Side Sleeper Mattress Tips

Are you a side sleeper? Are you struggling to sleep? If so, you’re in the right place!

Before we get into the tips themselves, did you know that 74 percent of the population sleeps on their side? It’s true! Plus, did you know that sleeping on your side can reduce pressure on your stomach and digestive tract, or help improve circulation and the drainage of toxins from the body?

Below is a list we’ve created to help you snooze more soundly as a side sleeper.

 

Try to Sleep on your Left Side as Much as Possible

When sleeping on your side, be mindful of your anatomy! That’s because the side you prefer can impact the amount of pressure placed on your internal organs. By sleeping on your left side, instead of your right, you can reduce pressure on your stomach and digestive tract as well as promote healthier blood flow throughout the body and help alleviate acid reflux/heartburn & help boost digestion throughout the night. Although everyone moves around when they sleep, try starting to sleep on your left side.

 

Opt for a Firm, Supportive Pillow

Sleeping on your side puts extra pressure on your neck and head. If you sleep on your side, make sure you have a firmer pillow that lifts your head, helping to align with your neck and back more naturally. The ideal pillow for side sleepers is latex foam. They combine responsiveness with natural contouring for plenty of support.

 

Sleep with a Pillow Between your Legs & Knees

Side sleepers often run into pressure point pains. To alleviate this, you can use a softer pillow between your knees to maintain spinal alignment and to reduce pressure on your hips and legs. This activity helps reduce the chances of lower back pain and joint soreness.

 

Go for a Soft or Medium Mattress

Although bed firmness preference often depends on your height, weight and unique sleep needs it also depends on your sleep position as well. For side sleepers of average height and weight, a soft to medium firmness level is recommended. If you’re a side sleeper who is above average in height and weight, or you suffer from chronic back pain, a perfect solution is tougher to come by, but a mattress that’s too soft will cause trouble with your spinal alignment.

 

Consider a Zoned Mattress

Zoned mattresses are created specifically for side sleepers, delivering exactly the right amount of support where you need it most: the center of your bed. Because the majority of your body weight is shifted to the lumbar and hip regions when you sleep on your side, a firmer middle provides much needed spinal support. Natural latex is one of the most desirable sleep materials because it delivers a unique buoyant quality that relaxes muscles and relieves tension, lifting away the pressures of the day while you sleep.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada.

Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Buy your Mattress with Confidence: Tips for Mattress Shopping

It’s smart to consider mattress shopping similar to car shopping. For 10 to 15 to 20 years, you’ll be sleeping on your mattress, so it’s important to not only consider your needs are today, but also things you may need years down the line. Whether it’s a firmness level, size, or one of numerous other elements that make up a mattress, you need to consider possible life changes and other items at least 5 years down the line.

Aside from this, here are a few other items to consider when purchasing a mattress.

 

Have No Shame

When shopping for a mattress, don’t be bashful about lying down on a mattress for an extended period of time. Often times the salesperson will tell you to, but if they don’t and you feel rushed in the store, it’s likely best not to buy from that person or store because the salesperson is hiding something. Don’t feel self-conscious or let any mattress salesperson hurry you along!

A mattress is a big, life purchase, and if you don’t try it for at least 15 minutes you’re not going to get a real feel for it, which means you won’t know what you’re buying. Also, remember that couples should test out the mattress together when buying.

 

Consider your Health

If you have a health condition, whether big or small, talk to your doctor or physical therapist about what he or she recommends in your next mattress. They may not have any recommendations, but there’s a chance they’ll be able to suggest a certain type of mattress for you.

Keep in mind that doctors are not mattress experts, but they know your medical condition and their advice should be heeded very seriously.

 

Be Wary of Gimmicks

When you’re out looking for your next mattress, watch out for labels such as “orthopedic” or “medically-approved,” if you see this, ask about the certification and make sure to listen closely to the salesperson. Sometimes mattress brands will advertise medical-benefits that aren’t in-fact legitimate. You may even see orthopedic-friendly features, but no medical group has verified this.

