and everywhere in between
Know your sleep style.
Although there are people who sleep in the log position, most people sleeping on their side are in the fetal position. In fact, statistics show that about 41 percent of all sleepers prefer this safe-feeling position. Since this position is significantly curvier than others, pressure relief is vitally important. People do not want their shoulders and hips to take the strain every day for an extended amount of time. When people sleep on their side, recessed areas between their body and the mattress are formed. These gaps need a mattress that will form a cradle to fill them in. This spreads weight more evenly so these pressure points don’t become aggravated.
Side Sleeper Mattress Considerations.
A multi zone pocket spring is responsive to the contours of your body, this enables a neutral spine allowing the body to sink into the mattress. In most cases the average side sleeper needs a comfort layer that is about 10cm’s thick, give or take a few centimetres.
Side sleepers who are not cradled by their mattress at night are prone to soreness, numbness, and localized redness due to aggravated pressure points. Additionally, people will be more likely to toss and turn all night, and poor sleep quality affects organic health and mood. Although you may have been told in the past that you should think about trying to sleep on your back instead, people really don’t need to. People just need a better mattress design that is supportive with pressure relieving properties.
Back Sleeper Mattress Considerations.
The recessed space in the lumbar area is really the only major gap created when you sleep on your back. That being said, it is a pretty important part of the body that needs to be supported, but it does not require a comfort layer quite as thick as what’s needed by side sleepers. A thinner top layer actually works best. Most back sleepers are more than satisfied by a 6cm comfort layer.
Stomach Sleeper Mattress Considerations.
The last thing a stomach sleeper needs is a soft and/or thick comfort layer because there are little to no recessed areas to support. Plus, if you sleep on a softer surface on your stomach you are likely to hyperextend the lumbar area. Firm, thinner comfort layers are ideal. There can be a thinner area of softness to provide cushioning to bony areas, but the firmness should be met by the body quite quickly to avoid creating an unnatural backwards curve of the back.
Combination Sleeper Mattress Considerations.
When shopping for a mattress, consider your deepest sleeping position, but do not cater to it. So, if you usually sleep on your side and back, your side would be your deepest sleeping position. Side sleepers usually need a 10cm comfort layer, but back sleepers only need about 6cm of soft material and then firmer support underneath. So, go with something in between. If you purchased a mattress with a 10cm comfort layer, you will likely end up with a very sore back and neck when you do sleep on your stomach.
A transition (middle) layer is a good quality to look for between the top layer and support layer. This will allow you to sink a little more, when you need it to relieve pressure, yet it will stop you from sinking so far that you end up with backaches.
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