We all sleep in different ways- some people prefer firm mattresses while others like a softer one, some prefer lots of pillows and others need just one. Finding the perfect setup for sleep varies for everyone. And just like a mattress that fits you perfectly, the best sleep position is something unique to every individual.
There’s a lot to consider when trying to find the best sleep position for you, including age, body shape, health and more. We break down some of the most common sleeping positions and the benefits of each as well as how to find the right one for you.
Side sleepers may have it better benefit-wise than other sleeping positions. Sleeping on your side can lead to less snoring, better digestion and might even reduce heartburn! And if you sleep on your left side, you could see decreased heartburn and acid reflux thanks to improved digestion and blood flow.
However, it isn’t all good things- sleeping on your right or left side could lead to stiff shoulders, jaw tightness and wrinkles. If you prefer sleeping on your side, make sure to choose a good pillow to avoid neck and back pain as well as a soft or medium-soft mattress, like the Pressure Relief Cloud Memory Foam mattress, for comfort and support all night long.
Sorry stomach sleepers, this position might be the worst sleeping position. While good for snoring or sleep apnea, sleeping on your stomach can cause neck and back pain, add unnecessary strain to joints and muscles and lead to lower back pain by putting the spine in an unnatural position.
But worry not stomach sleepers, you don’t have to give up feeling fluffy, comfortable softness just yet! If you prefer sleeping on your stomach, you’re more likely to stay in that position longer, and therefore get better quality sleep. To improve your sleep even more, try placing a pillow under your pelvis to reduce lower back pain and stretch in the mornings. Firmness is key in your mattress; a firm mattress prevents your body from sinking down and straining your back and neck even more.
Congrats, back sleepers- this sleep position offers the most benefits. Sleeping in this position keeps your body in an even alignment which protects your spine, helps relieve hip and knee pain, less heartburn, less muscle tension and keeps your skin looking fresh from any pillow-induced wrinkles.
If you're a back sleeper who experiences lower back pain, try putting a pillow underneath your knees to relieve some of the pressure. Also make sure you’re sleeping on a firm mattress, such as the bestselling Cooling Hybrid Gel Foam mattress, or even the Cooling Green Tea Gel Memory Foam mattress, which offers medium-firm support and keeps you nice and cool.
At the end of the day (literally), you just want to make sure you’re getting your best night’s rest. So don’t stress worrying about which sleep position is best. Instead work with your current sleeping position to get your best sleep ever.