What Is Your Usual Sleep Position?

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By Sofia Axelrod | 2 Minute Read
What is your usual sleep position

Back sleepers – If you sleep on your back, you need the mattress to cushion your spinal curve. Otherwise, you can develop lower back pain. Mattresses with conforming foams, like memory foam, in the top layer, special lumber pads, pillow-top and euro-top beds are good for back sleepers.

  • Main pressure points: Head, shoulders, hips, and heels are the main pressure points in back sleepers.
  • Common challenges: Improper spinal alignment that causes pain in the lower back area. If your mattress does not conform to the space between the surface and lower back arch, there’s a high risk of developing back pain issues.
  • Suitable firmness: Soft to medium-firm firmness is best for lower back support, as these mattresses would provide enough support to the lower back area and cushion the prominent pressure points. Also, keep in mind that firm mattresses are NOT necessarily best for back sleepers because they cause an unnecessary push to your already aching body parts. Avoid too soft or too firm mattresses as they might cause discomfort.
  • Best for: Backache relief

Side sleepers – It is the best sleep position to gain most health benefits. You may either sleep on the right or your left side. The body curves are more pronounced in this position. Mattresses with lumbar support are best for curvaceous side sleepers.

  • Main pressure points: Hips, shoulders, and neck are main pressure points. Choose a mattress that conforms to these areas.
  • Common challenges: Pressure points and numbness of arms and legs, specially if you sleep in just one position at night.
  • Suitable firmness: Soft firmness that offers conforming to your pressure points. A very soft may mattress may cause back pain issues because your flanks need proper support to maintain correct spinal alignment. If you prefer a firm feel, choose mattresses with conforming foams in the top layers to prevent the formation of sore points.
  • Best for: GERD relief, improvement of circulation, infrequent numbness or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome instances, and elimination of toxins

Stomach sleepers – When you lie on your stomach, you put your spine under a lot of stress. Not only stomach sleeping results in skin wrinkling, but your neck remains at an uncomfortable backward angle for the most part of the night, which can result in severe soreness the next morning!

  • Main pressure points: Major pressure applies to neck, spine, and arms.
  • Common challenges: Chest compression and poor spinal and neck alignment.
  • Suitable firmness: Medium to medium-firm offer the balanced support and comfort that stomach sleepers require. On softer beds, your hips sink in more than your chest, making the spine bulge down uncomfortably.
  • Best for: Sleep apnea improvement