Finding the Best Mattress for Side Sleepers
There are many ways to sleep: on your back, flipped on your stomach, curled up in a ball or resting on your side. How you sleep is all about personal comfort, but, according to The National Sleep Foundation, sleeping on your back or on your side are the best and most common sleeping positions for your body.
But what’s the best mattress for side sleepers? The best type of mattress for side sleepers should provide proper pressure relief and support to avoid any kind of pain, like shoulder or hip pain, and, of course, perfect comfort.
So when shopping for a mattress, what are some options for side-sleepers?
- Coil (or inner spring)
- Air beds
- Foam mattress
- Hybrid (a combo of spring/coil and foam or latex)
- Pillow-top (this is usually a spring construction that has a soft padded pillow on top)
The construction quality of a mattress can greatly affect comfort. So in this regard, a high-end, masterfully designed coil, air pump feature, foam, hybrid or pillow top construction can all offer similar support and comfort.
All mattress types have pros and cons. A mattress isn’t a one-size-fits-all investment. Some individuals love classic coils, others want the unique feel of foam. While comfort and construction quality is key, price, convenience and size also matter.
So if support and comfort could be equal, there are other points to consider when making that final purchase.
Best Mattress for Side Sleepers: Price Matters
Your budget influences the type of mattress you buy. Before you hit ‘purchase’ or finalize a deal in-store, you need to shop for the best prices for the best quality possible.
So how much should you spend on that mattress? There is no set determination, because how much you spend is all about how much you’re comfortable spending.
Take a peek at your monthly expenditures and income. If you have a budget surplus, you can allocate it toward the price of a new mattress.
No surplus? Figure out how much you could spend per month. Many companies—including 2920 Sleep!—offer financing options that let you pay for your mattress over the course of many months or longer.
If price is an issue, think about choosing the same mattress in a smaller size. Maybe you can’t afford a King, but a Queen might be in your budget. While a King mattress offers more width, the length is the same as a Queen.
Best Mattress for Side Sleepers: Convenience
Let’s face it, most of us don’t have the time to visit numerous stores to price compare or to leisurely shop and look at all the options. Online retail is now a strong force, and many buyers choose to make purchases online to avoid unpleasant price negotiations… including buying their mattress.
Convenience is key for many buyers. And if you’re looking for the best mattress for side-sleepers (or any sleep position!), sometimes the ease of the buying experience helps define perfection, too.
But if you don’t have time to shop in-store, compare mattress types and rest your weary head on every model in the store, how do you know what mattress will work for you? This is where a company’s return policies become extremely important.
Shopping online and making that final purchase can be a leap of faith; you can’t test out an online mattress. But buyers may take this leap if they know that the risk to their budget or their financial (and personal) bottom line could be minimized.
Most online mattress sellers offer a trial period for mattresses. Typically, this is a set number of days (e.g. 100 nights) that a buyer can test out the mattress at home and determine if they love it. Don’t love it? You can return the mattress for a refund.
This is actually a great benefit for shoppers as nothing beats testing a mattress in the comfort of your home vs. 15 minutes in a showroom. Factor in that it often takes several weeks for your body to adapt to a new mattress and you’ll see why this is so great for online shoppers.
Before you make the final purchase, though, read all the terms of the company’s return policy and/or warranty.
Best Mattress for Side Sleepers: Sizing it Up
Side sleepers may use up less space on the bed, because, think about it, you’re not sprawled out on your back or on your stomach. But does that mean a side sleeper needs a smaller mattress?
No one should sleep cramped, especially if you have a partner that shares the bed. So before you opt for a smaller size mattress, think about how your partner sleeps, too.
If your partner sprawls out and takes up your space, too, then you might opt for a larger mattress. But if your partner sleeps on their side, maybe you could choose a smaller mattress. And if you turn over during the night, a little extra room might avoid an unpleasant flying elbow!
Of course, the size you choose also is affected by the budget. So buy what works for your comfort and your finances.
Some couples are perfectly fine with a full-size mattress; some love the closeness that a smaller mattress encourages. Again, your size choice is personal.
Best Mattress for Side Sleepers: Why Foam?
If you’re buying or looking at mattresses online, you are probably seeing lots of ‘boxed’ mattresses—including the 2920 Mattress! So what’s up with the box? And why does foam seem to be the dominant boxed mattress?
Foam contorts to your body, and it’s also easily compressed. So shipping a foam mattress is often incredibly easy, as it can be compressed into a box. But once you open the box, the foam mattress will quickly inflate and grow to its full size.
Every brand’s foam construction may differ. The 2920 Mattresses are constructed with four layers of foam for comfort and support, and also feature a special cooling cover fabric so you don’t feel too hot at night.
And, yes, 2920 Sleep lets you test out that mattress. You have 100 nights to sleep on your mattress so you can be certain that it’s your dream mattress. Every mattress also includes a 10-year warranty so if it gets a depression over 1” it’s replaced at no charge (although this does not cover damage or cosmetic issues like stains, and using it on an improper foundation like a sagging box spring!).
So what’s the best mattress for side sleepers? While your choice depends on your comfort and budget, we think that buying a foam mattress online in a size that suits your financial bottom line is the best option. And, of course, any mattress you buy online should offer a risk free trial period, because sleeping soundly is so much easier when you know your dream mattress isn’t a financial nightmare if you don’t love it.
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