What is your sleep style? This is seldom thought about, but is often the key to buying the mattress of your dreams.
Different sleep styles mean different mattress needs. Whether it is good spinal and hip comfort for a side sleeper, firm support for a stomach sleeper, or enough topper material to fill in the gaps for a back sleeper, mattress types are suited to specific sleep styles.
Side sleeper is the most common sleeping position. Because of the curviness of the sleep profile, the key is to buy a mattress to provide soft comfort for spots like your hips and shoulders. Side sleepers need a mattress with deep support materials to fill in the gaps and support the whole body, keeping spine alignment straight and supported.
A back sleeper’s main concern is ensuring the mattress provides enough support and material for the lower back, where the natural curvature of the spine occurs. That said, too soft of a mattress can also cause problems by not supporting your muscles and joints into a relaxing sleep position, giving you a not-so-great night’s rest.
Shop for memory foam mattresses that conform to your body’s pressure points, or mattresses without added padding that have a high coil count. This firmness will support your lower back and ensure you have a restful night’s sleep.
A stomach sleeper is most at risk for back issues as this sleep position offers no support or relief for your back. Something closer to a tight top, or a mattress with little top padding, would be best for this sleeper. Firm support ensures proper alignment of the spine and keeps back issues to a minimum.
No matter how you sleep, nothing beats going to a mattress store and trying out the mattresses they have available. Lying down and feeling the mattress work with your body is the best way to find the perfect sleep set!