What happens with your body when you sleep on your side?
This is a position that is putting your spine at risk, because there is no actual support of your back. When you lie on your side, your hips (and your entire side with the shoulders) make deeper compression. If you are sleeping on the wrong bed then your spine will not be aligned; with time it can become painful and can lead towards health issues.
The fact that your side makes deeper compression means that is sinks deeper into the layers. If your bed isn’t soft you’ll feel pressure that can cause stopping of your blood flow (this leads to waking up sored).
So, a soft mattress that will allow you a little sinking will do miracles for side sleepers.
Side sleeper should feel cradled and supported (especially the hollow parts in your waist and neck) .
If you don’t have that type of support, your hips will move back and forth (especially if you don’t put a pillow behind your lower back) and cause twisting of your spine. Unsupported side position can cause issues with the shoulders as well.
This is perhaps far worse on the long term, than waking up sore because the mattress feels firm.
What material is the best?
There are several mattresses available in the market but memory foam seems to have the ideal material for a peaceful sleep. It adjusts well to your curves and frame and remains in this shape for as long as you lie on your bed. It means that every indentation that my body makes gets enough support. Besides that, this is a soft material and doesn’t put pressure at all.
Latex is also a great choice, but it feels a bit firmer than foam. Not that it will put pressure to your body, but if you’re into softer beds, it may feel a bit weird. Also, it responds fast, so if you move even a little bit, it will change the form. This is both good and bad.
Many people don’t understand how they can see how soft their bed is. It differs from person to person because touch is a very personal sensation. You and only you can tell how soft is too soft (or firm).
Testing a mattress in the store might not quite be the smartest thing, because it’s very brief and often can be a wrong impression. Testing your mattress (Puffy for instance will allow you to test it for more than three months) is a long process and you really need to actually sleep on it for a few nights to feel it and see for yourself how it reacts to you.
Side sleepers will make a great deal if they purchase a memory foam bed which is on the softer side (but moderately firm will do as well).
Just make sure it provides coolness and has a supportive and stable foundation because this part is crucial for a quality constriction.