Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers 2024 | Tested By Our Sleep Experts

Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers 2024 | Tested By Our Sleep Experts

Although side sleeping is the most common way to sleep among adults, not every mattress is designed to accommodate this position. Our mattress and sleep editors Bridget Chapman and McKenzie Dillon understand mattresses more than most and can offer valuable insights into the best mattresses for side sleepers after testing dozens of bed models. We landed on the Helix Midnight Luxe as our best overall pick. Its soft, pressure-relieving foams and supportive coil base make it a favorite among our team after several of our editors have personally tested the mattress.

The best mattresses for side sleepers include our editors’ favorites like the Saatva Classic, Helix … [+] Midnight Luxe and Avocado Green.


However, if you’re searching for something else—say a memory foam mattress or a bed that costs less than $500—we have plenty of other options, too, each of which cradles key pressure points like the knees, hips and shoulders while also promoting proper spine alignment. We also have good recommendations on the best pillows for side sleepers if you’re looking to bundle in some new bedding with your purchase. Below, see all 11 of our mattress recommendations for side sleepers, reviewed by our mattress and sleep editors Chapman and Dillon. They’ve collectively tested over 100 mattresses, many of which also top our best mattresses of 2024 list.


Helix Sleep

Helix Midnight Luxe (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Medium to medium-firm (5 to 6) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 100 nights | Warranty: 15 years

Buy if: You’re a back or side sleeper who tends to sleep hot, or sleep with a partner.

Skip if: You spend most of your night on your stomach.

An upgrade from the Helix Midnight mattress, the Midnight Luxe is thicker, cooler and more layered than its base model. Specifically, it hits the medium to medium-firm sweet spot that works for most people while offering zoned lumbar support to help take pressure off the lower back. It’s also constructed with six layers including a dense 1,000-coil system and cushy surface foams that cradle joints to ease pain points. The finishing touch is the breathable cooling cover that doesn’t trap heat, and toasty sleepers can add on the GlacioTex Cooling Cover ($265) for more chilling power. Note that the Luxe models are a bit more of an investment than the regular ones, but they come with a generous 15-year warranty (as opposed to 10 years for the standard models).

What our testers say: “When testing the Helix Midnight Luxe, I found it to be super cushiony, thanks to its pillow top and coil base,” says Chapman. “I think back and side sleepers should really like the contouring and sinkage the Midnight Luxe offers, and couples could enjoy its cooling and motion isolating abilities. It also tested well for edge support, so you can sit or sleep near the edge of the bed without feeling like you’re going to fall off.”

Expert tip: The cooling cover upgrade is worth it if night sweats and high temps commonly disturb your sleep.


  • Targeted support helps ease low back pain
  • Excellent motion isolation; good choice for couples
  • Dense coil system keeps the spine in alignment


  • 100-night trial period isn’t as long as others

Nolah Mattress

Nolah Evolution 15 (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Plush (4 to 5), luxury firm (6 to 7) and firm (7 to 8) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Buy if: You want a hotel-like mattress that you can customize to your comfort preferences.

Skip if: You prefer a memory foam feel.

Hybrid mattresses are a natural choice for many side sleepers because they offer the right combo of support and pressure relief, and this is especially true of the Nolah Evolution 15. The mattress combines layers of plush, soft memory foam with thicker, denser foams, all of which sit atop an 8-inch base of individually wrapped coils. The result? A bed that provides targeted back support and deep pressure relief for the hips and shoulders.

The Nolah Evolution 15 comes in three firmness levels—plush, luxury firm and firm—and the brand says the plush is best for strict side sleepers.

What our testers say: “This bed feels like something I’d come across in a five-star hotel—it offers plush support that feels great. In my testing, I found it to have solid edge support, so you can sprawl out and use the whole surface of the bed. Since it’s offered in multiple firmness levels, I think most people should find a model that works for their needs,” says Chapman.

Expert tip: We recommend the plush and luxury firm models for most side sleepers. If you’re more of a combination back and side sleeper, the luxury firm option is likely a better fit, while lightweight side sleepers may prefer the plush version.


  • Great pressure relief for the hips and shoulders
  • Cooling; works well for hot sleepers
  • Sturdy edge support


  • 15 inches tall; may not fit your current sheets if they don’t have deep pockets

Editor’s Pick

Nectar sleep

Nectar Premier Memory Foam Mattress (Queen)

Type: Memory foam | Brand firmness rating: Medium-firm (6.5) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 365 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Buy if: You’re a side or back sleeper searching for pressure relief.

