The most common sleep posture is side sleeping. About 2/3 of U.S. adults enjoy sleeping on your side. It’s also the best healthy sleep spot, according to several sleep experts! One reason is aligning the spinal balance; side sleep fits shoulder, spinal and pelvic, helping relieve stresses in the spine, lower back, and other vulnerable areas. Side sleeper circulation is also stronger and can improve sleep apneas (as well as serious snorers). Side sleep was also associated with improving heart health. Typically, a few of such four places are known in the word side sleeping:
Fetal: Both legs are kneeling, and the back is hanging to create a “curled up shape” like babies in the womb. This is the commonest place among sleepers and accounts for about 40 % of the population.
Log: Arms and legs are stretched, the back straight—about 14% of adults in the log condition sleep.
Yearner: Arms reach, and legs are long, arms extended. This role is preferred by around 5% of the sleepers.
Sprinter: The arms and back are upright, one leg curled on the knee and the other out entirely. This is the least frequent side of the sleep and is between 2 % to 3% of the population.
Neither is ‘right’ or ‘better’ than the rest of the positions. Positions such as log and yearner, however, which involve full leg extensions, will decrease pelvic rotation during the night. This can lead to misalignment of the spinal cord, which increases discomfort and stress capacity. If you sleep in one of those places, the top of your shopping list should be a mattress that promises superior pressure points relief.
Choose Firmness Level:
Firmness is one of the main criteria for mattress choices. Firmness is classified on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least solid and 10 being the highest. Most of today’s mattresses vary from 3 (“Soft”) to 8 (“plus firm”). ‘Medium Hard’ or ‘Medium’ mattress would be more suitable for most side sleepers (around one 5 or 6 on 1 to 10 scales). These surfaces have even protection for proper alignment of the spinal cord and provide ample “giving” to fit the corpora of the sleeping person, minimizing discomfort, strain, and sleep. You should use your body weight as a guide to finding the perfect mattress firmness rating. Lighter sleepers typically prefer a lighter mattress, while heavier sleepers need a better mattress.
The product composition of the bed is essential for side-sleepers in addition to firmness and sleeper weight. The mattress in the support structure of steel coils would have a sleeping environment much different from that in the foam, latex, or air chambers. What are mattresses for side sleepers better (or worst)? In general, side sleepers are more helpful in foam, hybrid, and latex mattresses. Some sleepers, however, enjoy the conventional feel of an inner mattress. In the end, balancing the benefits, the drawbacks and choosing the mattress, making you feel the strongest.