What is the best mattress for side sleepers?
Side sleeping is the most common sleeping position, here we look at what the options are for the best mattress for side sleepers. Side sleeping also has major benefits including better neck and spinal support, assistance with better breathing and digestion. Sleeping on your side also reduces back pain. There is an issue with sleeping on your side though. A mattress that is too firm can cause hip and shoulder pains. It can also cause lower back pain because the spine will “hang” during the evening. This makes the muscles pull during the night to get the spine into alignment. This is what causes morning back stiffness. The opposite happens with a mattress that is too soft but the results are the same
The mattress type for side sleepers
The most suitable mattress type is a mattress that contours your body and that has a medium to soft feel. This contouring allows the neck and spine to be inline which will allow the muscles to relax during the night. The medium to soft feel will allow a cushion for your hips and shoulders that will eliminate the pressure points caused by mattress that is too firm. There are a few models that fit the bill as far as getting the right position for side sleepers.
Pocket spring beds
Pocket spring beds are a great option for side sleepers. A pocket spring bed is made of hundreds of individual springs that are wrapped in a thick membrane. This allows each spring to react individually. This feature allows the heavier parts of your body, the hips, and shoulders, to sink into the mattress. The result is that your spine will be in a neutral position during sleep. Your muscles will be relaxed and that will eliminate morning back pains caused by muscle fatigue.
Memory foam beds
These beds are also considered a great option for those of us that sleep on our sides. Memory foam is made to soften when it comes in contact with heat. In the case of a mattress, it is your body heat that causes the foam to soften. This softening of the sleep surface allows the body to achieve the neutral sleep position. Again, as in the case with the pocket spring system it takes the strain off the lower back. The other advantage of a memory foam mattress is that the softened surface also provides a cushion for the pressure point areas such as your hips, elbows, knees, and shoulders. These pressures point pains are especially prominent inside sleepers, especially the hips.
Pillows for side sleepers
Although we have covered the best mattress for side sleepers, it may be a good Idea to have a quick look at the pillows that are recommended for this sleep position. Side sleepers generally need a thicker pillow. This is because the angle of the neck is more acute than when sleeping. having a thicker or firmer pillow will allow your neck to remain in line with your spine during sleep.
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