Here’s how to find the right bed for you.
1. For the back sleeper
If you’re looking for doctor-approved sleep advice, one tip is to sleep on your back, though only 8 percent of people are back sleepers, according to sleep.org.
“By far the healthiest option for most people is sleeping on your back because it allows your head, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position,” according to the website.
“This means that there’s no extra pressure on those areas, so you’re less likely to experience pain.”
Sunni Goodman, VP of Communications and Customer Experience at US-based Mattress Firm, recommends the Tulo Firm, a memory foam bed-in-a-box for back sleepers.
“It’s the perfect mattress for back sleepers as it was created and designed to provide head-to-toe and edge-to-edge firmness throughout the mattress to account for total body support,” she says.
As a bonus, low-motion transfer technology means you won’t wake your partner when you crawl back to bed after a midnight snack.
2. For the side sleeper
If you tend to sleep on one side with your arms and legs straight out in front of you, you most likely need a softer mattress.
“Since side sleepers tend to put a lot of pressure on one side of their body, a softer mattress is specifically designed to relieve pressure on one’s shoulders and hips to minimize tossing and turning throughout the night,” says Goodman, who recommends a Tulo Soft mattress.
On the plus side, sleeping on your side, rather than on your back or stomach, may be the best position for a healthy brain.
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3. For the fetal position sleeper
The majority of the population – a whopping 41 percent of adults -0 sleep in the fetal position, in which you’re on your side, curled up into a ball.
According to sleep.org, the fetal position on your left side is great for pregnant woman (because it improves circulation) and snorers.
“But resting in a fetal position that’s curled up too tightly can restrict breathing in your diaphragm.
And it can leave you feeling a bit sore in the morning, particularly if you have arthritis in your joints or back,” the website warns.
If you sleep in a fetal position, a soft mattress will help relieve pressure on your joints.