We don’t choose the side sleeping lifestyle; it chooses us.
Kind of makes you think doesn’t it, why do some people sleep more on the side, stomach, or back? What made us choose that way of sleeping?
Having 3 different types of sleeping positions gives us 3 different needs for a mattress. Often a bed that is made for back sleepers will not work for a side sleeper. This gets even crazier when couples share a bed(don’t worry I solved this issue here).
What if you’re a side sleeper? What mattress will work the best for you?
The answer is simple…
If you’re a side sleeper, the best type of mattress to buy will be a Latex Mattress.
I know what you’re thinking – What does this mean!?
To understand you must understand all the other types of mattresses.
You have, or what I consider, 3 different kinds of mattresses. You have the Innerspring, Memory Foam, and Latex.
Out of the 3, the Innerspring Mattress (Spring Mattress) is the most popular. It’s probably the one you have now. An innerspring mattress is made up of coils. The coils can be wrapped, and you can even have a pillow top layer with memory foam. No matter how you slice it, if it’s got springs or coils, then it’s an innerspring mattress.
Since Spring Mattresses are so popular, there is a good chance you have one. There’s also a good chance that you have back, hip, or even shoulder pains. (I’m good at this guessing game!)
The reason why I’m good at guessing is that I know that spring mattresses are the worst for side sleepers.
The reason why Spring Mattresses are so bad for side sleepers has to do with the pressure points the coils create. These coils don’t support the body well and give you uneven pressure to your hips and shoulders.
The other two types, Memory Foam and Latex, are very similar. Both are a lot more comfortable than a spring mattress. Both give even pressure and supports the body the best. Both will be light years better than Spring Mattresses.
But Latex is far better.
Latex will be the easiest mattress to get used to when coming from a Spring Mattress. Memory Foam will give mostly the same support, but memory foam is much harder to get in and out of.
Many people don’t realize it, but when you get out of your innerspring mattress, you sometimes bounce out. Or just use the motion of the bed to get out. This was the first thing I noticed when I switched from a spring mattress to memory foam; the bed felt like it wanted to suck me back in.
Latex has a more springy feel to it. This helps with getting out of bed, but it also adds a layer of comfort that your hips and shoulders need.
If you have hip or shoulder pains, then please check out my post on the best mattress for you. Click Here to see it!
Another thing I find great about Latex over Memory Foam is that it can sleep cooler. Memory foam sleeps hot compared to an innerspring mattress. A Latex Mattress will be the only one that will feel closest to a spring mattress without the pain of owning one.
Why should you not pick Latex?
What kind of review or helpful guide would this be if we didn’t play the devil’s advocate?
The biggest reason why you should avoid Latex is that of the price. Even though Latex Mattress have been around longer then Memory Foam they can be more expensive.
The word expensive is relative – let’s explain a bit more on what expensive really means.
The good news
The good news is that there is a trick to getting a Latex bed. The method is simple, don’t buy a mattress from the retail stores!
Sooooo…… Where do I buy them then???
The good old internets, oh how she has saved many of my monies.
There is actually logic behind this I swear. You see, we all know there’s money and Bananas Stands and also Mattress Stores. Like insane markups! I’ve seen beds with over 200% markup!
It cost money to run a physical store. You have signs, employees, rent, electric, and many other factors that go into running a physical store. That cost gets passed onto the customer which is why buying a mattress is so scary expensive! Plus you got to deal with annoying salespeople who only want to push the mattress of the month.
But… what about trying the bed out to see if I like it?
The chances of you liking any bed that is not your old bed are excellent!
Mattress shopping Experience: you get overwhelmed with all the options. You’ll get tired of trying new beds, and they all soon will feel the same. You’re tired and hungry and want to be done with buying a bed, so you go with the one you’re lying on just to get out. It gets to the point of “whatever” when mattress shopping.
And this is why shopping for a mattress is confusing and frustrating. Its just so much easier to have someone point you in the right direction. It’s also nice to not have to leave your house and waste time when you can be doing more important things. So let us point you in the right direction…
Here are 3 Latex Mattresses I recommend you check out. Please be sure to check out the reviews to see what others are saying about it.
- My Green Mattress
- Queen 100% Latex Mattress the Last Mattress You Will Ever Need to Buy
- Pure Green® Natural Latex Mattress
What about Memory Foam
I know price can be an issue. And Memory foam is a good contender for side sleepers. The modern day memory foam beds are fantastic, and truthfully they sleep cooler than the older style memory foam.
You would be surprised how affordable memory foam beds are. It’s not latex, but it does get to a point where we’re splitting hairs. I’m more of a back and side sleeper and what I sleep on is memory foam. The biggest reason why I sleep on memory foam over latex is that after a few days I got use to it. Both Latex and Memory foam work fine for side sleepers, but I find the transition from Spring to Latex to be easier for most people.
If you’re interested in memory foam then here are 3 recommendations of the ones we like…
- Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress
- Red Nomad Queen Size Memory Foam Mattress
- DynastyMattress Cool Breeze 12-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
How will they ship the mattress?
You might be wondering how they ship a mattress to you? What they do is compressed the mattress as much as possible and place it in a box. The box is smaller than the mattress which cuts down on shipping cost and makes it a bit easier to handle.
When you get the mattress, place it where you want it to go. Carefully unwrap it from the box and plastic. The bed will start to expand once removed from the plastic. Allow enough time for the mattress to expand fully.