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Mattress For Side Sleepers

Looking for Mattresses for Side Sleepers?

Our Easy Guide Helps You Make The Right Choice
If you're shopping for a new mattress you are about to make an investment in a product that you will be using for quite some time. It's important to understand what to look for in a mattress to ensure you make the right decision. So, let's dive into some pro's and con's of side-sleeping and what to look for in your perfect mattress.
"It is interesting that the lateral [side] sleep position is already the most popular in humans and most animals - even in the wild"
Main Nedergaard, University of Rochester, NY
The Pro's & Con's of Sleeping on Your Side

Less Snoring
Sleeping on your side can reduce snoring. Back sleepers often struggle because their tongue obstructs their airway, resulting in snoring and even causing sleep apnea.

Lower Back Pain
Sleeping on your side allows for elongation of the spine, minimizing strain on the lower back, especially sleeping in a fetal position with a pillow between your knees. Studies have also shown that sleeping in this position improves your posture and spine alignment during the day.

Your anatomy prefers the Left Side
Due to the placement of our organs inside our bodies, sleeping on your left is particularly good for you, for the following reasons:
  • Better digestion
  • Less heartburn and acid reflux
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Improved lymph node draining
  • The brain is stimulated to filter out waste
Acne & Premature wrinkles
In this position your cheek is pressed against a pillow for long periods of time and if you do not stay on top of changing your pillowcase, it could lead to your skin breaking out. Another side-effect reported is premature wrinkles. Good advice to prevent this is making use of silk pillow cases.

Pressure Points
Your body weight is mainly supported by your shoulders when you sleep on your side. If you wake up with stiffness and feeling sore, even experience a tingling numbness in your arm, try switching side during the night to alleviate these side effects.

Breast sagging
Sleeping on your side can aggravate breast sagging as the ligaments as stretched over time due to gravity. Placing a pillow between your breast can assist with the necessary support.

Neck and back pain
Because of the pressure on your shoulders and neck, the incorrect pillow will cause unnatural curving of the neck causing stiffness and pain. Read our tip below.
Mattress Terminology Trivia

What is the difference between 'support' and 'firmness'?
Many think that these two terms are one and the same. They're not.

Firmness is how hard or soft the bed feels to you.
Support is how well the mattress
maintains the correct spinal
alignment while you sleep.
Aim for 'Just Right' when Choosing Your Mattress

Soft, too soft, just right. Just like Goldilocks you need to find the exact middle medium between support and firmness.

You need a mattress that will allow your hips and shoulders to gently sink into the mattress, but just enough to keep your spine aligned. Too firm and your body will experience unevenly distributed support. Too soft and you will sink into the mattress at an angle that will curve your spine. Result? Aches and pains.

Looking at the comfort levels scale we at Bed King use, side sleepers should be looking at our Gentle Firm range. Heavier bodies should look for a little extra firmness, while, if you are a lightweight, go for something softer. Our sleep experts will be able to help you make the right choice.
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Sleep Tip
Choosing the right pillow

Your neck needs specific support when you sleep on your side due to the amount of pressure placed on your neck and shoulders. Aim to maintain the natural curvature of the spine by using a pillow that will keep your ear, your shoulder and your hip aligned.


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