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Mattresses and Sleep Positions

Did you know that your sleeping position greatly impacts the type of mattress that will provide the best support? Many people understand the direct link between their sleep positions and the quality of sleep they get. But few understand the impact various mattresses can have on that relationship as well.

These are just a few of the reasons it’s important to keep your sleeping position in mind while shopping for a mattress.

Stomach Sleepers

According to, a site dedicated to help people find relief for back pain, many people who suffer from degenerative disc disease prefer to sleep on their stomachs as this reduces pressure on the disc area. It is best, however, to do so on a mattress that’s reasonably firm and helps to place a flat pillow beneath the stomach and hips to further reduce lower back stress as it’s the best mattress for back pain.

Back Sleepers

If you sleep on your back, you must be mindful of the potential for lower back pain. There is also a greater likelihood of experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, which greatly reduces the restfulness of your sleep, when you sleep on your back. In addition to placing a small pillow beneath your knees (this facilitates the spine’s natural curve), you should also consider investing in a medium-firm mattress as the best mattress. This mattress type accommodates curves more readily than a traditional firm mattress while providing the lumbar support your body needs. A memory foam mattress or natural latex mattress is often the perfect solution for back sleepers.

Side Sleepers

The vast majority of people are side sleepers – particularly women, who according to The Better Sleep Council are twice as likely to sleep in a fetal position. Side sleepers face unique sleep problems. One of the most common is pressure pain in shoulders and hips. That’s why plush mattresses are often highly recommended as the best mattress for side sleepers. These mattresses provide cushioning to those pressure point areas so that you don’t wake up with stiff and painful joints in the morning.

It’s important to avoid mattresses that are too soft; however, as they lack the necessary support you need to remain asleep throughout the night. Another thing side sleepers can do to alleviate joint pains, particularly in their hips, is to sleep with a small pillow between their knees. Not only does this help relieve joint pain, but it also prevents a slight back rotation that often occurs when one leg falls forward during sleep.

Pain-free sleep may feel like a pipe dream to the millions of people, worldwide, who suffer from pain-related sleep problems. However, finding the right mattress for your sleep positions can go a long way towards relieving your pain and giving you the good night’s sleep you’ve been looking for.

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    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton writes exensively regarding green living and sleep. She has been an author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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