Best Type of Mattress For a Side Sleeper

A Healthy Way to Sleep

Side sleeping is the most popular way to sleep, and according to health experts, it’s actually healthy! It allows your spine to stay in its natural alignment, keeps your joints in a neutral position, and supports breathing. There are several other health benefits connected to side sleeping, and the left side is said to be especially good.

Find the Right Comfort

As a side sleeper, you need something that'll support your spine alignment and provide pressure relief to your shoulders and hips. Some people who sleep on their side experience shoulder pain, so finding the right bed is essential for a good night’s rest.

To find your ideal bed, determine the best firmness for your body type and preference. Then, choose a construction that will properly support you. The materials used in a bed affect the comfort you'll get, so they’re also important to consider.

Side sleepers will generally want to go with a softer mattress, but that depends on a couple of factors.

Firmness

If you're petite, a mattress in the comfort levels of soft to medium will suit you best. You need something that you’ll sink into to relieve the pain points (usually shoulders and hips).

If you’re an average weight, something with a medium feel would be perfect. It will support you while having enough give to provide you with the right amount of pressure relief.

For those who are heavier, a medium or medium-firm mattress may be the right choice. They’ll prevent you from sinking down too much where you might be close to the coils. A supportive construction and more dense comfort layers will give you the best balance of comfort and support. The next section has greater detail on choosing the right construction.

The firmness you choose depends on your preference. But, these guidelines tell you which comfort level will provide the most comfortable support for sleeping on your side.

Construction and Materials

Foam and Latex

Foam or latex mattresses will provide good contouring for pressure relief. They'll be comfortable, but make sure they offer enough support to keep your spine aligned. You’ll find latex to be a bit springier, while memory foam will give you that sinking feeling.

If you have environmental concerns or deal with allergies, latex has a couple of benefits. It’s antimicrobial, so it will fight off mold, mildew and dust mites. It’s also a natural material that has a minimal impact on the environment. Some latex is treated with chemicals, so pay attention to that if you are seeking a natural mattress.

Hybrids

Hybrids will provide deep down support and have plentiful comfort layers. Often referred to as the "best of both worlds", hybrids have a base coil system topped with several layers of latex or memory foam. They have the support you'll need to keep your spine aligned, balanced with the conforming feel of a foam mattress.

Innersprings

More traditional innerspring mattresses can work for side-sleepers but they tend to feel firmer. They have a coil support system layers of foam or natural materials above the coil system. Make sure they have lots of comfort materials if you do want the more traditional feel. With an innerspring, a pillow top or euro top may be a good option to make sure you get the added comfort.

Coil Systems

Another excellent option is a zoned support system. They're available in foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses. This means that it has added support in the center of the bed, where your lower back would rest. The extra support is either more coils (or a variation in the design) or an added layer of high-density foam. This will keep your spine aligned very well, while allowing pressure relief in other areas, such as your shoulders.

Another thing to keep in mind when looking at the coil system is that individually wrapped coils will be great at contouring to the curves of your body. They'll help support the right places and relieve pressure at pain points. Wrapped coils also reduce motion transfer, a great benefit for those who sleep with someone else. Especially for light or active sleepers.

Tips

  • Put something soft between your knees to help ease hip pressure (e.g. blanket, pillow)
  • Keeping your back straighter can help with breathing, and reduce sleep apnea
  • Left side sleeping is recommended for pregnant women

Best Rated Mattresses for Side Sleepers

We have tested a huge amount of mattresses for a range of weights and sleeper types. Below are gathered the best mattresses that have tested highly for side sleepers.

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