Front Sleeper Mattress Tips

After a long day of work, 16% of the population prefer to come home and fall asleep on their stomach. That number might not seem very high by with 7 billion on the planet, stomach sleepers make up a lot of people!

If you are a stomach sleeper, or know someone who is, it’s important to note that you or they are at risk for both back and shoulder pain, as this forward-facing position pushes the spine out of its natural, neutral curve. Those who sleep on their stomach also add unnecessary pressure to their hips, abdomen, and neck in turning their head to one side.

 

Tips for Front Sleepers

Stomach sleeping, although comfortable for a lot of people, may actually do more harm than good. 80% of front sleepers report back pain in their lives. Stomach sleepers will also build up pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles.

 

  1. Shift Your Position

The simple answer to this is to try to change positions whenever you can. Changing your sleeping style will help your body and potentially provide you with a more comfortable and deep sleep. If you notice yourself waking up back on your stomach, simply correct it until it becomes second nature.

 

  1. Keep Both Legs Equal and Flat

If you can only sleep on your stomach, make sure that both your legs are equal and flat. If they’re not, and you’re lifting one leg or putting it on a pillow, for example, it will twist your spine.

 

  1. Utilize a Stretching Program

Stretching is a great way to alleviate the pain you might have incurred in sleeping. It’s also a great way to rejuvenate your body and increase flexibility once you wake up. For stomach sleepers, some of the best exercises will be ones that push your pelvis back.

 

  1. Become Aligned Before Bed

Before you fall asleep, focus on your body position. If you have to sleep on your stomach, then make sure your hips are straight, back is not curved, spine is not twisted, and hands are by your sides. Although this position is not perfect, it’s more ideal than being twisted or off-center.

 

  1. Put a Pillow under your Pelvis & Forehead

Those who sleep on their stomach actually push their pelvis down into the mattress and damage their necks by turning them to the side. This uneven weight distribution can cause pressure to multiple areas. If possible, put a flat pillow under your pelvis to lift your spine and keep the curve. Also, by adding a pillow on your forehead when you’re lying face down you can open the breathing passage and elevate your head enough so that you aren’t forced to turn your neck one way or another.

 

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.

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.