Today’s market is flooded with mattresses that claim to be the best option for side sleepers, many of whom are awakened at night by painful pressure points. If you are a side sleeper, you’re in good company. Nearly 65 percent of Americans say they sleep most soundly on their left or right side. Unfortunately, some mattresses aren’t engineered to offer comfort and support for this common sleep position, and it’s all too easy for side sleepers to suffer from hip or shoulder pain, which is only exacerbated over time.
Since side sleepers put most of their pressure on the joints touching the bed, they need a mattress that conforms to the body’s contours, eliminates pressure points along the shoulder and hips and promotes natural alignment. In general, side sleepers won’t be comfortable on a bed that is anything harder than medium-firm. And as knowledgeable Sleep Specialists, we know that a moderately soft mattress allows the hip and shoulder to sink down slightly while preserving proper spinal alignment.
Research has suggested that the best mattress for side sleepers is made of latex or memory foam due to their unique ability to adapt to the specific shape of your body. Side sleepers may also benefit from some of the latest hybrid mattresses that blend innerspring coils with a layer of contouring high density foam. But with so many makes and models available, how does a side sleeper choose the right bed?
Here at Mattress World Northwest, our professional team leverages decades of experience helping Oregon customers find the best bed for their sleep style. Our showrooms feature the newest collections by Simmons, Sealy, Aireloom, Stearns & Foster and other top bedding manufacturers, and we even carry exclusive lines. Our Sleep Specialists welcome you to test drive our top-rated beds for side sleepers in any one of our eleven retail locations.