Find the Best Mattress for your Sleeping Style

Whether you’re a side, back or stomach sleeper, every sleep position comes with its pros and cons. From snoring, to aches and pains, there are a hundred different ways your sleep position and your mattress play a role in your sleep quality and quantity.

But, regardless of how you choose to sleep, there’s a bed for every sleep position and every sleeper. And, whether you need relief from pressure points that cause back or neck pain or you’re just looking to find the best mattress for your sleep position, Mattress Firm has the best bed for side sleepers, back sleepers and even stomach sleepers.

What's your sleep position?

Here’s how your sleep position influences your sleep and what you need to know before purchasing the best mattress for your preferred sleep position:

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Best Mattresses
for Back Sleepers

While we may often lay on our backs to get to sleep, only about 8-14 percent of sleepers say that sleeping on their back is their preferred sleep position. Although it’s not the most popular sleep position, sleeping on your back is one of the best positions for head, back and neck alignment. Because there is no extra pressure added to those areas, your spine can rest in a neutral position.

However, for those who suffer with acid reflux and snoring, sleeping face up can worsen those issues. According to Dr. Kansagra, Mattress Firm’s sleep health expert: “…the airway becomes so narrow that it becomes intermittently blocked, which makes breathing difficult. This problem of a recurrent blocked airway is known as obstructive sleep apnea.” For those who struggle with snoring or heart burn, back sleeping can be a hassle, but often an adjustable bed or a few extra pillows paired with one of the best mattresses for back sleepers can help elevate the head enough to prevent those problems in the first place.

If you’re looking for the best mattress for back sleepers, consider these tips before making your purchase:

  • Start your search with memory foam or hybrid mattresses. These materials are best for conforming to the spine, neck and head. So, consider testing out these mattress types before turning to traditional innerspring beds.
  • Steer away from extra-firm mattresses. To ensure you’re provided with the comfort and support your body needs, start your mattress search with ultra-plush to medium level comfort beds. When you sleep on your back, you need a bit more cushion to stay comfortable, so start your search on the comfier end of the spectrum.
  • Consider your sleep struggles. If you suffer from back or neck pain, acid reflux, sleep apnea or another sleep-related problem, keep this in mind while searching for the best mattress for you. Our mattress experts are there to help you make the best decision, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of their expertise during your mattress search.

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Best Mattresses
for Side Sleepers

With nearly 75 percent of sleepers preferring to snooze on their side, it’s by far the most popular sleep position. However, despite being popular among sleep positions, side sleeping can lead to shoulder, hip and back pain if your spine, neck and hips aren’t properly aligned. (If you’re a side sleeper and have ever woken up with a numb arm or leg, then you know what we’re talking about.)

For those who experience some pain from their side sleeping preference, the key to a better night’s sleep lies in finding the best mattress for sleeping on side and the best side sleep pillow. When you sleep on your side, you will need to ensure your body remains aligned so that pressure is taken off your shoulders and hips, and any mattresses for side sleepers should also provide ample comfort, meaning ultra-plush and plush mattresses are often the best option. Additionally, you can use a tall pillow between your legs to better align your neck and back when sleeping on your side. And, to help prevent extra pressure on your shoulder, find the best side sleeper pillow for neck pain so that your shoulder, neck and spine can remain aligned throughout the night.

If you’re in the market for the best mattress for side sleepers or mattress accessories as a side sleeper, consider these tips before choosing the bed of your dreams:

  • Start your search on the softer side. The best mattress topper for side sleepers may not be enough to meet your sleep needs, so consider upgrading your sleep space to include a mattress that provides you with enough comfort and support. Ultra-plush, plush or medium comfort level mattresses are best for side sleepers as they have enough padding to reduce pressure points like shoulders and hips.
  • Test out your options. Whenever you’re ready to replace your mattress, make sure to test out a potential new bed before making a decision. By laying down in the position you prefer to sleep in, you will be able to tell whether or not this could be the bed of your dreams.

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Best Mattresses
for Stomach Sleepers

If you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ve probably heard the general consensus that it’s not the most beneficial position for sleeping due to the extra strain it can put on your neck and spine. Despite that, roughly 16 percent of the population still prefers to sleep face down.

