Shopping for a new mattress set is by no means easy. If you’re like me, it’s akin to shoe shopping: The shoes look cute in the store and feel comfortable for that 60-second try-on walk, but give me two weeks and I’m cursing them for rubbing me in all the wrong places and relegate them to the back of the closet. However, with the mattress set, I don't have any options -- I’ll have to sleep on it for five years or more before I can afford to buy a new one!
While the mattess salesperson may not admit that you should choose your mattress based on anything other than how it feels to her, there are some guidelines you can use based on what type of mattress set works best for your preferred sleeping position.
Sleeping on your side is the most common position, and the one most recommended by sleep experts. But it’s not pefect – it leaves you vulnerable to pressure points in the hip and shoulder areas. Side sleepers need a mattress set that will distribute support along the full length of their bodies in order to minimize the pressure. For that reason, the best choices are plush innerspring, latex foam or memory foam mattresses, which combine softness with support.
For back sleepers, support is important because of your body's natural arch, but this needs to be balanced by a softer feel to allow the back to rest comfortably. A pillowtop mattress with firm support will give the necessary combination of soft and firm.
Sleeping on your stomach also requires unique support to keep your spine aligned and prevent the body from sinking too much into the mattress. An innerspring mattress set, preferably firm, will likely be your most comfortable option.
You deserve a better night's sleep, and matching your mattress type to your sleeping position can help guarantee it!