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Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers 2019

Side sleeping is one of the most common sleep positions. What many people don’t realize is how important things like pressure relief and spine alignment are in a mattress if you sleep on your side. 

The experts at Mattress Advisor have tested over 100 different mattresses using a 14-point methodology to determine the best mattresses for side sleepers. Take a look at the mattresses that stood out above the rest below.

Leesa

Editor's Pick for Side Sleepers
  • Leesa has mastered the perfect mattress for the “average sleeper” – it’s a great balance between soft and firm.
  • Our expert review panel put it in the top 10% of 100+ mattresses tested in our Mattress Lab.
  • Leesa customers rate the mattress a 4.8/5 and value the company’s product quality and social mission.

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My only regret is not buying this bed earlier."

Erin S.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
9.3 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 days

Nectar

Best Value
  • The Nectar mattress sleeps cool, has great pressure relief and distributes body weight evenly.
  • Nectar has the industry’s best return policy and a “Forever Warranty.”
  • Our rating of customer sentiment shows overwhelmingly positive reviews.

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It's the best purchase I've made for my back."

Paul H.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 5.5-6/10

Trial Period

365 days

Casper

Best Memory Foam Mattress
  • Casper is one of the early market leaders in the foam mattress space and offers a great universal mattress for the average sleeper.
  • This memory foam mattress promotes airflow, so you won’t get that hot, sinking feeling that you would with traditional memory foams.
  • Casper received a perfect score on responsiveness – meaning it does a great job of adjusting to your body positions as you move throughout the night.

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I absolutely did not believe I would be sleeping this great."

Wayne T.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
9.1 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 days

Saatva

Best Affordable Luxury
  • The Saatva mattress is customizable, made with quality materials and eco-friendly.
  • This mattress is known for great edge support, lumbar support and pressure relief.
  • Customers rate Saatva web experience, customer support, and the mattress highly.

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Believe me, this mattress is as good or better than they advertise it to be."

N Malenke
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Available in plush soft: 3/10; luxury firm: 5.5-6.5/10; and firm: 8/10

Trial Period

120 days

DreamCloud

Best Spine Support
  • The Dreamcloud mattress is an 8-layer luxury hybrid mattress made with memory foam and coils.
  • Its patent-pending technology is designed to cradle your body on a plush surface while providing support and spine alignment.
  • If you would like your Dreamcloud unboxed and set-up on your bed frame, you can select optional White Glove service. Dreamcloud can also remove and dispose of or donate your existing mattress. This service costs an additional $149.

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Dreamcloud is a must-have for anyone who thinks their back pain is insurmountable."

Del R.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

365 days

What should side sleepers look for in a mattress?

If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll want a mattress that contours your body and relieves joint pressure and pain at the hips and shoulders. These are the parts of your body that are most vulnerable to pain and soreness when you sleep on your side. Here are a few things to consider when looking for the perfect mattress.

MATERIALS

Most mattresses designed for side sleepers are made with some blend of memory foam: standard, latex, or gel memory foam. Memory foam is known to be an excellent material for evenly distributing weight and minimizing pain at pressure points, while also supporting the natural curve of your spine. Latex memory foam and gel memory foam are known to quickly bounce back to shape when users change position throughout the night, more so than with standard memory foam.

Overall, you’ll want to choose a mattress that’s both supportive and soft and is responsive as you move around throughout the night.

PRESSURE RELIEF

It’s important for side sleepers to select a mattress that will hug your body in the right places, but not cause you to sink into the mattress too far. A mattress that pushes back just enough when you lay down will support your body’s natural curves and keep your spine aligned.

The right amount of pushback will also help distribute your body weight more evenly, meaning your hips, thighs and shoulders won’t sink in more than the rest of your body. This helps to prevent aches and soreness in those high-pressure areas.

For every mattress we test at Mattress Advisor, we measure how well a mattress performs at relieving pressure using a pressure mapping device. Below you will see an example of a mattress that performed well in our pressure relief test and one that did not, for the side position. The cooler the color, the lower the pressure. Look out for these diagrams on our mattress review detail pages.

FIRMNESS

Side sleepers tend to prefer a mattress that falls on the medium-soft to medium end of the firmness spectrum. If the mattress is too firm, you’re likely to feel joint pain and tension. But a mattress that’s too soft won’t provide enough support. Look for a mattress that’s supportive but also soft enough to minimize stress on the hips and shoulders.


Other tips for sleeping on your side

While sleeping on the right mattress is one of the most important factors in getting quality sleep, there are other things you can do as a side sleeper to make sure you wake up feeling well-rested and pain-free.

Dr. Nate Vogan, DPT at Stewart Physical Therapy tells us:

“If you are a side sleeper, it’s important to make sure your neck is square to your shoulders and not sagging to one side. The implications of this is a muscular issue. It can create impingements of the joints in your neck. These impingements cause pain and tightness in the neck and under the arms.”

Sleeping on your side – particularly your left side – is the recommended sleeping position for women who are pregnant. Dr. Angela Jones, Astroglide’s resident sexual health advisor offers some tips for sleeping during pregnancy:

“We recommend left lateral positioning while sleeping as it displaces the uterus off of the inferior vena cava, which is the major blood vessel that returns blood back to the heart. The biggest tip I have for sleeping during pregnancy is don’t freak out if you happen to wake up on your back or on your right side. Just adjust your positioning and go back to sleep.

Pregnancy is already a state where being uncomfortable typically gets worse as the pregnancy progresses. Doing whatever is necessary to ensure you are getting a good night’s rest is paramount. With the shift in your center of gravity and the stress on your lower back as a result, a good mattress is so important.”

And don’t forget to carefully consider your pillow choice, too. A good rule of thumb when selecting a pillow for side sleeping is to look for one that is thicker or higher under the neck than the head in order to keep your spine aligned.