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Best Mattresses By Sleep Positions

by Angela Maple

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At a Glance:

What Are Sleep Positions?

Back Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Stomach Sleepers

Multi Sleepers

Besides considering size, mattress type, and firmness when finding a mattress, understanding sleeping positions also play a crucial role. Your body strives to rebuild and repair itself as you sleep. Depending on how well your sleep position maintains the natural curvature of your spine, it can either help or hinder this process. It’s also normal for people to wake up with new aches and pains, which their sleeping posture can cause.

Since we spend a third of our lives sleeping or relaxing, selecting a sleeping position that facilitates recovery is important. Each sleeping position has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to find the most comfortable mattress that reinforces the positives. Whether you sleep on your side, back, stomach, or you wake up in a different position than you started, we’re here to help you find the best mattress for you! Read further to learn more about sleep positions and their ideal mattress type and firmness level.

Most people sleep in the same position every night, which helps determine which type of mattress and comfort level is right for them. Check out how you can find the right mattress based on your sleeping position!

What Are Sleep Positions?

Each sleeping position is defined differently in each study, but most researchers refer to side, back, and stomach sleeping, with each of these main categories subdivided into various subcategories.

Back Sleepers

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The second most frequent sleep position is lying on one’s back, which has many advantages over resting on one’s side. It’s simple to keep your spine aligned and correctly distribute your body weight when you’re lying on your back, avoiding any potential neck or back discomfort. If you raise yourself upright while sleeping on your back, you can reduce congestion from a stuffy nose or allergies.

You put the most strain on your back sleeping in this position. Your back may be strained if your mattress is overly soft as your torso sinks down. You won’t be able to shape the natural curve of your spine if your mattress is overly hard, which will result in extra pain. Back sleepers like a medium-firm foam or hybrid mattress for a better night’s sleep.

Pros of back sleeping:

  • Head, neck, and spine remain in a natural, neutral position for less chance of back pain
  • Alleviates acid reflux by keeping your head above your esophagus to prevent stomach acid from coming up your digestive tract (if you elevate your head with a pillow or adjustable base)
  • Helps prevent wrinkles and acne by keeping your face off the pillow, free of pressure, and out of contact with bacteria on your pillowcase

Tip: If you lie on your back with arms up near the pillow and legs outstretched, you like the starfish sleeping position. Try putting a pillow under your knees to support your lower back.

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Side Sleepers

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This is by far the most popular sleeping position, with nearly 75 percent of sleepers preferring to lie on their side. Even though side sleeping is a popular sleeping position, it can cause shoulder, hip, and back pain if your spine, neck, and hips are not properly aligned.

You put pressure on your shoulders and hips when you sleep on your side. The body sinks down and is out of alignment if your mattress is too soft. You can also cause misalignment if your mattress is too firm. Side sleeper mattresses are medium-soft or medium-firm. Memory foam or pillow top mattresses are the best for side sleepers since they provide an ideal blend of comfort and support for pressure relief on the hips and shoulders.

Pros of side sleeping:

  • Eases heartburn and acid reflux
  • Relieves breathing difficulties that lead to snoring
  • Diminishes sleep apnea symptoms
  • Improves blood flow because of reduced pressure

Tip: For side sleepers that lie in the fetal position to sleep, you can improve your beauty rest by using a full pillow between your knees to keep your neck aligned.

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Stomach Sleepers

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If you sleep on your stomach, you’ve likely heard that it isn’t the best position for your neck and spine due to the extra strain it puts on them. Despite that, about 16 percent of the population prefers to sleep face down. Mattresses that provide optimal support and comfort are perfect for stomach sleepers.

People who sleep on their stomachs put pressure on their lower backs. Mattresses that are too soft allow the belly to sink into the mattress, causing a U-shape in the spine and resulting in back pain. The shape of your back is not properly taken into account if the mattress is too firm. When choosing a mattress, stomach sleepers should look for a firm hybrid or foam mattress that can support their natural spinal alignment.

Pros of stomach sleeping:

  • Let’s you breathe more easily
  • Diminishes sleep apnea symptoms

Tip: For stomach sleepers that look they are freefalling when they sleep, consider putting a flat pillow underneath your stomach to prevent lower back pain.

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Multi Sleepers

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Couples often have different sleep needs and sleeping positions, so one of you may sacrifice their own sleeping preferences to please their other half. This shouldn’t be the case, so find a mattress that meets both of your needs!

For those who sleep with a partner, the best mattress would have motion isolation abilities to motion to reduce sleep disturbances and produce little to no noise.

Tip: It’s essential that you shop for a new mattress as a couple versus shopping separately and comparing finds. If one of you is a side sleeper and the other is a back sleeper or stomach sleeper, we encourage you to test out all the mattresses you’re interested in a store as a couple.

Sleep positions play a key role in finding the right mattress and getting a good night’s sleep. So, we’ve explored everything related to sleep positions, their ideal mattress types, firmness, and sleeping tips, just for you! No matter what position you like to sleep in, Mattress Land has just the right mattresses for you!


Although we covered quite a bit about sleep positions, mattress types, and firmness levels, we know you probably still have some questions. Here are some of the top questions we have received from our mattress shoppers.

Q: What is the best sleeping position?

The best sleeping position is the one that encourages healthy spinal alignment all the way from your hips to your head. Sleeping on your side or back is considered healthier and more beneficial than lying on your stomach since your spine is supported and balanced in this position, allowing for pressure relief and muscle recovery.

Ultimately it comes down to your own health and what you are comfortable with, so if you are a stomach sleeper, that’s fine too. We have the right mattresses and pillows to decrease the risk of pain and improve spinal alignment. And with our exclusive and patented BedFIT technology that takes the guesswork out of mattress hunting! Our bed-finding tool will help you find the mattress with the right amount of support and pressure relief for any sleep position.

Q: Best mattress for combination sleepers?

Sleepers who change positions during the night are considered combination sleepers. Having a mattress that can accommodate you in any position is important if you turn over often. No matter where you start and end your day, a medium-firm mattress could provide just the right balance of comfort and support.

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Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We’ll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

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At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you find the best mattresses for all your family’s preferred sleep positions. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. We are more accessible than ever! You can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone’s favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

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