Skip if: You mainly sleep on your stomach.

The Nectar Premier Memory Foam Mattress combines medium to medium-firm support and foam-contouring coziness to make it one of our favorite memory foam mattresses. A firm bottom layer ensures a stable base, while the self-adjusting upper layers cradle your body. While foams can trap heat, the Premier is topped with gel-infused memory foam and an airy cooling cover to keep night sweats at bay. This combination promotes temperature regulation and head-to-toe support for better sleep all around. What’s more, Nectar offers an impressive 365-day trial period, so you can test it at home throughout every season. If you elect to keep it, your purchase is backed by an industry-leading “forever warranty.”

What our testers say: “I found the Nectar Premier to have a slightly softer feel in my testing that works well for side and some back sleepers,” says Chapman. “It embodies a traditional memory foam feel that I really liked because I felt like I was being gently hugged while lying on the mattress. Its thick foam layers also did a great job isolating movements.”

Expert tip: The hybrid model is better for sleepers over 230 pounds and worth the extra splurge.


  • Comfortable yet supportive; eases back and joint pain
  • Cover and gel-infused foam help the bed feel cool
  • Good at limiting motion transfer


  • Too soft for most combination side and stomach sleepers

Leesa Sleep

Leesa Original Mattress (Queen)

Type: Memory foam | Brand firmness rating: Medium-firm (5 to 7) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Buy if: You want the benefits of foam but also like some bounce, and you weigh under 230 pounds.

Skip if: You’re looking for reinforced edge support.

Leesa’s mattress is crafted entirely from foam for a cozy-yet-supportive feel. (That said, it’s firmer than other picks on this list, so if you’re set on getting a softer bed, you may want to consider another contender.) Although it’s all foam, the mattress is made with four different layers to offer the balance of support and comfort that side sleepers crave. Furthermore, the absence of coils means it’s less springy than traditional mattresses, so it excels at minimizing motion transfer—a huge plus for couples. On that note, if you share your bed and your partner isn’t a side sleeper, that’s okay; this pick is medium-firm and can provide pressure relief for all sleeping positions. And if you sleep warm, the Leesa mattress has a top layer of airy foam that stays cool while providing responsive contouring, and its gray twill cover is refreshingly breathable.

What our testers say: “The Leesa impressed me in my testing because it’s an all-foam bed that offers a bouncy, responsive feel, which isn’t super common,” says Chapman. “I felt nice contouring on this bed but didn’t feel stuck. I think this makes it a great fit for couples, as long as they like their bed to have more of a doughy, soft feel.”

Expert tip: Not sure which bed to pick? The Leesa Original is a safe pick for anyone who wants a budget-friendly, average yet comfortable mattress.


  • Medium feel accommodates all sleeping positions
  • Great motion isolation; limits the movement you feel when your partner gets up or changes positions


  • Not quite as supportive as a hybrid option for heavier sleepers


Saatva Classic Mattress (Queen)

Type: Innerspring | Brand firmness rating: Plush soft (3), luxury firm (5 to 7) and firm (8) | Shipping: Complimentary white-glove delivery (arrives flat) | Trial: 365 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Buy if: You’re a side combination sleeper in need of additional support.

Skip if: You’re a lightweight side sleeper.

Side sleepers with back pain should consider the Saatva Classic Mattress for its incredibly supportive dual-coil system. The Saatva Classic was built with spine alignment in mind, hence its pocketed coil layer, which sits above a second layer of thick steel coils. The result? Superb support and durability. White-glove delivery—which includes free mattress removal—makes setup a breeze.

What our testers say: “I found the Saatva to have a very classic, luxurious innerspring feel. I felt very lifted on top of the mattress, while the Euro top and memory foam cushioned my joints,” says Chapman. “The coil-on-coil design also does a great job promoting airflow through the bed. I love that this bed comes in three different firmnesses, but I did find each model to be slightly firmer than advertised.”

Expert tip: Expect your Saatva Classic to be one to two notches firmer than the brand claims each level is. For side sleepers who like a softer feel to their mattress, the plush offering is your best bet.


