Which Mattress Is Right For Me?
Everyone sleeps differently, and that means that there’s no one mattress that will work for everyone. Whether you’re a back sleeper, side sleeper, or stomach sleeper (and everything in between), we have a mattress specifically for you.
If you want to avoid sleepless nights or get rid of that annoying back pain, you’re going to have to do some serious research. There are hundreds of mattress reviews out there to pore over, but that takes a lot of time and effort, especially considering the amount of bad information and biased articles. That's why we've put together his handy-dandy guide to expedite the process for you.
So if you’re ready for a sound night’s sleep but aren’t sure which mattress will work for your sleeping style, read on!
When you imagine someone sleeping soundly, chances are your mental image is of someone dozing away on their back.
Most medical professionals agree that sleeping on your back is the best position for spinal health.
If you’re on a well-made mattress, it will cradle your spine in proper alignment and keep weight off your joints and pressure points.
Unfortunately, sleeping on your back on an old or worn-out mattress can do just the opposite.
Instead of gently guiding your spinal cord into its proper position, the large depression that eventually wears its way into the middle of most old mattresses will leave your back improperly aligned, and can lead to back pain and a worsening cycle of bad sleep from that pain.
Back sleepers should look for a medium firm mattress – anything too soft or too firm can disturb the delicate balance of your spinal cord. Haven's 14" LUX Hybrid Mattress comes with a 100-night trial period, so you can rest assured that you will find the right mattress for you.
When it comes to back pain, pressure points, and injuries resulting from sleeping, side sleepers face more hazards than back sleepers.
Since there are significantly more curves on the side of your body (your shoulders, hips, and knees), there are more opportunities to create tension and pressure points with a poorly picked out mattress.
That means that side sleepers need to be on the lookout for hip pain and shoulder pain. If you’re looking for the best kind of mattress for side sleepers, it’s likely you’ll want to find one on the softer side.
A softer mattress can give you the support you need while gently cradling your hips and shoulders to prevent stress and injury.
You may notice that many of the mattresses that are best for side sleepers are made of latex foam. There are a few reasons it keeps popping up:
- First, it provides the perfect level of “give” while still being supportive for side sleepers.
- Second, it circulates air better than standard memory foam and keeps you cool and comfortable all night long.
- Finally, latex memory foam can be more durable and keep its shape better than standard memory foam.
If you’re a side sleeper, Haven offers a soft-zone customization for the 10" Rejuvenate mattress as well as the 14" LUX Hybrid mattress. What this does is creates the perfect cushion for your shoulders and hips, which are essentially holding the bulk of your body weight, while sleeping on your side. This alleviates the pressure points and keeps your spine in a neutral position.
Stomach sleeping can lead to serious problems without proper support. While sleeping on your back or side allows your spinal cord to properly align on most mattresses, stomach sleepers are at much greater risk of back pain and spinal issues.
Stomach sleeping creates a great deal of pressure on your thoracic and lumbar spine, and many stomach sleepers wake up with aches and pains that just won’t go away.
In fact, many people end up sleeping on their stomach to avoid pain from existing back and joint issues – while it can provide some temporary relief, in the long term it can actually make the original problems worse.
Stomach sleepers should look for a firm mattress. Anything too soft will provide too much give under your hips and put immense pressure on your lower back, leaving you susceptible to long-term back pain.
Most stomach sleepers sleep with their arms extended and wrapped around their pillows, which can lead to nerve and joint pain in the shoulders.
With a firm mattress, there’s a much lower risk of developing these problems.
Thankfully, if you are unable to sleep on your back or side, there are ways to mitigate the potential problems that can come with stomach sleeping.
You can use a body pillow to take pressure off your lower spine. However, it is imperative that you place it correctly, otherwise it can backfire.
Using more than one pillow might make sense to make sure you have all the support you need. On the high end, you can get large body pillows constructed of memory foam that can act like mattress extensions.
If you’re looking for a natural alternative, a VitaGel Pillow provides firm support without any petroleum-based chemicals.
If you’re a stomach sleeper looking for a good night’s sleep, you should try the 10" Rejuvenate mattress. Alternatively, if you like the plush feeling of a pillow top while also supporting your spine properly with a firm foundation, check out the 14" LUX Hybrid mattress in the Classic Plush.
There’s no one mattress that will work for everyone, but there are some tips that can help you find the best mattress no matter what kind of sleeper you are.
To recap, you’ll find that:
- Back sleepers are most comfortable on a medium firm mattress. Latex memory foam, memory gel foam, and traditional memory foam are all great materials for back sleepers.
- Side sleepers are most comfortable on a soft mattress. Latex memory foam and memory gel foam mattresses tend to work best for side sleepers.
- Stomach sleepers are most comfortable on a firm mattress. Latex memory foam and memory gel foam mattresses are usually best for stomach sleepers. Stomach sleepers should also consider buying a body pillow to alleviate pressure on the hips and back.