Select the right amount of mattress topper firmness for sleeping on your side
Sleep preferences are unique to every individual, rather like a custom blueprint. These preferences can include factors such as ambient bedroom temperature, the number and type of blankets and pillows, and the firmness or softness of bedding. Sleep position is another distinctive sleep preference that varies from person to person.
Side sleeper fun facts
There are three basic types of sleep positions–side, stomach, and back–with minor variations among those. For example, there’s the “starfish” (sleeping on your back with arms overhead), the “log” (sleeping on your back with arms straight at your sides), and the “freefall,” (sleeping on your stomach, arms overhead).
But it turns out that sleeping curled up on your side, known as the fetal or lateral position, is the most popular sleeping position. According to The Better Sleep Council, 47% of Americans sleep this way, and women tend to prefer side sleeping about twice as often as men.
The potential health benefits of sleeping on your side
Research has found certain health benefits associated with sleeping on your side. For one thing, an overview of research about snoring and sleep apnea found that people tend to snore less in this position. Side sleeping also helps people with obstructive sleep apnea to breathe more easily. Other research found that side sleeping benefits brain health.
If you have low back or joint pain, sleeping on your side may be more comfortable as well. Placing a pillow between the knees can help you better align your spine in this position.
The unique benefits of latex mattress toppers for side sleepers
When it comes to mattress toppers, latex is a great choice for several reasons. For side sleepers, choosing quality natural or organic latex ensures your topper will hold up for longer than those made from foam. Also, latex mattress toppers strike a good balance between contouring to fit your body and offering support through its naturally elastic properties.
The best latex mattress topper for side sleepers
When choosing the best mattress topper for side sleepers, you’ll want to think like Goldilocks and steer clear of extremes in favor of “just right.” This is because choosing a latex mattress topper that’s either too firm or too soft may help in some respects but not others. For example, a too-soft mattress topper may cause you to sink into your bed more than you’d like. Conversely, a topper that’s too firm may aggravate hip and shoulder joint pain for side sleepers.
That’s why choosing a firmness level somewhere in the middle is the best bet for side sleepers. This is because a medium level of firmness is more likely to support your body without being too hard on your hip and shoulder joints. Naturally Nestled natural and organic mattress toppers are available in three levels of firmness–soft, medium, or firm–to best suit your needs.
Still not quite sure which latex mattress topper will work for you as a side sleeper? We’ve got you covered: Our no-cost 30-day trial period allows you to try out a mattress topper to ensure the right level of comfort. You can always reach out to our customer support team if you have any questions–we’re here to help you sleep better.