Are you a stomach sleeper for the whole night? If so, you have different mattress needs than side sleepers because you need a flatter surface on your mattress, that won’t let your hips sink lower than the rest of your body.
If you’ve ever slept on a soft mattress and woke up experiencing back soreness, it’s because your back didn’t receive the proper support. The best types of mattresses for stomach sleepers are firm mattresses that won’t let the body contour to a position that promotes back stress, and eventually, back pain.
Although the quality and construction of your mattress plays a large role in the overall quality of your sleep, even the best-made mattress can cause back stress and pain if you choose a model that’s ill-suited for your sleeping position. The problem gets worse if you sleep with a partner who has a different sleeping position than your own. Pair a side sleeper with a stomach sleeper, or a stomach sleeper with someone who snores, and it might not be long before you’re both wishing for separate beds.
With a combination mattress, you won’t have to resort to separate bedrooms. Combination mattresses blend different firmness levels. For example, Sleep Number beds allow individuals to choose the firmness that suits their needs. A side sleeper might choose a soft setting, while a stomach sleeper prefers the firmest setting. If your loved one snores, consider a split adjustable bed — one side rises slightly to open up a blocked airway, while the other side stays blissfully flat and firm.
The downside of combination mattresses is their expense, as they can cost significantly more than a traditional flat, one-firmness mattress. Nevertheless, when you consider fewer stiff muscles and trips to the chiropractor, along with a more restful night of sleep, the investment becomes worth it for many families.
Do you fall asleep on your side or stomach, and then wake up on your back? If so, you’re not alone. If you’re a combination sleeper — or if you share your bed with a partner — the foam mattress is another option. Foam mattresses provide adequate support for every sleep style, because they are not too soft for stomach sleeping or back sleeping, and not too firm for side sleeping. Foam mattresses can also be expensive, but they remain a viable option for individuals who shift frequently during the night. They’re also a fair option for couples who don’t share sleeping styles and aren’t interested in a combination bed.
If you sleep alone and prefer a cost-conscious, traditional choice, a firm innerspring mattress may be right for you. Innerspring mattresses contain metal coils beneath a layer of padding. They are the most popular type of mattress.