Choosing the best mattress for you can be tricky – brand, budget and personal preference are all factors affecting which mattress you choose. One of the most important things to consider is the WAY you sleep. Our Bed Experts give us a guide on choosing the best mattress for your sleeping position.
Firstly, a lot of choosing a mattress is down to each individual. A person’s build, weight and body shape are big influencers on choosing a mattress and how each mattress feels. Our experts stress that visiting our beds showroom and trying out the mattresses for yourself is the only way to truly find the perfect mattress for you. Visit in store where out trained beds experts will help you choose from a range of luxury mattress brands.
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Sleeping position affects your choice of mattress as each sleeping position requires the mattress to provide adequate support to different areas of the body. The decision is also based on ‘pressure points’ – the parts of the body in contact with the mattress and most susceptible to pressure.
Take a look at our guidelines below for help choosing the best mattress for your sleeping position:
Best mattress for sleeping on your side.
The most common sleeping position, sleeping on your side in the ‘fetal’, ‘log’ or ‘yearner’ positions requires support for the shoulders and hips. Side sleeping requires a mattress that provides support for theses pressure points to prevent soreness and stiffness. A mattress that moulds to the body can help relieve pressure by taking the strain from the shoulders and hips. So, a memory foam mattress could be a suitable solution. However, spine neutrality is essential for muscle relaxation and for side sleepers, an overly soft mattress can cause the hips to curve or dip inward and lead to a curved, unaligned spinal position.
Recommended mattress: Medium/Medium Firm
Best mattress for sleeping on your back
Back sleeping is a less common, but most medically recommended sleep position as it offers the most spine neutrality. This position requires most support for the lumbar area – the lower back and spine. As this area is a key part of the body’s core it is important that it is supported. During back sleeping, the only recess created between the body and mattress is in the lower back. Again, an overly soft mattress can lead to curvature of the back – building pressure and pain in the lumbar region. A firm mattress is recommended for optimum support. Back sleepers should also consider an orthopaedic mattress such as the Sealy posturepedic range as these mattresses are specially designed to support the back whilst preventing sinking of the midsection.
Recommended Mattress: Posturepedic
Best Mattress for sleeping on your front
Sleeping on your front can be problematic with the wrong kind of mattress as both the neck and spine can be affected. Most frontal sleepers will sleep with their heads turned to one side, which can lead to neck strain – especially with a pillow tilting the head upward. Stomach sleeping also needs certain levels of support for the spine – a soft mattress will allow the pelvis to tilt forward and the body to arch, leading to a build up of lower back pressure. On the other hand, a very firm mattress will make the body too straight and out of its natural curve. Firm mattresses can also be especially painful for women’s chests when front sleeping.
Recommended Mattress: Medium
Find these guidelines helpful? Our expert, in store staff are on hand 7 days to help you discover the best mattress for you at our Bristol Showrooms. Find our Beds Department on first floor.