The Best Mattresses for
Side Sleepers 2021

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Nolah AirFoam™ Mattresses are Ranked #1 for Side Sleepers 2021

Side Sleeping is widely accepted as the healthiest sleep position by medical professionals and sleep specialists. Especially sleeping on your left side because it prevents gastric problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux.

Side sleepers find extreme comfort at night because it relieves the sensitive pressure points of the hips and shoulders. According to one study as many as 74% of Americans sleep on their side, it’s almost impossible to find an adequate mattress to suit these delicate sleep needs. The majority of mattress manufacturers design their mattresses with a one-size-fits-all approach. They also produce their mattresses with outdated materials such as; memory foam, and coil springs.

A one-for-all design approach and outdated materials are not suited to anyone who values quality sleep, especially side sleepers. Nolah has spent years researching and developing unique AirFoam™ mattresses, this proprietary material that makes memory foam obsolete is filled with billions of tiny air bubbles that support the delicate pressure points of the hips and shoulders.

If you ask the experts, sleeping on your side is the healthiest of sleeping positions. It has a multitude of health benefits including aligning the spine, shoulders, and pelvis which in turn reduce pressure points on the neck and lower back. Sleeping on your side also helps air circulation for people that snore and have sleep apnea. Another notable benefit is the recommendation by the American Pregnancy Association that sleeping on the side is the best position for pregnant women, especially the left side.

Finally, a Mattress Made for Side and Back Sleepers

At Nolah, we know that investing in a softer feeling yet supportive mattress is the best option for side sleepers. Therefore, we have specialized in making mattresses for side sleepers who appreciate the optimum comfort that modern technology brings. Our mattresses use the newest type of high-resilience temperature neutral pressure relief foam. It’s a modern type of AirFoam™ made WITHOUT Memory Foam.

The comfort benefits are well-known and outperform any conventional Memory Foam mattress concerning pressure relief, support, cooling, and durability. In fact, Nolah is proven to offer 4x better pressure relief on the hips and shoulders when compared to Memory Foam. It also sleeps cooler, as Nolah does NOT contain heat-trapping viscoelastic Memory Foam chemicals.

Key Factors for Side Sleepers

Before you dive into the full content below, we made a list of the key factors to consider when buying a mattress for side sleepers.

The most critical factor is pressure relief! The second most crucial factor is support and lastly that the mattress needs to offer a medium amount of body-conforming.

  • Pressure relief on hips and shoulders
  • Supportive alignment of spine, shoulders, and pelvis
  • Medium amount of body-conforming

Side Sleeper Mattress Buying Tips

First, let's start with some of the things to consider when buying a mattress for side sleepers online. It's like buying a mattress in a store, yet there are some essential points exclusive to buying a mattress online.

  • Free Shipping and Return - Shipping and return should always be free of charge
  • Risk-Free Trial - Make sure to get around 100 nights to try the mattress at home
  • Pressure Relief - A mattress for side sleepers must provide excellent relief to hips and shoulders
  • Soft to Medium Firmness - Soft/medium is generally the sweet-spot for side sleepers
  • Attractive Price - $900 - $1,300 for a queen size mattress is a great deal
  • Warranty - Minimum 10 years or longer. Most common is a 10-year warranty
  • Materials - Avoid memory foam mattresses as they sleep hot and offer little support
  • Cooling - Make sure the foam and materials do not retain heat (like memory foam does)

Why Nolah Makes the Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers?

Wearing clothes or shoes that don’t fit your body shape or feet is uncomfortable, right? This is the same approach to choosing a mattress as a side sleeper. Nolah AirFoam™ is designed especially for your sleep health. The billions of tiny air bubbles in the AirFoam™ support every muscle in your body, align the spine, shoulders, and hips. Reducing pressure for a comfortable, restful sleep.

Nolah AirFoam™ is made without heat-trapping viscoelastic chemicals. Therefore, keeps you cool all night as the air circulates freely through the mattress. Memory foam mattresses are notorious for retaining heat but Nolah AirFoam™ pulls body heat through the mattress releasing it through the bottom of the bed to give you a temperature neutral sleep experience. Nolah AirFoam™ is proven to offer 4 times less peak pressure on the sensitive areas of hips and shoulders when compared to memory foam mattresses.

Nolah AirFoam™ is the Best Mattress for Side Sleepers Because?

  • Specially designed to cater to the comfort needs of side sleepers
  • 4 times greater pressure relief on hips and shoulders not found on any other mattress
  • Perfect spinal alignment and ergonomically supportive for the lower back
  • Sleeps cooler than memory foam, and innerspring mattresses
  • Made from proprietary high-resilience and cooling pressure relief AirFoam™

Nolah’s Proprietary Pressure Relief System

If you wake up in the morning with aches, pains, or a stiff neck. It could be the result of an inadequate mattress for your sleep needs. If you wake up with pain in your hips and shoulders, this is a sign you’re a side sleeper (welcome to the gang) but sleeping on a mattress not suited to your needs.

A quality mattress designed for side sleepers will offer greater support and comfort, resulting in fewer morning aches and pains. Nolah AirFoam™ mattresses are proven to offer 4 times greater pressure relief than high-priced memory foam mattresses.

Six Reasons Why Nolah AirFoam™ is Rated Higher Than Memory Foam

  • 4 times greater pressure relief compared to memory foam
  • 376% less peak pressure on hips, shoulders, and back
  • 22% better overall pressure relief than expensive memory foam mattresses
  • Durable and high-resilience construction
  • Sleeps cooler because of its 100% temperature neutral material
  • Better for sleep health due to overall better support and comfort

Health Benefits of Side Sleeping

Various professional studies have proven that sleeping on your side is most beneficial to sleep and overall health. Here’s why?

