box spring? You guessed it! That’s also a sign that it might be time to go mattress shopping.

Do couples sleep better on a memory foam or spring Mattress?

Whether you and your partner will sleep better on a memory foam or spring mattress is between the two of you. However, in general, foam mattresses are a more universal, adaptable option, built for all body types and sleepers. Foam is an especially good choice for those couples who like different mattress firmnesses.

When you’re ready to buy a new mattress or your first mattress together, consider the size, firmness and comfort you both want (hopefully you have similar ideas). So, while there may not be one single product that’s the best mattress for couples, but you’ll find the mattress that’s best for you as a couple.

Ready to upgrade your sleep? Let Leesa guide you to the best mattress for you and your partner.