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Sleeping on your side

With countless options of mattresses available, it's difficult to know what's right for you. Understanding how mattress structure, firmness and filling materials should tailor to your sleeping position is important. Whether you sleep on your back, front or side, different mattresses can ensure a better quality sleep.

As a side sleeper you are with the majority of the nation, as more than half of British adults sleep in the foetal position. Although this posture can sometimes result in a numb arm, side sleeping is great in easing discomfort for pregnant mums-to-be and those suffering from heartburn or acid reflux.

Sleeping on your side

UNDERSTANDING PRESSURE POINTS

UNDERSTANDING PRESSURE POINTS

To find which kind of mattress your sleeping position is best suited to, it helps if you're familiar with your pressure points. A pressure point is simply defined as an area, usually on the surface of the body, that is sensitive to pressure.

Your pressure points change with your sleeping position and which parts press against the mattress.

A mattress which finds a happy medium between support and softness is the best bet to avoid any pain on your pressure points.

Mattress Types

Combination Mattress

Combination mattresses' are great for side sleepers, providing the best of both worlds. They provide the traditional support and comfort of springs, with the added benefit of a pressure relieving top layer to give you optimum ease throughout the night and help you get the best night's rest.

Combination Mattress

Advanced Mattress

A gel mattress is also a good recommendation as it is made with a unique support layer that provides a soft but very durable feel. Its gel effect also gently cradles your individual shape.

Advanced Mattress

firmness

medium or medium soft

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A medium, or medium soft mattress, is recommended as they allow plenty of give to contour to your body's natural curve and keep the spine aligned while providing maximum comfort.

 

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Due to your vulnerable pressure points, side sleepers are best suited to softer mattresses that give you more cushioning and allow your body to sink slightly into the mattress.

QUICK FIXES WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR NEW MATTRESS

QUICK FIXES WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR NEW MATTRESS

Temporarily ease any discomfort when side sleeping by using a thick enough pillow to stop your head from tilting down during sleep and placing strain on your neck. If your lower back hurts, add a pillow between your knees to alleviate pressure.