15 Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers, Tested and Reviewed (2023)

How firm is the mattress? Memory foam mattresses are squishy by nature, in my opinion. However, the GhostBed Luxe—with its self-described high-density foam core and contouring top layer—is composed in a way where it feels much more compact in person. While getting on or off the GhostBed, for a split second the mattress feels softer than I expect. Yet once I’m adjusted and fully on the mattress and my weight is distributed, the GhostBed Luxe feels comfortably supportive all over. If you’re a fan of very firm mattresses, this model may not be right for you. But as a sleeper who appreciates some give, this mattress feels great.

As a side sleeper, what attracted you to this mattress? I was intrigued by GhostBed’s claim that their mattresses provide a “super-relaxing blend of support and bounce.” As a side sleeper with occasional back, shoulder, or joint stiffness (like many, from hunching at a desk for hours), it sounded ideal to sleep on a surface that caters to my more vulnerable spots while still allowing me to move freely and turn during the night.

What do you love about this mattress? The GhostBed does deliver on its promise of support and bounce! After long days, it’s ideal to lounge on before bedtime, like with tomorrow’s crossword. More than my sofa—or my old mattress—I’ve found its surface way more conducive to helping get my body really relaxed as I go into sleep mode. It’s very soothing and meditative to both get ready for and be in this bed, and it does feel like a luxury experience. Cue the dimmer switch, pile of pillows for neck alignment, and ocean sounds!

During the night, with the GhostBed Luxe my lower body experiences the very pleasant feeling of almost skimming the top of the mattress, while my torso—especially vulnerable hip, shoulder, and back areas—is more lightly cradled, like on a beach of firm wet sand. Unlike some mattresses that seem to absorb body heat, the GhostBed Luxe stays cool all night.

If you could change anything, what would it be? As a very light sleeper, I occasionally wake in the night while shifting positions, and I’ve noticed I sometimes need to roll with a little more oomph on the GhostBed Luxe because I’m so engaged with its contoured top. But I settle in very quickly after, and do fall back to sleep. That said, the more sound and deep sleepers in my family have tried the GhostBed, and they dream through the night with ease.

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