  • Supportive dual-coil system helps keep the spine aligned
  • Top-notch temperature regulation; good for hot sleepers
  • Plush soft version comes with extra padding for side sleeping


  • Costs $99 to return


Tempur-Pedic Luxebreeze (Queen)

Type: Memory foam | Brand firmness rating: Soft or firm | Shipping: Free white-glove delivery (arrives flat) | Trial: 90 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Buy if: You’re a hot sleeper, live with joint pain or share your bed with a partner.

Skip if: You’re a combination sleeper who switches positions often.

Tempur-Pedic is a big name in luxury sleep, thanks to the performance and durability of its products. The Tempur-LuxeBreeze is the brand’s most cooling model, and it’s on our list of the best cooling mattresses you can buy. Like many top side sleeper mattresses, this one comes with a multitude of layers—four, to be exact—including foams that relieve pressure with plush softness and contouring support. (In fact, the NASA-developed materials may be the closest you come to experiencing zero gravity). The brand says the Tempur-LuxeBreeze feels a full 10 degrees cooler than other Tempur-Pedic mattresses, thanks to a combination of ventilation and heat-absorbing materials. If that seems too chilly for you, the ProBreeze (pictured), which sleeps 5 degrees cooler, should do the trick. Both are available in either all-foam or hybrid options.

What our testers say: “I don’t regularly associate all-foam beds with being cooling, but I found the Tempur-LuxeBreeze really packs a cooling punch,” says Chapman. “The cover is literally cool to the touch, and it has a ton of cooling tech built in. I really liked the slow, deep sinkage I felt on this bed while side sleeping. I also think a lot of couples could like this bed since it tested great for motion isolation.”

Expert tip: Heavy side sleepers over 230 pounds should consider the hybrid option for increased support and bounce.


  • Cool-to-the-touch cover keeps you comfortable when you first lay down
  • Made to be 10 degrees cooler than other Tempur-Pedic mattresses
  • Excels at pressure relief for most side sleepers


  • Expensive; the priciest option on this list

Brooklyn Bedding

Brooklyn Signature Hybrid

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Soft (3), medium (5) and firm (7) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Buy if: You want a good value bed that can accommodate your sleeping position.

Skip if: You want a memory foam bed with a contouring feel.

The Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid is a hybrid mattress that contains dense layers of memory foam and nearly 800 individually wrapped coils. It comes in soft, medium and firm options. Side sleepers who like to feel cradled by their mattress should enjoy the plush quilted top and coil layer, which provides just enough pushback to make transitions easy and painless. While some hybrid mattresses can cost up to $2,000 for a queen size, the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid is often on sale for less than $1,000—which is one of the reasons it’s also featured in our best hybrid mattresses guide.

What our testers say: “Overall, I think the Signature Hybrid is a great value mattress. Not only does it come in different firmnesses, but I also found it to be responsive, cooling and supportive in my testing,” says Chapman. “It may not have all the bells and whistles some of the more luxurious models have, but it gets the job done by being comfy and supportive.” Dillon says, “I own the Signature Hybrid model, and it’s one of my favorite online mattresses. It has a light and airy feel that you don’t sink into, but I immediately feel relief against my hips and profile when I sleep on my side. It also has great edge support—a plus if you sleep with a significant other.”

Expert tip: We recommend the soft model for side sleepers. Adding the pillow top is an affordable way to make it feel a bit more luxurious.


  • Bouncy and buoyant feel
  • Quilted top provides extra cushioning
  • Accommodating for all body types


  • The soft version of this bed is likely too plush for combination side and stomach sleepers


Purple Restore Premier Hybrid Mattress (Queen)

Type: Hybrid (Purple grid) | Brand firmness rating: Soft or firm | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Buy if: You live with back pain, joint pain and are open to a unique (but widely loved) feel.

Skip if: You prefer a traditional mattress feel.

This mattress from Purple provides excellent pressure relief, thanks to the brand’s proprietary GelFlex Grid, a bouncy layer that looks a little bit like a silicone ice cube tray and gives Purple mattresses their signature feel. The RestorePremier Hybrid also has foam-topped coils, for additional pressure relief. The grid and coils respond quickly to movement, to give this mattress a more buoyant feel than traditional memory foam.

A number of cooling technologies are worked into different parts of the mattress, including a moisture-wicking finish on the cover and Coolflex coils that allow for airflow around the mattress’ base. Additionally, the GelFlex material won’t retain heat, which helps you stay cool all night long.

What our testers say: “I found this bed to have a really nontraditional feel that I think a lot of people could like. I tested the soft model and found it to have a squishy, almost waterbed-like feel—but with added support. I also found it to isolate motion really well in my testing, which is nice for couples. And it’s a great cooling pick,” says Chapman.

