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Which is the best mattress for my sleeping position?

Choosing a new mattress can be difficult.

There are so many to choose from and, to ensure you select the right one for you, there are lots of factors you should take into consideration. But the most important, by far, is your preferred sleeping position. This will help you to determine both a suitable mattress type and your ideal comfort grade.

To set you on the right track, here our in-house mattress experts have created a quick guide – which pairs up the most common sleeping positions with the best mattress to support each one.

Take a look today and find out which mattress will work best for you.


Sleeping positions


Side sleepers

Diagram to show best mattress for a side sleeper

Pressure points: ears, shoulders, hips

Best mattress for a side sleeper: soft-medium foam mattress

Most people sleep on their side. In fact, over 50% of Brits prefer to adopt this position when they hit the hay – either with one arm raised above their head or by curling into a foetal pose. And when it comes to choosing an ideal mattress, it’s all about cushioning the vulnerable pressure points.

Your ears, shoulders and hips all inevitably dig into the mattress. Therefore, to prevent soreness in these areas – and keep your spine well-aligned – the best mattress for a side sleeper is one that contours to the body’s natural curve, such as medical grade foam, memory foam or gel.

A soft-medium comfort grade is also recommended to help relieve pressure at these key points.



Front sleepers

Diagram to show best mattress for a front sleeper

Pressure points: rib cage, thighs, knees

Best mattress for a front sleeper: medium-firm pocket spring or foam mattress

When sleeping on your front, it’s very easy for the natural curve of your spine to overarch – which can lead to significant back and neck pain. Therefore, if you feel comfiest in this sleeping position or adopt it unconsciously, it’s worth taking a little extra care when selecting a new mattress.

Your key pressure points are the rib cage, thighs and knees. And fortunately, these don’t require much cushioning – so either a pocket spring or foam mattress would work well for your needs.

But you will need a mattress that lifts your hips in line with the shoulders and prevents your torso from sinking too far into the fabric. As such, comfort grade is key. Avoid anything too soft and look for a medium-firm mattress, that will allow maximum comfort whilst also supporting your spine.



Back sleepers

Diagram to show best mattress for a back sleeper

Pressure points: shoulders, back, buttocks, heels

Best mattress for a back sleeper: any mattress type with a firm comfort grade

Sleeping on your back automatically promotes good spinal alignment. Which means, you’re already off to a good start and have much more choice when it comes to mattress type. Everything from a traditional pocket spring to medical grade foam would work well for your chosen sleeping position.

However, it’s very important to invest in a mattress with a firm comfort grade.

Soft mattresses are unlikely to provide you with enough support, allowing your back to sink into the fabric and creating an arch in your spine. To ensure you wake up without any soreness, a firm mattress is regarded as the best option for a back sleeper. And the level of firmness required will ultimately depend on your weight. The heavier you are, the firmer the mattress will need to be.


A mattress to suit every sleeping position


Here at Dreamers Bed Centre, we strive to cater for everyone. Whether you’re a side sleeper, a front sprawler, lie flat on your back, or toss and turn between all three sleeping positions, our store has a comprehensive range of mattress types and comfort grades – with something to suit all preferences.

Further information to help you choose can be found in our previous blog ‘Which mattresses are the best?’. And if you have any questions – either about the best mattress for your specific sleeping position or the products we currently stock – you’re welcome to contact us at any time.

Simply give us a call on 01942 275 464 or send an email to info@dreamersbedcentre.co.uk and we’ll respond as soon as possible. Or why not pop into our showroom and chat with one of our experts? After all, mattresses are our specialist subject and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.



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