Author - Bradley Hewitt

What Position Works Best For You?

Each person has their sleeping position and what works for their comfort needs

Each sleeping position has its benefits. How we rest impacts the way our systems direct and processes waste

If you are experiencing any pain after a night's sleep, changing up your sleeping position may benefit you more than you might think.

Here are some benefits of different sleeping positions:

Sleeping on your side

Sleeping on your side is not only comfortable but very good for you. Sleeping on your left side will help reduce snoring and insomnia, digestion and heartburn When sleeping on your side a pillow between your lower legs or hugging/holding a pillow or spouse will help align your hips to avoid lower back pain. Sleeping on your side isn't enough. You will need the right mattress that suits your sleeping position and comfort needs.  The following mattresses would be more comfortable for your needs:
  • Spring Mattress 
  • Pocket Coil Mattress 

Sleeping on your back

Sleeping on your back makes it more natural to keep your spine aligned, takes a lot of pressure off your shoulders and reduces the strain your back experiences at night.  If you suffering from acid reflux sleeping in a slightly elevated position with your head above your stomach will help reduce reflux symptoms. Here are tips to increase the comfort you'll experience while sleeping: 
  • A pillow under your knees assists your spine to sleep in a more neutral position. 
  • Use a low pillow under your head to help keep your spine aligned. 
  • A firm or pocket coil mattress offers the best support for your back. 
  • Use the softest and lowest pillow under your back to help support the curve under your back and reduce stress on your lower back and hips. 

 

When not to sleep on your spine?
  • After 20 weeks in your pregnancy 
  • Terrible snoring 
  • Sleep apnea 

Sleeping on your belly

Sleeping on your stomach should be your last option. There are more cons to sleeping on your stomach than pros.  Your airways might be open and reduce snoring, however, the benefits end there. Due to most of your weight being in the middle of your body, sleeping in a face-down position will add more straight and stress to your spine and joints.  Stomach sleepers could experience back and neck pain put pressure on nerves and cause numbness. By placing a pillow under your belly you could help reduce lower pain in your back.

Sleeping position during pregnancy

Not only could sleeping on your back or stomach could be uncomfortable or impossible, sleeping on your left side would be the best option for you and your baby. Not only is it comfortable, but it will also increase circulation for both you and your baby. As little as a 30 min nap on your back could force your fetus to move into a position where their oxygen availability for your baby is minimized. Bending your knees into a fetal position and placing a pillow under your belly and between your knees will help relieve lower back pain.

Some Causes of Lower Back Pain

  • Manual labor on a daily 
  • Bending over with more weight your back can handle
  • Falling on your gluteus-maximus
  • Prolonged sitting without stretching your legs
  • Being taller than the average human

Better your posture for pain relief

Having good posture will help support your back and provide less stress put on your spine. Pulling your shoulders back isn't only good while standing, your lower back will benefit while standing with good posture and a footrest.

Why is the right pillow important?

Pillows are not only used for supporting your neck. The wrong pillow could cause muscle strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. Additional pillows could help support your spine in a more natural position.

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What Mattress Is The Most Comfortable?

If you have slept on a terrible mattress you will know how uncomfortable it is to wake up with a stiff and aching back. A more comfortable mattress will not only offer a better night's sleep but will also help relieve pain and discomfort in your joints and make you feel fresher each morning.

Each person has their preference for comfort. Your sleeping position and weight limit play a big role in what mattress is the most comfortable to you.

Below we will share our most comfortable mattresses and which range suits your sleeping position best:

Best Value For Money - Symphony
Best For Pressure Relieve - Orthopedic Pocket Coil
Best For Side Sleepers - Ortho Knit
Best For Back Sleepers - Chiropedic
Best Comfort Value - Executive

Mattress Type 

Spring Mattress - Side Sleepers 

High-Density Foam Mattress - Back and Belly Sleepers

Pocket Coil - Back, Belly and side sleepers

Product Details 

Best Value For Money - Symphony

An inner bonnel spring system combined with two high-density foam layers on either side creating a comfortable medium-firm sleeping surface, offering superior back, hip and neck support. 

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Best For Pressure Relieve - Orthopedic Pocket Coil

An inner pocket coil core combined with bio-science Fresche quilted fabrics that are durable, soft to the touch and regulate surface temperature. The individually wrapped pocketed coils are designed with Silent Partner Technology (SPT) to eliminate any disturbances for your partner. The Orthopedic Pocket Coil mattress is certified to guarantee superior back, neck and hip support.

