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There’s no lack of evidence when it comes to the link between getting good sleep and maintaining good health. Overall, sufficient, quality sleep is a proven way to combat the risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. It also improves our immunity and helps fend off disease-causing viruses.
One of the keys to a great night’s sleep is a good mattress. Depending on one’s needs or preferred sleeping position, the perfect mattress may either be firm, plush, medium, or somewhere in between.
Getting a new mattress is an investment in your health, comfort, and peace of mind, so make sure to choose wisely! We’ve prepared this guide to help you find the best options for you based on your preferred sleeping position.
It can’t be helped! Whichever way you toss and turn in bed, you’ll always find yourself coming back to your favorite sleeping position. Interestingly, your preferred sleeping position is a great starting point when choosing the right mattress for you.
Depending on which parts of your body need support while sleeping, different kinds of mattresses provide spinal support and relieve pressure off key areas. Choosing the right mattress is often the key to waking up refreshed, free from aches and pains.
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Sleeping on one’s back is touted as Hollywood’s secret to avoiding wrinkles and fine lines. (Hey, JLo does it!) However, it also puts a lot of pressure on the lower back. A mattress that’s too soft can sink the torso area deeper than the rest of the body, creating a U-shape while sleeping. This can create strain and cause backaches.
On the other hand, a mattress that’s too firm won’t be able to accommodate the slight curve in the lower back. As such, it’s recommended for back sleepers to select a Medium Firm or Firm mattress that offers moderate body contouring.
We recommend the Simmons Beautyrest Harmony Lux Extra Firm Mattress, which offers a supportive coil system, pressure-relieving memory foam, and cooling fabrics that will let you sleep in cool comfort all night long.
The Escape Firm Mattress Serta Perfect Sleeper with its HexCloud™ Gel Foam that relieves pain from pressure points and provides firm support while remaining comfortable is also a great option. The antimicrobial fiber keeps the mattress fresh and clean throughout.
Sleeping on one’s side puts a lot of pressure on the shoulders and hips. A soft mattress is not recommended, as it can cause these pressure points to dip, causing strain on the spine. On the other hand, a firm mattress will cause pain on the pressure points and possibly some misalignment.
Medium Soft to Medium Firm mattresses like the Serta Modern Comfort Mattress are best. These mattresses provide support and a medium-firm feel, thanks to the PureComfort gel foam, support core, and CoolWick breathable cover.
The Uptown Memory Foam Mattress also provides excellent support and flexibility thanks to its gel memory foam material. It keeps the mattress cool and breathable and provides a medium-firm feel perfect for side sleepers.
Stomach sleepers put a lot of pressure on the lumbar spine when sleeping and can benefit the most from Firm mattresses that prevent the body from going into a U-shape. A firm mattress also provides excellent support and prevents the sleeper from feeling suffocated while lying face-down.
Stomach sleepers will love the Kade Memory Foam Mattress, which has the perfect balance of firmness and softness, providing both support and comfort. A Breezy Cool gel memory foam resists heat to keep the mattress feeling cool and fresh all night.
The Holman Tight Top Firm Mattress is also a great option, with its pocket coils and foam encasement providing excellent airflow for enhanced cooling. The center support provides that much-needed firmness to promote proper spine alignment while reducing pressure on the back.