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The Side Sleeper vs. The Adjustable Bed

The Side Sleeper vs. The Adjustable Bed

Think It’s Not For You? Think Again.

As a tried-and-true side sleeper, I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t think I would enjoy sleeping on an adjustable base. I thought I would be too scrunched up. But, modern adjustable bases have come a long way.

A common misconception is that you can’t sleep on your side in an adjustable bed. No! You totally can. Sleeping on your side in an adjustable bed can be comfortable and supportive where you need it most.

Side Sleeping? On An Adjustable?

Time for the Truth

While adjustable beds are great for back sleepers, and they’re most commonly pictured, there are ways to enjoy these bases on your side.

Sleeping on your side with the head portion of the base elevated can actually be really comfortable, and if you’re like me and you have terrible nighttime heartburn, it can be a lifesaver. You probably won’t need to lift it as high as a back sleep either. Also, most people naturally bend their knees a bit when sleeping on their side and this will make using the elevation even more comfortable.

Side sleepers with gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn, or hiatal hernias will enjoy the temporary relief from their symptoms by elevating the head portion of their bed. Plus, it can help with any snoring that’s going on!

It’s all about Pressure Points

Shoulder, hip, or neck pain isn’t uncommon with side sleepers because the pressure of the body’s weight pushes into the mattress at these points. An adjustable base with a good mattress that contours to your shape can minimize these pressure points, providing better alignment for your head and spine.

If you’re often stacking pillows up behind you or under your feet for better circulation, an adjustable bed is a much better option. You can raise the head and foot portions independently for the same effect, without all the pillows.

Adjustable Beds Adjust to You

So, are adjustable bases good for side sleepers? Yes. You just have to use the remote to raise the head and/or foot portion until you achieve the most comfortable for you, bending your knees slightly.

You adjust the bed to whatever you find most comfy so that you can get a restful night of sleep and wake up feeling energized. They are not one size fits all, and they even offer elevation and pillow tilt.

Adjustable Bases Are For Anyone!

Take It Up a Notch

When you really want to sleep like a dream on an adjustable bed as a side sleeper, check out the tilting adjustable bases we sell. Like the Ergo-Pedic iTilt, this base not only raise the head and foot portions of the bed, they tilt up. That way if you don’t want to bend the middle of the bed at all, you can use this to provide that elevated head that you want.

Another fantastic tilting base is the Reverie R650 Dual-Tilt Adjustable Power Base. Dual tilt function provides additional movement and comfort. Head can tilt lower than feet (and vice versa) for more pressure and stress relief.

If you have any questions about adjustable bases and how they can help you, don’t hesitate to give us a call or reach out online through We’re happy to help and know that we can find you the perfect base for your needs.

You can also check out our Adjustable Base Buying Guide.

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