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Best For Side Sleepers - Ortho Knit

Falling under the hospitality and orthopedic range, this mattress has an inner bonnel spring system combined with an ultra-soft layer of foam in conjunction with a secondary firm layer resulting in a medium-firm comfort level. This mattress has superior side support protecting your mattress from collapsing for an extended period.

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Best For Back Sleepers - Chiropedic

A high-density foam core combines with an ultra-soft layer of foam for a firm and comfortable feel, designed to offer superior back, hip and heck support.

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Best Comfort Value - Executive

An inner bonnel spring system combined with a high-density layer of foam joined with a second super soft layer resulting in a plush comfort level. This mattress has superior side support protecting your mattress from collapsing for an extended period.

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Different Mattress Types 

Pocket Coil - Back, Belly and side sleepers

A pocket coil mattress is similar to a spring mattress, however, each coil is individually wrapped in fabric sleeves allowing them to react individually offering minimized movement and more luxurious sleep. 

Spring Mattress - Side Sleepers

A spring mattress has coils connected and combined with reinforced edges to offer a stronger longer lasting mattress. These mattresses push back against your body with the same weight applied to it.

High-Density Foam Mattress - Back and Belly Sleepers

A high-density mattress is a firm mattress created out of heavily compacted foam to offer a much stronger core that can take a higher weight limit. An ultra-soft layer of foam is added to the top for a firm and comfortable feel.

Purchasing a good or expensive mattress doesn't mean your mattress will last forever. You have to take care of your mattress to make your investment worth it.

Here are tips to help you protect your mattress:

Mattress Protectors offers waterproof protection from any accidents or spills and reduces dust and dirt from entering your mattress, also protecting your mattress from mold building up and dust mites from entering. 

Cleaning a mattress protector has become much easier and feels as comfortable as a fitted sheet. 

  • Remember to rotate your mattress 

Purchasing a non-turn mattress looks like a good idea, in the beginning, however, they don't tell you that the mattress will lose its comfort faster as there is constant pressure on your mattress. There is a solution to this problem. By purchasing a turnable mattress and rotating regularly, you will relieve a lot of strain put on the bed in the long run. 

How long will the bed last? 

A non-turn mattress is designed to last up to 7 years when taking extreme caution in protecting and taking care of your mattress, where a turnable mattress is designed to last you 7 to 10 years with less amount of work and extends the comfort of the bed for longer.

  • Wash your bedding regularly 

While sleeping you tend to sweat and lose dead skin, while your pet drools and sheds hair, which leads to bacteria and dust mite buildup. 

Even though a mattress protector will help, cleaning your sheets every two weeks is a definite must. 

  • Let the sunlight in 

Once every two to three months on a sunny day, the sunlight will not just be beneficial for you but your mattress as well. Sunlight will help counteract excess moisture from sweating at night. 

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Single, 3/4 or Double Bed?

Do you need a Single, 3/4 or Double? Well help you find the right bed size for your room space.

Finding the right size bed for a small room can be frustrating for some people and purchasing a comfortable bed for your children's bedroom or B&B can be challenging.

A single and 3/4 bed are great options for small rooms or guesthouses as they are convenient for a young child's first bed and you will be able to fit 2 in a larger spare bedroom making it a great choice for a guesthouse.
(Single - Standard Length: 188cm x 91cm / Extra Lenth: 200cm x 91cm)
(3/4 - Standard Length: 188cm x 107cm / Extra Lenth: 200cm x 107cm)

Double beds are smaller than a queen-size however it is still a great fit for 2 couples, spare bedrooms, main bedrooms, guest houses and hotels with a medium-size room and on a budget.
(Double - Standard Length: 188cm x 137cm / Extra Lenth: 200cm x 137cm)

Even though there are many factors to look at when it comes to purchasing the right bed, the bed experts will help you search for a bed best suited for your needs best.

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How To Reduce Back Pain

Here are tips to help you reduce back pain at night:

Upgrade your mattress

An old springy mattress can add strain to your back. But it doesn't mean a firm mattress is the best solution either. To keep your spine aligned it would be most beneficial to look into a Medium Firm Orthopedic Mattress. Replace your mattress every eight years for optimal firmness or get a mattress topper for support when it starts to sag.

Heat things up

The heat will help loosen up your stiff muscles and can reduce pain. A heating pad, warm shower or bath can soothe stiff sore muscles before bed. Just be sure to turn off the heat pad before you fall asleep to avoid any burns.

Become a back sleeper

It may seem unusual but the best position to sleep for back pain would be on your back. To keep pressure off your spine it's best to add a pillow beneath your back. For those that are side sleepers, it will be best to pull your legs halfway toward your chest and put a pillow in between your legs for support. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it can increase pain and put more pressure on your spine.

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