When sleeping on your side, you need a mattress that both supports your body and comforts your neck, back, shoulders, and hips. Memory foam mattresses come in different densities and layers, designed to form a contour around your body while you sleep. The best match for the side sleeper uses a medium or firm density while giving the stress points of your body comfort. Below is my list for the top five mattresses for side sleepers.
1. Shea 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress
Combining of a three inch top layer with a medium to firm density and a seven-inch bottom layer, the Shea 10-inch memory foam mattress hits the right marks for side sleepers. The top layer holds the crucial parts of your body still while comforting and cooling; and the support layer provides enough spring that you don’t sink into the mattress. The medium density means that it snaps back to its original shape as you flip sides during the night.
The Fine Print
Some lightweight side sleepers find that the Shea is too firm, and Sleep Innovations offers a variety of mattress toppers to this problem. Unlike other memory foam mattresses made of viscoelastic polyurethane foam, the 10-inch Sleep bed from Sleep Innovations doesn’t have a strong chemical scent straight out of the box. While this is the case, the mattress comes vacuum packed and needs a day or two to stand to conform to its original size. The Sleep Innovations Shea mattress is available from Amazon.
2. Twelve Inch gel-memory foam mattress from Serta
Combining the best of a gel and memory foam combination, this mattress from Serta takes top honors for its comfort and support. The medium firmness gives the right support to side sleeper’s stress points, and the top gel layer makes for a comfortable night’s sleep by creating a cushion. A middle layer of ventilation helps to keep things cool, and the quilted cover lets the mattress breathe; moving beyond the overheating that memory foam beds are known for.
The Fine Print
I’m including the Serta on my list for the best mattresses for side sleepers for its medium to firm density. Some find that the gel layer is too thin, making it uncomfortable because of its firmness. As such, the mattress is for those who need an extra layer of support, and not those who are looking for comfort due to aches and pains. It’s also a top pick because of the ventilation layer, avoiding the pitfalls of memory foam and giving relief to people who overheat during the night. The gel-memory mattress from Serta is available on Amazon.
3. The Casper Sleep Memory Foam 10-inch Mattress
My pick for the best memory foam mattress for side sleepers who want the firm support of the Serta and comfort, the single model from Casper makes the grade for its integration of latex and memory foam. Using four layers, the redesigned Casper has a top section of latex foam for comfort, a second layer of memory foam for support, and a third layer of poly foam that lessens the strain of the bottom layer of more dense, support foam.
The Fine Print
When combined, the 10-inch Casper solves the problem of overheating caused by memory foam with the latex addition and comes up a winner for support and comfort by alternating the densities of the layers. One drawback to note is the thin cover, prone to tearing if not tended to properly. The Casper bed is also unique as its only sold on the internet, debuting in 2014 and still going strong. For those looking for a mattress that comforts the stress points of side sleepers, the Casper mattress is available on Amazon.
4. Shiloh by Sleep Innovations
On my list of the best because of its price vs. quality ratio, the Shiloh 12-inch memory foam mattress wins its spot as it delivers comfort without costing thousands of dollars. A popular model in the Sleep Innovation SureTemp line, the company makes the mattress with dual layers of memory foam. The lower providing support and the upper made with a lower density blend for comfort. Combined, the layers prevent you from sinking too far into the mattress and soothe the neck and back even when sleeping on your side.
The Fine Print
The two layer-system is a drawback to some, creating too firm of a foundation and not well-suited to those who typically sleep on their back. To fix this problem, Sleep Innovations offers an additional topper.
The Shiloh scores high marks for its air circulation, its open cell technology beating the heat and providing a cool night´s sleep. The last reason the mattress from Shiloh is on the list is that it does a decent job for people with Hypo-allergenic concerns. The Energie Opus is the best, but the Shiloh is the best of the rest.
5. Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel 13 Inch
The Bamboo Gel Memory Foam Mattress is another impressive option for side sleepers, combining four layers of foam and gel to provide comfort and support. The top gel layer forms a cocoon around your body; below the gel is a thin layer of memory foam to add an extra layer of comfort for the hips, shoulders, and neck. Rounding out the succeeding layers are a two-inch ventilation section, and a seven-inch, high-density support layer.
The Fine Print
The Home Bamboo’s use of gel and memory foam gives you the support you need from the foam, and the comfort that is often missing from firm mattresses through the gel. In addition to conforming to your body’s shape, it regulates heat, keeping you warm but not too hot.
The Brentwood Home bed features a soft, wool sleeping surface and a bamboo cover, both comfortable and machine washable. The firmness of the mattress also resists vibrations, making it a good choice for bed partners who toss and turn. Taking a top spot in my list of quality memory foam mattresses for its comfort and price tag.