If you’re a side sleeper, you’re in the majority. About 63 percent of Americans feel that they get their best rest on their sides. Sleeping on one’s side can be beneficial for the neutral alignment of the spine, particularly if a small pillow is tucked between the knees. Unfortunately, not all mattresses are equipped to handle side sleepers. If you wake up feeling painful pressure on your shoulders, hips, or other joints, then chances are good that you’re sleeping on the wrong mattress.
At Wildcat Mattress, our Sleep Specialists are experts in identifying the best side sleeper mattress for each individual sleeper. We can even offer guidance on selecting the best mattress for side sleepers with shoulder pain or hip pain. Stop by our showroom today to browse our expansive selection and talk to our friendly staff about your concerns.
Each side sleeper will have his or her own preferences regarding the perfect mattress, but one thing is clear: Sleeping on an old mattress with visible sagging in the middle makes it much more difficult for side sleepers to get a good night’s rest without suffering from shoulder and/or hip pain.
Side sleepers tend to prefer soft or medium-soft mattresses. This allows the body to slightly sink into the padding, which relieves the pressure on the shoulders and hips. This also helps maintain a neutral position of the spine.
If you’re looking for an exceptionally soft, comfortable mattress to relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips, consider a Euro top or pillow top mattress. These are widely considered by experts to be among the best mattresses for side sleepers with hip pain. As the name suggests, pillow tops are designed to feel as though one is sleeping on a fluffy pillow. They feature an extra layer of padding sewn to the top of the conventional mattress body, which is typically an innerspring mattress.
Euro tops are very similar to pillow tops, except that instead of a quilted surface, they tend to have a smoother design. A number of brands make these mattresses, including Restonic and Simmons.
Side sleepers often have problems with shoulder pain, particularly if they have underlying medical conditions such as arthritis, tendon inflammation, and shoulder instability. For those with shoulder pain, it might be preferable to choose a slightly firmer mattress instead of a pillow top or Euro top. Memory foam and natural latex are good choices because they conform to the body to relieve pressure points, but they also provide sufficient support.
Of course, whichever mattress you choose, you’re likely to experience considerable improvements in your comfort level compared to sleeping on an old, worn-out mattress. The best mattress for a side sleeper is one that provides the best possible night’s sleep.
For help making a decision, ask a Sleep Specialist about customer reviews on different brands and types. Some people swear by their pillow tops, while others are ardent fans of memory foam mattresses. While customer reviews and satisfaction rates can be helpful, the most important factor to consider when choosing a mattress is whether it feels right to you. Spend plenty of time lying on different models in your normal sleep position.
These are just general guidelines and suggestions for side sleepers who are welcome to test-drive various beds at the Wildcat Mattress showroom just outside of Lexington, KY. At Wildcat, superior customer service is our top priority. We’ll conduct a personalized sleep analysis and show you our best beds for side sleepers.
When you’re ready to bring home your new mattress, you can take advantage of our courteous, in-house delivery service. Be sure to ask us about our 121-night Comfort Guarantee-the longest in the area! Call 859.887.2552 or stop by our showroom today.