  • Better airway circulation
  • Spinal alignment
  • Healthier heart
  • The best position for pregnant women
  • Aids digestion
  • Reduces heartburn
  • Boosts brain health
  • Reduces snoring and sleep apnea

Choosing the Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

  • Choose a soft and supportive mattress with good pressure relief
  • Place a quality pillow under your head, ensuring no gap between your neck and the mattress
  • Place a pillow between your knees to align the hips
  • The mattress must be made from a temperature neutral material

General Side Sleeper Mattress Buying Tips

Besides body weight and firmness level, the material composition also plays an important role in finding the best mattress for side sleeping. Below, we’ve compiled a quick reference guide with tips on how to buy a mattress for side sleeping. The list also includes things to avoid, as these are known not to be ideal for people sleeping on their sides.

  • Pressure Relief – Make sure the mattress offers better than average pressure relief on hips and shoulders

  • Firmness – The mattress should be soft to medium. Not medium-firm, as that would create pressure points that could result in pain

  • Price – Good options are found at less than $1,000 for Queen and King, while the sweet spot for price and quality is typically around the $1,500 mark for Queen and King size side sleeper mattresses

  • Sleep trial – Make sure you get at least 100 nights to try your new side sleeper mattress. It takes 30 to 60 nights to break into any new mattress and for your body to adjust fully to the new feel

  • Warranty – Minimum 10 years is advisable and a lifetime warranty is the best. Make sure the warranty cover indentations from 1” and more
  • Memory Foam – In general Memory Foam offer little to no pressure relief. While soft enough for side sleepers, Memory Foam lacks critical spine support

  • No sleep trial – it’s recommended not to buy a mattress without a sleep trial. If the mattress does not have a sleep trial, you’ll be taking a gamble as you do not know if the mattress will work for you

  • Short or pro-rated warranties – these should be avoided, as they might end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars should you make a warranty claim

  • Overpriced mattresses – typically mattress costing more than $2,000 is not worth the price. Even the best materials for a mattress will never cost more than $2,000 in retail, that is unless you pay an outrageous retail mark-up to the seller (which we recommend not to do)

Recommended Mattress Firmness for Side Sleepers

Most sleep experts agree that a softer mattress with strong back support pressure relief is the best option for side sleepers. However, some customers prefer firmer support. That’s why Nolah has developed two mattresses to suit every side sleeper's preferred level of firmness.

The Nolah Original 10" offers the soft and comforting support of our patented AirFoam™. The Nolah Signature 12", our luxury AirFoam™ model, offers the same benefits but with even more support and pressure relief thanks to a second layer of Nolah AirFoam™.

Body Weight
Less than 125 lbs
125 to 225 lbs
More than 225 lbs
Firmness Level
Soft 4-5
Soft-medium 4-6
Medium 5-6
Expert Advice
Lighter sleepers sink less into the mattress and therefore need a softer mattress with more body-conforming.
Average weight side sleepers typically use a soft to medium feeling mattress. This is a balanced mattress with medium body-conforming, firmness, and feel.
Heavier sleepers need a bit of extra support and will in most cases find comfort at firmness level just above medium.
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What Our Customers Say About Us

Hillary B.

After less than a month of owning a Nolah mattress, I feel like a new person. No more waking up two or three times a night, just continuous restful sleep. But more importantly, no more creaking back and hips as I get up in the morning. With the pain becoming a distant memory, I can honestly say I could stay in bed all day it is so comfortable. Love the mattress, loved the ease of delivery and watching it unfold was - well just fun. Very glad I made this purchase.

Sara M.

My Nolah mattress is absolutely amazing. It's the most comfortable bed I've ever slept on, my fiancé agrees. We're both primarily side sleepers but we think it's great for any sleeping position. It was perfect right out of the box, it didn't really have a bad odor, it unwrapped quickly and sprang to life in minutes. I haven't had any neck or back pain since I've started sleeping on it (2 months). It's so comfortable I don't want to get out of bed.

Jacob V.

Very disappointed in myself for waiting this long to buy a Nolah. If you care about your body and mental well being do not procrastinate. I have not had a solid night's sleep in years and always woke up in pain. NOT ANYMORE!! Sleep all night and wake up feeling 20 years younger. Thank you Nolah

Kay B.

All I can say is "Wow!" Our Nolah mattress is a wonder! After the very first night, my hips and shoulders no longer hurt upon arising. My husband now sleeps more deeply and we are both better rested. Thank you, Nolah!

Kelly R.

I know there was a time when my lower back, legs, and hips were hurting at night. I researched mattresses for weeks and decided on Nolah because it was highly rated for side sleepers and sleeping cool. From the first night, I knew the purchase of my Nolah Mattress was the best decision I’ve ever made and it was worth every penny! I am going to buy another one for our vacation home because now I am spoiled!!!

Jordan R.

I jumped online and spent weeks sifting through reviews from other companies, Nolah was always in the top. It's a little firmer than I expected based on the reviews, but this support has helped my back injury that I've been painfully dealing with for months. The bottom line is I'm very happy with how I wake up in the mornings and even happier when I don't need to get out of bed.

Megan L.

This mattress is wonderful! I read about it in a review and checked it out since it's marketed for side sleepers, and when I saw they donate to wildlife, I was sold. No matter what position I feel like being in, I'm comfy. I usually wake up with a lot of stiffness in my back and aching in my knees, but no more! I hadn't really expected my knee pain to go away as much as it has, so that has been an awesome plus. Now I just need a good pillow!

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