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What is the Best Mattress for Side Sleepers


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As a side sleeper, it’s important that you get the support you need from your mattress so that you wake up rested and ache-free. Finding the right mattress may seem hard—there are so many choices! Don’t worry, we’ll talk about the best mattress (and pillows) for side sleepers.

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How Do I Choose a Mattress If I Sleep On My Side?

Regardless of your sleeping position, when you’re getting a new mattress, it’s important to consider the mattress type, firmness, comfort, and support. If you’re trying to choose a mattress specifically for sleeping on your side, you want one that is supportive, especially for your shoulders and hips, which sometimes get sore and achy for side sleepers. The right mattress will keep your spine aligned all night long to help you get a good night’s sleep.

A foam mattress is a great option for side sleepers. Foam mattresses provide the support you need while contouring your body and relieving pressure points. For side sleepers, Leesa offers a great selection of foam mattresses. 

The Leesa Oasis Chill Hybrid is a great first option. It’s infused with fibers that pull heat away from your body for a cool night's sleep. And, with over 1,000 individually wrapped springs, it offers extra hip and edge support, where sleepers need it most.

Our newest mattress, the Leesa Reserve Hybrid, brings you an unbelievable comfort with its luxurious memory foam comfort insert. The high-density foam completely cradles your body, and the top-of-the-line features are uniquely suited to your sleep style. If you love modern elegance and timeless details, the Leesa Reserve Hybrid is perfect for you!

Looking for a balanced, memory foam comfort with pressure point relief? The Leesa Original mattress offers just that! Don't just take our word for it. Wirecutter named it one of "The Best Memory Foam Mattresses You Can Buy Online." It has three layers of premium foam for cooling, body contouring, pressure relief, and support. It cradles you while you sleep, supports spinal alignment, and gives incredible relief to your pressure points. 

The Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress is a great spring and foam mattress choice. It features cooling top layer foam, memory foam, and the support of individually-wrapped springs for enhanced support for side sleepers. A great solution for any sleeping style, Business Insider called the Leesa Sapira Hybrid the "Best Mattress Overall.”

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The Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress offers a dual-hybrid individually wrapped spring system for targeted pressure relief where you need it most, which, as a side sleeper, is your shoulders and hips. It features the same great cooling foam and memory foam and individually wrapped springs as our Leesa Sapira Hybrid, with an added layer of micro springs for our most advanced support.

Plus, if you and your partner sleep differently (which many do), a foam mattress will give both of you the better sleep you deserve. Maybe you sleep on your side, but your partner sleeps on their stomach—don’t worry! Our mattresses have an adaptive feel, so they're a great choice for all types of sleepers, especially if you like to snooze on your side.

Which Is The Best Type Of Mattress For Side Sleepers?

If you’re a side sleeper and considering getting a foam mattress, you have options. The Leesa Original mattress is an all-foam mattress that was designed for cooling, body contouring, pressure relief and support. It has three layers of foam and adapts to all body types and sleepers. The Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress combines premium foam layers with individually wrapped springs—the springs provide a unique support layer that adapts to your body as you move throughout the night. This hybrid mattress gives you the support and comfort you need.

What Are The Best Pillows For Side Sleepers?

Just as important as the best mattress for side sleep is the best pillow. However, when it comes to choosing the right pillow, one size does not necessarily fit all. If you’re a side sleeper, a fuller pillow is probably going to be best for you. This will ensure your neck stays aligned with your spine while you sleep and help you avoid waking up with neck pain.

Leesa Premium Latex Pillow uses premium comfort foam and is the perfect complement to your Leesa mattress.  Regardless of how much you toss and turn, its naturally bouncy latex foam keeps its shape over time, offering support and comfort every night. This means you won't have to fluff or adjust your pillow to keep it comfortable, making for a more restful sleep.
Leesa Adjustable Foam Pillow is also a great option for side sleepers. With a truly customizable design, it lets you adjust its thickness for the perfect alignment and comfort throughout the night. (Hint, hint: a thicker pillow suits people who sleep on their sides.) It's also cooling, with a cool-to-the-touch technology to help keep you from overheating in the night. And made from CertiPUR-US® certified foams, it's great for anyone looking for something hypoallergenic.

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best mattress and best pillow for sleeping on your side.


What type of mattress should I get if I'm a side sleeper?

You should look for a memory foam mattress that supports your body as you sleep on your side. Memory foam and hybrid mattresses are great for contouring to your body’s shape, which makes for a much better night’s sleep. 

What kind of firmness is best for side sleepers?

For side sleepers, a mattress with a medium level of firmness is generally considered the best option. This level of firmness provides a balance of support and contouring, allowing the mattress to cushion pressure points such as the shoulders and hips while still providing adequate support to keep the spine properly aligned.

What firmness is best for side sleepers with back pain?

If you’re on the heavier side, you should get a medium-firm or firm mattress. If you’re at a lower weight and you sleep on your side, you should get a softer mattress. For medium-weight side sleepers, you should try to strike a balance between a soft and a firm mattress for the best support.