Choosing the right mattress for a side-sleeper

This month we have been focusing on the different types of sleep positions and the specific needs of each one. Everyone gets their rest in the way that is most comfortable to them, so it is important that we acknowledge each different position. Our last post focused on the back-sleeper position and this one will focus on the common side-sleeper position. As we mentioned before, any way you sleep will have a different effect on your body. This leads us to the conclusion that we all need different things from our mattresses. Here are some tips on what side sleepers face, what they need in a mattress, and where to look for the perfect mattress.

Common side-sleeper problems

When most people are young, they prefer to sleep in the fetal position. If you are unfamiliar with this position, it is when you lay on your side and curl up with your legs close to your chest as a fetus does in the womb. This position is a little less common for adults but sleeping on your side with your legs straight is a lot more common. In fact, side sleeping is far and away the most common sleep position. The percentage varies depending on which source you look at, but side sleeping leads the way with anywhere between 60-70% of the population.

Unfortunately, just because side sleeping is the most common does not mean that it cannot come with potential issues. A common issue that side sleepers face is a sore back and neck, simply because of the way their body may contort as they sleep. Hip and shoulder pain can also be present, but with the right mattress all of these issues can be avoided or lessened. Here are some things that side sleepers should look for in their mattresses to avoid common aches and pains.

What side sleepers need in a mattress


Unlike back sleepers that can get away with sleeping on nearly any firmness of mattress, it is best for side sleepers to go with something that is a little firmer. This is mainly because sleeping on your side causes more pressure on your joints, including your shoulders, knees, and hips. If your mattress is way too soft, your joints will sink into it and be under the pressure of your body weight. But if you have a firm mattress, the joints will get the support they need and allow you to fully relax. As you are deciding on a side-sleeper mattress, we recommend that you lay on it for an extended period of time to see if it is compatible with your side sleeping ways. Our stores allow you to test out any mattress that we have inside them, so be sure to visit us today!


While it is important to consider the firmness of your side-sleeper mattress, it is also important to consider the materials that it is made from. Mattresses are made from many different materials including springs, memory foam, gel, and many more. While these can all have their own benefits, they may not be perfect for a side-sleeper. Luckily for you, Mattress Warehouse is aware of the different needs of all these sleep positions and will make the best suggestions possible.

The most popular mattress material for side sleepers is memory foam. Memory foam is the most popular because it allows every area of your body to be supported but not sink into the mattress. It also helps your spine remain aligned throughout the night, which is vitally important for good back health. Coils are another good option for side-sleeper mattresses simply because they also help the mattress conform to your body throughout the night. At the end of the day, the mattress material you choose for your side-sleeper mattress needs is up to preference. Be sure to keep an eye on the firmness you choose as that can have a huge affect on your sleep quality.

Pick out your side-sleeper mattress

Do you finally know what your side-sleeper mattress needs are? Come visit us at any Mattress Warehouse location for the best deals! We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our various products. Come in and test them out before you purchase, you won’t regret it.

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