There are several different sleeping positions, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages.The most common position is side sleeping, which can help alleviate acid reflux, heartburn, and improve circulation when laid on the left side. It can, however, put pressure on the stomach, lungs, shoulders and hips, causing aches and pains.
One of the best mattresses for side sleepers is the Amerisleep AS3. With soft layers that help relieve pressure points, this mattress helps support your shoulders and hips relieving the pressure from lying on them all night.
Sleeping on your back is less common. It’s great for your spine, as it lets you rest your back naturally with no misalignment. The downside of sleeping on your back, if you suffer from snoring, is that it tends to be amplified. Lying flat on your back tends to allow your tongue to fall into your airway, making you snore more.
As a back sleeper, one of the most recommended mattresses is the Amerisleep AS2. With bio-pur foam, this mattress offers you both pressure relief and comfort, helping you get the best night’s sleep and stop you waking up with aches and pains.
One of the least recommended sleeping position is stomach sleeping. Although it eases snoring slightly, it can wreak havoc with your back, especially if you already suffer from back pain. Sleeping on your stomach flattens the natural curve of your spine which can lead to lower back pain, and sleeping throughout the night with your head turned to one side can also strain your neck.
If you sleep on your stomach, it’s important that you pick the best mattress for stomach sleepers. One of the most popular is the Avocado Green, a mattress that combines foam with pocket coils that create a plush bed with good support. There’s a foam layer that’s made with latex rubber, which helps keep you cool through the night and is made from organic materials, meaning it’s environmentally friendly.
Another popular mattress is the Helix Dusk. It contains two layers of foam that are designed to contour to the shape of your body whilst supporting and cushioning you as you sleep. Underneath these layers, there’s individually wrapped coil on top of another layer of foam. This allows for a soft mattress with good support, helping to align your back whilst you sleep without your body sinking too deep into the mattress.
Stomach sleeping is not recommended, as it poses both short term and long term health risks. Sleeping on your stomach can put additional pressure on your neck and back, causing aches, pains and potentially long term issues. If your current mattress is too soft, it can allow your hips to sink into the mattress whilst letting your head on the pillow to stay high, putting a strain on your back and neck. If you can’t change your sleeping position, then making sure you’ve got the best mattress to give the support you need is crucial.