In many ways, side sleepers have it easy. Because most people sleep on their side, the mattress market is flooded with products designed for folks who spend most of the night putting pressure on their hips and shoulders. As we have discussed in other blogs, different sleeping styles require different qualities in mattresses. While shopping for mattresses as a side sleeper can be easier compared to shopping with other sleeping styles, the sheer range of mattress options can be dizzying. If you are unsure about where to begin shopping for a mattress as a side sleeper, check out these do’s and don’ts to make the process a bit smoother.
DO: Look for Padded Surfaces
Because side sleepers typically place an incredible amount of pressure on their shoulders and hips, they often prefer mattresses that have padded surfaces. Foam mattresses or hybrid mattresses often work well, as do innerspring mattresses with top layers of memory foam or padding. While mattresses are continually being improved upon, you should bear in mind that some pillow top mattresses lose cushioning over time.
DON’T: Choose Mattresses That are Very Firm
While support is essential for side sleepers, it is possible to pick a mattress that is too firm. A mattress with insufficient give can cause pain and discomfort in your body’s pressure points. Many side sleepers look for mattresses that allow their bodies to sink in a bit while still providing adequate support for their waists and necks.
DO: Test Mattresses Before You Buy
Testing mattresses before you commit to purchasing one is essential in virtually every circumstance, especially if you sleep with a partner or have particular needs. When shopping for a new mattress, it can be helpful to research your options before you get to the store. Once you have a good idea of what you are looking for, visit your local Sleepwell retailer and give a few beds a try.
DON’T: Forget a Pillow
For side sleepers, a good pillow is almost as important as your mattress. Since side sleepers lie with their shoulders digging into the bed and their heads hanging down, their necks often require additional support from a pillow. When trying mattresses in stores, it can be helpful to bring a small pillow or puffy jacket with you to place beneath your head. When you do decide on a mattress, make sure to pair it with a pillow that properly supports your head and neck.
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