Expert tip: Side sleepers should consider the soft model. If you’re not sure about Purple’s unique comfort material, you can buy a sample piece called the Purple Squishy for $3 to get a feel for it.


  • Plush and bouncy feel
  • Extra pressure relief for side and heavy sleepers
  • Good for hot sleepers, thanks to the Purple grid


  • Expensive; one of the priciest mattresses on our list


Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Type: Copper-gel memory foam | Brand firmness rating: Soft (4) and firm (7) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Buy if: You’re a side sleeper under 230 pounds who wants two firmness options to pick from.

Skip if: You’re a heavyweight sleeper in need of extra support.

This mattress gives you a two-for-one deal by providing two firmness levels—soft and firm—in one mattress. For side sleepers with hip pain, the soft side is your best bet. This side is more forgiving and envelops your body in layers of cushioning memory foam. Since your hips and shoulders bear the brunt of your weight as a side sleeper, this is exactly the type of support these pressure points need.

And although the Layla is made entirely of memory foam, its layers are infused with copper and gel—two materials that help carry heat from the body.

What our testers say: “I was really impressed by how versatile Layla made this mattress to be,” says Chapman. “Its soft side offers soft sinkage, while the firm side keeps you more lifted with cushiony support. Although I didn’t find it to be the most cooling mattress (which is typical of an all-foam bed), I do think it’s more cooling than a lot of its foam competitors, thanks to the copper infusions in its materials.”

Expert tip: If you dislike the “stuck” feel of memory foam, you may really enjoy the light, airy and responsive profile of the Layla.


  • Reversible with two firmness levels in one mattress
  • Soft side contours to the body and relieves pressure on joints


  • Both sides may be too soft for heavyweight sleepers

Avocado Green Mattress

Avocado Green Mattress

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Plush (4) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 365 nights | Warranty: 25 years

Buy if: You’re eco-conscious and looking for a supportive bed that can keep you cool at night.

Skip if: You aren’t willing to pay extra for sustainability.

The Avocado Green Mattress is almost as green as you can get without sleeping on a pile of grass. It’s a latex hybrid made with GOLS-certified organic latex and other sustainable materials including organic cotton and organic wool. The bed’s upcycled pocketed coil layer is zoned into seven sections to provide targeted pressure relief under your pressure points and enhanced support under your back. Latex foam is known for being on the firmer end of the spectrum, but Avocado added a plush mattress option that appeals to people seeking added pressure relief, like side and combination sleepers. It also boasts a list of impressive certifications, from Climate Neutral to Made Safe, and is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.

What our testers say: “The Avocado Green Mattress in the pillow top model has a softer feel that I found cushioned my pressure points nicely while side sleeping,” says Chapman. “It also tested great for responsiveness and is quite bouncy (thanks to that latex), so it’s a nice pick for back and combination sleepers too.”

Expert tip: If you want even more plushness or sleep only on your side, you should upgrade to the box top model.


  • Bouncy and responsive feel
  • Breathable; good for hot sleepers
  • Eco-friendly; made from natural materials


  • Not budget-friendly; over $2,000 for a queen


Allswell Luxe Hybrid (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Medium-firm | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Buy if: You want a memory foam feel with more bounce.

Skip if: You’re under 150 pounds and prefer an ultra-soft bed.

If you’re searching for a quality mattress under $500 for a queen, the Allswell Luxe hybrid is your best bet. This bed pairs several layers of responsive memory foam with a base of individually wrapped coils to create just the right balance of comfort and support. Speaking of which, the topmost memory foam layer is 2 inches thick and infused with copper for deep pressure relief and enhanced breathability. This Walmart-owned brand also offers a 90-day trial period and a 10-year limited warranty, so you can test it out for three months at home.

What our testers say: “For a mattress that retails under $500, it’s truly a great value. It’s one of the nicest beds from Allswell, but you aren’t paying a top-tier price,” says Dillon. “My partner slept on an Allswell for several years, and when we co-slept it was good at isolation motion because of its memory foam comfort layers. It has more of a neutralized memory foam feel that’s bouncier than the traditional material and a balanced profile that lands somewhere around a medium-firm. This means it offers up ample pressure relief for side sleepers while also feeling supportive—no ‘sink in’ feel here.”

Expert tip: It’s a good pick for combination sleepers who move around often because of its bounce.


