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The Best Mattress for Side, Back, and Stomach Sleepers

Let’s face it. Most of us don’t look very graceful when we’re deep in the midst of a good night’s sleep. Sometimes we tuck our knees up into the fetal position, sometimes we’re flat on our backs (with our mouths hanging wide open), and other times we end lying flat on our face with one hand grazing the floor. But since looking cool while we sleep is likely to forever be a losing battle, what we should really focus on is making sure we’re as comfortable as possible throughout the night.

That being said, most of us fall into one of three categories of sleepers: back, side, or stomach. Here at Mark’s Mattress Outlet, many of our customers are surprised to learn that certain mattress designs and firmness levels tend to favor these three different types of sleepers in different ways, but the truth is they do. Here’s the lowdown on how to select the right mattress for your particular sleeping style.

The Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

The best mattress for a back sleeper is generally medium-firm to firm. If you’re a snorer, have sleep apnea, or are pregnant, you’ll want to shy away from sleeping on your back. For everyone else, back sleeping is the ideal way to let your mattress do its job by distributing your entire body weight out across the greatest surface area of the bed. This helps reduce pressure points on the spine, hips, and neck while allowing your body to properly recharge throughout the night.

The Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Since side sleepers are putting greater pressure on their hips, ribs, and neck than back sleepers, it’s more likely that someone who prefers to sleep on their side will also prefer a softer or plush mattress. Sleep expert Steven Park, MD advises patients to sleep on their side to help keep airways open. He also claims that sleeping on your left side, in particular, has the benefit of relieving heartburn, while right-side sleeping makes heartburn worse. Furthermore, sleeping on the left side is recommended during pregnancy to improve circulation to the heart.

The Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers are a breed unto themselves, so it should come as no surprise that just as many prefer plush mattresses as those that like firm ones. As a result of the contorted position it can force your back and neck into, few medical professionals advise patients to sleep on their stomachs. Nevertheless, some doctors do recommend that patients with severe snoring and sleep apnea experiment with sleeping on their stomachs to help relieve symptoms.

Let’s also not forget that back, side, and stomach sleepers all generally benefit from different types of pillows too. Back sleepers may prefer a contour pillow or one with a thinner profile that doesn’t prop their head and neck up too high, while a side sleeper will want a thicker pillow that makes up for the greater gap (created between the shoulder and neck). Here at Mark’s Mattress Outlet, we manufacture a complete line of our own pillows made with natural materials that can suit any sleep style.

Find the Right Mattress at Mark’s Mattress

Regardless of which position you find most comfortable, Mark’s has a wide range of back, side, and stomach sleeper mattress options that are bound to fit your particular tastes. And with over 19 area locations, you’ll never have to go very far out of your way to visit us and see what everyone has been talking about. Whether you’re looking for up to 80% off brand name mattress clearance and liquidation mattresses, or you’re in the market for the best Tempur-Pedic alternative mattress made with natural memory foam, latex, and gel – Sleep Natural™ – Mark’s Mattress Outlet is the best mattress store with the lowest prices in town.

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