How to Choose Your Mattress: A Guide for Side Sleepers

We have learnt many facts about side sleeping. Yet, we might still be confused as to how to select the right mattress when we go to the showroom or browse the Internet to make product comparison. We have to admit, just like any other consumer products out there, the market is already chock-full of mattresses to choose from, with different brands and product range available. Of course, this is something to be expected. It is a billion dollar industry that we are talking about.

Hence, this article tries to list down all the right things for you to consider before choosing a mattress for side sleepers. Make a mental note that a mattress you are looking for should have a reasonable price tag that commensurate with its quality.

Test out different brands in the market

Go to as many home furnishings showrooms with mattresses on display and test out the ones that you fancy. One by one. Lie down on the mattresses in different sleeping positions. Yes, even if you are certain you are a side sleeper and will always stay a side sleeper forever. This is important because there may come a time when you need to sleep in other positions, or when you decide to finally give it away as preloved item. Keep looking until you find a mattress that you are comfortable with.

Pay attention to the layers that make up your mattress

Layers that build up your mattress can influence your overall health and well-being. A good mattress can provide your body restful sleep, aid in correct sleeping posture and support your spinal alignment. It is even more important for side sleepers, because some side effects from this sleeping position can be greatly minimized by choosing the right mattress materials. On the other hand, mattresses made from organic materials can provide greater health benefits and last longer because they do not release toxic chemicals, unlike commercial mattresses.

Understand mattress firmness level

Some of us might be surprised to know that mattresses have their firmness scale measured according to international standards. From firmness level of 1 to 10, between 4 to 6 on the scale is considered medium. For side sleepers, the suitable mattress should not be too soft or too firm. Thus, to be on the safe side, simply look for medium firmness level and decide what top-most layer can complement the firmness by providing extra plush and comfort. Sewn pillow-top or a final upper layer of memory foam is something to be considered.

Go the custom-way

If you find commercial mattresses readily available in the stores do not suit your need, you can always choose customizable mattress as your sleep solution. Customizable mattress can be made to order in any size or shape. You can determine what materials and firmness level you find comfortable as a side sleeper.

Consider the perks

Do not forget to ask about warranty and other perks that you might get before buying a mattress. A good one should come with a warranty of at least 10 years. Some brands offer sleep trials up to 100 or even 365 nights. Upon certain time side sleeping on it, you can return the mattress to the seller if you are not satisfied.

All the above points considered, you should now be well-equipped to visit any mattress stores and confidently shoot the salesperson with any queries, mattress-wise.

Danny Simmons is a 28-year-old scientific researcher who enjoys watching YouTube videos, bowling and theatre. He is stable and careful, but can also be very lazy and a bit impatient.