 

Consider an Adjustable Base

Adjustable bases for mattresses are the most popular new product in the mattress industry. In fact, if you find that you are more comfortable sitting in a recliner than you are lying down, try an adjustable bed! They’ll help you sleep, plus they’ll make your bed into a much more flexible and versatile household furniture item.

A major health benefit of adjustable mattress bases is that they relieve pressure on the lower back.

 

Watch for a Warranty

A good mattress will have a minimum of a 10-year full replacement or non-prorated warranty. This is non-negotiable, so you must watch out for it.

 

When you’re shopping, remember, it’s your mattress, your back, and your money, so it’s worth the time to research it and get the best mattress possible. Keep an eye out for specials and sales, and always try to negotiate delivery charges.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada.

Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Top 10 Fun Restwell Facts

We’ll admit that mattresses aren’t the most interesting topics, but there are interesting parts of them! In fact, after reading this blog post, I think you’ll be much more interested in the block of springs and foam that you sleep on.

Here are 10 fun facts about mattresses that will make you embrace your inner mattress geek.

 

10. The Word Mattress Means “Throw” in Arabic

In the old days, bedding was awful — it often consisted of a bunch of straw tied together with coarse binding. It wasn’t until the Crusaders went to the middle east that they discovered the joy of a comfortable mattress. The Arab world had already been sleeping on cushions. 

 

9. Water Beds are 5000 Years Old & Used to be Made of Goat Skin

The water bed was invented in 3600 BCE by the Persians. They used goatskins filled with water to create a mattress for royalty to sleep on. Unfortunately, this model of mattress has lost popularity in recent years, so it’s unlikely you’ll find one kicking around your friend’s house.

 

8. Mattress Components Used to be Part of Chairs

The first steel coil springs were invented for chair seats in 1857, but it wasn’t used in bed design until 1865, which was probably the second most impactful event of 1865 (the first being the end of the civil war). However, it wouldn’t be until the 1930s that innerspring mattresses would become popular.


7. Your Mattress is Full of Dust Mites (Up to 10 Million in-fact)

Interested in learning something gross? Your mattress is likely full of creepy crawlies unless it’s made with anti-microbial fabrics. This often happens because traditional innerspring mattresses have a lot of space for these microscopic critters to roam and reproduce. Although gross, dust mites don’t cause any problems, unless you are allergic, then they cause massive issues. 


6. Mattresses Weigh Much More at the End of Their Lives then they do at the Start

Mattresses can sometimes double their own weight over the course of ten years. That’s because they acquire a buildup of dust mites, sweat, and dead skin cells. 


5. Old & Low-Quality Mattresses Cause Lower Back Issues

As one of the largest contributors to lower back pains, old & low-quality mattresses have become an epidemic for owners.

 

4. In Washington, You Can’t Buy Mattresses on Sunday

Although we don’t sell into the US, even if we did, you wouldn’t be able to buy one in Washington on Sunday! What a crazy law.


3. Fitted Sheets were Invented Recently

Invented in 1958 by a woman named Berta Berman, fitted sheets have become one of the most important sleeping inventions in the world. It’s incredible that they were invented so recently!


2. “Sleep Tight” Came from when Mattresses were Tied to Ropes

Mattresses used to have ropes tied around them to keep the bed from sagging. So, “sleep tight,” actually meant tightening the ropes. Who knew this cute goodnight phrase was actually a functional reminder for better sleep?


1. Your Mattress is Easy to Recycle

Mattresses, like any other major home furnishing, is tough to recycle, but you still can! It’s important to do so because mattresses take up a lot of space in the landfill needlessly. If you’re interested in learning more about this Canadian program, check out this website!

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada.

Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Restwell’s Mattress Brands

Restwell Sleep Products is a boutique mattress manufacturer in Surrey, BC. We service both independent dealers and national retail chains in North America, as well as hundreds of corporate clients in Canada.

With so many companies to service, we manufacture a diverse lineup of mattresses and bed foundations. These products range from super-luxury to cost-friendly, soft to firm, single to king, etc. Below is a quick explanation of the brands we manufacture, and how they differ from each other.

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