Choosing the Best Mattress for Your Sleep Style: Side, Back & Stomach

By September 23, 2016Mattress Types
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Most sleepers prefer a particular sleep style or position, and usually start out in when you lie down to go to sleep at night. Some of us are back sleepers, others are side sleepers, and even a stomach sleeper. What’s important is not which particular position you like to sleep in (although some doctors have opinions on this), but rather that you’re aware of just how important it is to choose the best mattress for your sleep style.

What’s Your Sleep Style?

The Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Side sleeping, also know as sleeping in the fetal position, is the preferred sleeping style of approximately 41 percent of all people. Interestingly enough, women are twice as likely as men to sleep on their side, which means more women sleep on their side than any other position. In addition to keeping a pillow between your knees (and a thicker pillow under your neck) to maintain proper spine alignment throughout the night, side sleepers are also more likely to prefer a soft or plush mattress firmness.

The Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

Back sleepers, although more likely to snore as a result of their tongue falling into the back of their mouths, will tend to prefer a firmer mattress than side sleepers. This keeps their spine in proper alignment while preventing their back from arching into an uncomfortable slouching position. Regarding pillow choices, back sleepers will generally prefer a thinner pillow under their necks and possibly another pillow under their knees to aid with lower back pain.

The Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Since we already acknowledged that stomach sleepers are an odd bunch, there are really no hard and fast rules for mattress firmness. Some stomach sleepers prefer a firm mattress that keeps their back straight all night, while others want a super-plush pillow top that they can literally sink six inches into like a cloud. At the end of the day, whatever floats your boat is probably what will also be most conducive to sleep better.

The Best Mattress for a Combination of Styles

While most of us know which position we tend to fall asleep in most often, the truth is that we’ve all woken up (at some point or another) in a bizarre position that resembles something more like a game of Twister than a Hollywood romance flick. Sometimes we wake up on our stomachs with one knee curled up to our chest; sometimes we’re halfway on our back while sort-of at the same time on our side, and other times we might even wake up with one hand scraping the cold/hard floor.

If you’re the type of sleeper that tends to move around a lot during the night, and you’re not really sure whether that categorizes you into a particular sleep style or not, your criteria for choosing the right mattress should still be the same as everyone else. Go for the best value and highest quality mattress that not only provides the firmness level you find most inviting but also keep things like temperature regulation and ease of movement in mind as well.

Memory foam mattresses might feel incredible if you suffer from back or joint pain, but the majority of brands on the market also sleep hot and make it difficult to adjust your position throughout the night. On the other hand, a luxury latex mattress made with quality materials could still give your joints the relief you’re looking for while keeping you cool and not hindering your movement throughout the night.

Regardless of whether you prefer the balanced responsiveness of pocketed coils or the “cradled” floating feeling of memory foam, Sherwood Bedding makes a mattress type that feels like it was custom made exactly to your own body’s unique specifications. Each of our brands are rooted in the same exacting attention to detail, and each brand employs only high-end source materials that are both safe for the environment and designed to last. At Sherwood, nothing we do is “off the shelf,” and we task our engineers every day with the challenge of making our beds consistently better than the competition.

We invite you to find a Sherwood Bedding retailer in your area and see first-hand how our mattresses stack up against the competition in terms of both quality and price. You won’t disappointed.

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