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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.