Sleep positions makes a difference in the type of support required from a mattress. For side sleepers, back sleepers and stomach sleepers, the types of support required would vary.
It is statically known that most people sleep on their sides. Sleeping in the fetal position with the knees up toward the chest is the most common sleep position. However, this position tends to put more pressure on the hips and shoulder areas. For the side sleepers and the fetal sleepers, it is recommended that a softer mattress, such as a Tempurpedic mattress, would offer the most comfort. A foam Tempurpedic mattress is made specifically to conform to the body of side sleepers, particularly in the lumbar and thoracic regions of the spine.
Back sleeping is considered to be the best position for most people, especially those with back issues, because it lets your neck, head and spine rest in a more neutral position. Back Sleepers with back pain might benefit from putting a pillow or rolled up towel under the knees for lower back support. But Back Sleeping is not beneficial for everyone. For example, those who have sleep apnea, this position can make their snoring problem worse.
For Stomach Sleepers, a softer mattress, such as a Tempurpedic, might cause lower back pain. Reason for this is, a softer mattress encourages the abdomen to sink into a bed. As a result, this position will increase the arch in your low back and cause pain. A medium firm mattress is beneficial for stomach sleepers, because it prevents abdominal sinking, which reduces the arch in the lower back area. However, since the sinking effect is greater for individuals with larger abdomens, for thinner people, abdominal sinking would not be an problem.
If you’re experience discomfort or sleeplessness of any sort at night or while you sleep, and you’re planning to purchase a new mattress, the first thing you should do is determine your most common sleep position. Some people alternate positions when they sleep, which might makes it difficult to make a definitive classification of their regular sleep position. So the best solution is to take note of which position you find yourself most commonly waking up in, because in theory, that would be the position you sleep in the longest. For example, when you first go to sleep, you may start out sleeping on your back. But then, as the night progresses, you may later find yourself sleeping on your side or stomach, therefore taking notes on your wake-up position, will help you determine your most common sleep position.
Once you definitively know your most common sleep position, then you can shop for a new mattress with confidence, knowing that you’re making a best mattress purchase that will support your most common sleep position.