Sleep like it or not, is mandatory. Our bodies cannot function at their optimum when they are sleep deprived. Why? Well, the brain for one, just like machines need to take a time out to sort of recharge, get everything in order for the next day. Lack of sleep can actually lead to lots of health problems. As such, getting enough sleep is very important. So much so that one has to get the best mattress to ensure comfort while sleeping.
Research that has been conducted proves that different people take up different positions when they are asleep. However, the style of sleeping that is very common, and you probably take up this sleeping style is side sleeping. It is a style that is very healthy and that allows your back to have enough rest taking up its natural position. In addition to this, it takes the pressure off the back and reduces the chances of snoring, which is a habit that can be very annoying, not to mention embarrassing. To enjoy your sleep in this position, you will need to find the best mattress designed for the sleeping style. Below are some of the tips you can use to choose the best mattress for side sleepers.
The mattress that you choose should be soft
While side sleeping relieves the back of the excess pressure, it puts more weight on the hips and the shoulders. Having a hard mattress will have you waking up sore and with a painful neck. To avoid this, you should get a mattress that is soft. Softness in mattresses can be achieved by putting a soft bag that is full of air or has padding such as feathers in the mattress. The soft mattress will absorb the pressure from your hips and shoulders rather than push back on them causing you discomfort.
Pay keen attention to the size of your bed
The mattress should fit perfectly on the bed that you have. It should neither be larger nor smaller than the bed lest the side sleeper will suffer discomfort. Getting a smaller mattress may even have you sleep on the empty part of the bed.
Firmness of the mattress
From the high school physics that you are aware of, as the area reduces, the pressure that a body applies on a surface increases considerably. Sleeping on your back means that a larger area is in contact with the mattress. As such, your weight is distributed evenly on the mattress surface. Sleeping on the side however, a smaller area of the body is in contact with the mattress below, hence greater pressure is generated. For the mattress to withstand the resulting pressure, it has to be soft, yes, but firm at the same time. An excessively soft mattress will do you more harm than good to a side sleeper.
The mattress thickness should be medium
Side sleepers require you to have a mattress that is fairly firm and thick. A perfect combination of the two is best. Getting a mattress that is too thin will only hurt your shoulders and waist. As a matter of fact, sleeping on it after it has served you for a few weeks will be agony and the most uncomfortable. One that is too thick will also add unnecessary pressure to the area between your waist and shoulders. Medium sized mattresses are best.
With the advancement of technology, there are many materials that can be used to create and design mattresses. However, not all the materials are perfect in a mattress for a side sleeper. The best material (indisputably), is latex foam. It is the most preferred given the fact that it is very comfortable, providing the whole mattress with all desirable qualities.
Decide where to shop
Ever since the advent of the internet, business transactions have become easy. Entrepreneurs can bring their products and services very close to the consumer without them moving a muscle. This provides you the consumer with convenience. However, with this convenience, you should be very careful. As a matter of fact, if you can, you should avoid buying mattresses online or over the phone. Why? Well, for you to choose a quality mattress, you will have to check out the mattress for yourself. Sure the salesmen and the product descriptions will sell the product to your screaming unending praises for the mattresses, but you should remember that they are meant to do exactly that.
If possible, buy a mattress from a store – store where you can have a look at the varying brands, makes and feel the material for yourself to be sure of the quality.
Do a 15 minute test at the store
When you are in the hunt for the perfect and quality mattress, you should not be embarrassed to lie down on the mattress while still in the store. If anything, the sales people expect you to do so. Be sure to wear clothes that are loose and shoes that you can easily slip out of. Spend at the very least five minutes on every mattress, taking up the style that you normally take while you are asleep. Your chances of getting it wrong after the test are very minimal or even none.
Look for a warranty
If the company providing you with the mattress does not have enough confidence in it to serve you well, and provide you with a warranty, why should you? Quality mattresses will always be backed with lengthy warranties as the manufacturers and retailers of the same have trust that they have put their all and the mattress will meet all your needs. However, you should note that the warranties provided cover the workmanship as well as the materials that went into the creation of the quality mattress. It does not cover the wear and tear or the discomfort that you may experience if you make the wrong choice. For comfort, you will have to take your time and make your choice wisely bearing in mind all the above factors
If you are a side sleeper, it is in your best interests that you pay attention to the above tips. Sure getting the best mattress will take some time and may need you to do a lot of research, but at the very end, it will be all worth it when you sleep at night and wake up refreshed and feeling rested. With the best mattress, gone will be the days you wake up feeling as though you had been digging a tunnel the whole night.