If you prefer to sleep on your side, you are not alone. According to WebMD, 63 percent of Americans are side sleepers. But despite it being the most popular sleeping position, not all mattresses are the best mattresses for side sleepers.
So, how can you tell if you're sleeping on the right mattress for your style of rest? Many quality mattresses accommodate and support your body and movements no matter how many times you twist and contort your body into various positions throughout the night. But, make no mistake about it: side sleepers require a few mattress exceptions to ensure they don't hurt their backs, necks, and hips.
For starters, your best mattress isn't super firm, it's soft to moderate in order to allow the mattress to contour to your body. Mattresses with memory foam are your best bet because they provide spinal alignment and support to the various curves of your body that sink into the mattress when you sleep on your side. They may have pocketed coils that can prevent dreaded pelvic rotation, which can cause pain in your lower back.
Rest assured, there are mattresses perfectly made for a side sleeper that can give you a comfortable night’s sleep — here are three of the best.
1. A Medium-Firm Memory Foam Mattress That Is Ideal For Sweaty Sleepers
Available in six sizes, including Twin XL and California king, the Casper Sleep Memory Foam Mattress is a stand-out choice for side sleepers because it offers four-layer foam construction and a springy top layer that provides just the right amount of softness and flexibility to support your side as you sleep. Consumer Reports considers it a notable choice in this category of mattress and rates the support as medium-firm. This is a great option if you are a hot sleeper because an open-cell top layer keeps air circulating between your body and the mattress, preventing you from sweating at night. The company also provides a 10-year limited warranty.
One reviewer wrote: "I really love this mattress and I was very skeptical when I bought it without a test. My girlfriend has a high-end $5000 mattress and she prefers my Casper to her own. The casper is cool (temp wise) to sleep on., my body adjusted right a way to it, and never felt sore or uncomfortable."
2. A Cooling Mattress With Contouring Pressure Relief To Alleviate Back Pains
If back and neck pains are your biggest complaints about sleeping on your side, try the Leesa Mattress, which has three layers of foam with cooling bounce and contouring pressure relief and core support to help alleviate the constant pressure you place on your legs, back, and neck. This mattress comes in 6 sizes, including twin XL and California king and the company gives you a full 100 days to try out your mattress and fall in love — or you can return it for a full refund. And here's the sweetest cherry on top: Leesa gives one of its mattresses to a homeless shelter for every 10 it sells.
"This mattress is super comfortable," wrote one reviewer. "My wife and I are both side sleepers and it took a day or two to adjust to the new feel. Now we love it!"
3. A Budget-Friendly Gel Memory Foam Mattress With A Moisture-Wicking Bamboo Cover
It isn't easy to find a quality mattress that is relatively affordable, but this gel memory foam mattress hits the sweet spot if you're a side sleeper. This find has 3.5 inches of gel memory foam that contours to the shape of your body, eliminates motion transfer, and promotes proper spinal alignment. The removable zipper bamboo cover is breathable and lined with New Zealand wool that wicks away moisture and helps regulate body temperature for a cooler sleep. This a mattress has a medium feel is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes — and has the power to give you the comfortable, pain-free sleep you deserve.
One reviewer even left this enthusiastic review: "It gives my poor body the support it needs without any pressure points. I was terrified of switching to memory foam after researching for months, but I slept on it for the first time last night and I am completely hooked. I got up at 7:30 and feel like I slept until 11:00. Do not hesitate to buy this!!!!!"
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