Best mattress for side sleepers

Buying a mattress is often a complicated process, with dozens—if not hundreds—of options to choose from in local retailers. One of the most common questions people ask is “What is the best mattress for slide sleepers?” Our guide on mattresses will help you to determine what to look for if you sleep on your side.

Side sleep is common amongst Australians

At Sealy, we collect approximately 120,000 responses per year from our Mattress Selector tool. The data consistently shows us that most people (64%) prefer to sleep on their side, or a combination of positions that include side sleep.

We also know that many Australians suffer from aches and pains at night, indicating that their mattress may no longer be suitable. If this sounds familiar, check our guide to help you determine whether your mattress is causing back pain.

Best mattress for side sleepers

Finding the best mattress for side sleepers

We understand that not every Australian has the same night time routines, sleeping positions and physical comfort requirements. This is why we always suggest that you start with our Mattress Selector

To help you get started, here are the key things to look for in a side sleeper mattress.

Best mattress comfort for side sleepers

The best bed for side sleepers is one that has appropriate comfort layers. As a side sleeper, you place pressure on the heaviest points of your body, which are typically your hips and shoulders.

Restricted blood flow in these pressure points can cause frequent tossing and turning throughout the night, disrupting your sleep and possibly that of your partner

To prevent this from happening, a side sleeper mattress ought to cushion your body. If your mattress is too firm, it can place too much pressure on your hips and shoulders.

If you are a side sleeper, the best mattress for you may be a Plush or Medium option. Everyone has different comfort preferences, so we always suggest that you try a Sealy mattress in-store to see if it is suited to you.

Prevent side sleep discomfort and backache by ensuring your bed conforms to your shape and maintains your spine’s natural alignment.

Firm mattress causing back pain

Side sleeper neck and shoulder pain

If you are looking for a mattress that is better for sleeping on your side, you may also need to consider whether your pillow is right for you.

An improper pillow for people who side sleep may cause neck and shoulder pain. View our article about the best pillow for side sleepers.

Best mattress support for side sleepers

In addition to having the right comfort, as a side sleeper it is vital that your mattress has a good support system. Sealy Posturepedic technology is engineered to maintain spinal alignment and work in harmony with premium comfort layers.

Sealy comfort choices

Selecting a comfort level is a personal decision. Let Sealy guide you through our options from ultra plush to ultra firm.
Selecting a comfort level is a personal decision. Let Sealy guide you through our options from ultra plush to ultra firm.

Tips when buying a bed for a side sleeper

Do side sleepers need firm or soft?

Side sleepers often prefer Plush or Medium comfort feels. If a mattress is too firm, a side sleeper is likely to experience discomfort in their hips and shoulders, causing tossing and turning. However, everyone is unique, which is why we suggest that you try our online Mattress Selector

What type of mattress should I buy?

You should buy a mattress that offers the right support, comfort and durability. There is no single mattress that suits everyone, as we all have unique sleep profiles and lifestyle requirements. If you’re unsure how to choose the right mattress, start with our online Mattress Selector.

Is my pillow right for a side sleeper?

It is possible that your pillow may be causing spinal misalignment and discomfort. Side sleepers often need a more structured pillow to keep their head, neck and shoulders appropriately supported. Read more about side sleeper pillows and how they can help you sleep.

Where can I try a Sealy Posturepedic mattress for side sleepers?

We can help you to discover the best mattress for your back pain with our handy Mattress Selector tool. Once you have an idea of the best type of bed for you, we suggest that you visit your nearest Sealy stockist to try it in person.