Side sleeping is a common position, and although there are numerous variations, they all place pressure on a sleeper’s hips and shoulders. So it’s important that if you prefer sleeping on your side, or if that’s your dominant sleeping position, you find a mattress and pillows that work for your body.
The best mattress for a side sleeper
The best mattress for a side sleeper provides relief at pressure points (like the hips and shoulders) to keep the spine, neck, and back in alignment.
If you’re a side sleeper, the best mattress for you will provide plenty of support and be soft enough to contour to the curves of your body, especially your shoulders, waist, and hips.
Memory foam mattresses, including hybrids, are made to help distribute weight evenly and offer support at pressure points across your body. Plus, mattresses with foam are good at isolating movement and keeping your side of the bed calm when your partner tosses and turns, allowing you to sleep comfortably all night long.
The right pillow for side sleeping
Side sleepers also need a different style of pillow to get the best neck support throughout the night. The right pillow will give you consistent and stable support by cradling your neck and head. The best pillow for a side sleeper will have a tall enough profile to keep your head and spine aligned. Generally, that means very soft or flat pillows won’t do the trick.
Foam pillows, especially contoured foam pillows, will correctly support your neck and stay firm throughout the night.
More side sleeper pillows
Side sleepers can get extra support by adding more pillows to the mix. If you sleep in the fetal position — with both knees bent — a pillow between your knees can provide pressure point relief, keep your hips in alignment, and resist pelvic rotation.
Body pillows are good for hugging with your arms and knees (place the pillow at your chest and between your legs) or wedging against your back for stability (place the pillow along the backside of your body). Body pillows are typically firm so they can support your body without going flat, but a king size pillow or two can also do the work of a body pillow.
If you know you gravitate toward sleeping on your side, make sure you’ve got the right mattress and pillow support. If you have additional comfort concerns, check out Serta’s simple, seven-step mattress selector to find the right bed for your best night’s sleep.