A great mattress can be hard enough to find if you sleep on your back, but it can be even harder if you’re a side-sleeper. It really shouldn’t be — a massive 74% of people sleep on their side, according to a report from Anna’s Linens.
There are a few things to consider before buying a mattress if you’re a side-sleeper. For starters, while back-sleepers and front-sleepers will want something a little firmer for adequate support, side-sleepers will want something slightly softer to accommodate for the curves of the body. A great mattress, for a side-sleeper, should conform to the body without too much pressure on your hips or shoulders, which will help keep your spine aligned.
It can be hard to see if the mattress you’re interested in buying offers enough support if you buy from a store. Your two-minute test in the store isn’t going to be enough to really test mattress support -- however if you buy a mattress online, you’ll likely get 100 days, or a similar amount of time, to return the mattress for a full refund.
Thankfully, there are quite a few options for side-sleepers out there. Here are some of the best mattress choices for side-sleepers.