Choosing your mattress based on your sleeping position

Choosing your mattress based on your sleeping position

Sleeping positions; we all have our individual sleeping habits but we will always fall in one of the three categories: back, side or stomach sleepers. Some people often switch positions, but one position is generally predominant throughout the night. The Comfort Layer of your new mattress determines the feel it will have. Depending on your regular sleeping position, you may be best suited to a specific feel.
This guide will provide you insights into your sleeping position and how to choose the best mattress for your sleeping style.
 
Side Sleepers
Sleeping on side helps reduce acid reflux and is healthy if done right. This is why your midwife will tell you to sleep on your side if you are pregnant. It also means that if side sleeping is your position, it reduces the amount of pressure on your lungs and helps with better blood circulation. Furthermore, it curbs snoring.
Side sleeping is often associated with shoulder and hip pain, therefore the right mattress can cradle these parts and you will never wake up feeling old overnight. A good quality mattress with any Support Layer (most often springs) should support your hips and shoulders in this position and help to relieve pressure points. A memory foam mattress has a Support Layer containing high density foam rather than springs, and they may also help to relieve pressure points across your body, particularly for side sleepers.
A very firm feel mattress may not mold to your side profile adequately to provide pressure point relief. A soft to medium feel mattress will work best to support your hips, shoulder and your spine, as these are the areas that are under the greatest stress while you sleep.
Stomach Sleepers
This might seem to be the most convenient sleeping positions but this is the worst way to doze off overnight. The reason behind this is because majority of your weight falls on your torso and you are putting a lot of pressure on your spine when you sleep in this position.
If you sleep so soundly on your stomach you couldn’t possibly try other sleeping positions, you will need to alleviate the strain on your spine by choosing the best mattress.
As a rule of thumb, you should look for a medium to firm mattress if you are a stomach sleeper. A soft mattress can arch your spine while you sleep and this will show its true colors the next morning in the form of back aches. If your mattress is far too firm, you will not be able to support the natural curve of your spine, which will cause problems.
 
Back Sleepers
Back sleepers rejoice, so long as you have a quality mattress with a durable Support Layer, you can sleep on any feel of mattress. It is important however, to recognize that people who sleep on their back may be more susceptible to pain in their spine compared to those who prefer other sleeping positions.
The first step in solving this is to understand that as a back sleeper, you need more support than someone who sleeps on their side. If you are looking for the best mattress for back sleepers in the market, we would recommend a medium feel mattress. A mattress that is too plush or too firm may eventually cause problems because your spine will need even more support than people who favor other sleeping positions.
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