How to pick the right mattress


For most of us, little thought goes inti purchasing mattresses. We hear 'lumbar support' and that is that. However, just because a mattress is advertised to be uber comfortable and supportive does not mean it will naturally complement your sleeping position. 

Everybody sleeps a different way and most of them can be categorised into three groups: side, back, and stomach sleepers. Each is unique to you and your personal traits, and requires specific mattress support. 


Side sleepers

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The more common of the sleeping position, side sleepers tend to have their backs slightly curved into a near foetal position or a straight 'log' position that sees the legs and arms pulled perpendicular to each other. 

Due to the nature of the position, the shoulders and hip areas are getting a significant amount of pressure so a mattress with pressure relief is important. A softer and more forgiving fill promotes conformity, cradling the pressured areas and relieving them of soreness the next morning. Go for a comfort layer that is at least a couple inches thick for maximum conformity. 


Back sleepers

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The most optimum position for sleeping according to doctors, sleeping on your back spreads the pressure evenly across your back, minimising the risk of potential sore points. However, many find the position uncomfortable and it might be due to the fact that they are sleeping on mattresses that are not designed for the position. 

To curb that, go for mattresses with a firmer fill and a thinner comfort layer that does not conform as readily. The arch on your back could be one trouble spot, so find one with lumbar support as well. 


Stomach sleepers

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The least optimum sleeping position of the three, stomach sleepers are at a risk of straining their neck and constricting their breathing. Not to mention the detrimental effects on the spine, as it is not designed to bend that way. If you cannot curb this habit, a suitable mattress might help curb the negative effects ever so slightly. 

Go for extra firm and thin mattresses that could hold the body and not further extend the spine. It should cushion the harder areas of the body while maintaining the natural curve of the back, relieving the sleeper of potential back aches. A thinner pillow with low pile fill is also a must so as to not create pressure points on the neck. 


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