How To Choose The Perfect Mattress For Every Sleeping Position
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So it’s 12 PM, you’re on your computer, researching all different kinds of mattresses and companies, because let’s face it, it’s a big decision. You sleep almost half of your life, so you want the right fit, but you’re frustrated with the endless options. You’re not sure if you should be getting a soft, medium, or firm–spring, hybrid, or memory foam–if you need to go into a mattress store or if you should hop on the mattress-in-a-box train. It’s a lot to take in, we know. Mattress-in-a-box sellers take advantage of this unknown by selling you a “one size fits all” solution. Don’t settle for the marketing ploy. One mattress cannot possibly be made for all, we are all unique.
We want to help you find the mattress that works best for you and your sleep needs. Got a specific issue? Sleep a unique way? Like a certain feel? We’ve got a recommendation for all of the above! Spoiler alert: There’s no single mattress that will work for every person.
Our sleep specialists weigh in:
If you’re someone that sleeps on your side...congratulations! This is the best position for spinal alignment. The most important factor to consider when choosing your mattress is the firmness. While this varies depending on weight, most side-sleepers will enjoy a soft to medium support that keeps the spine aligned but also allows your body to contour to the mattress in order to relieve pressure points.
You’re going to need a lot of support if you’re a stomach sleeper. We just have to throw this out there before moving on: sleeping on your stomach is not an ideal position and has the potential to put a lot of strain on your body. Okay, we’ve said it, now let’s move on. You want your spine to be aligned. You want a mattress that conforms slightly but doesn’t sink in very deep. It’ll be dependent on your weight, but find a mattress that gives you even support when you’re on your stomach.
If you sleep on your back, you want a mattress with adequate support. Weight always plays an important role so keep that in mind since this will affect how your body conforms to the mattress. You don’t want the mattress to be too firm, where you are sitting atop it but you also don’t want it too soft either. You want to look for a medium-firm.
When you have back pain, a mattress with memory foam helps to give the spine support and keep it aligned during sleep. You want to find a medium-firm mattress. If it’s too soft and you sink in, it can throw your joints out of alignment. If your mattress is too firm, it can push on pressure points causing discomfort and misalignment.
Shoulder and/or Hip Pain
So you’ve got shoulder or hip pain when you wake up? The most important thing you want to look for in a mattress is conformity. Your best bet is a memory foam mattress.
On the Heavier Side
Consider the mattress thickness, firmness, and edge support. Memory foam or hybrid mattresses are great options as they are known to relieve pressure points and are built to last.
Too Hot at Night
Getting the night sweats? There are many factors that play a role in overheating at night. When looking at mattresses, you want to think about how the material breathes. A traditional spring mattress will breathe better than a foam mattress. If you prefer the feel of a foam mattress, look for brands that use breathable foams and/or have a cooling layer.
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