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The best mattress type for stomach sleepers is one that gives you optimal  support and comfort. If you are a member of the 16 percent and looking for the best bed for stomach sleepers, check out these tips so you can get your best quality sleep night after night:

  • The best stomach sleeper pillows are thin. If you prefer sleeping stomach down, consider using a pillow that’s on the flatter side to keep your neck and spine in a the most supportive position possible. By using a thick pillow as a stomach sleeper, you’re putting your neck and spine in misalignment, so do yourself a favor and get the best pillow for stomach sleepers by choosing a thin one.
  • Stomach sleepers typically should avoid plush mattresses. While you may like your bed to be extra comfy, a firm mattress is best for stomach sleepers. By providing your muscles with resistance, the best firm mattress for back pain will help prevent your spine from being misaligned during sleep.
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Couples with Different
Sleep Positions

Sharing a bed with your significant other can be an intimate and fulfilling experience. Picking out a mattress,  however, is not so simple. Many times, couples have differing sleep needs and sleeping positions, so one of you may end up sacrificing individual sleeping preferences in order to make your partner happy. But it shouldn’t have to be that way!

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If you and your significant other are trying to find a mattress that makes both of you happy, consider these tips when shopping for a new bed:

  • Stick together. It’s essential that you shop for a new mattress as a couple versus shopping separately and comparing finds. If one of you is a side sleeper and the other is a back sleeper or stomach sleeper, we encourage you to  test out all the mattresses you’re interested in  a store — as a couple — to make sure that both partners are comfortable and happy with their choice.
  • Explore new options. Finding a mattress for couples can seem like a challenge, but it’s important to keep an open mind and experiment with different size mattresses. Sharing a bed with a partner can be rather difficult on a small mattress. Test out a variety of sizes — like queen mattresses and king mattresses — to make sure both partners have plenty of room to sleep peacefully.
  • Don’t forget to accessorize. Think about an adjustable base for your bed. If both partners cannot come to an agreement on the right mattress, an adjustable bed with different mattresses may solve your problem! Several king size  adjustable beds let you to adjust each side individually through a split design, allowing each partner to find their own mattress and perfect sleep position.

Top Selling Mattresses
for Back Sleepers

Manny N.

I had been suffering with constant lower back pain for a few years with my all foam mattress. I was debating whether to go for this Beautyrest Black Hybrid Gladney mattress however after sleeping on it now for over 2 months I am quite pleased and now don't suffer as much from back pain. I would highly recommend this bed to anyone who is a side and back sleeper for it's the perfect combination "not too hard nor not to soft" - perfect!

Caroline D.

I love this mattress! It's very comfortable to sleep on and plush but not too plush. Great for back and side sleepers.

Dave W.

I am a back sleeper when I go to bed, and usually midway through the night I am on my side, but then when I wake up I’m on my back again. This bed has so much support, you will be so happy. It is really firm but has very comfortable "dimples" that cushion your sleep. It is truly astonishing how good this bed is, I'm so glad I wish I could meet the designer of this bed.

Top Selling Mattresses
for Side Sleepers


Both my husband and I are side sleepers, and this mattress is super comfortable for both of us. My husband used to toss and turn on our old mattress, to the point some nights I’d feel sea sick from the not only does he barely move once asleep, but if he does, I don’t feel it, because there is no “waves” from the other person moving around in the bed.

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I am a side sleeper and this mattress is very, very comfortable. I used to wake up multiple times per night on my old mattress just to shift around because it made my hips and shoulders hurt. Not anymore!

Frances B.

We've owned our Purple mattress for 2 years and we love it! My husband has a bad back and this mattress makes it much easier for him to get comfortable at night. I'm a side sleeper and other mattresses tend to hurt my hips, but this one does not. The only downside is when we travel and sleep on other mattresses. We're definitely spoiled by our Purple mattress now.

Top Selling Mattresses
for Stomach Sleepers

Tracy J.

I had back issues that stemmed from an old mattress. I was seeing a chiropractor and not walking well. I'm a side and stomach sleeper. I like a firm mattress but am not a fan of memory foam. I went for a firm hybrid that didn't collapse when I sat on the edge. I got adjusted the morning this mattress was delivered, and I haven't needed to go back to the doctor. I also have less episodes where I wake up during the night.

