Best Type of Mattress For a Side Sleeper

What is the Best Mattress for a Side Sleeper?

The best mattress for side sleepers is one that reduces pressure on the joints. Side sleepers need good body contouring and pressure relief for their shoulders and hips. Softer mattresses with stable support systems for back alignment tend to work well. Yet, it's important to know that one mattress will not be ideal for every person. Your comfort preference and body size determine which bed is best for you.

While every body type is different, our testing system identifies which mattresses will work best for side sleepers. We do this by identifying which beds relieve pressure on the joints for various body sizes though pressure testing. This comparative system allows you to identify which mattress is the right one for you.

Construction and Materials

Foam and Latex

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

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.

Innerspring

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.

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

A Mattress Expert Can Help!

Need help choosing the right mattress as a side sleeper? Our mattress experts can help! Give them call at 1-800-455-1052 or click on the live chat icon below to be connected with one of our experts!

We have tested a huge amount of mattresses for a range of weights and sleeper types. Below are gathered the best mattresses that we've pressure tested and have scored exceptionally well for side sleepers.

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