The Best Type Of Mattress Based On Your Sleeping Position

Choosing a mattress is no easy feat. With several different types of mattress available and new materials being used, there are often too many options to choose from. However, knowing how to choose the right mattress doesn't have to be a minefield and can be based off of something as simple as your sleeping position. This guide looks at the different types of mattresses and which one is best for side, back and front sleepers, as well as other things you should consider when choosing your mattress.

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Understanding Mattress Types

Mattresses are often categorized by two main considerations: their type and their comfort grade. Mattress type mainly refers to their filling, and includes the likes of memory foam, pocket sprint or even innovative options such as latex or gel. As suggested by the name, comfort grade relates to how comfortable the mattress is, varying from soft to firm. This can often be down to personal preference, however there are certain recommendations depending on your sleeping position and your pressure points.

The Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Sleeping on your side is the most popular position in the UK, with 69% of sleepers in a BBC survey opting to rest on their side. The best type of mattress for side sleepers is one that ranges from a soft to medium comfort grade. This way the vulnerable pressure points, which include the hips, elbows and shoulders, can be cradled. In terms of mattress types, side sleepers can get away with any option as long as it offers enough cushioning. For example, gel or latex mattresses are soft enough for side sleepers. Memory foam mattresses are also a firm favourite for side sleepers as they mold to the contours of your pressure points without any resistance.

The Best Mattress for Front Sleepers

Front sleepers are those most at risk of waking up with a sore neck, as they often overarch the natural curve of their spine in this sleeping position. To help with this, front sleepers are advised to opt for something firmer to ensure their back remains straight. Therefore, medium to firm mattresses are the best way to go if you sleep on your stomach. It's also advised to stick to only one pillow.

Because of this extra level of support required, mattress types such as pocket spring or hybrid mattresses are recommended to front sleepers to offer comfort, yet support.

The Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

Those who sleep on their back can benefit from a range of choices, as their pressure points are less vulnerable. However, it's still important to ensure the natural alignment of the spine, so a medium to firm mattress is the best option.

In terms of mattress type, consider pocket spring, memory foam or even orthopedic to ensure you wake up without any back pain.

The Best Mattress for Combination Sleeping

Finally, if you're not sure which sleeping position you adopt in the night, or if you often find yourself tossing and turning, then your choices are fairly open. Because something too firm may be detrimental to a side sleeper and something too soft wouldn't offer adequate support to back or front sleepers, it's best to opt for something in the middle. A medium comfort grade mattress is therefore recommended for those who opt for a range of sleeping positions.

Again, a lot of options are available for combination sleepers in terms of type and as long as they offer a medium comfort grade, any type is appropriate. If in doubt, a combination mattress is always a good go-to to offer both support as well as adequate cushioning.

How to Choose a Mattress Based on Health Conditions

While the best mattress for you is largely dependent on your sleeping position, other factors can come into consideration. For example, your weight or any health conditions, for example back pain.

What is the Best Mattress for my Weight?

Weight might often go amiss when considering a new mattress. It could however be something to think about if you, especially for those who weigh 14st or over. A general rule of thumb is the more you weigh, the firmer your mattress should be. This is because firmer mattresses will offer maximum support and longevity whereas a soft mattress may eventually sag.

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What is the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

Finally, another factor that may affect your mattress choice is whether you suffer from back pain. Regardless of your sleeping position, any back or neck pain can be worsened if not catered to by the correct mattress. The best mattress to help with back pain are those which maintain your spine's natural alignment. One of the best mattress type for this is memory foam as it responds to your body position and then keeps you in place through the night. This means you won't end up wriggling into an uncomfortable and unnatural position.

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Sleeping position should be a key consideration when choosing your new mattress, as well as any health conditions or your weight. In general, softer mattresses are best suited to side sleepers, whereas medium to firm mattresses will help front and back sleepers feel supported. For more advice on your bed or mattress please see our other guides.