Mattresses are not one-size-fits-all. Some are better for people who sleep on their back while others are better for side-sleepers. And if you sleep with a partner, you may be more concerned with motion transfer (i.e. being jostled awake whenever your partner moves) or you might be interested in a mattress that is compatible with an adjustable base.
Feeling overwhelmed with your choices? Not to worry. We have options for everyone, and we’ve broken down the choices to body type and sleep concerns.
Most Americans prefer to sleep on their side‚ and for good reason! According to the American Chiropractic Association, sleeping on your side can help reduce back pain by taking pressure off the low back and may improve your posture over time. But to get these amazing benefits, you’ll need a good mattress that supports proper spine alignment. A quality memory foam or hybrid mattress is a good choice for side sleepers because the foam comfort layer allows the wider parts of the body, the shoulders and hips, to rest deeper into the mattress without leaving permanent indents.
People who consistently sleep on their back find that a firmer mattress gives them the right level of support throughout the night. Because the spine is not contorted by resting on the shoulders and hips, they don’t need as much cushion to compensate. However, most doctors recommend elevating the head further than normal if you sleep on your back to open breathing passageways and reduce problems like snoring and sleep apnea. That’s why we recommend a mattress that is compatible with adjustable bases.
Do you toss and turn at night, even when you’re on the most comfortable mattress in the world? Or perhaps your partner wakes earlier than you or makes frequent trips to the restroom. If this is the case, you want a mattress that is going to minimize motion transfer. That way you won’t wake up every time you or your partner wakes up or makes adjustments. Look for a memory foam or hybrid mattress with several layers of support. This will help absorb movement.
Adjustable bases are great for finding the perfect position for better sleep as well as watching TV or reading a book in bed. By elevating the head and area behind the knees, you can effortlessly customize your mattress to meet your body’s demands. So be sure to ask an associate to help you find a mattress that gives you the right combination of support and comfort and is compatible with an adjustable base!
One of the most common sleep concerns is feeling too hot and uncomfortable to fall asleep. That’s why mattress brands have developed special materials that addresses temperature and airflow. Just ask about specialty memory foams and cooling fibers on our mattresses.
Chronic Joint Pain
If you wake up with a sore back or you have sensitive hip joints, you should consider a medium or plush mattress. If you go with a hybrid or innerspring mattress, be sure to look for one with lots of coils that will contour comfortably around your joints.