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.
Finding the best mattress for side sleepers
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.
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
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.