  • Affordable; under $500 for a queen
  • Good for all body types because of its hybrid construction


  • Some customers say it lost its shape within a few months

Why Trust Forbes Vetted

  • Our sleep editors Bridget Chapman and McKenzie Dillon have tested over 100 mattresses and are both certified sleep science coaches. Executive strategy editor Lindsay Boyers and senior strategy editor Katie Simpson oversee updates to this story and also have experience testing mattresses, including some of the beds on this list.
  • We’ve leveraged our expertise and testing insights in our extensive library of sleep and mattress guides.
  • We keep a pulse on the industry in order to bring our readers the best and most accurate information possible. For that reason, this story is updated several times a year, and most recently in February 2024.

How We Chose The Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers

  • We first sought out mattresses from reputable brands that offer the two key factors that matter most for side sleepers: pressure relief and spinal alignment. We also considered the construction of each bed to make sure the mattress contains the ideal combination of materials for side sleepers (namely, several foam comfort layers with a supportive base).
  • To narrow down our list further, we leveraged our personal experiences with each bed and asked staffers about their favorites.
  • Customer feedback was a key part of our criteria; each pick had to have hundreds, if not thousands, of positive customer reviews and an average rating of over four stars.
  • Side sleepers’ preferences can differ when it comes to comfort, budget and lifestyle, so we made sure to recommend models that cater to a variety of needs, including cooling mattresses fit for hot sleepers and affordable options for those on a budget.

What To Consider When Buying A Mattress For Side Sleepers

When narrowing down your options as a side sleeper, pressure relief, health concerns, spine alignment, construction and firmness should all come into account. If that all sounds like a lot, don’t worry. We break down the specifics and the most important aspects to consider before making your purchase below.

Mattress Material

Here’s what side-sleeping shoppers need to know about some of the most popular mattress materials and types:

  • All-foam mattresses are responsive and contouring, which makes this type an ideal choice for side sleepers. They also limit motion transfer so you don’t feel your partner moving at night. However, memory foam is prone to trapping heat, although sleep tech has evolved to the point where specialty cooling mattresses include foams that can effectively regulate temperature via gels and/or open-cell construction.
  • Hybrid mattresses combine a base of coils with plush upper foam layers to provide the pressure relief and support side sleepers need. The inclusion of springs means they don’t sink as much as foam-only models, and they generally have better airflow, too. Hybrid mattresses have some bounce, which makes this mattress type especially good for side sleepers who flip to their back or stomach throughout the night. (The more bounce a mattress has, the easier it is to change positions.)
  • Innerspring mattresses are primarily made up of a bed of coils with a thin layer of foam on top. This type tends to feel stiffer and less forgiving than all-foam or hybrid beds, so they’re generally not recommended for side sleepers.
  • Latex mattresses have a springy, bouncy feel but also excel at providing deep contouring for pressure points. Latex also naturally sleeps cooler than memory foam, so for side sleepers who sleep hot, a latex mattress may be a better choice than an all-foam bed.


In general, side sleepers benefit most from mattresses that fall between soft and medium-firm on the firmness scale. However, this differs from sleeper to sleeper depending on the health concerns like joint pain and spinal alignment, and your body type, which we’ll talk more about below. The key is finding a bed that cradles your major pressure points while providing enough support to keep the spine aligned.

Pressure Relief

When sleeping on your side, your shoulders and hips are supporting the majority of your body weight. Because of this, these parts of your body experience more tension and pressure than they would in other sleeping positions. To elevate that excess pressure on your joints, side sleepers should look for a mattress that contours along the hips and shoulders, cushioning your sides for maximum relief.

Spine Alignment

No matter what type of sleeper you are, it’s essential your mattress supports you while you sleep. However, this is especially important for side sleepers, who tend to rest in positions that aren’t always good for the body’s spinal alignment. Without proper spine alignment, side sleepers can be prone to experiencing back or neck pain; more on that later.

The best mattress for side sleepers should be able to comfortably support your spine’s natural “S” curve. This means your back should be in a neutral position with your hips and neck, forming a relatively straight line. It’s also a good idea to invest in a pillow designed for side sleepers—side sleepers typically need a medium pillow loft in order to maintain even alignment with their neck.

