Soo we’re going there…because it’s pretty obvious that we use our mattresses for more than just sleeping. And while sleep is the main priority behind why we try to find the perfect mattress, so are other bedroom activities (read: sex). Because if you sleep with a partner or have an active sex life, then it’s important to get a mattress that will serve you in more ways than one.

In this article we’ll look at everything you need to know about mattresses for sex, including the main factors to consider when choosing a sex-friendly mattress. We’ve researched features that encourage and enable intimacy at its best. And luckily for you, many of the factors that we list below also interlap nicely with what you would look for in a mattress to have quality sleep on. We’re not compromising on sleep quality here but rather complimenting it. Because sex and sleep are two of the most important, human necessities.

The connection between sleep and sex

Adults today are more sleep deprived than we ever have been. Even though we need around 7 - 9 hours of sleep every night, polls have shown that the average adult gets less than 7 hours every night. We may have a general understanding of the long-term implications this can have for our health and wellbeing, but we may not necessarily think about how it impacts our sex lives.

Of course, we use a mattress for sleep and sex. Yet, their shared location only scratches the surface. The truth is, a thriving sex life will improve your sleep quality and vice versa. Research has shown that if you have sex before bed, you’re body releases endorphins that help put you at ease. Sex releases oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that relaxes your body and mind: aptly named the “love hormone”.

On the other hand, sleep deprivation suppresses our body’s cognitive and physical abilities, which in turn suppresses our sexual desire and activity.

In all honesty, none of this sounds ideal. But it’s plain as day if you want better sleep, you need better sex. This is why choosing the right mattress is imperative!

What to look for in a mattress

Which type of mattress is best for sex?

After going through the central mattress considerations, you may be wondering if there is a specific mattress type that would fit all of these elements. And while some mattresses outshine others in their suitability for sex—they all have their merits depending on exactly what you and your partner are looking for. To help narrow your search we’ll go into the advantages and disadvantages of the main mattress types according to the factors mentioned above.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam - latex mattress cross section - hi quality modern


  • Very quiet and good motion transfer
  • An overall supportive surface; contours your body and alleviates pressure points – making it easier to move
  • Durable
  • Good edge support


  • Not typically known for being bouncy
  • Doesn’t usually have great airflow depending on the model

Latex Mattresses

Memory foam - latex mattress cross section


  • Known for being responsive
  • They are virtually silent and noise-free
  • One of the more durable mattress types
  • Comfortable and supportive


  • While they are more responsive than memory foam, they still lack some bounce
  • Little to no edge support

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid foam latex bonnell spring mattress cross section


  • Responsive and bouncy
  • Good balance between a bouncy, supportive base and a pressure relieving conforming foam surface
  • Many hybrids are encased in foam and therefore have stable edge support
  • Sleep cooler than memory foam and latex


  • Honestly - not much to say here! Hybrids are pretty awesome. They may just be slightly less bouncy than innerspring mattresses and their price point is typically higher than other types.

Innerspring Mattresses

Open spring and foam - latex bonnell mattress cross section


  • Offer the best responsiveness and bounciness out of all the mattress types
  • Easier to move around in different positions during sex and still have plenty of support
  • Good edge support
  • Sleeps cool and maintains temperature neutrality due to the coils


  • Tend to be a bit noisier than other types due to the springs and coils
  • Lacks pressure relief and conforming properties, although some innerspring models may vary in this degree

It’s worth noting that these lists are still pretty general. While these advantages and disadvantages are industry standard, mattresses definitely vary depending on the brand, model and year that it was made. So always be sure to read the reviews of the mattress you are keen on buying to get a good holistic picture of the specific mattress experience.

Our concluding thoughts

Shopping for a mattress can feel like you’re trying to tick off a never ending list of “musts”. That’s just because it’s one of the most important purchases we make in our lives. Take your time and read through everything to make a decision you and your partner are happy with. But hopefully this article helped clarify the most important features that will benefit your sex life. At the end of the day - that just benefits your sleep as well! A win-win combo we can definitely get on board with.