The best mattress for your sleeping position
Jun 5, 2018, 7:47 AM | Updated: Jun 6, 2018, 12:00 am
Approximately one-third of our lives is spent in bed. Whether you’re falling asleep right way or are stuck counting sheep, the right mattress can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep and overall health.
Research from Harvard University reports “people who have problems with sleep are at an increased risk for developing emotional disorders, depression and anxiety,” according to Dr. Lawrence J. Espstein. But not all sleep is created equal. Choosing the right mattress for your sleep style can enhance the quality of sleep and affect the way you feel throughout the day.
Here are a few tips on choosing the best mattress for your style of sleeping position.
If you find yourself curled up on your side at the end of the night, you are joining most Americans in the most common position to catch some zzz’s. Sleep studies have shown that nearly three-quarters of people sleep on their sides. While there are benefits to your digestive health (reduced acid reflux, improved circulation) side sleepers might need a little extra rise-and-stretch if they are sleeping on a mattress that is too firm. If you’re sleeping with your legs bent and curled toward your body, you might be waking up with back pain resulting from the curve in your spine all night.
In order to reduce the pressure on joints and keep your spine in alignment, Side Sleepers need a little extra contouring for that glorious “sink into bed” feeling without sacrificing support. By choosing a hybrid mattress with pocketed coils and soft to medium firm foam, you’ll be on your way to dreamland in short order.
With reduced effects of heartburn and acid reflux, those who sleep on their stomachs are setting themselves up for a more relaxed morning. Your partner may also be thanking you, as those who sleep on their stomachs may snore less. The Sleep Foundation reports that snoring disrupts the sleep of 90 million Americans every year. However, if you’re on the wrong mattress, those who rest in this position may suffer from back and neck pain long term. Stomach Sleepers should take the Goldilocks approach to mattress shopping. Not too firm, not too soft, a high-density foam that offers both compression and body contouring will be “just right” to ease back and neck pain. This type of mattress is your key to pressure point relief as well as motion isolation so you won’t wake your partner if you toss and turn.
Although sleeping on your back is the least common of all sleeping positions, it is one of the best for you. Those who do find rest in this position have healthier circulation, a more aligned spine, and overall better sleep. The only downside is higher chances for digestive woes like acid reflux. But with the right mattress and pillow-set up you will be snoozing like a champ all night long.
Back Sleepers benefit from firm mattress support and plenty of pillows. Memory foam or latex pillows will add the extra support around the head and neck area and will keep your spine in ideal alignment while you’re on your back. A mattress with a firm top and core allows for the small of your back to rest on the bed without your hips and shoulders sinking in. Back sleepers and stomach sleeps tend to sleep hot due to the amount of body contact with the mattress. Choosing a cooler mattress option can assure a cool night’s sleep.
The benefits of a good night’s sleep go beyond simply feeling well rested. From lower inflammation, to improved memory, and even living longer, finding your best sleep is one of the most vital things you can do for a full and productive life in your waking hours.
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