Body Weight

How much you weigh affects how firm your mattress feels. Standard mattresses are made to support around 230 to 250 pounds per side, but if you’re heavier, you may notice some sinking. This sinking can make a mattress feel softer than advertised. For this reason, heavier side sleepers can opt for a firmer mattress. The reverse is true for lightweight side sleepers. Those who feel they’re sitting on top of the bed without making a dent may want a softer mattress that doesn’t feel as stiff.

Health And Pain Concerns

Without proper support from your mattress and pillows, side sleepers are susceptible to back, side and joint pain from spinal misalignment while sleeping. If you suffer from these types of pains or have concerns about these conditions, take it into consideration while shopping for your mattress. For back pain, you may prefer a mattress with a little extra support, like the Saatva Classic. And for shoulder and hip pain, a softer mattress with foam comfort layers is the way to go to cradle and relieve pressure on your joints—think the Nolah Evolution 15.

It’s also worth noting that side sleepers can be susceptible to acne. Over time, your pillow collects dirt, sweat and oils. And as you sleep, your face is in direct contact with those particles on your pillow for hours at a time. To help prevent acne caused by side sleeping, try washing your pillowcases more frequently or opting for a silk pillowcase.

Trial Period

Knowing many people don’t have the opportunity to test an online mattress in person, most brands offer a trial period between 90 days and a year that allows you to try out your mattress with no strings attached. If you don’t like your bed, you can contact customer service by the end of the trial for a refund.


If you decide to keep your online mattress, most come with a warranty between 10 years and a lifetime that protects your mattress against certain manufacturer defects.

Mattress Shopping Tips For Side Sleepers

Know Your Budget

Most, if not all, the beds listed in our best mattress for side sleepers guide are online mattresses. When you buy online, you have a range of budget options to choose from, starting with the low end of around $300 for a queen to the high end of $2,000 or more. The average price of a queen mattress is around $1,200, but there are a few hidden gems you can buy for under $1,000 (especially during holidays).

Buying Online Vs. In Store

Before you buy a mattress you should weigh out your purchase options. Brick-and-mortar mattress stores give you the opportunity to feel a mattress yourself in person before you buy and directly compare it to other models. Buying online offers more convenience and often offers more generous policies, like free shipping, free returns, a risk-free trial and a warranty.

How To Know Your Mattress Isn’t Properly Suited For You

Side sleepers typically need a soft mattress that cradles your pressure points around the hips and shoulders. There are a few telltale signs that your mattress is no longer right for you, including:

  • You wake up with back or joint pain
  • There are visible sags and indents in your mattress
  • Your bed is creaky and loud
  • Your mattress is more than 10 years old

What’s The Best Mattress Type For Side Sleepers?

The best mattress type for side sleepers is either a memory foam or hybrid mattress. The common denominator in both types is the presence of multiple comfort layers, which helps relieve pressure in this sleeping position. For side sleepers who want the best-of-both qualities of a hybrid bed, we recommend the Helix Midnight Luxe, while sleepers who enjoy snuggling into their mattress may prefer the Nectar Premier—a memory foam bed that cradles your body.

What Mattress Is Best For Side Sleepers With Back, Shoulder And Hip Pain?

If you regularly deal with back pain, we recommend the support and luxurious feel of the Saatva Classic. Available in three comfort levels, it’s customizable and can fit a variety of side-sleeping needs. If hip and shoulder pain is your primary concern, look for a pressure-relieving mattress like the Purple Restore Premier Hybrid. It has a 3-inch thick spongy grid that provides deep contouring along your hips and shoulders, which helps provide relief for pressure points.

How Firm Should A Mattress Be For Side Sleepers?

Side sleepers typically need a mattress that’s soft enough to provide pressure relief, but firm enough to support proper spinal alignment. However, the exact firmness you need looks slightly different depending on your body weight and preferences.

  • Lightweight side sleepers should opt for a softer mattress—i.e. one that ranks anywhere from a 3 to 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale—than the average side sleeper. A medium-soft to soft mattress provides an adequate amount of contouring and pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. A mattress that’s firmer than that may feel too stiff.
  • Average-weight side sleepers tend to find the right balance of comfort and support with a medium-soft mattress to medium-firm mattress. In other words, a mattress that falls anywhere from a 4 to 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
  • Heavyweight side sleepers benefit from a firmer bed since it’s common for these sleepers to experience dipping or sagging if the mattress isn’t sturdy enough. Consider a medium-firm to firm mattress (one that measures a 6 to 7 out of 10 in firmness) that allows the shoulders and hips to sink just enough without compromising spine alignment.

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