K. Kelly

I am obsessed with my tulo mattress. I got the Queen and have been sleeping like a baby every night. So comfortable and is so great for my back. I’m also a stomach sleeper so I highly recommend the medium mattress for that. 10/10 would recommend!


I am a stomach sleeper and this mattress is very comfortable.

Top Selling Mattresses
for Couples

Cornelia K.

The Purple .2 offers the desired support while fitting comfortably to the curves in one's body. It works well for both me, a side sleeper, and my husband who sleeps on his stomach. The design works perfectly for keeping you at a comfortable temperature, not too hot.

Philip S.

We really like this mattress. We have found it to be as advertized, the mattress conforms to our body in a way old-fashioned spring mattress could never dream of. My wife and I are back and side sleepers, and I sleep on my chest to the mattress and find this mattress comfortable in every position.

Sleep Specifics

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How to Find the Best Mattress for Back Pain

When you don’t have the best mattress, back pain can start to occur while sleeping or immediately when you wake up. If you find yourself suffering from aches and pains upon waking, you’re likely not sleeping on the right surface.

For those who suffer from back pain, it can be common to hear that you need a firmer mattress. However, depending on your sleep position, purchasing a rock-solid bed can actually make your back pain worse. Instead, when searching for the best mattress for bad backs, take into consideration your sleep position above all else.

If you suffer from back pain and are interested in finding your perfect match in the best bed for a bad back, here’s what you should consider based on your preferred sleep position:

Back Sleepers with Back Pain

For those who sleep on their backs and have back pain, a medium firm mattress will help provide the best rest.

This way, your lower back is supported, but the mattress is also able to contour to your body. Here are three  firmer mattresses  we recommend to help back sleepers discover the best mattress for back pain:

Side Sleepers with Back Pain

For those who snooze on their sides, the best mattress for bad backs should have a slight softness, but still provide enough support – and the same can be said for the best pillow for side sleepers.

If you’re looking for the best mattress for side sleepers with lower back pain, it’s important to know that side sleepers often tend to prefer softer comfort on top to give their shoulders and hips maximum pressure relief. If you’re on the hunt for the best bed to sleep on your side without any pain, make sure your sleep preferences are taken into special consideration when shopping. Check out these products if you’re a side sleeper looking for some relief from back pain:

Stomach Sleepers with Back Pain

If you are in the market for the best mattress for stomach sleepers, you need to take into consideration the firmness of the bed you are sleeping on. Stomach sleepers typically prefer to have a firmer sleep surface to properly support their bodies.

Sleeping on your stomach strains your back and spine because the middle of your body is where most of your weight is. When laying on your stomach, your spine is unable to maintain a neutral position while you are sleeping, often resulting in lower back pain the following day. Check out these beds to find your perfect match as a stomach sleeper:

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What mattress type is right for you?

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Memory Foam

Soft and highly adaptable, memory foam mattress technology began with NASA using viscoelastic foam for airplane seats. Manufacturers also used this technology in helmets and shoes before finding the perfect commercial application: mattresses. A memory foam bed provides support and comfort, as well as lower motion transfer than innerspring mattresses because there are no coils shifting when your partner moves during sleep.

Ideal for: All Sleepers, especially those seeking pressure point relief
Other Variations: Gel memory foam, cooling memory foam

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Since around the 1900s, the innerspring bed has gone through many improvements and advances to reach the level of comfort it provides today. From changes in how the coils are constructed to how many coils are present in high-end innerspring mattresses, a lot has changed.

Ideal for: Back Sleepers, Stomach Sleepers
Other Variations: Encased coil, pillow top, euro top

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Hybrid mattresses blend support with cushioning for beds that work well for a range of sleep styles and issues. Unfortunately, back pain during sleep can be difficult to find relief from, and there's no consensus on exactly which type of mattress is best to address it. But, a hybrid bed option could provide the combination of the stability your back needs to stay aligned, along with the cushion and softness that your body craves.

Ideal for: Couple, Side Sleepers, Back Sleepers

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What’s your level of comfort?

