To sleep well, first you must determine how you sleep.
Walking into a mattress store can be intimidating. It’s probably been years since you last shopped for a mattress. The brand names are familiar to you, but you’re not sure of the differences between them. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin.
Luckily, finding the right mattress for you comes down to a few simple factors. One of the most important is your sleep style: whether you sleep on your back, your side, your stomach, or a combination of positions. To help, we’ve assembled this handy guide to let you know what to look for as you start your mattress search.
Many people find that it is most comfortable to sleep on their sides. If this describes you, you want to find a mattress that’s soft, because you don’t want too much pressure being put on your shoulders and hips. A softer mattress will also accommodate your body’s natural curves and keep your spine properly aligned.
When you sleep on your stomach, it’s important that you select a firm, stiff mattress. This might seem counterintuitive, as you may have selected this sleeping style because of lower back pain. However, you don’t want your body weight pressing down too hard on your stomach. You want to “float” on top of the mattress to make it easy to breathe and to keep pressure off your spine.
Back sleepers need the Goldilocks mattress: not too soft, not too firm, but just right. Medium-firm mattresses are the way to go for back sleepers. A medium-firm mattress will give just the right amount of support to the back without pressing too hard on the spine or creating painful pressure points.
If you are a combination sleeper – which means you end up in just about every position before the end of the night – you need a mattress that is comfortable no matter what. You also need a mattress that doesn’t transfer motion to your partner, especially if your partner is a light sleeper. A foam mattress is a very good pick here, as it conforms to your body as you shift throughout the night, and your partner won’t feel a thing. But if a foam mattress isn’t in your budget, try for a mattress with pocket coil springs to cut down on motion transfer.
Match Your Style
The most important thing to remember about shopping for a mattress based on your sleep style is that you need to try multiple mattresses. You won’t know whether a firm mattress, ultra-plush soft mattress, or cushion firm mattress feels right to you until you lay down on one. Luckily, Mattress One has hundreds of mattresses for you to try out. We know that you’ll find your ideal mattress right here. And remember, we also offer our special 180-day in-home trial.* Feel free to bring your new mattress home and sleep on it for a few days. If it isn’t perfect for your needs, you can trade it in for one you like better!
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