Sleep is an integral part of our health, and we tend to ignore it on a regular basis? If you are tossing in bed all night long have you considered whether you are sleeping on the right mattress?
In this handy guide, you will understand how to choose the perfect mattress for you. We’re going to chat about different types of mattresses, how to determine what feel will work best for your sleep style, and much, much more!
This is the very first question you need to answer. Why? Well, the age of your mattress can play a big role in determining whether or not you need a new one. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to start thinking about getting a new bed if you’ve had your old one for over 8 years.
Another thing we want to understand is your sleeping position. Do you have trouble finding a comfortable position at night? Have you noticed any new dips in your mattress that can’t be fixed by rotating it regularly? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to bid adieu to your bed.
You’ll likely find that you’re either a side sleeper, back sleeper, stomach sleeper, or some combination of the three.
Most people sleeping on their side are in the fetal position. Since this position is significantly curvier than others, pressure relief is vitally important. When people sleep on their side, recessed areas between their body and the mattress are formed.
To allow one’s body to sink into the mattress, a softer and thicker comfort layer is needed. Hence, the Sleep Ninja Memory Comfort Mattress is apt for side sleepers, as it provides optimum memory foam cushioning reliving the stress points in the joints.
Back sleepers who are not cradled by their mattress at night are prone to soreness, numbness, and localized redness due to aggravated pressure points.
Doctors have been saying this for a long time. In fact, there is a good chance your parents tried to get you to sleep like this, and now you may constantly recommend it to your own children. The problem with this position is that few people actually find it comfortable. Of course, they are likely not using a bed designed for this position. It should also be noted that this particular position is strongly associated with snoring and sleep apnea.
The recessed space in the lumbar area is really the only major gap created when you sleep on your back. That being said, it is a pretty important part of the body that needs to be supported, but it does not require a comfort layer quite as thick as what’s needed by side sleepers. A thinner top layer actually works best. Most back sleepers are more than satisfied by a 2-inch comfort layer.
The only real benefit to sleeping on your stomach is that it may help stop snoring. Other than that there is a list of disadvantages to sleeping in this position. However, if this is what makes you comfortable and the only way you can fall asleep then buying the right mattress can help minimize the negative effects.
Since you can’t breathe through a pillow, you likely have your head turned one way or the other, which strains your neck. If you are using a pillow then your neck is not only turned harshly all night; your back is also bent slightly backward. Also, since the curve is not supported like this, stomach sleepers often suffer from back pain.
When shopping for a mattress, consider your deepest sleeping position, but do not cater to it. So, if you usually sleep on your side and back, your side would be your deepest sleeping position. Side sleepers usually need a 3-inch comfort layer, but back sleepers only need about 1 inch of soft material and then firmer support underneath. So, go with something in between. If you purchased a mattress with a 3-inch comfort layer, you will likely end up with a very sore back and neck when you do sleep on your stomach.
A transition (middle) layer is a good quality to look for between the top layer and the support layer. Hence the Sleep Ninja Dual HR mattress is actually good for these types of sleepers.
Every sleeping position demands a unique cradle based on the number of recessed areas created between your body and the mattress. The right mattress will cater to these gaps, but also provide the right amount of support in deeper layers to keep your spine aligned properly.