While your preferred sleep position can influence what level of comfort fits you best, here is a breakdown of all the various comfort levels mattresses come in to make mattress shopping a little easier:

Ultra-Plush Mattress

  • Works best for side sleepers.
  • Are constructed with several individual layers of cushioning, so they are often tall.
  • Keep side sleepers and lighter individuals supported.
  • Allow sleepers to sink into cushioning rather than sleep on top of it.
  • Significantly limit the likelihood of painful pressure points with extra softness.

Ultra-Plush Mattress image * Sleepy's Relax 10.5" Pillow
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Plush Mattress image * Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Vinings
13.5" Plush Mattress

Soft/Plush Mattress

  • Generally, works best for side sleepers.
  • Constructed with multiple layers of cushioning, so are usually thicker.
  • Provide excellent support to lighter sleepers and those who sleep on their sides.
  • Help sleepers prone to pressure points avoid pain.
  • Available in a range of materials, from gel memory foam to innerspring.

Medium Mattress

  • Works well for all types of sleepers.
  • Available in a wide array of materials and constructions, so can vary in degree of softness or firmness.
  • Sub-categories can include medium firm, medium plush, and luxury firm, which are actually made to feel more like medium mattresses.
  • Offer a balance of support and cushioning that’s ideal for compromising couples.
  • Are a great comfort category to start with if you aren’t sure which type of mattress you want.

Medium Mattress image * tulo 10” Medium Mattress

Firm Mattress image * Serta iSeries Hybrid 100 13.5"
Firm Mattress

Firm Mattress

  • Work best for back or stomach sleepers, but some can be comfortable for side sleepers.
  • Focus more on support than extra cushioning, so are on the thinner side.
  • Feature a denser construction that has some give.
  • Are available in a variety of materials, from innerspring, to foam, to latex, to hybrid.
  • Offer couples a stable, supportive feel with the potential to add extra cushioning in the form of a mattress topper or pillow top construction.

Extra Firm Mattress

  • Best suited for back or stomach sleepers that need firm support.
  • Lack extra layers, so are thinner than other mattresses but equally supportive.
  • Feature a dense, unyielding construction.
  • Can be made with either an innerspring or foam construction.
  • Are compatible with softer mattress toppers for couples who need extra firm support but don’t want to give up cushioning.

Extra Firm Mattress image *Simmons Beautyrest Legend
Garrison 14.7" Extra Firm Mattress

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The Perfect Sleep Accessories

Here’s what you need to know about the many types of mattress accessories that can help you get a better night’s sleep:

Down Pillows

Down pillows contain down tufts mixed with down feathers, whereas feather pillows are filled only with feathers. A higher ratio of down tufts to feathers generally designates a higher quality pillow that insulates more efficiently, making this one of the best side sleep pillow types. Though down is known for its warmth, it insulates without trapping heat, so your body is still able to regulate temperature.

Ideal for: Side sleepers, toss and turners, people who enjoy a pillow that yields rather than pushes back

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Cooling Pillows

Cooling pillows are designed to dissipate heat, so you sleep more soundly. They use features like airflow channels and ventilation cutouts, materials like gel memory foam or gel beads, and latex foam, which is naturally breathable.

Ideal for: Temperature sensitive sleepers

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Memory Foam

Memory foam’s adaptable and exacting natures give it a slower response time and more supportive feel when compared to softer down or polyfill pillows. It also doesn’t lose its shape over time, which is helpful for sleepers who stay in the same position for most of the night. Memory foam pillows are available in a variety of comfort levels from soft to extra firm, and shredded memory foam pillows offer a more breathable feel, making this a best pillow for stomach sleepers.

Ideal for: All sleepers, sleepers who want a pillow that holds its shape

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Latex Pillows

Latex foam pillows blend support with natural breathability and a chemical-free construction. Latex occurs naturally and doesn’t require any chemicals to be turned into foam, so it’s odor-free, and as an open-cell foam, it allows for consistent airflow throughout the night. Latex doesn’t compress as much as down or polyfill, and it doesn’t need to be re-fluffed throughout the night.

Ideal for: All sleepers, sleepers sensitive to temperature or chemicals

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