Are Memory Foam Mattresses Good for Side Sleepers?
While back and stomach sleepers are still pretty common, by far the most common (and most beneficial for your wellbeing) is to sleep on your side. Over 56% of sleepers sleep on their side, either in the fetal position or with legs extended. If you fall into this category, then you’re in luck.
The advent of memory mattress technology meant that finding a good mattress for side sleepers has never been easier. Mattress makers (ourselves included) now have the ability to cater to the specific needs of the side sleeper for better health and better sleep.
So what are the benefits of memory foam and how do they specifically help side sleepers?
No, we aren’t talking about what you used to do when you were 15. Remember when you slept until noon every weekend? “Sleeping in” is actually about how a good mattress will use its memory foam to contour to your body. It creates pockets of comfort so that your body is supported in must-need areas, while still providing a gentle touch for your shoulders and neck. This takes the pressure off a side-sleepers hips and shoulders, places that can traditionally feel sore after a night sleeping on a traditional mattress. This blend of softness and firmness also allows your spine to keep its natural curvature. This natural alignment means that you are actually resting your spine, instead of stretching it in unnatural ways.
Side sleepers will often sleep with one leg bent and the other straight; sort of like a runner’s pose. This can lead to pelvic rotation, a condition that worsens lower back pain and puts undue stress on your neck. A good mattress can actually help to relieve that pressure through evenly distributing your weight through the mattress. That, mixed with a good use of pillows and posturing (try putting one between your legs) and you should be able to sleep all through the night and not feel stiff at all in the morning.
What is moderate firmness? Moderate firmness means the level of softness your mattress should have, and should be around a six or seven if we judge on a ten point scale.
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