Best mattresses and pillows for side sleepers

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Best mattresses and pillows for side sleepers


Choosing the perfect mattress and pillow setup can be tough at the best of times, but what if you sleep in a particular position and want to cater to that? If you sleep on your side, then in some ways, you’re in luck, as it’s the most popular sleeping position out there.

By Imogen Groome | 23rd August 2019
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Fortunately, there are plenty of products out there on offer for you to set up your perfect sleeping combination. Here are some of the top products currently on the market.

Nectar Mattress

The ideal level of firmness for a side sleeper is medium soft or medium firm, as it’s important to have a product which can cushion pressure points but also won’t completely give way. The good news is that the Nectar works to provide body conforming and pressure relief without sinking too much beneath a sleeper’s weight. What’s more, this memory foam mattress won’t break the bank either, as it’s available with a price tag that’s great value for money. 

The Nectar has been designed with layers of both standard and gel memory foam, which work to improve the alignment of the spine and hug the entire body. This mattress also has a dual-layer support core with reinforcing polyfoam layers. These high density materials will help the product to maintain its even surface. Furthermore, this memory foam mattress is unusual compared to competitors on the market in that it regulates temperature well, thanks to its cotton and lyocell cover.

Brooklyn Mattress

The Brooklyn mattress works well for those who have the money to splurge on a slightly more luxurious product, and side sleepers who tend to overheat during the night. The Brooklyn Aurora is available in soft, medium firm or firm when it comes to firmness options. This means that side sleepers are sure to find the perfect option for them regardless of their weight. With the softer firmness, you’ll get high quality conforming and spinal alignment if you’re a lighter sleeper, while the firmer options provide a good level of support along with conforming for heavier people.

This hybrid mattress does a good job of regulating temperature, as it has a cover made of phase change material which works to keep sleepers from overheating while they sleep. Additionally, this phase change material has been infused with copper, which is said to increase blood flow for those who suffer from poor circulation. Another benefit found with this mattress is the edge support; thanks to the layer of eight inch coils, there is strong reinforcement around the entire bed, including the outer edges.

Saatva Mattress

While innerspring mattresses are known for being difficult for side sleepers, the Saatva bucks this trend with its unique construction and features. With traditional innerspring mattresses, there will be thin foam layers which don’t closely conform. This will lead to issues with aches and pains, plus poor alignment of the spine. However, the Saatva is constructed using memory foam, polyfoam and pocketed coils. These comfort layers work to both target pressure points and provide a cradling feeling. There is also a euro-top layer and bonnell coils in the support layer, which helps with edge support. Due to the double layer of coils, there will be enough stability and responsiveness to suit side sleepers.

The Saatva comes in multiple firmness levels in order to cater to different preferences. You can choose from medium soft, medium firm or firm. Regardless of which firmness option you go for, you will benefit from a high quality level of airflow through the coil layers. This will help to regulate the temperature of the bed, reducing the chances of overheating during the night. Additionally, Saatva offers free white glove delivery, which includes the assembly of the new mattress and the removal of the old one, to all customers who reside in the contiguous US. If you’re unsure about whether the purchase will be right for you, there is a 120 night sleep trial you can make the most of.

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Helix Pillow

When it comes to pillows, finding the correct loft is important if you want to get the right level of support. For side sleepers, the loft which works best will change regularly, so the Helix pillow is a good option. This is because sleepers can choose between three loft settings thanks to the customisable design.  The inside of this pillow comprises materials such as down alternative fibers and memory foam, which cushion the head and neck. The customisation is enhanced by the ability to add or remove two memory foam and down alternative inserts, which can make the pillow feel firmer.

Tempur-Pedic Pillow

This brand has been seen as trustworthy and reputable for a long time, which is why people like the Tempur-Down Precise Support Pillow. This product has a core made of memory foam, which has been padded out with a fill made of premium down. The feeling gained from this pillow overall is therefore one which is medium; the sleeper’s head and neck receive specially targeted pressure relief, and the spine is aligned well. Other benefits seen with this pillow include the fact that it can be shaped and adjusted, and it sleeps cool due to a good level of airflow which runs through its interior. 

Saatva Pillow

The Saatva pillow makes use of the popular pillow material, latex, which is commonly used in these products due to its supportive and resilient properties. The interior of this pillow comprises shredded Talalay latex, with a middle layer made of an alternative to microdenier and organic cotton. The interior parts of this pillow can be removed if the loft isn’t at the desired level, making it good for side sleepers whose needs will vary in this department.

What’s more, this pillow offers good temperature regulation, as it has parts which are temperature neutral as well as an organic cotton cover which is very breathable. As a bonus, the Saatva has a particularly long lifespan due to the durable nature of the materials used in its construction. With the Saatva, you can benefit from free shipping to anywhere in the contiguous US, as well as a sleep trial which lasts for 45 nights.

Written by
Imogen Groome
Imogen is editor-in-chief of Hot5. She is also a lifestyle blogger, author and freelance journalist, with particular interests in music, politics, psychic readings and dating. She is usually found at home with her collection of animals, drinking iced tea. Read more.
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