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The requirements for a good night's rest changes from person to person. Sometimes, you might need a sleep mask or want to hear soothing music for the most peaceful night of slumber. Or maybe you require the super-soft sheets or a special supportive pillow. But, if you're on a mattress that doesn't fit your sleeping position, even the softest sheets or the comfiest pillows in the world in the darkest room with the most calming or soothing noises won't help you sleep at all.
If you're here, then you're a side-sleeper, and you know it. The best mattress for your preferred sleeping position is the one that offers a perfect balance of softness and support. And if you're planning to buy one, you'll also want to consider certain other factors as well, like the mattress firmness, motion isolation (critical when you're sharing a bed), etc.
Lucky for you, you've got plenty of mattress buying options these days. But how does a side sleeper sort through all these options to pick up the best one? Seriously, who has time to look for which company offers the best mattress and who has time to sleep on every latex mattress, memory foam mattress, innerspring mattress, hybrid mattress, and everything in between to find out which one works for your preferred sleeping position? Fret not! We've got your back. Here is all you need to know about the best mattress for side sleepers. Keep reading!
Before we dig into mattress recommendations, it's pretty much essential to talk about the ideal side sleeping posture. Of course, this posture is great, but it's something that needs a lot of fine-tuning to get perfect.
While sleeping, keep your spine straight and in level with your mattress surface. This ensures that your spine is neutral, free of spinal flexion that causes stress on muscles and joints. Keep your hands below your face and neck, parallel to the sides. The next thing you have to do is, pay attention to your pillow height. Most side sleepers tend to use pillows that are too thin. This causes a bend in their neck and sometimes a pulling effect on the spine, causing back and shoulder problems. Keep your hips in a vertical position with the high side of your hip directly above the lower side. This ensures minimal stress on your lower back.
When done correctly, sleeping on your side has a lot of health benefits. It can reduce joint pain and lower back pain, as well as chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia. Another important benefit of side sleeping is that it reduces snoring, one of the most common symptoms seen in obstructive sleep apnea. You may also get better gut health if you're a side sleeper.
Did you know that side sleepers need a balance of support and soft cushioning for both the shoulders and hips for proper spinal alignment? Even though mattress firmness is a matter of personal preferences, you should also consider your body weight. In general, it's like this - the heavier you are, the firmer your mattress should be. This is due to the fact that you will likely need more support from your mattress. With the right mattress firmness, we bet you can go from "Oh, that feels so nice" to "OMG! Where have you been all these years?"
Support is the primary key to comfort. Side sleeping puts a great deal of pressure on your shoulders and hips. When these major areas lay flat or sink in, the spine's natural alignment may change - sadly, you're going to have a night of tossing and turning.
When choosing a mattress, go for the one that responds to pressure and conforms to your body shape. This will keep your spine well-aligned and cushions pressure points, which are, in fact, essential for side sleepers.
As with most anything you buy, the ones made with high-quality materials last longer. Mattresses are no different. While high-quality materials can be comparatively expensive, they make the mattress a more valuable investment. The ones made with cheaper and low-quality materials can wear down easily and offer less support over time.
The next important decision you've to make is choosing the right mattress material. Yeah, we know this can be somewhat daunting as there are more options now than ever before. Conventional mattresses sold by retail stores are typically innerspring/coil and memory foam. Organic latex mattresses have become very popular in the last decade, and there are also hybrid mattresses that combine the benefits of different types of materials.
Latex mattresses are constructed with latex comfort layers and a latex support base. They are mostly made with all-natural and organic latex, manufactured with sap harvested from the rubber trees.
Mattresses made with latex allow proper spinal alignment, gently contour to the body, and prevent you from sinking too deeply into the mattress, thereby alleviating pressure points. This type of mattress also allows more airflow around the body and offers better temperature regulation.
Synthetic and blended are the other two types of latex used for mattresses, but they are made with petrochemicals and are harmful to you and the environment.
Made from polyurethane, memory foam mattresses (visco-elastic foam) combine layers of memory foam with springs or support foam. These mattresses use your body heat to soften and respond to pressure and cushioning areas like the hips and shoulders, hence providing remarkable support and comfort.
Even though memory foam mattresses are the most preferred by many, they have a lot of disadvantages. The production process of memory foam mattresses involves harmful chemicals that are unhealthy and release a nasty odor. Heat is another main issue with memory foam mattresses. Unless you live in a colder country, sleeping on these mattresses results in more body heat and sweat.
Memory foam mattresses are not waterproof. Therefore, they do not help with accidental water spillage and moisture. They require a lot of maintenance and care that even a little negligence can disrupt their lifespan.
Hybrid mattresses are the ones having an innerspring support system with thick comfort layers of materials like memory foam or latex. Combining elements of different types of mattress materials into a hybrid design increases the benefits of each, with a few drawbacks. A polyfoam or micro-coil transition layer sits beneath the foam comfort layers in a hybrid mattress. The base of the innerspring coils allows unrestricted airflow and support to the mattress.
Since a hybrid mattress has considerable comfort layers, it provides excellent contouring support that helps to keep the spine aligned and relieve pressure points. These mattresses are often a good choice for those shopping on a budget, but before rushing to buy one, you must also know that there are potential downsides to hybrid mattresses.
Hybrid mattresses aren't the best with motion isolation. Even though they feature a soft comfort layer, it mostly fails to cut down motion transfer. Beware of the foams used in these mattresses, as some of them off-gas or sag due to lower-quality materials. Also, they are heavier and cumbersome when compared to memory foam and latex-type mattresses.
A good mattress is a long-term investment and is absolutely essential for feeling your best at night. If you don't get good sleep, at least 8 hours a day, it can seriously mess with your quality of life. A comfortable mattress with proper support and contouring abilities can go a long way towards improving sleep quality, especially if you are a side sleeper.
As stated in the above section, side sleepers can opt for different mattress types as long as they provide the right cushioning and support. But this doesn't mean that mattresses that feature support, comfort, pressure point relief, and contours to the shape of your body can actually be healthy for your body. Nowadays, most mattresses that claim to be healthy are made with a mix of polyurethane foam, conventional cotton, and synthetic latex, all of which pose their own special kind of trouble. And that's why at Turmerry, we recommend you go for an all-natural and organic latex mattress.
Mattresses made of organic latex are combined with natural spring technology to offer great support and enough cushion to respond to your body shape as well as pressure points.
When you're lying on your side, chances are you will bury your head into the bed in between your sleep. This calls for a mattress that doesn't emit or off-gas toxic chemicals and doesn't shelter bugs, mites, and other microorganisms. Since an all-natural and organic latex mattress is made from the sap of natural rubber, it is adequately firm and resistant to all kinds of microorganisms.
Organic latex mattresses are a perfect choice for side sleepers. Sleeping on your side puts so much pressure on the mattress. This pressure is, in fact, tremendous when compared to sleeping on the back or stomach. If you are sleeping on an ordinary mattress, say memory foam or hybrid, the material is not likely to uphold the pressure, and chances are there that it will sag along the lines. If you are using an organic latex mattress, you don't have to worry; it is not going to sag any time soon.
Finding the perfect mattress can make a significant difference, not only in getting quality sleep but all aspects of your daily life. It improves your productivity, prevents body pain, and ultimately improves your overall mood. Studies show a direct correlation between the total hours slept and your happiness. At Turmerry, we understand the importance of a good night's sleep, and we recommend making your sleep an absolute priority by investing in a good quality mattress. It is not required that you spend money on a mattress every 4-5 years. Understand your sleep preferences and just invest in the right mattress once.