For the longest time, sleeping on one’s back was a highly recommended sleeping position to avoid waking up in pain. However, side sleeping has been found to provide some health benefits.
But to reap the benefits of side sleeping, you need to sleep in the correct position where the shoulder and hips get pressure relief while keeping the spine properly aligned. You must also have a good quality mattress that provides the necessary support.
When done correctly, you can reap the following benefits regardless of the side you sleep on:
Sleeping on your left side offers unique advantages and is recommended for:
However, there are some downsides to sleeping on your left:
Right side sleeping is generally recommended for heart health, which is probably why people with heart conditions instinctively sleep on their right side.
There are other reasons why you should sleep on your right:
Then again, sleeping on the right also poses certain disadvantages. It is not recommended for:
Generally healthy individuals are advised to sleep on their right side so fewer internal organs are strained in the process. People with heart conditions will also find right side sleeping to be the most comfortable position. However, those who have gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD and OSA will benefit more from left side sleeping.
Sleeping on the side, whether on the left or right, adds pressure on the shoulders, neck, and hips. This added stress builds up pressure points and leads to pain in the joints and hips. It’s also not uncommon to experience a tingling sensation in the legs and arms.
The best way to reduce the disadvantages of side sleeping is ensuring you have a reliable mattress. The best mattress for you should support the natural alignment of your spine. This means that while lying on your side, the imaginary horizontal line running from the tip of your head through to your nose should be aligned with the rest of your body.
When choosing the most comfortable mattress for side sleeping, you should also consider your build or body type. In general, heavyset individuals should go for something firmer and thicker than slighter people. However, the unique elastic properties of organic latex rubber allow almost everyone to choose based on your own comfort rather than arbitrary firmness requirements.
However, these are general tips, and what might work for one person might not work for another. To ensure you end up with the best mattress, always check the comfort level and test the mattress by lying on it for a few minutes in your natural side sleeping position. Our Hevean mattresses are made with loose layers allowing you to fine tune your mattress by re-arranging the existing layers or by exchanging layers with our 120 Day Layer Exchange program.
Other factors to consider include the following:
There are many types of mattresses in the market. But for side sleepers, the ones listed below are recommended:
Natural organic latex mattresses top the list of highly recommended mattresses for side sleepers. These mattresses are naturally elastic and remain supportive at softer levels. This allows for superior pressure relief, especially in the shoulders, neck, and hips, and ensures correct lumbar alignment so you wake up feeling fresh and energized the next day.
As an added plus, natural latex mattresses are very durable, eco-friendly, and resistant to mould, mildew, dust mites, bed bugs, and other microorganisms. They also do not trap body heat, so you can sleep comfortably through the night.
Memory foam mattresses
Memory Foam mattresses are typically best suited for back sleepers, but some side sleepers can find them comfortable. Although you have be careful about choosing the right firmness to maintain proper alignment. Memory Foam mattresses have excellent motion isolation but tend to trap heat.
Innerspring mattresses come in a wide array of firmness levels, so you can choose the best one for your preferred position. They also don’t trap body heat as much as memory foam mattresses, so you can sleep comfortably.
To fully reap the benefits associated with side sleeping, implement the following tips:
Sleeping on your side can provide a number of health benefits — but only if your body is in correct alignment. To better facilitate this, make sure you have a mattress that's both comfortable and provides adequate lumbar support. Thankfully, organic Dunlop latex is ideally suited for side sleepers when properly fitted.