Roughly 50 percent of people choose to sleep on their side, either stretched out or in a fetal position. Sleeping on the side can be advantageous to those that experience back pain, as it can take pressure off of the back. Those that suffer from sleep apnea may also benefit from sleeping on the side as it can help to keep the airway open.
Unfortunately, sleeping on the side also has some disadvantages. Pressure from sleeping on the side can over time lead to should pain. This pain can disturb sleeping patterns leading to insomnia, sleep deprivation, and other sleep disorders. Pressure can also cause hip discomfort. The midsection of the body is the heaviest part of the body and tends to push hardest against the mattress. This pressure, if left alone, can cause open sores on the skin due to a lack of blood circulation to points of pressure. Fortunately for us, our bodies recognize that our tissue is not receiving the blood it needs to survive and tells us that we need to shift into another position. We can stay in that new position until pressure builds again, and we have to shift positions again.
The adjustment and readjustment of the body, also known as “tossing and turning” may be experienced to a greater extent by a side sleeper. This is due to the fact that side sleepers experience the greatest amount of pressure placed on the body, with pressure points on both the hips and the shoulders. In addition to shoulder pain, sleep studies have confirmed that tossing and turning may prevent people from getting into the deeper levels of sleep, and prevent one from feeling fully rested in the morning.
If a cycle of insomnia is started, several other health related problems may emerge. A lack of sleep has been known to lead to depression, certain types of cancers, higher stroke rates, heart disease and obesity. Sleep allows our bodies to heal faster. If one is not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, pressure induced hip and shoulder pain may become chronic, leading to a more difficult time falling and staying asleep. This is unfortunate cycle leads to more pain and less sleep.
The best way to prevent hip and shoulder pain is to use a mattress that provides excellent pressure relief. Mattresses featuring Gel Matrix® are the most pressure relieving mattresses on the market and are so pressure relieving that they are used in hospitals to prevent bed sores. Gel Matrix mattresses have been shown to reduce this pressure by up to 80%, making it so you can comfortably sleep through the night without tossing and turning. Our Gel Matrix mattresses are made of co-polymer gel shaped in a unique, column-buckling ‘honeycomb’ shape that absorbs and relieves the pressure on the hips and shoulders, but also provides support for the other areas of your body. In addition, this material is all-natural and free of harsh chemicals, making it “green” and hypo-allergenic.
IntelliBED also offers the best pillows for side sleepers. Our IntelliPillows support your shoulder and neck in ways that other pillows can’t. The contour is adjustable, which makes it fit your neck just right, every night. These pillows provide the comfort you deserve to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
• Side Sleeper Regular
• Side Sleeper Low-Profile
Both of these pillows are made of soy foam and come with a top layer made of Gel Matrix. The top layer is also quilted with knit material for the comfort you need for quality sleep. The built-in air bladder adjusts to provide you with maximum support from pressure while you sleep.
Make sleeping on your slide like sleeping on a cloud by getting the best pressure relieving mattress, and supporting pillow now at IntelliBED.