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The Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Last updated: February 2024

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What is the best mattress for side sleepers?

For side sleepers, it’s recommended to opt for a comfort grade between soft and medium to cushion vulnerable pressure points and ensure you are still adequately supported. In terms of mattress type, you can get away with most fillings. Memory foam, latex and gel options are often popular options for side sleepers as they respond to the curves of your body.

Recommended comfort grade for side sleepers

As stated, a medium or soft mattress is recommended for side sleepers. This is because they allow plenty of give to contour to your body's natural curve and keep the spine aligned, while providing maximum comfort to your pressure points, which are outlined below.

What is the best mattress type for side sleepers?

As stated, side sleepers can opt for a variety of mattress types, as long as they provide adequate cushioning and support. The most popular options include memory foam, latex and gel mattresses.

Should I opt for a Medium or Soft Mattress?

If you’re unsure whether to opt for a soft or medium mattress, this can largely be down to personal preference and what feels most comfortable to you. However other considerations, such as your weight or whether you suffer from back pain, should also be taken into account.

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The best comfort grade for your body type

In general, the heavier you are, the firmer your mattress should be. This is because you’re likely to need more support from your mattress. So, if you’re a side sleeper that weighs above 14 stone, consider a medium comfort grade. If you’re on the lighter scale, you can opt for softer options.

Side sleeper pressure points

A pressure point is simply defined as an area, usually on the surface of the body, that is sensitive to pressure. Your pressure points change with your sleeping position and which parts press against the mattress.

Pressure points for side sleepers include: ears, shoulders and hips, which are often prone to soreness. This is why it’s recommended that side sleepers should steer clear from a mattress which is too firm.

The best comfort grade for back pain

Another common consideration is back pain. If you’re often waking up with a stiff back or neck, you’d benefit from a mattress on the firmer scale. This is because a softer mattress will result in the spine dipping, which can cause aches and pains.

The best pillows for side sleepers

As well as choosing the right mattress, it’s important to get the right pillow for your sleeping position. Side sleeper pillows need to provide the right amount of height to ensure the neck stays in line with the spine. Anything too soft will result in the head dipping, whereas anything too high will bend the neck. For those who sleep on their side we recommend medium to firm pillows.

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