From a very early age, we develop a sleeping pattern that lasts our whole lifetime. On rare occasions do we find ourselves changing and adopting other sleeping poses. You might have been taught to sleep on your stomach since you were a child. Trying to change this in the future might prove futile as morning after morning, you find yourself lying on your tummy. Therefore, it is important for parents to understand the various advantages attached to each sleeping position. Sleeping on the left side, to be more specific, happens to boost blood circulation and improve digestion.

One factor, however, that most parents fail to put into consideration, is sourcing information on the mattress to be used. The mattresses we sleep on should heavily be determined by the sleeping positions that we’re most prone to.

In that light, here are some things side sleepers need to understand about their mattress if they are to enjoy their sleep both in the short and long run:

1. Firmness Levels

Side sleeping tends to create an uneven weight distribution, with the hip and shoulder area carrying the most weight. Also, the body is unevenly spread out with the result of contours being formed. Reviews show that mattress made to sleep on your side have medium level firmness. This means they are soft enough allowing your body to sink according to its shape. At the same time, they are firm enough to offer just the right support – preventing you from sinking too deep and having irregular compressions. This ensures and assures you of exerting just the right amount of pressure and getting the comfort you deserve.

2. Your Spine

This is the most important factor to consider. From the spine comes all sorts of problems and discomforts. Note that for ALL kinds of sleepers, your spine needs to be aligned. Therefore, your bed needs to shape up according to your body frame. This will provide the right levels of contouring, support and comfort all at once.

3. The Mattress Type

Having done lots of reviews on mattresses, I can tell you this for free – there is always some new brand popping up in a bid to stamp authority in that field. For instance, Simba, is a new brand and you can easily find overviews or Simba mattress reviews online simply by searching. Nevertheless, the best brands offer different mattress types; although, most tend to specialize in a specific manufacturing technique. The different types of mattresses for side sleepers include:

• Memory foam is known for its responsiveness and contouring – best option for side sleepers as sales and reviews would suggest.

• Hybrid – not only does it offer longevity and breathability, but it also has layers of innerspring that provide just the right amount of support.

• Innerspring – comes with just the right pack and material to provide ideal softness and firmness.

• Other materials are among traditional, air cool, open cell technology, gel foam and other eco-friendly types such as the organic and plant-based. All these are best-suited materials for side sleepers.

4. Additional Accessories

To avoid backaches and spine problems, especially for side sleepers, placing a pillow between the knees is a proven method that works in this case.

5. The Bed Versus The Mattress

You might have the right mattress for you but lack the right bed to support it. Go for a mattress with a dense base that will be supported on any surface, even the floor. If possible, find a durable bed that won’t make irregular movements or be spoilt easily.

Side sleeping may bring about serious health defects if done in the wrong manner. Not only do you stand to suffer from neck aches and back pains, but you also develop shoulder, leg and hip problems. You would thus put yourself in a favorable front if you knew all there is about side sleeping – especially in relation to the mattress you opt to go for.

Jennifer Danski loves to travel all over the world. During the weekend when she is home she likes to go on hiking trips with her two small pets, Coco and Sindy. If you love traveling, she is your go-to travel guide!

 Posted by Charlotte on July 24, 2018 Being a Mother  Add comments

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